Kohl’s Cash is one of the best things about shopping at Kohl’s. Why? Because it’s free money! It’s basically a Kohl’s coupon. You earn it by shopping at Kohl’s during certain promo periods (more on that below). And you can only redeem it when they say you can. Plan your Kohl’s trips so that every single time you shop you earn and redeem Kohl’s Cash.
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1. How does Kohl’s Cash work?
You earn it by shopping at Kohl’s during special promotional periods, in $10 increments based on the total amount you spend after all of your coupons and discounts are applied.
You can spend it during a specified redemption period (more on that in tip #2). Kohl’s Cash can be both earned and redeemed when shopping Kohl’s online, at a Kohl’s store location, or through the Kohl’s app.
It’s earned in $50 spend thresholds: for every $50 you spend, you get $10 back in Kohl’s Cash. (Kohl’s used to round up to $50 from $48, but since fall 2020 they’ve been holding firm that the purchase has gotta be $50 or more.)
2. When are the earning and redemption periods?
Kohl’s publishes past and current Kohl’s Cash promotion dates on their website, in the Kohl’s weekly ad, and in store. The length of earning and redemption periods fluctuates. Earning periods usually last between three and seven days, and redemption/spending periods are usually anywhere from five days to two weeks after the earnings period ends.
PRO TIP: Kohl’s gives customers an extra five bucks — $15 in Kohl’s Cash — for every $50 spent during their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
3. Do I need to be a Kohl’s Rewards member to earn it?
No, you don’t need to be signed up for the Kohl’s Rewards program to earn it.
As long as you’re shopping during an earning period and spending at least $50 after coupons and discounts, you’ll earn it.
But Kohl’s Rewards members do earn 5% Kohl’s Cash all year-round, whether or not there’s a current earning period going on. And the program is free to join, so it’s not a bad idea if you’re a frequent Kohl’s shopper.
PRO TIP: Don’t miss our Kohl’s Shopping Hacks guide, which tells you how to get Kohl’s free shipping, find the best coupons, and more.
4. How do I redeem it?
If you shop in store and earn it, you get a paper version — basically a printed coupon.
If you shop on Kohls.com, at the Kohl’s in-store kiosk, or in the Kohl’s app, you’ll get an email within a day that has your Kohl’s Cash redemption codes and the dates it can be used.
If you’re a Kohl’s Rewards member, it will be added to your Kohl’s Wallet automatically. I highly recommend this route, because you’ll never lose that paper coupon again!
5. What can I spend it on?
Whatever you want — well, almost! The good news is that, unlike Kohl’s coupons, it has no brand exclusions. Yay!
Two exceptions: 1. You can’t use it to pay off your Kohl’s credit card; and 2. You can’t use it for gift card purchases. (But, you can earn it for gift card purchases.) Makes sense.
Kohl’s doesn’t give you a minimum spend threshold to use it either.
6. Can I stack my Kohl’s Cash with coupons?
Yes! And you should. In fact, don’t even think about shopping at Kohl’s without a coupon or promo code.
Here’s the order it’s applied:
7. Can I use expired Kohl’s Cash?
In the past, the answer was yes — for 10 days after the expiration date. And you still may be able to if you get a nice manager, but the official answer is no.
When shopping with recently expired Kohl’s Cash in store, ask the sales associate to make an exception. If you’re shopping online, you can call (855) 564-5705 after placing your order. The Kohl’s phone associate should be able to apply your expired Kohl’s Cash to your order, but if not, you can call the number above to make the request.
Many in-store associates simply don’t know about this (unofficial) rule, so call the number above if you have any trouble.
8. What if I want to return an item I bought with it?
That’s totally chill. You can do a return — or even a price adjustment — on an item you bought using it. The amount will be returned to you with a 30-day period to use it again.
It’s worth noting that if you return something on which you earned Kohl’s Cash, that coupon will be invalidated.