When it comes to home repair supplies, Lowe’s and Home Depot are the two major big box players in York PA and virtually every city in the United States. If you need a new tool such as a hammer, both places will have them. So is there really a difference between Lowe’s and Home Depot?
Shopping Lowe’s and Home Depot
We actually purchase our supplies from both stores as the majority of their items are priced within a few cents of each other. In addition, each store has offerings that both consumers and business owners can use to save money on their purchases.
5% Off Every Lowe’s Purchase
One perk of Lowe’s is that their consumer and business credit cards offer 5% off every purchase you make in-store or online. This is something the Home Depot credit cards for consumers and businesses do not have. I do have some good news for Home Depot credit card holders though! A few weeks back I made a non-business purchase at Home Depot and asked if they could offer me the 5% discount I get with my Lowe’s credit card. To my surprise, the cashier said they will give customers the 5% discount if they ask and they use their Home Depot credit card to make the purchase.
Lowe’s For Pros for Businesses
Lowe’s also offers business owners discounts with their Lowe’s for Pros program. Contractors can save a decent amount of money when they buy supplies or materials in bulk through the Lowe’s loyalty program. Home Depot also offers contractor bulk pricing with their Pro Xtra loyalty program, but I personally feel the Lowe’s program comes out on top when comparing the two.
Lowe’s seems to be more generous with their discount offerings as I am frequently e-mailed 5% off Lowe’s for Pros purchases. Home Depot e-mails out offers too but they are geared more towards one-time use dollars off promotions such as $10 off purchases of $250 or more. This is not that bad of a deal if you are making a large purchase, but still not as great as the 5% off Lowe’s discount you can use continually until it expires. Also, Home Depot makes you use the coupon in-store whereas you can use the Lowe’s discounts for online purchases.
Who Do You Prefer?
As a small business owner who purchases a large amount of supplies for our work, I feel Lowe’s has a slight advantage over Home Depot when it comes to ways for both business owners and customers to save money. Do you have a preference between Lowe’s and Home Depot? Or do you have an additional money-saving tip at either of these stores you want to pass along? Let us know in the comments and thank you for checking out our blog!