The single most common question we hear about our building supplies is: “Where do you get [insert material stock here] for that price?” Surprisingly enough, the answer is the same place you do most of the time: the big box. We just strike at different times.
Take this flooring material, for instance. You can barely see it, but the 1’x1’ adobe tile for 98 cents/sq. ft. in the back was priced at $4 a sq. ft. not two months ago. In the same time period the laminate hardwood flooring was on the display wall for 3 to 5 times its currently marked price — now it’s bargain fodder. There’s nothing wrong with the stock; it’s just got to leave because they need the floor space and either it didn’t sell or they’ve got way too much gathering dust already.
Look for deals like this when seasons change or when the stores are shifting display modes — you’ll find them and save tons of cash, and it might allow you to do the project when you otherwise couldn’t. For what it’s worth, the same trick works with most outlet or chain stores that order supplies in bulk.