Tips for buying cheap gravel include making a bulk purchase at a home improvement store, contacting a landscaping supplier to negotiate smaller purchases, or visiting a quarry directly to make a purchase. It may also be cheaper to buy gravel in a specific color or style from any location.
Home improvement stores typically offer gravel at the highest price but with the greatest level of convenience due to the sale of individual bags. Some stores may offer a discount for making a bulk purchase or feature special deals and promotions on particular brands and styles. Many home improvement stores also publish coupons (in the mail or online) offering general product discounts.
Landscaping supply stores typically sell gravel at a cheaper price than retail stores because they deal in sales in larger amounts -- sometimes placing a minimum order at half of a ton. Depending on your needs, you may be able to negotiate with the supply store to purchase below the minimum order amount by agreeing to different terms or purchasing an unpopular color.
Many gravel quarries also sell gravel directly at significantly cheaper prices than retailers or suppliers, though they often place minimum purchase amounts of two tons or more. Make appropriate arrangements to pick up and transport the gravel to take advantage of the savings.