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When it comes to DIY, you head to the behemoth home-improvement retailer for anything and everything you could possibly need. But all those tools and paint and chic coffee tables (yep, Home Depot sells furniture, too) can really start to add up. Here, five things to keep in mind if you want to save.

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Check to See If You Can Rent (Versus Buy) the Tools

That pressure washer you need to deep clean the deck at the end of the summer? Instead of buying one, consider renting for a fraction of the cost thanks to Home Depot’s tool-rental program (by the hour, day or week). You’ll find everything from lawn mowers to generators, all available to rent so you don’t have to shell out big bucks for a onetime use. Just visit the rental section, plug in your zip code and the amount of time you’ll need to use the tool to see your options. (FYI, it's $41 to rent a pressure washer for the day versus $260 to buy.)

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Sign Up for Home Depot Text Message Alerts

All you have to do is plug in your mobile number to instantly receive a coupon for $5 off your next purchase of $50 or more. You’ll also receive up to ten texts a month including more special promotions and offers to help you save. And don’t worry, opting out is as easy as replying with the word “STOP.” (If only the same tactic worked on your mother-in-law.)

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Subscribe to the “Special Buy of the Day” Email List

Here’s how it works: You input your email address. That’s it. Once a day, you get an email about a hot ticket Home Depot item (everything from hardwood flooring to state-of-the-art grills) that’s on sale for one day only. If the item isn’t relevant to anything you’re trying to DIY, no problem—hit delete. But if it is something already on your shopping list for an upcoming project, you just saved yourself major bucks.

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Never Forget to Peep the Rebate Center

Say you’re planning to buy a programmable thermostat. Before you walk in the door (or pop online) to shop, it’s worth checking out Home Depot’s online rebate center to see any discounts that might apply. Simply plug in the brand, product and your zip code to search for cash-back offers. (For example, some states offer $75 off that programmable thermostat since it helps you be more energy efficient.)

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Or Do Your Research on Its Offer to Price Match

All hail stores with price matching. In this department, Home Depot kicks things up a notch: If you can find an item from a competitor (think: Lowe’s) for less and it’s available to ship to your location, Home Depot will not only match the price; it'll take an additional 10 percent off. (Some restrictions apply.)

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