March 14, 2012
Kohl’s doesn’t always have the best prices, but if you stack readily available discounts, it’s hard to beat. Here’s how to save 32% and get 10 points per dollar on everything at Kohl’s (even clearance items):
Step 1: Estimate your total cost
Find what you want to buy at Kohl’s and note the total price. This technique will work even for clearance items so look for big markdowns! When you’re ready, make sure your shopping cart is empty because, later, you’ll want to add the items after going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall.
Step 2: Calculate 20% off from coupon
In a later step, you’ll apply a 20% off coupon to your order. For now, simply calculate the discounted total: To do so, take the total from step 1 and multiply by .8.
Step 3: Buy Kohl’s e-gift card for 15% off
Go to Cardpool.com and buy a Kohl’s e-gift card. They sell Kohl’s gift cards for 15% off. Ideally you will find a card with a face value close to the 20% off amount you calculated in step 2. If you plan to make future purchases at Kohl’s you could go ahead and buy a gift card for a larger amount. Note that it may take several hours for Cardpool to email the gift card.
Optional: you can get an extra .8% cash back by starting at ShopAtHome before clicking through to Cardpool.com. This will only work for your first $1000 in transactions at Cardpool.com.
Step 4: Go through Ultimate Rewards Mall for 10X
Once you receive your gift card from step 3, go to the Ultimate Rewards Mall, find Kohl’s, and click through to shop at Kohl’s. Now any purchases you make will return 10 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent!
Step 5: Shop Kohl’s, apply coupon and gift card
Load up your Kohl’s shopping cart. When you go to check out, make sure to apply a 20% off coupon code. These are readily available through Google searches. One that I used successfully recently was SMS6532 (with free shipping too). Also make sure to apply your gift card to the order.
Add up the savings
Let’s say your total purchase before savings is $100. The 20% off coupon will reduce the price to $80. At Cardpool, you can buy a $80 gift card for $68. So, your total savings on $100 worth of items is $32 or 32%. Plus, you will get 10 points per dollar based on the $80 spent at Kohl’s, or 800 total points. The fair trading price of 800 Ultimate Rewards points is $10.48.
Additional savings: Kohl’s frequently runs special deals where you can earn $10 in Kohl’s bucks for every $50 spent. If you spend very close to a multiple of $50, then this becomes nearly a 20% rebate that stacks on top of all of the savings shown above!
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