Kohl’s is known for offering various types of savings, but the amount of money you can expect to save there depends on how much you know.
Learning a few tricks to savvy shopping at the discount department store chain will boost your savings.
So, we’ve rounded up some of the most useful and least-known tips:
1. Remember the return policy
Kohl’s has one of the most flexible return policies. In fact, we cite it in “15 Stores With the Best Return Policies.”
Among the most noteworthy features of the policy is that there are generally no time restrictions for returns. One exception is premium-brand electronics, which have a 30-day return window.
You don’t need a receipt to return items, either. Having a receipt can help ensure that you receive a full refund and aren’t stuck with store credit, though.
Another handy feature of the policy is that you can return online purchases to your local Kohl’s store.
2. Know the ‘senior’ discount
Every Wednesday, Kohl’s stores offer a discount of 15 percent to customers who are at least 60 years old. You just need identification to claim the price break.
For more information about this and similar discounts, check out “10 Stores That Give Discounts to Shoppers Age 50 or Older.”
3. Stack discounts
Check the fine print on any discount before redeeming it.
Most types of discounts that you can redeem in a Kohl’s store — from the senior discount to copious coupon options to Kohl’s Cash — can often be combined with at least certain other types of discounts. (More on Kohl’s Cash on the next page.)
You can also “stack” online promo codes when shopping on Kohl’s website. That is, you can apply multiple promo codes to a single order. For more information about how this works, see Kohl’s “Using Multiple Coupons” webpage.
4. Get cash back online
If you shop online — whether at Kohl’s or elsewhere — be sure to go through a cash-back portal. Examples of this type of website include:
When you use a cash-back portal, you can receive money back on every purchase you make at retailers that partner with the cash-back portal. We detail how this process works in “3 Websites That Pay You for Shopping.”
5. Pay with a rewards credit card
Using a credit card that offers rewards like cash back or frequent flier miles is a great way to get more for your money. Just make sure you’re able to pay off the credit card bill on time every month so you can avoid paying interest and late fees.
For help finding the right rewards card, try out Money Talks News’ credit card search tool. Select an option like “Travel Rewards,” “Cash Back” or “Rewards Cards” from the menu on the left to narrow the options.
If you shop at Kohl’s often, consider its charge card. The benefits include additional discounts at least 12 times a year.
6. Pay with a discounted gift card
If you don’t have or want a rewards credit card or a Kohl’s charge card, you can often save at least another 10 percent by paying with a discounted Kohl’s gift card. You can find them through websites like Gift Card Granny.
7. Join the loyalty program
Join Kohl’s free loyalty program — Yes2You Rewards — and you will earn one point for every dollar spent. For every 100 points earned, you will receive a $5 reward, which is similar to a coupon or promo code.
8. Understand Kohl’s Cash
Kohl’s discounts often include what the retailer calls Kohl’s Cash. When it’s offered, you might receive $10 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend, for example.
You can earn and redeem these vouchers of sorts in stores and online.
Two key but little-known Kohl’s Cash secrets:
- Kohl’s Cash has fewer exclusions than other Kohl’s discounts. Those other discounts cannot be used to purchase higher-end products such as certain cosmetics and electronics, or higher-end brands such as Dyson, Levi’s and Nike. But you can use Kohl’s Cash to buy such products.
- The Kohl’s website states that the retailer rounds up from $48. So, if $10 in Kohl’s Cash is offered for every $50 spent but you only spend $48 to $49.99, you will still earn the $10 in Kohl’s Cash. In my experience, however, this is only the case for in-store purchases, not online purchases.
9. Use the ‘Pick Up In Store’ option
You must generally spend at least $75 at Kohls.com for the order to qualify for free shipping.
If you don’t need that much stuff, consider opting to pick up your order at a Kohl’s store rather than having it shipped to you. You’ll still be able to shop and pay for your order online, but you’ll sidestep shipping costs.
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