4 Ways To Save Money At Lowe’s

Ways To Save Money At Lowe's

We have spent thousands of dollars at Lowe’s the past few months while we build our house.  I will show you the 4 ways we have saved hundreds of dollars (without shopping the clearance rack) of at least 5% savings per purchase!  They are all pretty easy and only require a little proactive effort.

Similar methods might work for other hardware stores like Home Depot, but Lowe’s is the only chain in our town so I know these work with them for sure. Lowe’s the past few months while we build our house.  I will show you the four ways we have saved hundreds of dollars (without shopping the clearance rack) of at least 5% savings per purchase!  They are all pretty easy and only require a little proactive effort.

1. Order Coupons From eBay

My wife looks for good deals on building materials nearly every day on the internet, especially Craigslist & eBay.  But you cannot buy everything secondhand & people only have so many leftovers from their own projects.  The next best option is to look for discounts on what you need to buy from a store.

All you need to do is type Lowe’s Coupons into the search box at eBay & it will come up with several search results with pictures of coupons like the image below.  The listings always change, but the option she purchased was ten 10% off coupons for $30.  We have used these on most of our purchases so it was definitely $30 well spent.

Ways To Save Money At Lowe's

One Of The Coupons We Received

Some items to look out for if you decide to purchase coupons this way:

  1. Expiration Date
    1. Pay attention to the expiration date.  We bought our coupons in March & had two months before they expired.  Buying a bunch of coupons in late April that expires on May 15th, might not be the best strategy to save money.
  2. Coupon Codes Only Good Once
    1. I personally wouldn’t buy a coupon from eBay if the picture is like the one attached that has the 16-digit code visible.  These coupons can also be used for online orders, so somebody could try the code & get the 10% coupon on one of the coupons you ordered.
      1. This is why most of the pictures hide the numbers and barcode.  To keep savings hackers from getting a “free ride.”
      2. Try entering the discount code for this coupon.  I doubt it will work as I used it for a purchase right after I took the picture.

**See how else we have saved money using eBay**

2. Project Starter Coupons

Another way we saved money was contacting Lowe’s Customer Care.  My wife sent them a message that basically went to this effect:

Lowe’s Customer Care,

Hi, my name is __________ and we’re building our house. We plan on doing a lot of business at your local store in City, State. Do you have any coupons or project specials we can use during the building process?

As a result, they mailed us a Project Starter Coupon that was “$100 off a $1000 purchase.”

So we found $1011 worth of merchandise and got a $100 discount.  We did have to use this coupon in person, the fine print says it can be used in-store or online but it kept giving us a rejection code when we tried to place an online pickup order.

This coupon expired about a month after we received it so you will need act fast & not stuff it in the drawer.

Lowe’s might offer different spending thresholds depending on your project (I’m unfamiliar with their policy).  If they don’t offer a coupon, the only thing it cost you was your time.  But, if you have to spend the money anyways it can’t hurt to try, right?

3. Cashback Portals

I love cashback portals because “you get paid to shop online.”  If you order online, it’s possible to get 1% back with either of the two apps listed below:

  • Giving Assistant. Receive payment when your rewards balance reaches $5.01. They have a web browser extension which makes sure you never miss a cash back opportunity. But they don’t have a mobile app.
  • TopCashback Has a mobile app that makes it easier to shop from your phone. You also get a redemption bonus when redeeming your rewards for Amazon gift cards. They don’t have a web browser extension.

Both apps are easy to use. Make sure you complete your purchase through their special shopping session to get cash back.

As of January 2019, Lowe’s no longer partners with any of the cashback portals. Unless you can find a random online discount code that happens to work. You can’t use Ebates to get bonus cash rewards on your online purchases.

4. Lowe’s Credit Card

I saved this option for last because Lowe’s does actively promote this “money-saving” way.  Credit cards should be used with caution as you all know.  Any purchases made with this card get a 5% discount.  Except when you use a different coupon, then you only get the coupon discount.

Even if we don’t get the additional discount, we still have been charging our purchases to this card.  It allows us to track all our Lowe’s purchases from one source.  I keep a running spreadsheet with every purchase since we purchased the building permit, but some expenses fall through the cracks when you pay different people using checks or credit cards.  This is one instance (for me) when credit card hacks are not worth the hassle.

I’m not a big fan of store credit cards, but this one has helped us save money & we pay the balance off each month.  It’s convenient when you do not have any coupons & know that you still save 5%.

Summary

So you probably didn’t know that saving money was this easy!

Every option requires a little initial effort, but we were going to spend the money anyway so it was worth it to us.  Sometimes the discount was the primary reason we decided to purchase from Lowe’s.  We do not buy everything we need from Lowe’s, but we have been able to get some sweet deals beyond shopping their clearance sections.

How have you saved money on your DIY projects?

 

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16 Comments on "4 Ways To Save Money At Lowe’s"

  1. Timely info for us, Josh, as you know we are considering building as well! We will definitely be calling our local home improvement store to see if we can haggle some discounts. I tried using Ebates for online Walmart shopping but found they had higher prices than our local store that far outweighed the cash back. Very disappointing. 🙁

    • Shopping with Ebates always isn’t the cheapest, even after you receive cash back and sometimes we buy local or from non-Ebates sites because it is a better deal still.
      Hopefully you can get some lower prices. We also spend just as much from our local mom & pop store and can get some specials, plus they are more knowledgeable about hardware & building materials to boot!

  2. We’ve used the project start-up coupon. Ordering coupons from ebay is also a great idea! Our biggest DIY savings have come from enlisting the help of skilled friends to help us with things we couldn’t do ourselves. But it’s great to defray the cost of materials, too.

    • “Sweat Equity” is probably the best asset anybody can have in a project. We have contracted out a few tasks, but we have done most the hard work thanks to a few family members with a construction background. It’s the primary reason we decided to build instead of buy and essentially get a $200,000 house for about half the cost.

  3. I have never heard of ordering coupons on e-Bay before. That’s a great idea!

    • I never had either until my wife told me she bought them. Normally we only look on the site RetailMeNot for online discount codes.

  4. With all the spring/summer working coming up saving money at Lowe’s or even home depot is great to know. Thanks for sharing!

    • Your welcome! The one things about owning a home is there is never a lack of something to do in the repair/improvement category. That savings can either be pocketed or used to upgrade (getting a fancier dining room light instead of the cheap option for example).

  5. It’s amazing what you can find for sale on ebay. I’ve been purchasing some other coupons on ebay for some of my online shopping. I did not think to search for something Lowes and purchases done in the store. Great idea.

    • You should give it a try & hopefully you will be able to get some savings. I only thought you could get those coupons by moving when the postal service sends you the change of address packet, until my wife said she bought them. All 10 were legit. Thanks for stopping by!

      Enjoy an ice cream cone from Carl’s for me!

  6. You have provided some really useful tips here and I will definitely be looking into your ideas more…it’s always good to hunt around, I love saving money.

    thanks
    Suzanne

  7. Josh,

    Very helpful and enlightening, thanks for making it easier for many people in the same position.

    cheers

  8. Great tips! My bro and I did a massive remodel a few years ago and we were all about those Lowes and Home Depot coupons! Another thing we found was buying discount gift cards (primarily from Cardcash.com) which would save us between 5-10%. And here’s a blogger tip: cardcash has an affiliate program through Shareasale.com if you want to make 2% off of every purchase you send there way! Considering it provides value to pretty much every reader, it’s worth checking out.

    • That’s good to know about the gift cards. That’s something we haven’t done for Lowe’s, but have done for other purchases. Thanks for the tips!

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