Did you know that The Home Depot accepts competitor’s coupons? So, where should you look for coupons for other stores that they would honor? Update: I’ve learned that The Home Depot will not accept printable competitor’s coupons. I’ve updated this post to reflect non-printable coupon sources.

Look in the Sunday Paper
If you need a $10 off $50 coupon how about looking in today’s Sunday paper? Did you see the Lowe’s “Welcome Back Spring” ad? Inside are two coupons, $10 off $50 and $25 off $250. They both can be used in-store or online and they expire April 5. Feel free to take those coupons to The Home Depot because they should honor this competitor’s coupon.

Look in The Entertainment Book
Do you have a $5 off $25 coupon for Ace Hardware? I just took mine to The Home Depot to save money on my paint purchase. I got the coupon from my Entertainment Book – so check your local edition for it. It expires December 31, 2009. Still haven’t gotten the Entertainment Book. They are 50% off right now and you can buy it through Ebates and get $6 cash back (plus those new to sign-up for Ebates get $5 bonus after making their first purchase).

Look in your Mailbox
You might be getting coupons in the mail from your local hardware stores, so save those coupons! Join The Home Depot Garden Club – they mail out coupons on a regular basis. If you are moving, sign-up at Lowe’s Moving site for a 10% coupon. Sometimes Lowe’s sends out coupons with their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazines. They have three different editions: Home and Garden (bi-monthly), Outdoor Living (quarterly), Woodworking (quarterly).

Go to the Post Office
Pat told me that she picked-up a Moving/Change of Address Booklet from the Post Office and inside there was a coupon to Save 10% at Lowe’s that expires June 30, 2009. She said that her Post Office keeps them behind the counter, but all you need to do is ask for one!

Don’t use a coupon – Price Match!
I found The Home Depot price matching policy and I want to encourage you to use it. If you find a competitor with a better price – they will beat it by 10%! You need to bring in the competitor’s ad and obviously it needs to be for the same product they sell (excludes online prices). Thanks to the reader who left a comment about this! I remember seeing the price matching, but had to do some searching to find it in writing on their website.

You Win When Stores Compete
Don’t assume that you have to use your store coupons at the store specified on the coupon. Always ask at the stores you shop at if they accept competitor’s coupons. If the cashier doesn’t know, then ask a manager or at the Customer Service desk. The fact is that retail stores are competing fiercer than ever for your business and so some store policies may be changing to earn your business. But you won’t know until you ask because they don’t always advertise that they accept competitor’s coupons.

What other stores accept competitor’s coupons? Please leave a comment to tell us what stores you are using competitor’s store coupons at. Policies may vary by region – but it’s always worth asking if they will honor your competitor’s coupon!