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75% Home Depot & Wal-Mart Confirmed 1/1/08

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I just got back myself. I got the Home Depot racecar inflatable and an inflatable ornament. I could have scored lots more if I had the $$. Not much at Walmart left so got some ornaments and a yard sign.

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I just returned from both. Neither were marked as 75% off, they were both still marked as 50% off. I checked the pricing and both are ringing through at 75% off here.

When I checked at Home Depot, the Assistant Managers reply was, well they didn't tell me. She scanned an item and was suprised when the lights were 50 cents a box.

I stocked up at both. :laughing:

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I just got back from Home Depot. Spent $275.

68 Boxes of 300 count clear regular lights

6 Boxes of 300 count multi regular lights(all they had obviously)

2 Light Keeper Pros

6 Different Inflatables from $7.50 each to $37.50 each.

I had a flat bed and a regular cart overfilled they were having a good time at the checkout.

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sharkey969 wrote:

I just got back from Home Depot. Spent $275.

68 Boxes of 300 count clear regular lights

6 Boxes of 300 count multi regular lights(all they had obviously)

2 Light Keeper Pros

6 Different Inflatables from $7.50 each to $37.50 each.

I had a flat bed and a regular cart overfilled they were having a good time at the checkout.

sharkey and i live in the same town.. he told me last night that he needed clear lights.. so i waited until about 4pm to go to the same HD and cleared 3 cases of clear and a case of yellow.. plus a couple of snowflakes..

sharkey,

what is HD going to do now that we are done?

haha!

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We have a new Target in Temple, TX. They have an entire wall and several flat bed carts of cases of incandescent mini lights at 75% off. Didn't look at colors, etc beause we aren't buying incandescents anymore. LED's and rope light only. The Temple Home Depot also had lots of incandescents left. No one was even looking at them.

Marilyn

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I was suprised to find extension cords at 75% off. Not the heavy outdoor types but the SPT-2 indoor type. (From what I've been reading, alot of people use the indoor cords for low load outdoor lines).

They had boxes of three (one each of 6', 9', and 15') for 1.24 per box. I bought 20 boxes. I figure I can cut off some of the male ends and use them as pigtails on my controllers. At 40 cents each, that seems pretty cheap.

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