Budget Better: 6 items to avoid at Home Depot and Lowe's


Big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's are ideal destinations for those big-ticket items you need in and around your home.

These home improvement meccas offer tons of unbeatable prices and seasonal deals. Marketwatch reports both Lowe's and Home Depot offer a price match guarantee that are "among the most competitive in the retail industry."

But sometimes, looking elsewhere for a greater variety of products or lower prices is your best bet when it comes to certain purchases. Competitors like Target, Ikea, Home Goods or Amazon.com carry similar items that may be a better deal or better quality.

For example, consumer experts recommend you steer clear of the cleaning aisle at these stores. Brand name cleaning supplies are typically marked up by 10 percent at Home Depot, so you'll often find a better deal at warehouse clubs with generic brand items.

Check out the full list of items experts recommend you avoid at Home Depot and Lowe's: