Weekend Work Wednesday: 9/9

As you may already know, or will soon find out, my two favorite hobbies are finding deals and completing home improvement projects. The items on my project list are usually long and varied. Most projects are not urgent (except for the occasional broken plumbing fixture). As a result, I am able to find much of what I will need for an upcoming project on sale if I watch for a while. After I have all the supplies I need to complete a project, I can start it whenever the spare time arises.

In order to find deals on what I am looking for, I try to look through the weekly fliers for the big-box hardware stores in our area. We live in a city big enough that I have access to Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, and Ace Hardware. Each store has areas of strength and weakness, but by using them all I can usually find a good selection of what I need for a price I am willing to pay.

Below is this week’s list of what I found on a particularly good sale price. Some of the things listed here are specific items, others are categories; it all depends on how the sales are structured. I also have included a list of the advertised free items at Menards for those of you who enjoy mailing in paper rebate forms. There are links to the specific store’s ad on their website if you want more information on any of these items.


Ace Hardware (valid through September 30)
LED light bulbs on sale

light bulbs
6 pack of LED bulbs for $40

Furnace filters (buy 2 get 1 free)


Home Depot (valid through September 13):
Sale on many outdoor living items
Online paint rebate


Sale on many bath fixtures
Sale on select major appliances


Lowes (valid through September 14):
10%-30% of Hitachi power/pneumatic tools

Nice sale on a Lithium-ion drill

Online paint rebate (same rebates as Home Depot)
Sale on many outdoor living items
Sale on select major appliances

Sales on many kitchen and laundry appliance

20% off kitchen cabinets, sinks, countertops


Roofing, siding, and windows (valid through September 13)
Paint rebate, instant and mail in rebates (valid through September 13)
Tool sale (valid through September 20)

Rotary level for $249, save $100
Rotary level kit for $249, save $100

Hunting supplies (valid through September 20)
Kitchen cabinets and organization (valid through September 20)
Bathroom vanities, sinks, and mirrors (valid through September 20)

Menards Free items, after mail-in rebate (valid through September 13):
Foaming carpet cleaner ($1.99 value)
Menards hats and shirts ($6.99 value)
All-purpose paint brush ($5.29 value)
100 pc picture hanging kit ($2.99 value)
Coffee scoop/bag clip ($2.00 value)