I am a Kroger shopper. We shop there nearly every Friday and at the top of the hour the “Krogering” song comes on. I am then treated to a lovely rendition by a four year old.
“Let’s Go Krogering…”
It’s catchy and quite cute when he sings it. 😉
We would avoid Kroger’s because the prices are, well, quite high normally. They really don’t have Walmart beat and they certainly can’t beat Aldi on a day to day basis. Or can they?
Saving money at Kroger is doable and I am going to walk you through how to do it and why to do it.
Saving money at Kroger
The first trick is to buy almost nothing unless it is on sale. You must have a plan. Don’t buy the hamburger. Don’t run in for a gallon of milk. Don’t swing through the spaghetti sauce aisle. Unless, of course, you know what the prices are at other stores. Kroger will almost always be higher on normal priced items.
For example, I always buy my bananas and our green leaf lettuce at Kroger. The prices are usually comparable, if not higher, but I feel the quality is better at Kroger’s. I almost never, ever buy hamburger there because it is typically $4-5 a pound and I can get it on sale for half of that at our local IGA. I do like their chicken breast sale.
Watch for sales and don’t be tempted to pick up a “few more things”.
Stock up during their “buy 4 get $4 off” sales. Sometimes it is buy 6 get $3 off or another type. Those are wonderful. I love it when they have those sales because I can usually pair a coupon with the sale and get even more savings. Those types of sales are great for stocking up on cereals, ketchup, tissues, coffee creamer, etc…
Here’s how it works: you buy 6 products (mix and match) and you $3 off at the register. In other words, $.50 off per item. Please note, you do not have to buy 6 ketchups or 6 toilet papers to get the $3 off. It is anything on the list or with the tag on the shelf. I stress that because I heard a woman telling an elderly gentleman he had to buy 10 of the same thing to get that particular deal. I jumped in and told him he could just mix and match them. I’m not sure he bought any of it. 😉
Remember, for any sale, you must have (and use) a Kroger card.
Use their digital coupons. They have nice digital coupons. Simply sign in on the Kroger website and click digital coupons. I usually check it the night before.
It is easy to create an account. The coupons are loaded onto your card and come off at the register. Easy peasy. Do you see in the picture how above the cheese it says you can use up to 5 times? That means instead of one coupon per product, you can buy up to 5 products for that coupon. Pretty sweet, wouldn’t you say?
Always, always be on the lookout for clearance items. I get the best products on clearance at Kroger’s. One time I got body soap, shampoo, conditioner and body wash for $.50-$1.00 each. This was well over 6 months ago and my husband and son are still using the bars of soap. Kroger has clearance items scattered all over the store as well as in specially marked carts or boxes. Always look, you never know what you can find!
The Kroger lesson
Don’t go into Kroger thinking the food products are inexpensive, because they aren’t. However, with a little planning, I can buy my family of six groceries there for less than I could at Walmart. Be sure to take advantage of the Kroger fuel points; they are a great way to save money on gas. Be sure to also take note of their gift card deals where you can earn 4 times the fuel points for buying your gift cards there. So if you spend $100 on groceries, it is like you spent $400. Not bad!
Tell me, do you shop at Kroger’s? What is your favorite deals there?