Hardware stores can be intimidating (or boring) if you're not a DIY pro with a workshop and a constant stream of projects. Everyone can actually benefit from shopping them, though — all kinds of useful finds lurk among the saws and lumber and drills.
At Northern Tool, for example, you can get up to 68% off a range of tools and home items during its Ultimate Inventory Reduction Sale. Plus, coupon code "251087" takes an extra $10 off $50 orders, while "251088" knocks $20 off $100 or more. Opt for in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs, which start at $5.99. (Free shipping is available for select items.)
We found eight items for $10 or less that you should pick up before the sale ends on February 21, regardless of your building skills.
8 Items You Need From Northern Tool
For Changing Batteries
Ironton 9-Piece Screwdriver Set with Holder for $9.99 ($10 off)
Remotes, kids' toys, and electronic gadgets can burn through batteries at a furious pace. Also furious? You, if you don't have a screwdriver to open battery compartments. This set has you covered for a range of screw sizes and styles.
For Corralling Bits and Bobs
Strongway Small Stackable Bins 9-Pack for $9.99 ($3 off)
These bins are designed to hold nails, bolts, and other small hardware pieces. But they can also work for office products like paper clips and thumbtacks, or craft supplies like glue sticks and buttons.
To Save the Day
Ironton 10-Foot Jumper Cables for $4.79 ($7 off)
If you drive, there's no excuse for not keeping a set of jumper cables in your car. The next time you or a friend has a dead battery, you'll feel like a superhero.
Ironton Men's Leather Belt for $7.49 ($8 off)
Surprise! Northern Tool sells this versatile leather belt in black and brown, and no one would ever guess that it came from a hardware store.
For Power Outages
Tactical Pro Gear Rechargeable SWAT Flashlight Set for $9 ($11 off)
This water-resistant flashlight has three modes, wall and car chargers, and a safety wand — so you'll be prepared for any situation that requires you to BYOL. Camping? Power went out? Car broke down at night? You're ready.
To Protect Your Walls
Ironton 72" x 55" Nonwoven Moving Blanket for $4.99 ($2 off)
Do you have furniture? Do you live inside a structure with walls? Save yourself the hassle of painting over scuffs (or living with the ugly marks) with this moving blanket.
For Toasty Toes
Gravel Gear Men's Merino Wool Blend Lightweight Crew Socks 2-Pack for $7.99 ($2 off)
These socks purportedly have all kinds of benefits, like moisture-wicking, temperature regulation, antimicrobial properties, and arch support. But they also serve the most basic function of socks, which is to keep your feet warm in the winter.
For Extra Grip
Klutch 8" Slip Joint Pliers for $3.99 ($5 off)
Pliers are meant for grabbing pipes and wires and other repair jobs. Honestly, you'll probably use them for their intended application at least once. Here's a secret, though — they're also good for opening tricky bottles.
Readers, did anything catch your eye in Northern Tool's Ultimate Inventory Reduction Sale? Let us know in the comments below!