Kohl's slogan is "expect great things," but the amount of money you can anticipate saving depends on how much you know.
Learning a few tricks to savvy shopping at this discount department store chain can boost your savings. So we've rounded up some of the most useful and least-known tips.
1. Compare prices
While you should always comparison shop, that's especially true at Kohl's. You can find great deals there, but not all deals are as good as they appear on the price tag.
Last year, Consumers' Checkbook cited Kohl's among national retail chains that, according to the nonprofit organization, manipulate sales prices in a way that amounts to "deceptive advertising practices" and, in some cases, violations of federal law.
One point for every dollar spent. You earn a $5 reward, which is similar to a coupon or promotional code, for every 100 points.
Eight offers a year, plus a birthday gift.
Opportunities to earn bonus points.
You can sign up in stores or join online by first creating a Kohl's.com account. This is also free and is used for shopping online or viewing your Yes2You Rewards details.
3. Understand Kohl's Cash
Kohl's discounts often include what the company calls Kohl's Cash. When it's offered, you usually receive $10 in Kohl's cash for every $50 you spend.
These vouchers of sorts can be earned and redeemed in stores and online, and they are usually valid for a week or so.
Two key but little-known Kohl's Cash secrets:
It has fewer exclusions than other Kohl's discounts — including printable coupons, promotional codes and savings passes. 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.
Kohl's policy 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.
4. Know the senior discount
Every Wednesday, Kohl's offers a special discount of 15 percent to customers who are at least 55 years old. You just need identification to claim the discount.
This discount cannot be combined with other percent-off discounts. But it can be combined with dollar-off discounts, Kohl's Cash, Yes2You Rewards and promotional gifts.
5. Stack promo codes
Kohl's is one of few retailers that allows you to stack promotional codes, which are essentially the online equivalent of paper coupons. That means you can redeem multiple promo codes at once.
Kohl's purchases totaling at least $75 and purchases of gift cards qualify for free shipping.
So if you are spending less than $75, check out the "Pick Up In Store" option. It enables you to shop and pay for your order online, but sidestep shipping costs by agreeing to pick up your order at the local store.
Once you're on Ebates.com's Kohl's page, click on the orange "Shop Now" button.
When you click the button, you will automatically be directed from Ebates.com to Kohls.com and earn cash back.
8. Pay with a rewards credit card
Using a rewards credit card that offers 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.
If you shop at Kohl's often, consider its store charge card. The benefits include additional discounts on sale prices at least 12 times a year.
9. Pay with a discounted gift card
If you don't have or want a rewards credit card, you can often save at least another 10 percent by paying with a discounted Kohl's gift card.
Reputable online marketplaces like Raise.com and Cardpool.com buy and then resell unwanted gift cards. Savvy shoppers can boost their savings by purchasing gift cards from these marketplaces for less than their face value, and then making purchases with the discounted gift cards.
10. Remember the return policy
Kohl's has one of the most flexible return policies, which the company bills as "hassle-free" with "no questions asked."
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10 expert tips for saving more at Kohl's
1. Save Money on a Membership
Shoppers can purchase an annual membership for $45 or a Sam’s Plus membership for $100. The latter offers consumers $10 cash back for every $500 spent, extended warranty coverage and extra savings for travel, pharmacy and business services.
Before purchasing, look for a Sam’s Club membership deal on a daily deal site such as Groupon, said Mary Hoover, creator of the money-saving blog MissiontoSave.com. Typically, the membership price is the same with these offers, but they include Sam’s Club gift cards and coupons. However, consumers can sometimes find discounts on memberships along with the gift card and coupon offerings.
According to Regina Conway, a consumer expert with Slickdeals.net, Groupon recently offered a 10 percent discount on a $45 Sam’s Club membership. If you’re shopping for a membership, Conway recommends setting a “Deal Alert” on Slickdeals.net. You’ll receive an email notification when a deal matching your criteria becomes available.
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2. Tap Into Military or Student Incentives
Sam’s Club regularly offers special incentives for military personnel as well as student memberships, Conway said. For example, active and former U.S. military members who renew or join by April 30 can get a $15 gift card with a basic membership purchase. Additionally, the Sam’s Club Collegiate Membership includes a $15 gift card incentive for new purchases and renewals.
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3. Get Free Samples and Products
Loyal Sam’s Club customers know they can score almost a full meal by shopping at times when food samples are offered. However, they might not realize that they can collect product samples as well. According to Maria Tiongco Ramos, creator of the money-saving blog ASavingsWOW.com, shoppers can get free product samples simply by scanning their membership cards at the “Freeosk” kiosks located in stores.
The samples sometimes contain coupons. In other cases, you can get free, full-sized products, such as personalized photo mugs or photo books.
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4. Take Advantage of Free Health Screenings
Throughout the year, Sam’s Club hosts several free health screening events for members and non-members at its stores with pharmacies. So far in 2016, the warehouse club has hosted three events — in January, February and March.
The screenings are valued at $150 and include blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing. You can get details about upcoming screenings at SamsClub.com, or in the store’s bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple.
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5. Get Free Prescription Drugs
Sam’s Club offers no-cost prescriptions for certain medications, a benefit that could add up to hundreds of dollars in savings per year, Ramos said. You have to be a Sam’s Plus member to get the five free prescriptions that the Sam’s Club pharmacy offers, however.
Additionally, members can save up to 8 percent on name-brand medications and 10 percent to 30 percent on qualifying prescriptions purchased without insurance coverage.
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6. Hunt Down Clearance Items
Sam’s Club has a tendency to clear out seasonal items and products that the retailer is not planning to restock. Said Conway, buying items on clearance is “a great way to save some cash.”
Clearance items can usually be found in the back of the store, Roe said. She recommends asking your store’s associates to find out when certain items will be marked down for clearance.
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7. Get Deals With 'Shocking Values' and Auctions
SamsClub.com and the Sam’s Club app both feature limited-time deals called “Shocking Values.” For example, a Blendtec Classic 475 Blender with a list price of $299 was recently marked down to $199.98 — the same product goes for $235 at Amazon.com.
Sam’s Club also holds online auctions, with the bidding price starting at $1 for most items. Recent auction items included a Fitbit fitness band, an LG 55-inch LED Smart HDTV and a Dell Chromebook. To keep track of new auctions and those that are closing soon, you can sign up for text alerts.
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8. Save on Prescription Glasses
Sam’s Club offers members $40 off each additional pair of prescription eyeglasses purchased when you buy one pair at regular price from the optical center. The warehouse store also offers discounted sunglasses.
Additionally, Sam’s Plus members can get $50 off a regularly priced pair of glasses when they buy a one-year supply of contact lenses.
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9. Buy Floor Models at a Discount
Sam’s Club will often sell display items such as furniture when it needs to make room for new inventory, according to Roe.
“One of my best finds at Sam’s Club was a dining room table that had been the display model,” she said. Roe saved more than 50 percent on the original price.
So, if you see something you like, always ask if you can buy the floor model.