Veterans Discounts at Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot

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Many veterans live on a fixed income. They may have learned to carefully budget time and money out of necessity. Their kids may have qualified for reduced price or free meals. Many private physicians may not accept insurance held by many veterans, but Lowe’s Home Improvement and The Home Depot attempt to honor veterans by offering year-round and seasonal discounts to veterans.

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Lowe’s Offers 10% Discount to Veterans

According to a telephone conversation on October 27, 2015 with a Customer Service Representative named Julie at 1-800-445-6937, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores offer a year-round 10% discount to veterans who are one of the following:

  • active
  • retired
  • reserve
  • disabled

A “valid” identification or VA identification card is required to be shown at the time of purchase in order to receive the discount. In addition to the above, all veterans, including those who hold a DD 214 card, are offered a 10% discount on:

  • Veterans Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (4th of July)

Sales on many items are offered on the above holidays. Lowe’s also offers a price match for items sold for less at other stores plus a 10% discount for price match items that are not special order. The veterans discount cannot be combined with that offer. Shoppers may get a price match on special order items without an added discount, but veterans can combine their 10% discount to a special order price match.

Home Depot Offers 10% Discount to Veterans

According to a telephone conversation on October 27, 2015 with a Customer Service Representative named Kay at 1-800-466-3337, The Home Depot offers a year-round 10% discount up to maximum of $500 to veterans who are one of the following:

  • active
  • reserve
  • retired
  • disabled

A “valid” identification card is required. A yellow or beige background on the ID is accepted for those who are active or retired military. Family members of a disabled veteran who have a valid ID can qualify for the discount and may be a spouse or immediate family member including a mother, father, brother, sister, or child. Retired veterans must have a picture ID card with a blue background. A VA card ID must have “service connected” under the picture.

All military personnel, including those with a DD 214 ID, are offered a 10% discount up to a maximum of $500 on:

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (4th of July)
  • Veterans Day

The veterans’ discount is available for in-stock, special order, and online purchases. Those who wish to get the veterans’ discount online should connect with a customer service representative before checking out. The Home Depot may offer price matching at the manager’s discretion, but the veterans’ discount cannot be combined with other promotions. Special prices are often available on the holidays listed above.

Veterans Save Money on Home Improvement, Appliances, and More

Veterans who are planning home improvement projects, purchasing gardening or cleaning supplies, or who are looking for appliances or tools may wish to cash in on a discount for veterans at Lowe’s Home Improvement or The Home Depot. Although some restrictions apply, many veterans are unaware of the discount program, particularly the ones offered year-round, and may be paying full price.

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Home Improvement – Cutting Corners!

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It is often said that today, people have less time and even less money than previous generations. Relatively speaking that statement may have some merit; however, homeowners still want a home that looks like a magazine show-home. Therefore, it is heartwarming to know that significant money and time can be easily saved by the endeavours of a keen DIY novice. They will gain the added benefit of feeling great by decorating like a real professional. Read on and find out how the professional decorators cut corners every day. Don’t get the painters in!

The Kitchen

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Always plan out what should be done first. It sounds simple, but this is very important. For example; does the existing kitchen need replacing or is there still life left in it for a few more years, even though it looks a little tired? Once the decision is made to keep or install a new kitchen then plans can be made accordingly.

If budget is an issue, then the new kitchen project is parked to one side, while the concept of just replacing the existing old handles with some new modern handles is considered. To replace the handles means taking one of the original handles to a door and handle specialist store. Life will be easier if you try to replace the old handles with new ones of the same size. New handles will make the existing kitchen look dramatically fresher and more stylish.

If it is decided that just replacing the handles will not be enough to change the overall effect, then consider step two: paint the kitchen cupboard doors. Once the handles are on order, concentrate on painting the cupboard doors. By performing a little DIY quite a lot of cash will be saved, with the added bonus of making a massive improvement to the kitchen and providing a sense of satisfaction.

Painting the Kitchen Cupboards Doors

Copy the professionals by following this easy plan:

  • Remove the doors from the cupboard wall – they are usually fitted with Phillips screws. Leave the hinges fitted to the door.
  • Place the doors flat on a suitable floor covering, (newspapers are ideal) in a well ventilated room, (use a garage or a room with the windows open).
  • Clean the door with a good kitchen cleaner. Use nice, but inexpensive gloss paint, (choose a modern, bold colour that makes a statement; I recommend British Pillar-box Red), use a cheap 12” roller and starting from the centre, in an up and down motion, paint the door. Use the paint sparingly as it may run. Let the coat dry and then re-apply with three more coats with the roller.
  • When dry, paint with a very fine 2” brush with two coats of clear gloss polyurethane.
  • When the cupboard door is dry, afix the new handles and then refit the cupboard doors to the cupboards. Depending on the type of hinge, some levelling adjustments may be required. This is relatively easy and a trial and error technique is used.
  • When all the doors are fitted just stand back, admire the professional job and smile!

This fix-up is easy and inexpensive, and will look a million dollars.

The Bathroom

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Is the sealant around the bath or shower mouldy? If a professional decorator was employed they would remove all the sealant and replace with an expensive, off the shelf product. However, if this problem was in their own home they would follow the following technique first:

  • Wear a pair of rubber gloves.
  • Roll up a piece of kitchen paper and lay it straight on top of the sealant.
  • Pour a teaspoon at a time of mild bleach on the paper, leave for 10 minutes, remove the tissue paper and dispose of in a plastic bag.
  • Rinse the sealant with cold water.
  • Rub any remaining mould spots with a slice if lemon.

Sounds easy…it is! If in the future, the mould spots return just reach for the lemon juice again.

How to Make Paint Go Further

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Mix it all up! After a few years of decorating projects, the amateur DIY practitioner will generally have collections of quarter-full tins of paint, stacked in paint lockers and on shelves in their garage or garden shed. Eventually the paint will dry up and have to be disposed of in an environmentally sympathetic manner. Remember the less air in a tin the less likely a thick paint skin will form on top of it, therefore pour remnants of paint into smaller tins.

Better still, follow what the professionals do, namely, they look for paint of the same type and mix it together to form a new colour. For example, collect all the gloss paint and mix, same for silk, eggshell and matte. Matte paints are water-based and gloss-oil based. Once the paint is mixed, pour into a clean tin with a good sealing lid, paint on a sample of the new colour (a stripe right around the tin), and use for the next project! If more paint is created than is needed and the paint job is completed then go around the house looking for more projects.

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