Home Depot Military Discount – How to Save 10% on Purchases at Home Depot

Home Depot offers a 10% military discount year round to all active duty service members, reservists, members of the National Guard, military retirees and their family members.
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The Home Depot offers a 10% discount every day to active service members, military veterans, National Guardsmen, reservists, service-connected disabled veterans, and their immediate military family members.

This retailer isn’t the only home improvement store that offers military discounts to thank service members for their sacrifices. 

Lowe’s also offers a military discount to service members, eligible veterans and their families. 

The Home Depot’s Military Discount Policy

According to Home Depot’s customer service department, the year-round military service members discount applies to purchases up to $5,000 for a maximum value of $500. (Some exclusions apply – more on that below). 

Immediate family members of eligible service members and veterans can also get the discount with a valid military dependent ID card or if the service member is present with valid military ID or other proof of service at the time of purchase. 

How to prove military service:

Read about other ways to verify military service here

Home Depot’s military discount is only available for in-store purchases within the United States. and using the discount doesn’t require registration or an extensive approval process. 

Also, discount policy details may vary from location to location, so check with your local Home Depot before making any purchases.

Is The Home Depot Military Discount Available Online?

The 10% military discount is not available online. However, it may be possible to make online purchases for in-store pickup and obtain a discount when you pay at the store.  If you make purchases this way, ask for a price adjustment to see if it’s available at your specific location.

The Home Depot Online Coupon Codes

The Home Depot offers a variety of sales which can vary by location. Before you shop, it’s a good idea to check local advertisements, fliers, promo codes, and online store promotions for up-to-date information.

In many cases, The Home Depot website features deals that aren’t available at their warehouse stores, so it pays to do some digging for deals online.

Click here to see the latest online savings at The Home Depot 

What Can You Use The Home Depot’s Military Discount For?

Home Depot’s discount policy is straightforward and doesn’t require any external registration or approval process. 

Home Depot offers its in-store-only 10% military discount throughout the year. It is applicable to purchases up to $5,000 for a maximum discount of $500. 

As with all discounts and savings opportunities, Home Depot’s military discount comes with a few restrictions and prohibitions. Military discount users should be aware of them before stepping into the check-out line. 

After all, you don’t want to attempt to buy $7,000 worth of goods only to find that the maximum purchase amount is much less.

So, what limitations and exclusions apply to Home Depot’s military discount?

The Home Depot’s Military Discount Exclusions

Some products and services are not discounted, including: 

  • Goods with manufacturer imposed restrictions 
  • Gift cards
  • Freight services
  • Installation services
  • Items already on clearance
  • Items with other existing discounts 
  • Commodities with small margins that don’t allow for discounting, such as lumber and drywall, etc. 

Although the maximum discount is $500 most of the time, some stores may have a lower threshold, depending on the item or store location.

As already noted, the 10% discount is not available for online purchases, though you may be able to get around that limitation.

Home Depot’s military discount is for personal use only. You can’t pay for your purchase with a commercial credit card or have a job number connected to the purchase. The exception is that you can get the military discount using Home Depot consumer credit card.  

Finally, the discount can’t be used retroactively for prior purchases, regardless of the reason.

Can You Stack Military Discounts At The Home Depot? 

In most cases, no. You can’t stack a military discount and a contractor’s discount. But, if Home Depot is offering a storewide deal, you may be able to use your military discount on top of that deal. If in doubt, call ahead and ask. 

What if You Don’t Receive a Discount?

Some active military personnel and retired veterans have reported not receiving a 10% discount when shopping at The Home Depot. Please review the information above and verify that the discount applies to your particular purchases.  

You might not qualify for the discount if there are exclusions as noted above, or you don’t have the proper form of required ID.  Clerks can get in trouble or lose their jobs if they accept a non-valid form of ID, so please don’t put them in an awkward position.

If you have questions or think that you were wrongly denied the discount, you can ask to see a copy of the military discount policy.

Shop Around to Other Retailers

If Home Depot doesn’t honor the military discount, then compare prices with other stores, including Lowe’s.  If one competitor has home improvement coupons, check to see if the other will honor them.  Consider all of your options to ensure you’re getting the best deals on the products you need.

You can find even more savings with special Memorial Day and Veterans Day discounts at retailers and restaurants nationwide.

How The Home Depot Supports the Military Community

In addition to the military discount program, the Home Depot also offers a variety of programs that support the military community, including efforts to hire military veterans and programs to help build homes for disabled veterans.

In Summary

I’ve used the military discount at The Home Depot many times, and I’ve always been grateful for the support The Home Depot shows the military community.

Make sure you read the fine print and understand the exclusions and terms of using your Home Depot military discount. 

A 10% military discount may not seem like such a significant discount on paper, but the idea of gratitude that it symbolizes is a powerful thing.

If you’re a veteran or active duty military member that is eligible for Home Depot military discounts, don’t miss out on the chance to take advantage of the special pricing.

Author’s note: Even if you are denied a discount, we should appreciate that The Home Depot is making an effort to support our community through their ongoing policy of hiring veterans and programs to help build homes for disabled vets.  In all cases, please thank store workers to show your gratitude for supporting us in many ways.

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  1. Ryan Guina says

    This comments section is closed. There are over 600 comments and the discussion has run its course.

    Please refer to the article or the official Home Depot or Lowe’s websites for their official military discount policies.

    We will continue to update this article if there are any changes to the respective policies.

    Please use our Contact Page if you need to contact us about any changes to these policies. Please include a reference or the source and we will investigate and update our site accordingly.

    Please DO NOT contact us regarding whether or not a store honored or did not honor a discount. Those comments should only be directed to the respective store’s Customer Service department. These are third-party organizations and we have no control or influence over their actions.

    Finally, please remember that military discounts are a privilege, not a right. Stores and organizations have the ability to set their own policies and choose how they implement them. If you are offered a discount, please accept it graciously. If not, then smile and move on.

  2. Ray Olsen says

    RE: Goleta California Home Depot Store
    I shopped at this Home Depot 01/08/19. I had to buy some brass plumbing couplers. I’m a disabled Vietnam Veteran and had proper documentation identifying me as such. I showed my ID to the Asst Head Cashier, Rachael, that helped me check out and after receiving my paper receipt, I noticed I did not get the 10 percent military discount. I went to her and asked why I did not receive the discount. I was informed by her that Military discounts are not available for ‘consumable’ purchases. She gave me examples of potting soil and lumber as consumables. I also had this same conversation with the Head Cashier named Vance. I bought four 1/4″ brass fittings which that store considered consumables, and denied my discount. No one at the store offered me a copy of their military discount program. If their examples of consumable products and That brass fittings are considered consumable products, everything Home Depot sells is a consumable product. I have shopped various Home Depot stores in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, and even Northern California. This is the first time I’ve ever been denied my military discount for an ambiguous and non-documented reason. I feel that maybe this Home Depot now considers all Veterans, including disabled Vietnam Veterans, as consumables.

  3. lorrie Tomac says

    I was told after the first of the year, 2019, I had to be registered online with Home Depot or I would no longer be given a Military discount.

    I cannot find where to register for it, and they have been rude every time I use my husband’s ID

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