Home Depot used to be the bane of my preteen existence. Going to the obnoxious orange store with my dad on the weekend usually meant being dragged around every aisle while being promised a hotdog and tiny bag of Lay's afterwards.
I seldom got the snack, but I did (somehow) develop a deep adoration for the ever-present sawdust and concrete floors of that place. Now, at 24, I don't mind frequent trips to home improvement stores and hey, neither should you! So I put together a small list of ways I pinch pennies at these money-sucking black holes. Good luck 😉
- Repainting something? Not set on a specific color? Check out the "oops" paint! This paint is usually a gold mine of forgotten colors. When someone asks for a specific blend and the swatch on the lid isn't up to snuff, off to the "oops" pile it goes-- with a deep discount. I've gotten many gallon cans for under $5.
- Protip: Snatch up the neutrals for great craft paint! I recently used a sample sized "oops" can to paint a wooden sign. Multipurpose, ooh yeah.
- Protip: If you have a specific project in mind or a smaller car, let the professionals cut it. Home Depot and Lowes both offer free cuts on wood (within reason) if you ask nicely.
- Protip: if you're stuck on a project, head to YouTube. There are plenty of resources on the web, but YouTube's easy access and plethora of sources make it one of the most valuable out there.
I hope that these tips help you better navigate the industrial wonderland that is the home improvement store of your choice. Once you start using these hacks, you'll never think of that concrete floor home-away-from-home quite the same again!