Home Depot Store Guide

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Founded in 1978, the first Home Depot store opened in Atlanta, Georgia on June 22, 1979. The large box store is a leading resource for do-it-yourself (DIY) craftspeople and professional builders alike.

In addition to stocking all sorts of building and landscaping materials, tools, and appliances, Home Depot stores also host free workshops each week. You can learn general skills like how to paint a room, repair drywall, and install tile or season-related skills like building a Christmas tree stand. There are also workshops for children, such as building stacking blocks or a piggy bank.

As homeowners and hobbyist know, expenses can quickly grow out of hand during building, rebuilding, and repair projects. If you’re shopping at Home Depot, you may be able to save money by keeping the following tips and rules in mind.


Ongoing Deals and Promotions

In addition to seasonal and weekly sales, you may be able to identify good deals by the price tag. If it’s yellow, the item is on clearance. Although it may not have a deep discount initially, the price will drop until the item is completely sold out or transferred to a different store. If the tag ends in a six, it will likely drop within six weeks. If it ends in a three, it may be removed within three weeks.

Home Depot offers active-duty military members, National Guard, Coast Guard, and reservists a ten percent discount on most purchases (there is a $500 maximum). Spouses and retired and service-connected disabled service members may also be eligible. Veterans can receive the discount on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day, but some stores may extend the saving throughout the year if they choose to.

Home Depot associates may also be able to give a discount directly to shoppers. Depending on the employee’s position, he or she may be able to authorize up to $1,000 off a purchase.


Home Depot’s Major Policies

  • Shipping Home Depot offers free shipping on orders of $45 or more, or for over 700,000 products you can pick up an order at a store for free no matter the total. Over 90,000 items will be available within two hours or less.
  • Returns Most items can be returned within 90 days for a refund in the form of original payment. There are exclusions for some products, such as gas-powered equipment which must be returned within 30 days. If you don’t have a receipt, you still may be able to make a return if the purchase was made with check, debit, or credit card. Online orders can be returned to a store or shipping back, but you’ll need to pay for return shipping if you choose the latter.
  • Price MatchingHome Depot goes beyond just matching competitors’ prices, it gives shoppers an extra ten percent off the item. There are exclusions and the items must be identical, in-stock at both retailers, and the competitor’s price can’t be a result of a seasonal or clearance sale. Because the items must be identical, Home Depot brands such as Hampton Bak, Husky, and HDX are not eligible.


Loyalty Programs

Home Depot doesn’t have a loyalty program for the everyday consumer, but there is one that may appeal to contractors, handymen, and passionate DIYers. The Pro Xtra program offers bulk pricing on select purchases, ten to 20 percent off paint orders of $2,000 or more, and free tinting. Business owners can also use the program to track their past purchases by job, item, or department, issue reloadable employee cards, and export records to accounting software.


Current Deals and Sales

You can find the latest coupon codes and sales on Saveful’s Home Depot coupons page.