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If you shop at Kohl’s as much as I do, you likely know that there are lots of fantastic ways to save BIG in-store and online throughout the year! With that said, check out these money-saving tips to help you get the most bang for your buck both in-store AND online

1.) Spend $2 LESS to Earn $10 Kohl’s Cash

Did you know that you can actually spend just $48 after all applicable discounts and before tax instead of the usual $50 and still receive a $10 Kohl’s Cash Reward (during applicable Kohl’s Cash promotion dates)? Even though it may not show up during the final stages of online checkout, once you complete your order, you will in fact see that you have earned $10 in Kohl’s cash!

2.) Don’t Throw Away Expired Kohl’s Cash

Don’t throw away expired Kohl’s Cash! Kohl’s offers a 10-day grace period for expired Kohl’s Cash, valid in-store only. While an expired Kohl’s Cash coupon cannot be applied to a Kohl’s.com order, your local Kohl’s store will still honor it up to 10 calendar days after the expiration. Awesome!

3.) Get 5% Back for Every $100 You Spend

Love rewards? Be sure to sign up for Yes2You Rewards (it’s FREE!) as you’ll essentially receive 5% back on every order of $100. Plus, you’ll get eight guaranteed savings offers every year plus a special birthday gift, opportunities to earn bonus points and so much more – with even some surprises for you along the way! Keep in mind that Yes2You Rewards are issued once a month.

4.) Download the Free Kohl’s App

The FREE Kohl’s App has lots of handy features available! You can store your Kohl’s Cash & Yes2You Rewards in the virtual Wallet, save coupons within the app AND use the barcode scanner in store mode to check prices instead of lugging items to the price checker.

AND you will get 10 Yes2You Rewards points just for downloading the app! In the app, you’ll also get 10 points for liking Kohl’s on Facebook, following them on Pinterest, following them on Instagram, following them on Twitter, subscribing to their YouTube channel AND following them on Google+.

Plus, connect to the Kohl’s Guest Wi-Fi in-store as you may receive special offers while shopping! If you choose to shop via the Kohl’s App while you’re in-store, you may score FREE shipping too!

5.) Watch for Mailer Coupons

Kohl’s mails out different coupons to customers throughout the year but not every customer will receive the same coupon at the same time. On occasion and usually during the holidays, you may receive a $5 off $5 purchase mailer coupon (or other denomination) that can make for FREE items!

Plus, Kohl’s often mails out coupons to non-Kohl’s cardholders in areas where a new store will be opening or has been recently remodeled, but unfortunately, there’s no system to who gets them.

6.) Shop on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the Month

Kohl’s offers its biggest markdowns on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month during their “Night Owl” and “Early Bird” events when prices are an extra 10-25% off. These sales start in-stores on Friday evenings from 3PM local time until midnight and continue on Saturday from open until 1PM. Or shop online from 2PM-Midnight on Friday evening until 3PM CST on Saturday.

Hip Tip – Certain products are never eligible for promotional discounts or coupons, so you won’t be able to apply additional discounts or coupons if you buy these brands. However, you can earn and redeem Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Rewards. See the excluded brands here.

7.) Look for In-Store Coupons & Promotions

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for various coupons or promotions throughout the store! During a previous promotion, you could find $10 off any Bliss Skincare purchase coupons possibly on the Bliss display OR whenever you asked a store associate for the coupon – no purchase required.

8.) Shop Often? Apply for a Kohl’s Charge Card

Usually around once a month, Kohl’s offers 30% off AND free shipping for Kohl’s Cardholders (generally non-cardholders can save 15% during this time). If you shop at Kohl’s often, consider signing up for a store card as you’ll receive lots of exclusive cardholder coupons that stack with other coupons for huge savings. You’ll even be able to save 25% your first Kohl’s Charge purchase!

Plus, Kohl’s Cardholders who spend over $600 a year get placed into the “Most Valuable Customer” program and receive at least 18 discounts throughout the year. AND, no receipt is needed for Kohl’s Charge purchases if you’re wanting to make a return. If you use any credit card to make your purchases, your shopping history will be stored in their computer for a full year!

9.) BUT, Make Immediate Kohl’s Charge Card Payments

Make immediate payments on Kohl's charge cardHave a Kohl’s Card and are nervous about late fees? Did you know that you can immediately make a payment on your Kohl’s card after using it in-store? Just make a payment at the register using cash, check, money order, or a Kohl’s Cares card or head to the kiosks located around the store. Cash or check payments will post to your account the same day, if paid at a register.

10.) Save 90% or MORE on Clearance Items

One of the best ways to save at Kohl’s is by shopping the Clearance sections! If you’re heading in-store, look for yellow clearance stickers found on the products or keep your eyes peeled for the shelves with the Clearance Gold Star signs above each department or throughout the store.

After the holidays, you’ll eventually find items marked up to 90% off. AND, you can stack store coupons, Kohl’s Cash AND your Kohl’s Charge Card on clearance items, making for awesome deals! Plus, you’ll also earn Kohl’s Cash on clearance purchases if shopping during a Kohl’s Cash period.

11.) Watch for Items with Rebates or Gift Card Offers

One of the best times to purchase kitchen appliances, pots and pans, luggage and more is whenever Kohl’s is offering up a mail-in rebate or gift card with purchase of qualifying items. Even better, you can also apply coupons and promo codes to these rebate items to save even more!

During a previous small appliances promotion, you could score select Toastmaster appliances for as low as $2.44 (regularly $29.99) after combining promo codes with the mail-in rebate! Sweet!

12.) Get Price Adjustments (+ Hassle-Free Return Policy)

Did you buy a non-clearance item at Kohl’s only to find out it went on sale a few days later? Price adjustments are available for two weeks after the purchase date if the item(s) purchased were further reduced from the original priced you paid. Just be sure to hang on to your receipt and head to the customer service desk to receive the difference. The price adjustment is also available on a Kohl’s.com purchase whenever you call customer service at (855) 564-5705.

Plus, as mentioned in their online policy, there are no time restrictions for returns! You can get cash back for up to 12 months after purchase and after that you will receive in-store merchandise credit.

Hip Tip – If you’re making a return and you purchased an item on sale or full price and the store does not have the item you’re wanting to exchange it for, you can do an even exchange for a different item of the same regular price! That means if you paid $5 (reg. $40), you can return it for a different $40 item! Note that this policy may vary by store.

13.) Know How to Decode the LCD Price Signs

Wondering what all the letters mean on the sale signs or price tags? Rumor has it that if you see a sale item that has a LCD price tag with a small black square in the upper-right corner, it means that there are limited stock available, so be sure to grab it before it’s gone!

Also, look for other codes which indicate when an item will be marked down. In the upper right-hand corner of the LCD display, you’ll find letters such as the following…

  • GV – Limited-time sale or price drop
  • S – Sale Item (usually lasts 1-2 weeks)
  • NM – The item will be marked down again
  • BGH – Buy One Get One 1/2 Off
  • BB – Bonus Buy
  • PP – Product Placement (fixed price, not percent discount)

14.) Kiosk Orders Always Ship FREE

Not finding what you are looking for in-store? Orders placed from any Kohl’s kiosk or via the Kohl’s mobile app (in-store only) automatically receive FREE standard shipping to your home.

The in-store kiosks allow you to search inventory and locate the size and color you need on Kohl’s.com and are still eligible for discount codes. Awesome!

15.) Kohl’s Honors In-Store Competitor Prices

Find a lower advertised price? Kohl’s honors in-store only competitor prices from any national retailer that has a brick-and-mortar store (Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s, etc.) on select brands only – just bring a current copy of the competitor’s ad with you (make sure the ad includes a description of the item). Also you will be able to redeem Kohl’s Cash when price matching.

16.) Sign Up for Kohl’s Sale Alerts

Sign up for Kohl’s Mobile Sales Alerts by texting SAVE15 to 56457 on your mobile device and you’ll instantly receive a 15% off coupon code on your device, valid online or in the Kohl’s mobile app! If you’ve already subscribed to text alerts in the past, first text STOP to 56457 and then text SAVE15 and you’ll receive a new promo code valid for 15% off your purchase.

Plus, whenever you sign up for Kohl’s Email Sale Alerts, you’ll receive an email with a coupon for an extra 15% off your next purchase, valid in-store or online! You’ll also receive email updates about their biggest sales & clearance events, notice of exclusive free shipping offers, plus more!

17.) Use FOUR Discount Codes for Online Orders

Shopping online is convenient since you can stack up to FOUR discount codes for online orders when purchasing from a computer. Keep in mind that you can only use ONE sitewide percent-off code (20% off entire purchase) and one free shipping code per order, but can use up to four Kohl’s rewards codes (i.e. Kohl’s Cash) or dollar off/percent off/department specific codes per order.

If placing an order from a mobile device, you’ll only be able to combine 2 coupon codes per order.

Note: Dollar-off coupons may be combined and combined with one percent-off coupon as well. When using both dollar & percent-off coupons, the dollar-off coupon will be deducted first at the register.

18.) Celebrating? Create a Gift Registry

The Kohl’s Wedding Registry offers Ever After Rewards where you can earn 10% rewards on gifts purchased from your registry – that means if you spend $500, you’ll get a whopping $50 reward back to spend (up to $200). Plus, if you register with select brands, you’ll also receive free gifts!

For both Baby and Wedding Registries, you can also send your guests Free Announcement Cards with a coupon for 20% off their $100 in-store purchase to use on your registry. You’ll also save an extra 15% on items left on your registry for 3 months after the wedding/arrival of baby.

19.) Over 60? Shop on Wednesdays

Kohl’s offers a 15% discount every Wednesday in-store only for customers aged 60 or better with proper identification. However, keep in mind that this offer cannot be applied in conjunction with any other percent-off discounts BUT will be applied to prior dollar-off discounts, including Kohl’s Cash coupons, Yes2You Rewards and Promotional Gifts (excludes select categories & brands).

20.) Save BIG on Kohl’s Gift Cards

One way to save on your Kohl’s purchases is to buy a discounted Kohl’s gift cards on Raise.com as you can use it in-store and online. You can also occasionally purchase discounted Kohl’s retail gift cards on sites like eBay, Amazon and the Swych App, but these deals often go fast!

Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte… and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

Mary is a senior copywriter with 9+ years in frugal tips & deals. She has a Bachelors in Human Resources Interdisciplinary Studies. Connect with Mary on LinkedIn

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Comments 139

  1. Katiria

    OMG this is Super Helpful. I thought this was an expensive store but now, I’m rethinking Kohls 🙂

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Glad you’re finding it helpful! Enjoy! 🙂

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  3. LC

    The grace period is really good to know about

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      YW! 🙂

  4. Jess

    I’ve subscribed and unsubscribed to mobile offers several times for the 15% off atweird times when there aren’t better offers. But I did it today and it’s only showing that the 15% off if good online, not in store.

  5. jane22

    I am so glad I read this. I forgot about my Kohls Cash-$30 expiring on 1/7. I also received a $10 off $10 purchase for the 10th anniversary of my charge card. And my sister gave me a $25 gift card for Xmas. I need to go shopping!!!! Thanks for the post!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Oh fun – sounds like you definitely have some shopping to do! 😀

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  7. Maria V

    So they are taking expired Kohls cash again? They didn’t let me do that before. I will have to ask. Thank you!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Hi Maria, when I was writing up this post, I had $10 Kohl’s Cash expire a couple months ago and I spoke with a customer service rep and they told me that I would be able to use the Kohl’s Cash in-store only for up to 10 days past the expiration date. I had no problems, but I wonder if it may vary by store? You may want to call your local store before making a special trip. Hope that helps!

      • Brenda

        I saw the information about Kohl’s honoring the Kohl’s Cash in store up to 20 days after expiration when I was searching on their website when trying to resolve an issue with receiving my Cash on an order I had placed. So, I don’t believe it is a store by store policy, but a corporate policy. HTH

        • Brenda

          ***Oops!!! I meant honoring expired Kohl’s Cash for TEN (10) days!!! Sorry for the confusion!!

      • Cheryl Sproul

        Got this from their website!

        Can I use expired Kohl’s Cash?
        We’re sorry, Kohl’s Cash can only be used during the redemption dates for the promotion on which it was earned. It can’t be used before or after the redemption period printed on the coupon.

  8. Sharon

    I was wondering for tip #1 does the $48 rule apply for in store purchases or is it only online? I always go over because I’m worried about not hitting the $50 mark.

  9. Sandra

    Good post thanks for the tips.

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      You are so welcome Sandra!

  10. Darla

    This is awesome and I shared it on Facebook! I’m Number 13 it said bonus Buy. Do you know what that is? Thank you it was great!

  11. Roxanne

    Literally just the day before the new 30% off and free shipping codes were able to be used all the instant pots were available and now only the 3 quart is available. I missed out on the last deal so was excited to get the 8 quart with my $30 Kohl’s cash and the 30% off and free shipping code 😣

  12. MaymeV

    My husband knows to only ask how much “I saved” at Kohl’s because I go there so often. I thought I knew all the smart tricks but you taught me a few new ones, Mary. Thanks!

  13. Jade

    I am glad I read. Thanks.

  14. Kathy

    I work at Kohl’s part time, great discount. $48 pretax will generate Kohl’s cash. The grace period is for in store Kohl’s cash, it’ll disappear for online purchases on expiration date…just heads up

  15. Beth

    Re: #14. Ordering through the kiosk will earn you free shipping, but ordering through the ap in store will not. I called customer service this week and spoke with them about it when my free shipping didn’t get applied when I ordered using the ap to place an order in store while connected to their wifi. I was told the ONLY way to ensure free shipong in store is through the kiosk.

    • Trudy

      Ordering through the app does give you free shipping as long as location services are on and your phone detects you are in a kohl’s store.

  16. Karen

    I lost my Kohl’s Cash coupon…found it after three months. Is there any way I can redeem it in store?

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh bummer! Sorry to hear about that, Karen! It appears that your local Kohl’s store will only honor it up to 10 calendar days after the expiration. You could always call in to your location to see if they may be able to offer any help.

  17. Tiffany

    I don’t see online on the kohl’s website anywhere where it says there is a 10 day in-store grace period for expired kohl’s cash. Does anyone have a link? I don’t want to go in for no reason if they have changed it since this article was written. Thanks!

    • Jeanne Brady

      My store (Lake Worth) says it does not honor the grace period anymore. I didn’t go to Customer Service about this but was told while checking out.

    • Cheryl Sproul

      This is what I found on Kohl’s website.

      Can I use expired Kohl’s Cash?
      We’re sorry, Kohl’s Cash can only be used during the redemption dates for the promotion on which it was earned. It can’t be used before or after the redemption period printed on the coupon.

  18. Kohls_shopper

    Kohls Cash expiry – You can simply buy something using Kohls Cash, return it, and get a new Kohls Cash which will be valid for a full month.

  19. Former Kohls employee

    Those are good tips! Let me give you a couple more.
    21. Even exchange. We often see certain items with this huge discounts(not clearance)but not exactly of our liking. Lets say you love this new style shirt that is org. $60 at regular price 🙁
    Then you see another shirt also org. price $60 but on sale for $24.99:l It sounds good but you dont love it. Time to smile 🙂
    You can just buy the one that is 24.99 and right after grab the new style at reg. price and do an even exchange at register. This is very common and no need to feel bad. The even exchange system only shows org. prices. cashier would not even notice (or care about it).
    22. Use your khols cash wisely. As you know kohls cash is applied before any disc and distribute amog all the items on your purchase 🙁 which makes our discountable items partially undiscountable(I mean coupon uneligible.lol) always try to use your kohls cash on premium items (not coupon eligible) on separate transaction. Its complicated but trust me you will save much more. I mean the value of all you coupons combined.

    • Trudy

      The even exchange policy has to be the same item brand and type but can be a different color or size now.

  20. AB

    Watch for price matching hijinks…Kohl’s customer service denied me until I went to the corporate office with the links to prove the item was the same at other retailers (a $50.00 difference!).

    But watch the website or checkout cart for an error on free shipping when using Kohl’s Cash. For whatever reason they want to charge you shipping if the dollar amount goes below a certain threshold even if that threshold goes down because of a payment! Again, customer service credited the account.

    Third thing to watch for; when you sign up for an online account online, you can’t delete the online account online! They make you call into cancel the account. Sad.

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