Every Kohl’s fan knows the shopping trifecta is Kohl’s coupons, Kohl’s Cash, and Kohl’s clearance. That’s right — never shop Kohl’s without taking advantage of at least one of these three things — or, best yet, all three at the same time! That’s when you really start to see the savings at Kohl’s.
Kohl’s clearance racks (under the big red arrows) are always full, but there is a science to knowing how and when to find the best deals. Though Kohl’s stores claim not to have a regular clearance markdown schedule, in the past, I’ve noticed that (at least in the stores near me) they send stuff to clearance on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Good to know, right? Here’s how you can make the most of shopping Kohl’s clearance.
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1. Aim for at least 75% savings on clearance, which is usually marked down 50% to 80%.
Signs say Kohl’s clearance ranges from 50% to 80% off, but most items I found were 55% to 60% off. It’s definitely worth digging through the racks to get that 75% or 80% off tag, though. You may just find treasure.
Kohl’s clearance items that don’t sell are marked an additional 10% down every couple weeks and they go quickly. That’s why it’s so rare that you’ll see that 80% off, but it doesn’t hurt to dig. The highest markdown I’ve ever seen at Kohl’s was 90% off, so it does exist!
2. Shop in-store clearance instead of online clearance.
My personal experience is that the deals on Kohl’s clearance racks are better in store than in Kohl’s online clearance section. Kohl’s online clearance currently says up to 70% off, versus stores’ 80% markdowns, for example.
If you’re not looking for a super-specific thing, but in the market for, say, new kids’ clothes or coffee mugs, head to your closest store.
PRO TIP: If you’re hunting down something specific and can’t find your size on the in-store racks, look up Kohl’s clearance inventory online. If you find what you want, the item can be shipped to you for free, or you can pick it up from another store near you. Find the Kohl’s nearest you.
3. Stack coupons, promo codes, and Kohl’s Cash on clearance items for the trifecta.
So, this is the trifecta…when you really start to see the benefit of shopping Kohl’s clearance.
Apply $10 Kohl’s Cash
Free shipping on orders of $75+ or free store pickup
Final Price: $22.99
PRO TIP: If you haven’t already, sign up for Kohl’s Rewards program. You will also get 15% off your order when you sign up for Kohl’s Sale Alerts; just text Text SAVE07 to 56457 (KOHLS) to sign up and receive a unique 15% off coupon code. Already signed up? (Just text STOP to quit.)
4. Use a cash-back app like Ibotta to save even more.
Ibotta does cash back at Kohl’s — all you gotta do is submit your receipt. If you’re new to Ibotta, the cash-back app will give you Ibotta bonus cash for your first month using the app. Just make sure you’re using a device that hasn’t registered an Ibotta account before, and do everything within the first month and you’ll be $20 richer!
5. You can’t get a price adjustment for something you bought on clearance.
If you buy something from the Kohl’s clearance racks and it’s later marked down another 10%, don’t expect to get a retroactive price adjustment. While Kohl’s honors price adjustments for full-price items for 14 days, clearance items are exempt from this policy.
6. Yes, you can return Kohl’s clearance items.
You’ll get back exactly what you paid for — minus any applicable discounts from promo codes or coupons.
If you used Kohl’s Cash to buy the thing, it’ll be reinstated in your Rewards account (rather than handed back to you in the form of legal tender).
7. Look for the square on Kohl’s digital price tags.
How do you know something will soon be on clearance? Look for digital price tags with a square in the upper-right corner — this indicates the item has reached the lowest price of the season, and the price of this item won’t drop again…unless it goes on clearance, which of course is next.