How I Easily Saved Money At Lowes

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, but one of the things I don’t like are the inevitable costs that come about for the upkeep on the yard areas.  Flowers are exempt, because, well, flowers are awesome, but there’s always a few other things.  I had a list of items that I needed to get and decided it was time for a trip to Lowe’s.  I was pretty happy with how things turned out because I saved money at Lowes by doing a few simple things.

Our Lowe’s Shopping List

  • Garden Soil for the soon-to-be planted flower beds
  • Potting Soil for the flowers we put out on the deck
  • Top Soil to fill in a hole where a rotting tree stump used to be
  • Grass seed for the aforementioned spot
  • A new hose nozzle as I broke the handle on the old one last year by snagging it on a tree.  Oopsmb-2016-05-sandbox
  • New play sand for the kids sand box
  • A bag of mulch.  We mulched last year and most of it lasts every two years.  There’s one tree in the street that needs it more often because the lawn mower tends to chew up the mulch
  • Wasp and hornet spray.  We get at least one nest every year.

How We Saved Money At Lowes

All together, the items above totaled out to $63.  We ended up paying about $8 less than that with two simple things:

  1. Took advantage of a gift card offer at the grocery store.   By clipping an online coupon, we bought a $30 Lowe’s gift card for $25.
  2. Used our Lowes Credit Card for the balance.  When you use your Lowe’s credit card, you get 5% off your order.  And, what’s nifty is that you get the 5% on the whole order, not just the amount that’s charged to the card, so we got 5% off the full amount, even though we paid $30 for the gift card.

Is $8 world changing?  Of course not.  Still, it felt pretty good to save money on items that we were going to buy no matter what.  If you’re bringing the items home anyways, you might as well bring back a few extra bucks, right?

That’s the name of the game!

Readers, have you scored any small deals that made you feel extra good lately? 

20 thoughts on “How I Easily Saved Money At Lowes”

  1. It always feels good to save a few extra dollars – especially when you were planning on making the purchase anyway.

    Have you tried out (or any of the other marketplaces for gift cards)? I just checked and Raise is selling Lowe’s In-Store gift cards for 11.3% off.

    If I’m going to purchase something at a big box store, I usually see if I can buy a discounted store gift card.

  2. My spending can easily get out of hand at Lowes. The good news is they’re pretty good about accepting returns. I tend to get buyer’s remorse.

    I also comparison shop with Home Depot and the local nursery. For plants and flowers, I actual prefer to shop local.

  3. Gardening is lovely, but can be SO expensive. I usually get pretty good deals on everything, well I try to anyway! I did a mystery shop and got some kids shoes for free for my daughter, which I was planning on buying anyway! So I was really happy with that.

  4. My wife loves to buy plants & flowers every spring. Sometimes she’ll go to Lowe’s or Orchard Supply, other times the local farmer’s market. Any suggestions for finding deals? Should I always steer her toward the farmer’s markets?

    • Well, for flats the farmers market is about the same price, but where we really found that there are savings are on vegetables and any hanging flower baskets.

  5. I love using store cards for the extra discount. I asked the school tennis coach if there were family discounts and scored 10% off for lessons for the other two kids! I’m hoping the swimming lessons coach will do the same. *fingers crossed*

  6. No small triumphs lately. But speaking of Lowe’s and hose nozzles, I would be beside myself with joy to find a solid brass hose nozzle! The present generation seems to be plastic or partly plastic, guaranteed to break or fall apart within a year.

    • Yes, my wife had come home with one that was cheap plastic and I made her take it back as I knew that wasn’t going to even make it through the season. The one from Lowes still has some plastic but a lot of the important parts at least seem to be more better put together.

  7. I just wrote about how I saved $1 by switching the brand of coffee I buy in the morning. Now, $1 might not be much to get too excited about, but over the course of the year that would be $250 counting all working days!

    And yes, buying no coffee is an even better financial decision.

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