Kohl’s is one of my favorite places to shop for clothes and accessories. The quality of their clothes is good, and they have such a large selection, I can always find something that fits my style.
However, if you’ve ever set foot in a Kohl’s store, you might be overwhelmed by the seemingly large price tag. I’ve seen tops and dresses on sale for $80 or more! Yikes!
If you’re looking to get the best deal at Kohl’s, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to share with you my tips and tricks to help you save BIG at Kohl’s.
1. Sign up for Email Alerts
When you sign up for Kohl’s email sale alerts, you will immediately receive a 15% off coupon to use on your next purchase in-store or online. You’ll also receive email updates about sales, free shipping offers, and promo codes straight to your inbox.
From time to time, like right around Christmas Kohl’s e-mail customers will receive a Mystery Offer in their inbox with a promo code offering anywhere from 20-40% off, usually good for one day only. To make the most of these, save your big ticket items for one of these offers then combine it with a department code, free shipping and Kohl’s cash and watch those prices crumble as the savings add up!
2. Stackable Store Coupons and Promo Codes
The promo codes are our very favorite method of savings at Kohl’s! As couponers we are accustomed to the coupon lingo of “stacking”, but this is a concept you don’t find very often outside the grocery market.
But Kohl’s deservers a big thumbs up because they offer two forms of promo codes, in the form of Dollars Off and Percentage Off, and you can pile them into your shopping cart up to four deep! Yes, that is F-O-U-R (4!) codes that you can use at one time!
For example, take a blender that is regularly priced at $180 on sale for $100. Cardholders may get a 30% promo code (received via email or by checking promo code websites such as RetailMeNot) dropping the item to $70. Then, there may be a “Dollars Off” department code for certain items, say it’s $10 off $50 houseware purchase. Use that code to get another $10 off and drop the price to $60. Then, if you time it correctly, you could earn Kohl’s cash (earn $10 on every $50 you spend to use at a later date) or Yes2You Rewards. Here’s a summary of how you can stack the discounts:
- One sitewide percent-off promo code, such as 15, 20, 30%, etc.
- Department specific promo codes, i.e., $10 off $50 housewares, $10 off $40 Jewelry, etc.
- Use Rewards like Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Rewards.
- Free shipping codes.
These stack up to HUGE savings at the end of the transaction! Just wait, if you aren’t already a believer, give it a try and you will be!
3. Earn Kohl’s Cash
Simply put, Kohl’s cash is free money that is earned when you buy things at Kohl’s.
You will earn $10 for every $50 you spend. Sounds like a gal’s dream, doesn’t it? Just make sure that you are shopping during times when they are offering Kohl’s cash to earn, otherwise, it would be a time when you can use your Kohl’s cash.
So you can’t earn AND use your Kohl’s Cash at the same time… the dates never coincide like that. You are either able to earn the reward or able to use the reward. Usually the dates to use the reward are about a week after the dates that you earned the reward.
The best part is that the Kohl’s Cash reward comes off just like real cash. It is not a coupon that you need to spend a certain threshold. You use it just like using a $10 bill.
Bonus tip: To get the $10 off $50, you really only have to spend $48 (not the full $50)! Just be within $2 of $50 after all the discounts and you will still earn the Kohl’s cash. Boom!
4. Sign up for Yes2You Rewards Program
Yes 2 You Rewards are not the same as Kohl’s cash. Nope, the Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards program is a loyalty program where you earn $5 for every 100 points you earn by shopping like usual.
And the points can be earned super easily: 1 point for every dollar you spend!
You will see them in your shopping cart when you sign in to your account online, and they will also show up at the register where you can choose to use them or keep saving! When you sign up for Yes 2 You Rewards you will be guaranteed to receive at least 8 offers a year, plus a birthday gift and other opportunities to earn more.
5. Wedding Registry Rewards
Kohl’s also has a rewards program called the Ever After Rewards program. You earn 10% rewards on gifts purchased through your registry, save an extra 15% on the items left on your registry for up to three months after your wedding, free gifts just for registering, plus your guests save 20% on a $100 in-store purchase from your registry.
That means if you receive $1,500 worth of wedding gifts from your registry, you’ll also receive $150 of rewards! Yayyyy!
You don’t need to sign up to receive the rewards, you’ll automatically get them in your account when your guests buy anything off your registry.
But maybe you aren’t getting married.. what about having a baby or celebrating a momentous occasion? Those work too!
Oh, and another bonus, they have a Registry Completing Program which will allow you to receive 15% off items left in your registry. And you’ll have up to three months after the event to buy the items. Score!
6. Sign up for a Kohl’s Charge Card
Kohl’s Charge Cardholders get at least 12 special offers of 15-30% off every year.
Immediately when you sign up you get an extra 25% off on your first day’s purchase, and THEN you’ll receive another 15% off when your card arrives in the mail.
As you should be full aware, I am not a proponent of credit cards and debt. When I use my Kohl’s Card, I immediately go right back to the Customer Service desk and pay off the entire balance using my Debit Card, that way I don’t have to worry about getting into trouble later.
7. Price Match Competitor Stores
Some of you dedicated price-matchers will find this intriguing: Kohl’s will price match any competitor in-store prices for identical items sold in Kohl’s stores (not online).
Just bring the competitor’s ad to the store with you showing the current date on the ad and they will gladly match the competitors price.
Now, you won’t be able to use any other percent or dollars off discounts on the price-matched items, so you’ll need to pay attention to which way is the best deal. However, you will still earn Kohl’s cash & Yes2You Rewards!
8. Watch the Price on Your Purchases
Customers have two weeks to take their receipts back to Kohl’s and get a price adjustment on any merchandise that may have gone on sale after you purchased it. Some restrictions may apply, so don’t be shy asking an associate.
That means if the price of an item you already purchased drops within 14 days of your purchase, Kohl’s will pay you the difference.
The only time this doesn’t apply is when the item is (or was) a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) sale or if is a clearance markdown.
9. Be on the Lookout for Gold Star Clearance Items
The deepest discounts you can find will be on Gold Star Clearance items.
These items are as high as 80% off the original ticket price! Combined with Kohl’s cash, coupon codes, or rewards you could pay next to nothing for these items.
10. Know the Digital Price Codes
If you’re ever unsure whether or not you are getting the best deal, look for these codes on the digital price signs:
- “NM” (new markdown)
- “GV” (great value)
- “BB” (bonus buy)
- “BGH” (buy one, get one half off)
- S (sale price)
- 50 (50% off)
- PP (Product placement, which means the sale price is fixed)
11. Shop on the Second and Fourth Saturdays of the Month
The biggest markdowns are offered on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, so (if possible) hold off on your shopping until then.
12. Watch For Yes 2 Monday Offers
Each Monday, Kohl’s sends out an email with a special offer. Sometimes, this includes a coupon for $5 off a $5 purchase, meaning you can get something for free! So watch your inbox for that FREE money!
13. Shop on Friday Nights and Saturday Mornings
The best time to shop at Kohl’s is from 3pm on Friday to 1pm on Saturday because you can save you can save an additional 10-25% off the lowest price.
These are known as Night Owl and Early Bird Specials and the sales are available in-store as well as online.
14. It Pays to be a Senior at Kohl’s
This is a savings opportunity that makes my heart smile. Kohl’s offers a Senior Discount every Wednesday for seniors age 60+ to receive an extra 15% off their in-store purchases.
AND… that number can be stacked with department specific promo codes and other rewards offers, like Kohl’s cash & Yes2You! Score!
15. Connect to Kohl’s Wi-Fi for Coupons
By just connecting to their Wi-Fi while in store, you can get coupons! I’ve received a 20% off coupon but I’ve heard you can get $5 off or $10 off coupons. It’s worth it to connect and see if you score a nice discount!
16. Get FREE Money on Your Birthday
Rewards members get an additional discount offer on their birthday! This year, I got $5 in Yes 2 You Rewards. I know it’s not monumental, but free money is free money!
And it comes with no strings (no spending thresholds) so I was able to get some Godiva Chocolate completely for FREE!
17. Check for Rebates: Above and Beyond the Discounts
Most people aren’t aware of this but Kohl’s offers rebates. And these are a complete bonus that are earned in addition to all the other discounts and rewards!
They are easily identifiable when shopping online because the rebate amount is stated right alongside item with a link to the actual rebate form. Just print, fill, mail and Viola! In a few weeks you’ll receive the rebate in the mail hassle free.
Some of them are hefty rebates, as much as $50!
Here’s an example of how you can save with a rebate offer (this is just an example, none of these codes are valid):
Buy: KitchenAid Stirring Tower Multi-Cooker Attachment on sale for $179.99 (regular price $249.99)
Use: Promo code PRESENTS30 to save 30% off (minus $54)
Use: Department code TOWER10 to save $10 off a purchase of $50+ (minus $10)
Receive: FREE shipping when you spend over $50 (or you could use a free shipping code or choose Ship-To-Store)
Pay: $115.99 after discounts
Receive: $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend (minus $20)
Submit Rebate: Receive a $20 pre-paid Visa by mail (minus $10)
Final Price after Kohl’s cash & rebate: $75.99 That’s a 70% savings off regular price!
18. Download (and Open) the Kohl’s App
While in store, open the Kohl’s App and you might get a little bonus! They usually offer you a coupon for your purchase, plus you get 10 Yes 2 You Rewards points just for opening it up!
Tired of losing coupons or missing deals? The app will manage your savings, rewards and offers! You can even scan your paper coupons and it’ll save them for you. Plus, you can scan items in the store to price check or learn more about them.
It’s easy as pie to use and you will love it because at a glance you will be able to see everything you want to know about your account and what discounts and offers are available to you.
19. Texting Saves Too
Kohl’s is also TEXT savvy! Get an extra 15% off your next online order by signing up for their Mobile Sales Alerts when you TEXT the word SAVE24 to 56457 (KOHLS), get another 15% offer when you TEXT the word SAVE07 to 56457.
Bonus: you can stack these with the other dollars off, Kohl’s cash & Yes2You Rewards offers!
20. Hassle-Free Returns
Kohl’s offers a “No questions asked”, hassle-free return policy for all purchases.
No time restrictions.
And no receipt is needed because it’s available in their system for up to 12 months after the date of the purchase.
You can get a full refund back on purchases as far back as 12 months, and in-store credit if the purchase is older than that. That truly is Hassle Free!
21. Order In-Store For FREE Shipping To Your Home
Kohl’s stores have in-store kiosks (they look like a giant TV) located throughout the store that you can use to place an online order.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the store, check out the kiosk to find the item online.
In-store kiosks will take coupons, Kohl’s cash, and rewards! Plus they offer free shipping on any order.
22. Get FREE Shipping on Same Day Orders
If you want your items FAST, and don’t really have time to shop and pick them out at the store…. simply buy online before 5pm, select the “Pick Up In Store” option and it’ll arrive at the store in the same day with no shipping charges!
Seems almost too easy right?!
Here’s where the magic happens: if there was something you knew you wanted, but they didn’t have it at your store to be able to include in your FREE ship-to-store option, implement tip#21 (above) and order that item right from the store Kiosk when you pick up your other order. That will save you from paying ANY shipping charges!
With all these ways to save at Kohl’s. It can be easy to save BIG and feel good about what you’ve purchased. Comment below if you’ve found another way to save at this awesome store!