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How to Spend Less and Save More at Kohl’s



I love posts like this one. By that, I mean posts about how to save some money shopping. I’ve already told you how you can save money at some of my favorite stores - Macy’s, HomeGoods and JC Penney. Now let’s talk about how you can score a killer deal at Kohl’s!

If I'm being honest, Kohl’s has never been my favorite store. It's not that I dislike it but it always seemed to be skipped over in favor of other stores. However, recently it’s become an important stop on my monthly Christmas shopping adventures (check out all the neat things I bought on our more recent shopping adventure).

So why has Kohl's become a must all of a sudden? For one thing, they’re open later than other stores which is always a plus for a night owl like me. For another, you can get some serious deals.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

1) Get the most out of Kohl’s Cash. As Kohl’s says, “With Kohl’s Cash, it’s like getting paid to shop!“ Well dang, the folks in the Kohl’s marketing department know my weak spot. During specific earning periods spending $50 (actually, this is a lie, you really only need to spend $48) at Kohl’s will get you $10 in Kohl’s Cash to spend during a defined redemption period. The really good news? You can use Kohl’s Cash on anything. That’s right, no exclusions!

2) Sign up for Yes2You Rewards. With Kohl’s loyalty program - Yes2You Rewards - rewards you with one point for every dollar you spend (no matter how you pay!). Once you earn 100 points you’ll receive a $5 rewards certificate.

The latest Kohl’s sale in my inbox

3) Don’t forget the coupons! If you don’t have paper coupons, do a quick google search before checkout. Kohl’s offers percentage off store-wide and percentage off by department coupons, use both together to get the most savings.

4) Sign up for sales alertsSign up to receive Kohl’s emails and receive an additional 15% off coupon. Besides the benefit of the initial 15% off offer, emails are a great way to stay in the know about upcoming sales and promotions. And they send you a gift for your birthday. Who doesn't love a birthday coupon?!

5) Know the best time to shop! Seriously, there really are better days to get a good deal. As the Penny Pinchin’ Mom points out the best time to shop at Kohl’s is between 3 PM on Friday to 1 PM on Saturday. During this window is the time to get a great deal with door busters.

Tara checking out the clearance section at Kohl's


6) Don’t forget the clearance racks. For some reason my favorite clearance section is buried deep in the men’s department. And I came by it by chance one day. Moral of the story - make sure you hunt around for the good stuff! Clearance starts at 60% and will continue to be marked down to 70%, 80% and then finally 90%.

7) Look for a tiny square on electronic price tags. Ah those neat little electronic tags! According to the Krazy Coupon Lady,  a tiny square in the top right corner on electronic price tags means the item is marked down to the lowest price of the season. Meaning you won’t find a better deal until the item is put on clearance.

8) Know what the price tag means. They’re way more high tech than the plain old paper price tags you find in other stores and they can tell you a lot about the item it's advertising! The Penny Pinchin’ Mom advises to look for the letters in the top right corner of electronic price tags to see if the item is on sale or not. Here’s what those little letters mean:

PP - product placement (this is the regular price, the item isn’t on sale)
S - sale.
BGH - buy one, get one half off
BB - bonus buy
GV - limited time sales (think night owl and early bird sales)
NM - the item will drop in price again

Anyways anyone else trying to decode what NM really means?

9) Find a price checker. Sometimes you find something by it’s lonesome and you’re not sure if it’s on the right rack or shelf but you don't see it anywhere else. And there is a price tag on it, so that must be the price, right? Um, no. Not necessarily. Make sure to find a price checker and double check. Recently I picked up a shirt off a rack marked $27.99 and almost put it back before scanning it to learn the actual price was only $4.69 (which was 90% off!). Hey, sometimes you just luck out.

10) Don’t be afraid of price adjustments. Don’t you hate it when you buy something and it goes on sale the next day? It’s happened to all of us. But the good news is if it happens after you buy something at Kohl’s, you can request a price adjustment and you’ll be refunded the difference. You’ll have to keep the receipt and request the adjustment within 14 days, but it’s really free money right? You were willing to spend the original higher price on the item - any refund is just icing on the cake!

11) Get yourself a good cash back site. Rather you use Ebates, Upromise or, my personal favorite, Swagbucks (help a girl out and use her referral link :)), don’t buy anything online without using a cash back site. Make sure to check out the offers on each site and maximize your cash back. I’ve often found certain sites offer different deals for different merchants. Also, cash back percentages change during the year. Make the most of your cash back by shopping during the months of November and December when offers are the most generous.

Are you a fan of Kohl’s? Are you a recent convert like me? Do you have any tips to add to my list? Tell me everything in the comments.
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