10 Most awesome Home Depot deals

In 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank were fired from Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers — and that might have been the best thing to ever happen to them. Fourteen months later they opened the first two Home Depots, the start of an international success.

Today, Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with more than 2,200 locations. But while the store might offer some of the best deals on home improvement products, some of its products are less than stellar.

The 10 Best Deals at Home Depot

From grills to ceiling fans, Home Depot is home to some of the best deals for home improvement items. Here are 10 Home Depot deals you don’t want to miss.

1. Char-Broil Gas Grills

Home Depot is a great place to channel your grill master, with their Char-Broil gas grills getting high marks, according to Coupon Sherpa savings expert Kendal Perez. One model in particular, the $400 Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared, came in second only to a Weber in a Consumer Reports rating. “Just make sure to read reviews and research what features make for a quality grill before you buy,” said Perez.

2. Tool and Truck Rentals

If you’re a DIY fanatic, you’ll love Home Depot’s dependable and affordable tool and truck rentals. “It’s a perk greatly appreciated by DIYers who don’t want to purchase a tile saw for their bathroom floor renovation,” said Perez.

For example, a small tile saw costs around $50 to $60 per day depending on the size you need. “You can also rent a truck for $19 for the first 75 minutes of use, a great deal if you need to transport heavy items from the store to your local project site,” she said.

3. Weekly Workshops

Renting a tile saw is one thing. Knowing how to wield it is another. For that, Home Depot offers free classes from repairing drywall to installing kitchen faucets and laying tile. “These complimentary classes are great for homeowners looking for in-person instruction from professionals, as well as an opportunity to ask questions,” said Perez.

4. Behr Paint

“Whether you’re repainting a bathroom or updating your outdoor siding, Behr paint is among the top-rated paint brands and is only available at Home Depot,” said Kerry Sherin of Offers.com. “According to Consumer Reports, Behr Premium Plus Ultra is top-rated among satin/eggshell and flat/matte interior finishes, for $32 to $34 per gallon.”

5. Patio Furniture

Home Depot offers a fantastic selection of outdoor living gear and patio furniture, said Sherin. “If you’re looking for the best time to buy, purchase in fall months like October and November. Typically you will see prices fall for these popular summer items during cooler months,” she said.

6. Lighting and Ceiling Fan Fixtures

Lighting, a cool breeze and stylish fixtures can make a room, but they can often bust a budget. But not if you shop smart at Home Depot, said Lindsay Sakraida of DealNews.com. “Home Depot almost always has a clearance sale going on that includes lighting and ceiling fan fixtures, which means that shoppers can frequently get such items at discounts of 50 percent to 80 percent off,” she said.

7. LED Light Bulbs

New light fixtures demand new light bulbs, and while LEDs can be pricey, Sakraida said that Home Depot regularly sells individual and multipacks at competitive prices. “We’ve seen sales that slash up to 70 percent off select styles, and we’ve also seen the store offer 20 percent off coupons as well. The benefit to getting a deal on LED bulbs is your smart shopping will translate into energy savings too,” she said.

8. Vacuums

If Home Depot doesn’t come to mind when you think of vacuums, it should, said Sakraida. “The store frequently offers the best price on certain models, although, as always, you should do a price check before making a purchase. It’s not unusual to see sales that knock up to 40 percent off both cleaners and general floor care items,” she said.

9. Plants

Landscaping often gets the short stick in the budget war when it comes to home renovations, but Home Depot can really help, said savings expert Jeanette Pavini of Coupons.com. “Wait for Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday, typically in April. Past years have seen veggie plants and eight-packs of annuals at five for $10. Join Home Depot’s Garden Club to get exclusive coupons like an additional $5 off your $50 purchase,” she said.

10. Military Discount

Don’t forget: Home Depot offers discounts for military personnel. “Home Depot used to limit the military discount to holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but in recent years the discount was changed to be valid year round,” said Regina Conway, consumer expert for SlickDeals.net. “Military members and their families can get a 10 percent discount year round by showing a valid military ID.”

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