By Morgan Quinn, Feature Writer
Kohl’s is famous for its steep markdowns and constant sales, but smart and savvy consumers can uncover ways to save even more at this discount store. Between stacking coupons and decoding the price markers, we’ve rounded up 28 of the best tips and tricks to scoring big savings year round at Kohl’s.
28 Ways to Save Money at Kohl’s
1. No coupon? No problem
You can easily search Kohl’s promo and coupon codes on sites like CouponSherpa and RetailMeNot. Just enter the code at the Kohl’s checkout to secure the discount.
2. Sign up for a Kohl’s Charge card
Kohl’s extends exclusive offers to its cardholders like Kohl’s Cash and additional coupons. The savings can be significant, so if you use your card wisely, this is a great way to save money.
3. Use in-store kiosks to order merchandise online
According to PassionforSavings.com, Kohl’s in-store kiosks take coupons and offer free shipping on any order, so you can definitely save more using this method, especially if the store is out of a size or color but has the item you want online.
4. Earn Kohl’s Cash
Customers who pay with their Kohl’s Charge cards can earn Kohl’s Cash during limited-time promotions, according to the retailer. The cash, which is actually store credit, is typically valid a week after the promotion ends and can be used in the store or online. The valid dates of Kohl’s Cash usually also coincide with additional sales, so you can redeem even more savings.
5. Just ask
If you don’t have a coupon, simply ask the cashiers for any extras. They usually have stacks of them behind their registers.
6. Stack coupons
You can stack Kohl’s coupons as long as the valid dates and fine print allow it. You can combine dollar-off coupons with percent-off coupons, or stack multiple percent-off coupons with a free-shipping coupon.
7. Pay your Kohl’s Charge card off at the register
Use your Kohl’s Charge card to earn extra discounts and Kohl’s Cash and then pay it off right at the register ― Kohl’s registers can also process credit card payments, helping you save money without racking up any debt.
8. Download the Kohl’s app
You can hold your Kohl’s Cash within the app, as well as carry coupons in the new virtual wallet feature, according to the retailer’s website.
9. Sign up for text and email alerts
Sign up for Kohl’s email and text alerts and you’ll receive a 15 percent off coupon. Simply text SAVE08 to 56457 to sign up.
10. Browse “Today’s Deals” to get the most current coupon codes
Kohl’s usually issues new coupons on Wednesdays and Fridays, reports PassionforSavings.com, with the occasional new discount on Sundays. You can see the most recent coupon codes by clicking on “Today’s Deals” at the top of the Kohl’s homepage.
11. Take advantage of price matching
Kohl’s will match competitors’ ads with a current date. This only applies to in-store items, so you’ll have to make a trip to your local store to get the discount.
12. Buy discounted Kohl’s gift cards
Sites like GiftCardRescue.com sell discounted Kohl’s gift cards. Just an FYI - you can’t use Kohl’s Cash or other promos when you pay with a gift card.
13. Sign up for the Yes 2 You Rewards Program
The new Kohl’s Yes 2 You Rewards Program allows shoppers to earn $5 for every $100 spent, no matter how you pay - you don’t need to have a Kohl’s Charge card to get these rewards and they’re sharable among friends in your social networks.
14. Register for your wedding at Kohl’s
The Kohl’s Ever After Rewards program offers 10 percent off the amount purchased from your wedding registry back in store credit. So, if you receive $1,500 worth of wedding gifts from your Kohl’s registry, you’ll get $150 back in Ever After Rewards, according to the retailer.
15. Head to Kohl’s on Black Friday
Once a year, during the week of Black Friday, Kohl’s offers extra Kohl’s Cash deals. This is the perfect time to buy high-ticket items that are usually excluded from regular promos, reports PassionforSavings.com.
16. Look for Gold Star Clearance items
Kohl’s offers deep discounts on “Gold Star Clearance” items, which can offer as much as 80 percent off the original price. Combine this discount with Kohl’s Cash or coupon codes and you could pay next to nothing for your purchase.
17. Get a senior citizen discount
On Wednesdays, Kohl’s extends a 15 percent discount to all shoppers ages 55 and older. You can’t use this discount in conjunction with other promos or certain merchandise, though.
18. Get a price adjustment
Kohl’s customers have two weeks to take their receipts back to get a price adjustment on merchandise that went on sale after they purchased it. Certain restrictions apply.
19. Stock up on makeup and beauty items
Kohl’s has a surprisingly good selection of makeup and beauty items. You can find well-known cosmetic brands like LORAC, Bliss, Essie and EOS for a fraction of the price.
20. Mark your calendars
Today Style reports that Kohl’s offers its biggest markdowns on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.
21. Search for additional rebates
In addition to coupons, Kohl’s Cash and rewards programs, Kohl’s also offers rebates on a variety of items. The Kohl’s website has a list of current rebates, as well as redemption instructions.
22. Get a birthday discount
Kohl’s Yes 2 You Rewards Program members get an additional discount offer on their birthdays. What a great excuse to treat yourself to something special.
23. Skip women’s shoes, fine jewelry, home décor and handbags
According to Cheapism.com, these items typically have the least value at Kohl’s. The site also says consumers can find better deals at other discount retailers like DSW, T.J. Maxx and even Target.
24. Spend over $600 a year
Kohl’s Charge cardholders who spend over $600 a year get placed into the “Most Valuable Customer” program and receive exclusive rewards and coupons throughout the year.
25. Aim for 50 percent off
The money-saving site Mommy Savers reports that Kohl’s marks its merchandise up and then offers a discount to give customers the elusion of savings. The site recommends consumers aim to save at least 50 percent to ensure they’re getting a deal.
26. Shop through cash-back sites
Sites like UPromise and EBates offer customers an additional 5 percent cash back when they shop for Kohl’s merchandise through their online portals.
27. Ask for a scratch-off coupon
When you are at checkout, ask the cashier for a scratch-off coupon. These are only available during secret sales and you can win the chance to score a coupon for 15 percent, 20 percent or 30 percent off.
28. Decode the digital price marker
Cheapism.com reports that certain codes indicate when an item will be marked down. In the upper right-hand corner of the pricing code, there are letters: GV indicates a limited-time price drop, S means it’s a one- to two-week sale, and NM means the item will be marked down again that night or the following morning.
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