Billeater: Five Tips for Shopping at Home Depot


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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.


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

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  1. yatteau.ron

    4 years ago

    I think the real tip here is when considering where to shop, if you need any help don’t go to Home Depot. Go to your local hardware store where you can get the help you need with your project. DIY really means “Do it yourself” when you shop at a big box.

    Consider shopping at your local hometown Hardware store, home center, or lumber yard. After all, the cost of doing a job wrong is much higher then the 5% you might save.

    Ron Yatteau

    House Hasson Wholesale Hardware Distributor

  2. orchidlady01

    4 years ago

    I like to wander around the Home Depot because I usually find some item that I can use for making pottery. Their garden section at the store near me has been overhauled and is actually pretty nice, now.

  3. champ76

    4 years ago

    I agree 100% that Home Depot is the place to go for evrything you need to remodel or just fix things up.We recently remodeled our home and almost everything we bought was from Home Depot.The guys there helped us pick out the right products and some even told us how to do it the right way.We installed track lighting ourselves thanks to the help of a friendly worker who gave us step by step instructions and told us what else we would need to get the job done right.They were such a big help to us.Our Home Depot even does price matching so we were able to get lower prices on some things that Menards had that were on sale there.Dont get me wrong,I do like shopping at Menards also,but the workers there are no help at all when it comes to knowing how to do a job right.I dont know but,maybe it is just a matter of who they hire that knows their stuff !

  4. ChuckG

    4 years ago

    As far as customer service is concerned, my hubby might say “We work at a hotel” (which we did and had an account there) and that usually gave us the customer service we needed. I think they are understaffed myself.

  5. cstironkat

    3 years ago

    My husband loves the place, they even have his coffee ready for him because he is in the process of remodeling the old house. As long as he’s happy, so am I.


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