This is silly, really.
When Grace was a baby and we were building our house, I went to Lowe's first. I've always felt very blessed just to have amazing home improvement stores with helpful people, wide selections, and fair prices, but the reason I went to Lowe's first is really silly.
It's because they kept flatbed and lumber carts in the aisles where you needed them. It's because I didn't have to carry my newborn baby outside - sometimes in twenty below temperatures - and round up a flatbed cart, push it through the snowy parking lot, and then deal with a cold cart - while my daughter screamed and I dodged cars and snow drifts. And Lowe's understood how a little thing like putting carts where you need them could be such a big deal to one busy mom. I know it sounds silly, but that is the reason I went to Lowe's first.
So it's no surprise to me that Lowe's has created a comprehensive suite of free tools just for people like me - with limited time, tight budgets, real home improvement challenges, and probably a kid or two tagging along - to help plan, organize and manage all of our home improvement purchases.
It's called MyLowe's, and I'm pretty excited that Lowe's has asked me to use and share my experience with you. Because I look at MyLowe's like the carts in the aisle - a considerate effort to make a challenging task - buying building materials - that much easier on busy people everywhere. We can use the MyLowe's tools to save paint colors, keep records on our major appliance purchases, put dream tools in wish lists, to create shopping lists for projects, and even to have orders pulled for pickup.
For us building furniture, MyLowe's answers the biggest question of all: How much will a project cost for me to build in my area? I've never been able to answer this question because lumber and building materials vary greatly depending on where you live. Today, I can. Today, I am going to show you how to use MyLowe's to create a folder with the building materials I commonly use in projects, and then pull from that master list to quickly price the cost of materials for your chosen project.
1. Sign Up For a Free Account
The first thing you need to do to use all these great, free tools is sign up for a MyLowe's account.
It's a very simple account sign up - probably take you less than a minute - and will save you hours and hours later on. If you sign up right now, you can start getting realtime price lists working for you.
2. Find Your Local Store
Check on the top of the page if your local Lowe's is listed. If not, click on Find a Store at the top, and find the nearest Lowe's and save it as Your Store. This will enable local real time pricing for you - and also give you access to materials sold in your local store.
3. Find and Save Your Favorite Building Materials
Now simply just search for the items you buy frequently and click on Save Item. In this example I have 1 x 2 x 8 Whitewood furring strips (I'll give you a complete list of my favorite materials at the end of this post).
4. Create a Folder
You can see I'm already creating folders for Appliances for the Momplex and the Play Kitchen I'm working on for the Make Two Challenge. Make a new folder for Furniture Projects, and we can use this folder to save all of our favorite Furniture Building Materials to.
I named my folder "Furniture Supplies." Make sure you click Done.
After you click Save you have successfully created a folder to start saving your favorite building materials too!
Here are some of mine that you can search for and add to your own folder.
1 x 2 x 8 Whitewood
Supplies may vary depending on where you live. Where I live, our whitewood boards and furring strips are really good - but you may find where you live hardwoods available and inexpensive, or you may prefer working with MDF. Customize and create your folder with your most favorite building materials so you can quickly and easily price out and buy what you need to build projects.
When you visit the store and make purchases, you can have those purchases saved to your MyLowe's account. Then you can go back and view the purchase receipt and add your favorite products to this folder as well. Just ask to get a MyLowe's card.
You can access your folders at any time from any page at the top header bar. Once you are in your folder, click on items you want to purchase.
5. Buying Materials
And add to your cart. How easy is that? You can even choose Pick Up in Store to have your order pulled for you.
You can of course create folders and lists for any project. In this example I've created a folder for the Charity Play Kitchen I'm building for the Make Two Challenge. I can print out the shopping list, or email it to myself and take it to the store as well.
And there's more!
And this is just a tiny, teeny sample of how MyLowe's is changing our home improvement buying experience. I'll be sharing how I use my MyLowe's account to shop for the Momplex as well.
Special thanks to Lowe's for creating this amazing suite of tools and giving me an opportunity to use and share my experience. I also thank Lowe's for supporting our site, the Momplex project, and keeping project plans free and supporting the development of new plans. This post is sponsored by Lowe's, but represents my objective opinion.