Good Housekeeping DEC 8, 2015
We bet you’re still not using enough coupons — even with all that Kohl’s Cash.
By Beth Kaufman
1. You don’t have to spend as much as you think to earn Kohl’s Cash.
Regulars know that Kohl’s Cash is king. The signs say that you’ll earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend. But officially, it’s OK if you come up a little short — you just have to get within $2 to receive the bonus. So $48 will do the trick. Just be sure to check the dates when you earn it — Kohl’s Cash does expire.
2. If you’re considering the credit card, $600 is the magic number.
“Kohl’s is one of the few credit cards that I actually recommend getting because they offer so many exclusive savings,” says Heather Schisler, founder of Passion for Savings.
“They send out card holder exclusive coupons at least once a month.” That means you’ll get no less than 12 special discounts. And if you spend $600, you’ll get at least 18 discounts a year. Plus, you’ll save 20% off your first purchase with your Kohl’s card.
3. The rewards program will pay out no matter how you pay.
Even if you don’t sign up for the credit card, it’s worth signing up for the YES2YOU Rewards program. You’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend and get a $5 reward for every 100 points. “It’s like getting 5% back on purchases,” says Lori Felix of More With Less Today.
But don’t dawdle on using the cash after you convert it from points — it expires after 30 days (and points expire after a year).
4. You can stack a boatload of coupons.
Well, technically up to four coupons, but that’s a lot! Here’s the order in which they’ll be applied: Department-specific dollar-off or percent-off on the qualifying items, then any dollar-off coupons (like Kohl’s CashYES2YOU Rewards Cash) and then one overall percent-off discount.
Like to shop online? The same deal applies — you can use up to four coupon codes.
5. The Kohl’s app can do the coupon stacking for you – before you hit the register.
Earned yourself some Kohl’s Cash? Congrats! Now don’t let it expire sitting on your dresser before you have a chance to use it. Schisler loves that she can scan her Kohl’s Cash into the app so she always has it with her. “Another great feature is that it allows you to scan a barcode in stores and see the price of the item with all of your coupons applied before you get on line to buy it.”
6. The digital price tags offer big clues on sales.
Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, the bloggers behind The Krazy Coupon Lady say they have figured out a secret message on those LCD price tags you’ll see at Kohl’s: Apparently, a square in the upper-right corner means the item has reached the lowest price of the season. “The price of this item won’t drop again unless it goes on clearance,” they write.
Kyle James, the founder of Rather Be Shopping, told Wink News that he likes to look for an “NM” marked in the corner of the screen. This stands for “new markdown,” which you should take as a red light — the price will likely drop later that day, or the next day, so come back later.
7. They want you to use their Wi-Fi to rain even more coupons on you.
Connect your phone to Kohl’s free Wi-Fi and you’ll also get a free coupon to use in the store. “Last month, I shared this tip with my sister and she got $5 off her $25 purchase,” says Felix.
8. It’s worth giving them your email — and your birthday.
Yes, it’s another for the store to pepper you with promotions and find out more you. But if you’re cool with that, you can offer up the info to save even more. Sign up for Kohl’s emails and you’ll get a coupon to save an extra 15% on your next purchase in store or online. And with the YES2YOU rewards program, Kohl’s will send you an extra birthday gift, too.
9. They’ll match a price if you spot it lower elsewhere (but not everywhere).
Kohl’s will price match any national retailer that has a brick-and-mortar store. So Best Buy and Target counts, but Amazon doesn’t. And unfortunately, some brands — like Nike, SodaStream and Samsung — are always excluded. But according to The Krazy Coupon Lady, you can still use a coupon to save up to 15% off when price matching.
10. Spot a sale price after you bought something? You can still get a price adjustment.
Save your receipt and keep and eye out: If something you bought goes on sale within 14 days (at Kohl’s or at a competitor), you can bring it back with the ad listing the sale price and get the difference refunded. This just excludes clearance items and buy one, get one deals.
11. Those little in-store kiosks are better than the post office.
You could buy a gift and take it to the post office yourself. Or you can place an order using the in-store kiosk and ship it anyone for no added cost. Easy! And you can still use your coupons and earn reward points (of course). “Kohl’s changes their minimums for free shipping online all the time but you always get it at the kiosk,” says Felix.