DIY ’Til You Drop With These 9 Awesome Savings Strategies at Home Depot

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Do you find yourself browsing Pinterest after every episode of “Fixer Upper” thinking, “I could do that”? Or maybe your dreams aren’t about shiplap and midcentury modern, but they would require replacing your turn-of-the-century appliances.

While I personally have a problem hanging anything straight, maybe you’re the type of person who’s graduated from replacing door knobs and have the chutzpah to take on home improvement like a champ.

If you plan on tackling it with the Home Depot, check out these nine ways to save and make the most of every paint color misjudgment, sledgehammer swing and electrical shock that may be in your future.

1. Enroll in Pro Xtra

Pro Xtra is Home Depot’s program for professionals, but you don’t need to be certified or licensed to sign up. Anyone who’s a frequent shopper at Home Depot or undergoing a big project can benefit from this program. You can get paint discounts starting at 10% after $2,000 in paint purchases and reduced pricing on orders over $1,500.

Members also get special Home Depot coupons, weekly ads and purchase tracking, which can come in handy for tax purposes if you sell your home.

2. Take Advantage of Home Depot Fuel Rewards

If you have a commercial credit card from Home Depot, you can sign up for Fuel Rewards. You’ll earn at least 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend on qualifying purchases at Home Depot. You have until the last day of the calendar month following your purchase to use those rewards. The rewards are good for up to 20 gallons of fuel.

This offer isn’t available through Home Depot’s consumer credit card or home improvement loans. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a contractor, own a business or have a business account to apply for Home Depot’s commercial credit card. If you plan on making it rain at the Home Depot, it’s worth applying for this card.

3. Check the Home Depot Deal of the Day

Even those of us without Pro Xtra perks can benefit from Home Depot’s savings center. You’ll find the special buy of the day, which is a one-day, online-only sale with free shipping. You can also click by category to see all available discounts.

4. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Sites like Gift Card Granny list gift cards people are selling through multiple resale sites. You won’t get huge savings, but buying a gift card at even a 6% discount saves you a few dollars. Home Depot has no restrictions on using gift cards with other discounts and promotions.

See how we got a free $10 Home Depot gift card using MyPoints.

(Bonus: Here are a few proven ways to score more free gift cards.)

5. Search the Rebate Center

Home Depot’s rebate finder lets you check out all the rebates on products available in your area. You can narrow it by appliance, brand or type of rebate to maximize your savings. Once you make your purchase, verify it online to get your rebate!

6. Check out the Overstock Page

Home Depot lists its overstock merchandise at discounts up to 75% off. Even if a discounted item isn’t available in your area, Home Depot will ship most items to your store for pickup at no extra cost.

September and October are good months to find deals on major appliances, October and November are best for patio furniture, and April is a good time to by plants.

7. Check for Home Depot Rebates on Ibotta

If you’re not in the market for a refrigerator or insulation, the rebates on Ibotta may be more your speed. Download the app, and unlock rebates on items you plan to buy. Once you make your purchase, just upload your receipt and get your rebate within 48 hours. So simple, my weed eater could do it!

8. Sign up for Emails

You’ll get $5 off your next purchase of $50 or more for signing up for emails from Home Depot. Once you’re on the list, you’ll get emails with special promotions, how-to projects and design ideas! Just don’t let it tempt you to buy all those plants you don’t need and will probably kill in two months.

9. Check Competitor Prices

Home Depot’s low price guarantee ensures you’ll get the best price whether you’re buying online or in-store. If you find a competitor with a lower price on an identical, in-stock item, Home Depot will match it. What’s more, you’ll get an additional 10% off the matched price on in-store purchases.

Your Turn: Are you going to use any of these tips to save on your next home improvement project?

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Jen Smith is a writing intern at The Penny Hoarder and the blogger behind Saving with Spunk. She’s got shiplap dreams but seriously lacks interior design skills.