At some point in your life, you’ve probably set foot in a Kohl’s store. But have you really shopped at Kohl’s? Not unless you’ve taken full advantage of its generous return policy, Kohl’s Cash, price adjustments and tons of other money-saving offers. Here’s our ultimate guide to shopping — and saving — at Kohl’s.
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Know Its Return Policy
Kohl’s offers “hassle-free returns,” meaning that if you made your purchase with a credit card, you don’t need a receipt to return it and receive a full refund. There are also no time restrictions on returns. So if you decide you hate that skirt, just bring it back. Goodbye, buyer’s remorse!
Subscribe to Save
You can sign up for sales alerts via email and mobile phone to receive a 15% off coupon for each one.
- Sign up for mobile alerts by texting SAVE15 to KOHLS (56457).
- Subscribe to its email newsletter by clicking “sign up for sales alerts” at the bottom of the Kohl’s website.
You’ll receive a 15% off coupon for both, which is a pretty good deal!
Buy Discounted Kohl’s Gift Cards on Other Sites
Many gift card sites sell Kohl’s gift cards for discounted prices. This essentially means free money for shopping at Kohl’s. Try Raise.com or GiftCardGranny to buy Kohl’s gift cards discounted 5% to 15%.
If you find an item at Kohl’s that is priced lower elsewhere, bring in a copy of the ad with the lower-priced item and Kohl’s will sell you the item for that price. The ad must be current, and certain items (listed on the website) are excluded, but those are the only restrictions.
Earn Money From Your Gift Registry
If you create a wedding or baby registry at Kohl’s, you’ll earn store credit for 10% of the amount purchased on your registry. For example, if your friends and family spent a collective $500 on your registry, you get $50 in store credit. Not a bad deal for getting gifts.
Get Kohl’s Cash on Purchases of $48 or More
During certain times of the year, Kohl’s offers Kohl’s Cash on purchases over $48. This means that for every $48 you spend, you get $10 in store credit. Though the site says you have to spend $50 to get the $10 credit, savvy shoppers know that if your total reaches $48 (after discounts and tax), Kohl’s will round up and give you the $10 credit.
The catch is that you can only redeem that credit during certain time periods. However, if you time your purchases correctly, you can save substantial amounts of money with your Kohl’s Cash.
Earn Yes2You Rewards
Yes2You is a free loyalty program that gives you 1 point for every dollar you spend. For every 100 points you earn, you get $5 in store credit. On its own, this isn’t a mind-blowing discount, but the true glory of Kohl’s is that you can combine it with other discounts. Which brings us to our next item …
Stack Up to Four Coupon Codes Online
Kohl’s will let you use up to four coupon codes on your online order, as long as they are different types of coupons. The types are:
- “Percentage off” coupon codes (like 10% off your entire purchase)
- “Dollar off” coupon codes (like $10 off your entire purchase) or department-specific coupon codes (like $10 off women’s apparel)
- Kohl’s rewards codes (for Kohl’s Cash or Yes2You Rewards)
- Free shipping coupon codes
You can stack all four in one order, which can result in some major savings! We keep a Kohl’s Clearance thread up to date in our forums. Check the last page of the thread for current codes and coupons.
Wait for Gold Star Clearance
Several times a year, Kohl’s runs its Gold Star Clearance event. During Gold Star Clearance periods, items are discounted up to 70% off their original price. Though Kohl’s has a normal clearance section throughout the entire year, it’s worth it to wait for Gold Star Clearance times, when you can save huge amounts.
Look for Price Tags With Squares
When you shop in the store, look for price tags with a small square in the upper right corner. This square indicates that the item has reached its lowest price of the season, so you know you’re getting the best deal possible.
Get a Kohl’s Credit Card (If You’re a Major Kohl’s Shopper)
Not all store credit cards are worth it, but the Kohl’s card definitely is if you’re a major Kohl’s shopper. This card saves you an average of 20% per purchase, which is extremely high for a store credit card. These savings are so high because Kohl’s frequently releases exclusive coupons for cardholders that are stackable with other coupons. The exclusive coupons are released about once a month, so if you shop at Kohl’s with any frequency, you can end up saving a ton with this credit card.
Get Cash Back
Sites like Ebates and FatWallet offer you coupons and cash back just for shopping through them. Percentages change throughout the year, but can at times be up to 10%. When you want to shop at Kohl’s online, just sign up with one of these sites and follow their instructions to earn cash back on every Kohl’s purchase.
Claim Your Senior Discount
If you’re 55 or older, you get a 15% discount at Kohl’s every Wednesday if you shop in the store. Just bring your ID to show the cashier. A no-brainer!
Take Advantage of Price Adjustments
If you buy an item at Kohl’s and it goes on sale afterward (up to two weeks after you bought it), you can bring your receipt into Kohl’s, and it will give you the difference. This is a uniquely generous policy that relieves you of having to worry whether you’re buying an item at its lowest price or not — if it does go down in price, you can still get that money back!
… And Coupon Adjustments
Kohl’s will also refund you the difference if you bought an item and forgot to use your coupon. Email Kohl’s customer service with your order number and promo code, and get an instant refund!
Shop Power Hours
A few times a month, Kohl’s hosts “power hours,” which offer additional 10% to 25% discounts from 3 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday. The best part? The discounts apply both in store and online. Power hours are a great time to stay home in your pajamas and do some serious shopping. (Or you can get out of the house and go shopping in store, if that’s your thing.)
Get Free Shipping From Store Kiosks
All Kohl’s locations have in-store kiosks that let you place orders. When you order with a kiosk, you receive free shipping to any location in the U.S.
Use the Wi-Fi for a Free Coupon Plus Extra Savings
When you’re in store, connect to Kohl’s free Wi-Fi and you’ll receive a free coupon. Though the coupons vary, they’re sometimes $5 off $25 or $10 off $30, both of which are substantial deals. Plus, if you open the Kohl’s app on your phone while connected to its Wi-Fi, you’ll receive 10 free Yes2You points. That’s a pretty good deal for just browsing the web.
Decode and Save
On its LCD price tags, Kohl’s uses a code system. You’ll see a small code (one to three letters) in the upper right-hand corner of the price tags. These codes are:
BB = Bonus Buy
BGH = Buy One, Get One Half Off
PP = Product Placement, meaning the sale price is fixed and not a percent discount
S = Sale; the item will be on sale for one to two weeks
Knowing these codes can help you decide whether an item is worth buying now or whether you want to wait.
Use Coupons on Clearance Items
Unlike many stores, Kohl’s lets you use coupons on clearance items both in store and online. Never settle for a clearance item on its own — there is always more money to be saved!
Now you know all the secrets of a successful Kohl’s shopping trip. Go forth and shop, and remember: Don’t pay full price for anything!