5 things NOT to buy at Lowe’s and Home Depot

Shoppers assume that large home improvement stores like Lowe’s LOW, -1.86%  and Home Depot HD, -1.98%    have the best prices — and they’re often right — but not always. “In general, the big stores that specialize in home improvement are great resources to save a lot of money on big-ticket items for the home, especially major appliances, lawn and garden equipment and home repair/remodeling products,” says Brent Shelton, a spokesperson for FatWallet.com. Plus, he adds, the salespeople have specialty knowledge, there is a large selection of home improvement items, and these stores’ seasonal prices on many items are often nearly unbeatable, even when comparing them to low-cost, big-box stores like Walmart WMT,+0.60%   and Target TGT, -0.15%   and online sites like Amazon AMZN, +0.27%.


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