Going to a hardware store may be daunting for a regular fellow as there are many options across different price points, making it hard to decide which tool to buy and which brand to stick to.
A mechanic will already be aware of the different brands, tools, and tool kits like Milwaukee combo kits and other options available in the market. In contrast, a regular fellow with little knowledge of tools may invest more than the necessary amount or buy the wrong tools.
So, here are some tips to save money when you shop for power tools:
1. Purchase Combo Kits
Package deals like Milwaukee combo kits enable you to buy several tools at once. These combo kits are a great way to stock your toolbox with new tools and replace old ones. Generally, buying the combo kit is a cheaper alternative to purchasing single pieces. You can save up to 30% of the total cost by buying the tools you need in kits and combos. Combo kits also save you money in buying accessories as well.
2. Stick to a Single Brand
The ecosystem of power tools is similar to that of gadgets (for example, Apple’s ecosystem of iPhones, MacBooks, iPad, etc.). Once you are in a brand’s ecosystem, it is more convenient and cheaper to adhere to it than switching to other brands or buying tools from others. Buying tools of a single brand offers more interchangeability when it comes to parts and accessories. It eliminates the need to purchase individual batteries, chargers, or accessories for each device as you can interchange them. Moreover, it could significantly cost more to buy separate tools from different brands.
Like almost every other brand, power tool companies offer loyalty programs to reward those who continually buy from them. These programs are focused on retail customers regardless of the mode of shopping.
3. Shop During the Right Time of the Year
Like every other product in the market, there are certain times in a year when the hardware manufacturers/retailers provide moderate to heavy discounts. This is especially true for buying power tools as the hardware is heavily discounted on special occasions.
Black Friday sales, Christmas sales, and even events like Fathers day attract significant discounts on hardware tools which could range from 40-60%.
So, plan when to shop for the tools you require in advance and buy the tools that are not immediately required during sale seasons to save a lot of money.
4. Only Buy What You Need
It is easy to go on a shopping spree on hardware and buy multiple combo kits. This is the reason why many people have garages stocked up with tools that they might never use.
So, be true to yourself as to what kind of a handyman (or handyperson) you are. If you are a weekend DIYer, then it doesn’t make sense to splurge on tools with professional and premium features. So, if that is your case, go for less expensive and simpler tools.
However, do not cheap out on the quality. An inexpensive tool is cheap for a reason. A low-priced version of even good brands may lack the necessary features and may offer less durability and lower performance when compared to the medium to high priced models.
There is no rule of thumb when it comes to saving money on power tools. Hence, keep an eye out for promotions and discount offers to get the best deal.
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