Being United States’s largest supermarket chain, Kroger has a lot to offer to its customers. Everybody loves to shop when there are deals, especially discounts and sales on things. The Kroger Company family of stores includes King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Smith’s and Ralph’s. If you are familiar with Kroger stores, you might be aware of the shopping hacks. Do you happen to remember it all? Well, if not take a look at these shopping hacks listed below.
16 Best Shopping Hacks for Kroger Customers to Save Money
1. Grab your Loyalty Card
The loyalty card makes your shopping easier. You only have to create an account with your local Kroger store. Try avoiding to use the paper coupons and instead load digital manufacturer coupons from your store’s site to your account. You can swipe or scan your loyalty card while checking out. Thus, all your loaded manufacturer coupons will get added to your total. No worries if you forget to show up your card, you can enter your phone number to enjoy the savings. Make sure your account information, especially your address remains updated every time to enjoy the exclusive promotions or coupons.
2. Fuel Rewards
Besides saving money on groceries, the loyalty card helps in saving money on gas every month. You may wonder how? One dollar spent will earn you one fuel point. If you earn up to 100 fuel points, you will have 10 cents off on gas. Now, how great is that? You can also earn twice the fuel points if you buy a gift card from the Kroger store for travel, dining, retail, entertainment and many more. Keep watching Kroger’s promotion for “4X the fuel points when you buy a gift card”. You wouldn’t want to miss this out.
3. Free Item Every Friday
Who isn’t into free stuff? Well, Kroger initiates their Free Friday Download Coupons every week. You can add it to your loyalty card and redeem it within two weeks. Make sure you check the site every Friday to get a free coupon for the product of the week.
4. Enjoy the free wifi
Don’t you get annoyed with weak signals, especially when you are trying to discover a new deal? Well, I do! Kroger here offers you to enjoy free wifi when you shop. No worries at all and, you can happily see your deals.
5. Go for i-wireless
i-wireless is the wireless network of Kroger and Sprint which has a good coverage nationwide. Tired of your current wireless provider? Well, Kroger provides you to consider i-wireless as a replaceable option. You can enjoy the i-wireless mobile phone plan(Unlimited talk, text ) and along with getting credits just for grocery shopping. Now, how cool is that?
6. The ClickList service
Kroger stores are now offering a service called ClickList to order your groceries online and pick them up at the store. All you have to do is create an account and enter your loyalty card number. You can see the recently purchased items and even recommended sale items based on past purchases and place your order in one go. As you keep adding items to your shopping cart, ClickList will tally up the total and show you the fees for the first three online orders you have placed. It will help you stay on your budget.
7. Exchange your Kroger Brand Item for free if you don’t like it
If you are unsatisfied with a Kroger brand item, you can exchange the unused portion for the equivalent national brand for free as long as you have the receipt. The guarantee for the exchange applies to their banner brands only. You need to be aware that Kroger stores carry three store labels.
Private Selection – Kroger’s premium line.
Banner Brands – Look for store labels like Kroger, Ralph’s, King Soopers, Fry’s.
Value Brands – Good-quality products at a more affordable price.
8. Get rewards by participating in the Kroger customer satisfaction survey
Kroger customer satisfaction survey helps you earn rewards worth $5000. Not only this, you earn 50 bonus fuel points just for participating and,100 people get $100 Kroger gift cards every month! All you need to do is check the bottom of your receipt and participate in a quick customer satisfaction survey. Spending a few minutes on the survey is worth a while!
9. Mega Event Sale
Mega Event sales held at the Kroger stores allows to mix and match specified products for a discount while being registered. The Mega Event offers deals like buy 4, save $4.00; buy 5, save $5.00; or buy 10, save $5.00. To receive the discount you must buy all 4, 5, or 10 items because this event is not like regular ’10 for $10′ sales. Stack your coupons and save big every year.
10. Download the app
Manage everything from the app in one go. Get access to the Kroger stores like Fry’s, Fred Meyer, Ralph’s, King Soopers, QFC through their own store app. It’s easy to manage rewards and fuel points, create shopping lists, load coupons to your loyalty card, see weekly ads, order groceries for pickup and many more.
11. Look up for Catalina coupons
Kroger stores accept valid Catalina coupons generated as a store or manufacturer coupons. You might be wondering what the Catalina coupons have to offer? Well, let me tell you it might help you to save money on your next trip to the store by giving a dollar amount off in your next transaction or a specific product coupon. Self-checkout is always satisfying!
12. Avoid troubling weekends
Weekends are the best days of everyone’s life. Away from the hectic work schedule is soothing. So, where is the trouble? The trouble is when we have to wait in a long queue in the stores during the weekdays. Better to shop early or late to avoid getting in the feel of being impatient.
13. Look for red and yellow tags on the items
The items marked with red and yellow tags are the items reduced in price because they’re approaching expiration or ‘best by’ dates or are seasonal goods. They are specifically called manager’s specials. You will find them in carts placed in the middle of aisles, in end-caps, and near the door of the stock room.
14. Asking for a discount on close approaching expiration items
You can ask for a discount on items approaching expiration or on items not seem to be fresh without any hesitation. Being labeled doesn’t mean mistakes can’t happen.
15. Check for closeout tags
Kroger stores reduce the price and slap on a white closeout label for an item is being discontinued or hasn’t sold for a while. So make sure to scan the regular shelves next to full-price items in every aisle you come across!
16. Get a discount if you are a senior
The discount varies and depends on the stores from where you shop. On the first Tuesday of every month, you can get up to 10% off on your grocery bill if you are 55 yrs old or more. If your age is above 60 yrs, you get a discount of 5% every Thursday.