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jmuamy 01-17-2009 05:00 PM

buying home, have Home Depot gift cards, which projects stretch HD$
 
Thanks in advance for your feedback!

We are buying a house that will need the following:

Blinds for about 15-20 windows (hopefully not all custom)
3 overhead lighting fixtures
crown moulding
3 toilet seats
paint and painting supplies
1 garage door opener
small amount of high quality carpeting (10x10) and installation
1 prefabricated double sink countertop for bathroom vanity including sinks
2 french doors (interior use)
washer/dryer

I realize that some things are a better deal than others at Home Depot. We want to use the $1,500 we have in gift cards wisely. Any advice on what to definitely or definitely not get from Home Depot?

Thanks for your expertise and advice!

Scuba_Dave 01-17-2009 05:41 PM

I've bought quite a bit at HD
One thing that saves is sign up for a CC with them
Initial sign up you usually get 10% off anything that day & 6 months & no payments. Interest accrues so you must make sure you pay it off before time elapses
You will then receive additional 10% off coupons thru the mail
I get one seems every other month
I keep a running list of what we need & buy only when I get a coupon
In some cases the coupon gives you one year instead of 6 months
We deposit the $$ into savings that we would spend & pay the bill when it comes due

EMILY P 01-18-2009 12:00 AM

[quote=jmuamy;214400]Thanks in advance for your feedback!

We are buying a house that will need the following:

Blinds for about 15-20 windows (hopefully not all custom)
3 overhead lighting fixtures
crown moulding
3 toilet seats
paint and painting supplies
1 garage door opener
small amount of high quality carpeting (10x10) and installation
1 prefabricated double sink countertop for bathroom vanity including sinks
2 french doors (interior use)
washer/dryer
400 Series Andersen Windows- wait until May they have 10% off sale special orders- Behr paint has promo's now with more gift cards- and they will run it again over labor day- 4th of july- 5 gallon gets you $20 more gift cards- and I thought appliances were 10% off now- but if need windows now - do a price shop then ask them to match and beat -every store manager is different- some will and some will not- or wait for a sale- but you must watch the ads
If you need vinyl windows American Craftsman 8500 series window- 20% sale
just trying to get you your bang for your buck

Aggie67 01-18-2009 10:24 AM

When I bought my first house, we made it a point to buy a used washer and dryer. We were on a tight budget, and our dollar had to stretch. I found a couple that was moving to Europe, and had to ditch their washer, dryer, lawn tractor, push mower, weed whacker, chain saw, garden tools, and a "basement" fridge. We paid $700 for everything, but we had to move it all out ourselves. 15 years and a house later, I still have the tractor, mower, weed whacker, chain saw, tools, and the fridge (fridge is actually 6 feet from where I'm sitting right now). The washer and dryer stayed behind when we moved out 2 years ago, but they worked fine (Whirlpool).

Look for deals in the want ads or Craigs List. They're out there. Also, in my area, there is a well known appliance store that sells factory blemish appliances at a decent discount. (Route 202 in Raritan, between the circle and Anderson, for those in NJ.)

duckdown 01-18-2009 11:35 AM

Check out http://www.selectblinds.com for blinds. Everything else, Home Depot has good value...

biggles 01-18-2009 01:33 PM

HD is TV advertising carpet installation fee at $139,no matter how many rooms your doing

jmuamy 01-18-2009 02:41 PM

Thanks a lot for all the replies. Very helpful stuff!

jmuamy 01-18-2009 03:09 PM

Aggie67,

It just so happens I grew up in Flemington and live on the PA side now, but not far. I looked into the appliance store you mentioned and I think I found them. Thanks a lot! We'll check it out.

jayharold 01-18-2009 03:30 PM

You can cut blinds by using duct tape and hack saw. Use the duct tape to tape them together tight and then cut.

biggles 01-18-2009 08:44 PM

check out your local Dollar Tree store for .....tape measures,screwdrivers,pliers,tape for painting,packs of paint brushes all types of spray cleaners/clensers these impulse items in HD will kill you $$$$$$ on the way out.

Aggie67 01-19-2009 07:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jmuamy (Post 215016)
Aggie67,

It just so happens I grew up in Flemington and live on the PA side now, but not far. I looked into the appliance store you mentioned and I think I found them. Thanks a lot! We'll check it out.

Store name begins with "U".

GranBossito 02-22-2009 09:24 AM

I'm originally from Flemington too. It's called Uneeda Appliances. They carry name brand, scratch and dent appliances and sell them at a discount. ~Kevin

12penny 02-22-2009 10:57 AM

Emily....be careful with American Craftsman windows. My research shows they dont meet the guidelines for the new energy star tax credits. And make sure the Andersons you get at Hombre Depot do. Andersons website says the 400 series is included, but you never know what the depot gives up to sell windows so cheap.


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