Finding high-quality items for affordable prices is a never-ending pursuit that can often fuel frustration. How do you know you’re getting the best price at the best time when deals keep changing?
When it comes to shopping at Kohl’s, getting a bargain is almost guaranteed — you should rarely, if ever, have to pay full price. But navigating the store’s maze of coupons and promotions is a different story. We’ll break down how to get the most bang for your buck at one of the nation’s largest department stores.
Kohl’s Rewards Program: Yes2You Rewards
Enrolling in Kohl’s Yes2You rewards program gets you 1 point for every dollar spent and a $5 reward for every 100 points. The real kicker of this program is that you earn points regardless of how you pay for your Kohl’s purchases, so you can maximize your savings and bonuses by using one of your favorite rewards credit cards. Plus, you’ll get a birthday gift promotion each year, as well as eight guaranteed exclusive savings offers and various opportunities to earn extra points.
You can sign up for the program in store or during checkout on the Kohl’s website — just select “Enroll me in rewards” on the checkout page. You’ll be prompted to create an account that will keep track of your points. From there, you can access your rewards card digitally and store any promotional offers you receive via e-mail in one handy place. Remember, in order to receive the credit, you must enter your login information everytime you make an online purchase or scan your card at check-out at the store. If you forget, hold on to your receipt and call the Kohl’s number- they’ll be able to manually add the points!
Email and Mobile Savings
These notifications can be useful to stay on top of current Kohl’s deals and upcoming promotions. Plus, if you plan your purchases to align with a great deal (like the recent Mother’s Day promotion), you can combine your promotions for maximum savings.
Earning Kohl’s Cash® coupons is a great way to rack up savings and whittle down the cost of pricey purchases, but you have to be mindful of certain restrictions. Here’s how the program works:
- For every $50 you spend, you’ll get $10 in Kohl’s Cash® coupons. Online shoppers will receive an email they can print out.
- Redeem Kohl’s Cash® coupons at your nearest Kohl’s, or enter your coupon number and pin during online checkout if shopping online.
- You can use Kohl’s Cash® coupons just like cash on any purchase in the store (excluding gift cards). And since Kohl’s deals are stackable, you can earn and spend Kohl’s Cash® in combination with other discounts and sale items.
- However, Kohl’s Cash® is only valid during the redemption dates shown on the coupons. Keep these dates in mind so you don’t let what is essentially free money go to waste!
Kohl’s Charge Card
If you’re a frequent Kohl’s shopper, you may want to consider applying for a Kohl’s charge card. The card nabs you at least 12 special discounts of 30%, 20%, or 15% every year. You’ll also receive 20% off your first purchase using the card — great for a big purchase — and an additional 15%-off coupon in the mail. Since Kohl’s coupons are stackable, you can combine deals on a single purchase.
There are, however, some drawbacks to this card as well. For starters, it’s a charge card that can only be used at Kohl’s. The APR is also pretty high at 21.99%, so paying off your balance each month is a must.
Aside from the special discounts for cardholders, there is no rewards program associated with having the card — you have to sign up for the Kohl’s rewards program separately. While I wouldn’t recommend this card to the average shopper, it definitely gives you room to get creative and save a lot at Kohl’s.
Online Kohl’s Deals
Kohl’s also makes some promotions available exclusively online, including sitewide deals and department-specific deals.
All the current seasonal promotions at Kohl’s can be found on one convenient page. Sitewide deals typically feature bigger discounts but run for shorter periods of time – these are worth checking more frequently.
For example, for Mother’s Day, Kohl’s is premiering tons of great buys for Mom in a handy catalogue. The current Kohl’s weekly ad includes discounts ranging from 25% to 65% off on items like handbags, jewelry, and spring essentials.
Additionally, department deals at Kohl’s are tailored to more specific shopping needs. Just look on Kohls.com for Kohl’s promo codes good for discounts on select products from various departments.
For instance, one of the current online Kohl’s deals offers 20% off all Star Wars toys by Hasbro – a perfect snag if you’ve got a Star Wars obsessive in your family. Otherwise, hold off and check back during the next cycle for a deal that better meets your interests.
The best way to save at Kohl’s is by checking out their clearance section, which is updated monthly and includes discounts of up to 80% off. These discounts, combined with promotional deals and coupons, are also eligible for earning Kohl’s Cash® and can ultimately net you some amazing savings.
Here are some of the best deals we dug up in the clearance section and tips on how to stack up your Kohl’s coupons to get the best deal possible.
Best Deals for Kids
Regular Price: $60
Deal Price: $30
This adorable dress is a perfect outfit for spring days or special occasions. Sign up for email sale alerts and save an additional 15% on this purchase, making the grand total for the outfit $25.50. For less than half of the retail price, your toddler can be trendy on a budget.
Regular Price: $75.00
Deal Price: $45.00
Fleece-lined and heavy-weight, this coat from Big Chill is a perfect winter buy for boys ages 4-7. It’s getting chilly–get a head-start on winter shopping by nabbing this highly-rated jacket for your child for a third of the original retail price.
Using your mobile sale alerts offer, you can take 15% off this item as well, reducing the total price to just $38.25. With the $36.75 you saved, you could buy an additional scarf, gloves, and hat for your child all for less than the retail price of the jacket!
Best Deal on Accessories
Regular Price: $42.00
Deal Price: $21.00
If you’re looking for cold-weather accessories, Kohl’s is definitely a great place to start. These women’s gloves from Isotoner are just one of the many great deals offered this winter. Equipped with THERMAflex technology, which keeps you warm without constricting your movements, as well as SmarTouch, so you can easily continue to use any touchscreen devices without exposing your hands to the harsh cold. Use a 15% off coupon on the already-marked down price of the gloves and your total comes out to just $17.85, less than half the retail price.
Best Deal for the Home
Deal Price: $47.99
Was getting in better shape one of your New Years Resolutions for 2016? Invest in a high-quality blender like the NutriBullet while it’s on sale and enjoy healthy and delicious smoothies. While investing in a blender may seem like a lot right now, it’s considerably more frugal than paying for smoothies at a health store or cafe. Plus, at 41% off, your Nutribullet will pay for itself in far less time! These blenders are easy to clean, don’t take up much counter space, and are consistently a top rated product.
Invest in the Nutribullet and you’ll be at the halfway mark for Kohl’s Cash® savings – earning yourself $20 in redeemable cash coupons if you spend $50 more. Taking advantage of this bargain combined with Kohl’s Cash® would reduce the $80 retail value for the set to only $27.99 — a sweet 65% in savings!
Finding the Best Kohl’s Deals
With so many different rewards programs and coupons available, the only bad deal at Kohl’s is paying full price. Don’t settle for paying retail when the right combination of timing and promotions can save you big. Next time you shop you shop at Kohl’s, run through these steps and cover your bargain bases:
- Check out Kohl’s deals hub for sitewide and department deals.
- Take advantage of the mobile and email saving alert, as well as the one-time coupons you’ll receive for signing up, to strategically hunt down deals.
- Stack your coupons and don’t forget to take advantage of Kohl’s Cash® during the valid redemption dates.
- Check the clearance section for savings up to 80% off retail prices.
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