Learn the Smartest Ways to Save Big When Buying at Lowes

11 Ways to Spend Less at the Home-Improvement Store

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Lowes is a home-improvement and appliance store with nearly 1,900 locations worldwide. Much like Home Depot, Lowe's offers supplies and help for everything from painting your kitchen to full-scale remodeling. But, like everything else, a savvy consumer can save a bundle at Lowes. Read on to learn 11 ways to save at this all-in-one home store.

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    Buy Discounted Gift Cards

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    Lowes. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

    Save an extra 7 percent on every purchase that you make at Lowes by buying discounted gift cards through Gift Card Granny.​​

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    Arm Yourself with Coupons

    Plug "Lowes coupons" into your favorite search engine, and see what comes up. If you don't find anything good, try "Home Depot coupons." Lowes will accept those too.

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    Join Lowe's Garden Club

    Get discounts on plants and gardening supplies by signing up for the Lowe's Garden Club. Membership includes a free weekly newsletter that comes packed with coupons. Think buy-one-get-one-free plants or other goodies.

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    Price Match

    Always compare prices before you make a big purchase. If you're able to find a better deal on the same product somewhere else, Lowes will match the price. Lowes notes that its price match policy doesn’t apply to installation labor, clearance, closeouts, discontinued products, and refurbished, used or damaged items, but for everything else, you'll always pay the lowest price—even if it's a competitor's price. All you have to do is ask.

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    Look for Rebates

    Many big-ticket items qualify for manufacturer rebates, but they may also qualify for utility rebates or tax credits. Get every cent you're entitled to by checking Lowe's rebate center.

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    Ask for Your Military Discount

    If you're on active military duty, you get 10 percent off your entire purchase. This offer is good for all active duty military, reservists, National Guard members, military retirees, and disabled veterans. All other veterans can receive the discount on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Veteran's Day. You do need to register and create an account to get your military discount, but, hey, for 10 percent off your purchase, it's worth spending a couple of minutes online.

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    Order Through MyPoints

    Lowes is a Mypoints merchant. Click on the MyPoints portal to place your order, and you'll earn two points per dollar. Need your stuff today? Just select "Pick Up In Store" as your shipping option, and your order will be ready for pickup in 20 minutes

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    Hit the Clearance Section

    Every Lowes has at least one clearance section. Find out where it is; then, make it your home away from home. Or, visit Lowes' online clearance center, enter your zip code, and you can shop at your local store's clearance section(s) from home.

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    Look for Damaged Goods

    Lots of things get scratched, dented, or otherwise damaged before they're sold. Figure out where your store puts those items, and you could score some pretty sweet discounts.

    Look for:

    • Mistinted paint
    • Broken bags of mulch, gravel, sand, soil, or concrete
    • Scratched or dented appliances
    • Wood scraps from things that they've cut for other customers
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    Watch for Sidewalk Sales

    A few times a year Lowes holds a big sidewalk sale to clear out all of its closeouts and returns. Watch for banners announcing the next sale. Then, make sure you're there. You'll find great deals on appliances, tools, lighting, and more

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    Shop at Habitat Restores

    Lowes often donates last year's floor models and unsold closeout items to Habitat ReStores. Locate one near you, and you could get a great deal on brand new merchandise.