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Billeater: Five Tips for Shopping at Home Depot

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by savingtools.com)
at 7:54AM Wednesday July 6, 2011
under Featured StoreStaff

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Professional contractors and DIYers agree that Home Depot is the place to shop for all your home improvement project supplies. With great prices and selections, Home Depot is the largest retail home improvement store in the world. When planning your next shopping trip to Home Depot, you might want to consider these tips.
A Little Greener than You Think

Home Depot has been touted by the Natural Resources Defense Council as being a "progressive" company and they sell the most sustainably-harvested, Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC)-certified wood of any U.S. retailer. When you buy your framing lumber from Home Depot you will be doing your part to preserve our natural resources.

Recycle Bulbs

Another way Home Depot preserves resources is with their huge selection of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Not only will you save money and energy when you buy their bulbs, you will also be able to save the environment, once again, by returning your used bulbs to the store for recycling.

Paints

Finally, while still being environmentally concerned, Home Depot's in-house paint brand Behr has reduced the volatile organic compounds in its paints so the harmful health effects from paint is reduced. It also has an amazing ability to cover so there is seldom need for a primer--and in the end, less paint is used which saves time and money.

Money-Saving Products Mixed with High End

Saving money is not the only thing to consider when shopping Home Depot; you can still find items considered "elite" such as their Hillman brand house numbers that definitely do not look like they came from a warehouse.

Big Store, Small Service

The one thing to remember, though, when shopping at a Home Depot is that it is a big store, and like many big stores, the customer service may be a little disappointing. An employee might direct you to the general area of the product you are looking for, but you cannot expect the personalized service you would get from your small town hardware store when looking for a "thingamajig for the whatchamacallit."

You also might find yourself at a loss when it comes to needing advice on a recent appliance purchase from Home Depot. Instead of being able to talk to the person who sold it to you, you will probably end up calling the 800 number on the appliance to have your questions answered. And while the customer service personnel in the store will be willing to cut your shades and blinds to size while you shop, you will not be able to get special sized windows or doors from Home Depot.

Just as shopping at any store has its pros and cons, Home Depot is no different. For great prices, selection and eco-friendly products you will find that Home Depot is the place to shop.

Jessica Bosari writes for the money-saving site, Billeater.com. The site is devoted to helping people reduce expenses, save money and find great deals. Pay Billeater a visit for more money-saving tips!