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How to Shop at Kohl’s for Free

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Kohl’s is a store that’s known for their amazing deals. Kohl’s cash, clearance sections, and ongoing sales all offer the opportunity to own high quality merchandise without exceeding your budget. But what about a shopping trip that would require no extra cash? That’s exactly the plan that blogger Lyndsee Simpson stuck to, challenging herself – and now, others – to use a $10 Kohl’s coupon, and nothing more.

These particular Kohl’s coupons are available periodically, and tend to be sent through the mail. They are eye catching, advertising “$10 on Us!” While most mail with deals such as these end up being too good to be true, this one is the real deal. The best part about this coupon is that it requires no minimum purchase amount, meaning you can go into the store, use the $10 coupon, and leave without spending any money!

>> Related: Kohl's Coupons & Sales before you head into your next Kohl's run!

Kohl’s strategy is that the $10 is a way to get shoppers in the store. They assume most people will end up spending more than $10, and therefore will make money from additional sales. Most of the time this strategy works, as people make large shopping trips filled with impulse buys. Additionally, on major shopping holidays like Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Kohl's will bump their offer up to $15 cashback with their existing discount which ranges from an additional 10-30% off your purchase. Stack it up for the best savings!

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Source: The Penny Wise Mama (past Thanksgiving offer example)

So you’ve got the plan in place: go into the store and just spend the free $10 coupon, but what can you buy?

As our expert puts it, it’s actually better to stay away from the clearance items. Items are usually scarce and have been picked over already by numerous customers. What’s left are items that couldn’t sell – and what you likely won’t want to buy. It never hurts to look, but there are plenty of other options to browse.

As previously mentioned, Kohl’s almost always has ongoing sales, which will offer a better selection than the clearance rack. Look for small items such as back-to-school supplies, work out clothes, fashion accessories, etc. Practical items, like fingernail files, belts, socks, coin organizers, and more make great gifts. Many of these can be found for less than $10.

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Source: Kohls.com

Head over to the home goods section as well, where a large variety of small appliances, baking accessories, or utensils will fall within the coupon budget.

No matter what you choose, however, remember that it’s free! The next time you receive a Kohl’s coupon, take this challenge. Over time, you’re likely to end up with quite the collection – all without spending a dime – a sale that even the most frugal shoppers among us can get excited about!


by Matt Spillar
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A lifelong Bay Area native, Matt Spillar graduated in 2013 from Fresno State with a Sports Marketing degree. He strives to combine his passion for sports marketing along with his interests in finance and budgeting. In his spare time, he writes for his personal blog, spillsspot.com

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