Kroger and its chain of stores – including Ralph’s, Smith’s, Fry’s, Fred Myer, and King Soopers – are popular destinations for shoppers looking to save money on their grocery bill. While these stores offer tons of bargains for penny-pinching consumers, there are ways to stretch your dollar even further. Read on to learn 13 tried-and-true hacks to get even more for your hard-earned buck when shopping at Kroger.
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This is the most obvious way to save, but it bears mentioning, especially if you’re a first-time shopper. You just swipe it at checkout to receive your savings. You can enter your phone number as well. Link your card to a digital account and you can load coupons onto it, which will save you from having to clip coupons. The digital account is free and offers many benefits, such as the ability to track prescriptions and fuel rewards. You can even use it to create a shopping list. Just remember to keep your contact information updated so you don’t miss out on savings.
2. Download the app.
The app does all the above, but it has the added feature of alerting you to new deals when they become available, so you never miss out on savings. You can find the app here in the iTunes Store and here in the Google Play Store.
3. Take advantage of the free Friday download.
Every Friday, you receive access to a digital coupon for a free item. Save on candy, bread, yogurt, pet food and more. The coupons must be claimed on Fridays, but you can use it anytime within the next two weeks.
4. Stack coupons.
While you can’t use multiple digital coupons for one item, you can use one digital coupon with an in-store coupon to double your savings. Note that you can only use two manufacturer coupons per day. You can also use rebate apps such as Checkout 51 and Ibotta to save even more.
5. Try the cheaper Kroger brand.
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You may know and love the name brand cereal or pasta, but why pay more for it than the Kroger brand, which is essentially the same thing? If you have some hesitations about buying the Kroger brand, remember the store’s guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with the store brand, simply exchange it for the national brand. Just return the unused portion and show your receipt. What have you got to lose?
6. Keep track of fuel rewards.
Through their Fuel Program, you will receive one fuel point for every dollar you spend at Kroger. For every 100 points you acquire, you receive 10 cents off each gallon of gas at Kroger gas stations. So if you save up 1,000 points, you can score $1 off each gallon of gas. Be aware, however, that your fuel limit is 35 gallons and that the points expire at the end of each month. Don’t save them up and then forget to redeem them!
7. Double your fuel rewards.
Above, we mentioned that you get one fuel point for every dollar you spend. Well, that doesn’t apply to gift cards. Instead, you receive double the points! So if you purchase a $50 gift card, you’ll receive 100 points. This deal would be even better if you could purchase Kroger gift cards, but unfortunately, they are excluded from this promotion. But still, there are plenty of other gift cards to choose from, so stock up on birthday and Christmas presents and save at the pump.
8. Look for manager’s specials and closeouts.
If items aren’t selling well or are reaching their expiration date, the store will mark them down. Look for yellow and red labels to signify a price markdown. These special deals are specific to each store, so they won’t be found online or in your local ad. Instead, you’ll have to search every aisle to find these hidden gems. Most stores don’t have a clearance aisle to make it easier for you. To take advantage of this deal, you’ll have to do some sleuthing, but it may worth it.
9. Don’t forget the Catalina coupons.
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When you receive your receipt, you may get a long sheet of paper as well. These are commonly regarded as junk coupons, but these Catalina coupons, as they are officially called, often have some relevant coupon savings. You could receive several bucks off your next shopping trip. That’s better than nothing, right? So check before you toss.
10. Don’t think you have to buy in bulk to save.
At Kroger, you’ll often see promotions such as 5 for $5 or 10 for $10 for a specific item. At some stores, you might have to actually buy that amount to save, but at Kroger, you don’t have to. It’s an advertising tactic to get you to buy more, but if something is 10 for $10, you can buy one of that item for $1 if you wish. So don’t feel obligated to buy excess unless you really need to stock up. Otherwise, you’ll just spend more money, and that’s not the point of being savvy shopper.
11. Get your senior discount.
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Kroger offer discounts to those who are a certain age. For some stores, the minimum age is 55, while others consider you a senior at age 60. The discount may vary from 5% to 10% and only be valid on certain days. Check with your local store for details.
12. Participate in the survey for a chance to win big.
Check the bottom of your receipt before tossing it out. There are instructions to participate in a survey which allows you to give your feedback. You will then be entered into a drawing to win $5,000 or one of 100 $100 gift cards. This drawing happens monthly, so the odds are in your favor, considering that probably very few people actually spend the time to take the survey. Just for taking the five-minute survey, you receive 50 free fuel points, so it’s a win-win.
13. Don’t shop evenings or weekends.
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Not all of these tips are about saving money. Sometimes you want to save time, too, right? Well, to make shopping more convenient, you’ll want to avoid long lines, which are common in evenings and weekends. These are the busiest times for Kroger and supermarkets in general. Shoppers are stopping by after work or they’re doing their shopping on their days off (usually Saturdays or Sundays). Unless you want to spend more time waiting in line than doing your actual shopping, try to schedule your shopping trips for early morning or later at night (after 7 p.m.)
Get ready to save on your next Kroger shipping trip with these helpful tips. You can save more than the average shopper and get more bang for your buck.