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If you shop at King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Smith’s or Ralph’s, you’re familiar with Kroger. You may even love them because there are so many ways to save at Kroger. The Kroger Company family is made up of more than 24 product brands and 15 different grocery store chains, making it one of the largest grocery and general retailers in the country—second only to Walmart. Kroger may have many names, but you can save the same way at nearly all of them.
Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app to find out about Kroger grocery deals galore.
1. Sign up for your Kroger’s store loyalty card for access to the best savings.
This is an obvious one: You’ll want to create an account with your local Kroger store. You can do this online, in app, or in store. Once you have an account, you can load digital manufacturer coupons from your store’s site to your account (and avoid having to clip paper coupons). Reminder: Digital manufacturer coupons cannot be combined with paper manufacturer coupons for the same product.
Enter your phone number or swipe your card at the store, and all your loaded manufacturer coupons will be automatically applied to your total.
2. Download the Kroger app to manage rewards on the go.
Most of the bigger Kroger stores (Kroger, Fry’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, King Soopers, QFC, etc.) can be accessed through their own store app. Manage rewards and fuel points, create shopping lists, load coupons to your loyalty card, see weekly ads, order groceries for pickup, and manage prescriptions all from the app.
3. Use your digital load-to-card Kroger coupons on grocery pickup and delivery orders.
Kroger grocery delivery (and Kroger sister stores Fred Meyer, Smiths and Ralphs) gives you the option to add digital coupons to your order in the stores’ apps. These digital coupons will automatically be applied to your delivery order. As far as combining coupons goes — rule of thumb is if you’re able to stack coupons together in store, you can stack them for your grocery delivery order too.
4. Check for a Kroger free Friday item coupon in the app.
Typically, Kroger stores offer a digital Free Friday coupon — though it’s been a little spotty lately because of COVID-19.
Don’t give up on them. In the recent past, Kroger Free Friday Download coupons have been good for bread, yogurt, pet food, candy, and more.
PRO TIP: Look for the latest Kroger coupons on the KCL website.
5. Get up to $1 off per gallon with Kroger fuel rewards.
The Kroger fuel points program is an easy way to save on something you do anyway — fill up your gas tank.
Every dollar you spend at a Kroger store is normally worth one fuel point. If you buy a gift card for travel, dining, retail, or entertainment (note: not the actual grocery store) from Kroger, you’ll earn 2x, 3x, or even 4x the fuel points on that purchase!
There is no limit to how many points you can accrue, but keep in mind that points reset every month and you can only use points for up to 35 gallons of gas. Check the bottom of your receipt or sign into your account to see how many fuel points you’ve accumulated.
- 100 fuel points = $0.10 off per gallon of fuel for one fill-up at participating partner gas stations (i.e. Shell stations)
- 100 fuel points = $0.10 off per gallon of fuel for one fill-up at a Kroger store gas station
- 200 fuel points = $0.20 off per gallon of fuel for one fill-up at a Kroger store gas station
- 1,000 fuel points = $1 off per gallon of fuel for one fill-up at a Kroger store gas station
6. If you don’t like a Kroger brand item, you can get a national brand equivalent on the house.
Kroger has several private label brands, including Private Selection, Simple Truth Organic, Value Brands, and private-label brands specific to their other grocery retailers (King Soopers, Fred Meyer’s, etc.).
The Kroger Brand Promise states that if you try one of their products and don’t like it, you can exchange the unused portion for the equivalent national brand for free (as long as you have the receipt).
7. If your items are out of stock, Kroger will give you an upgrade.
If one of the items you ordered is out of stock, a Kroger associate will replace it with the same item in a larger quantity, according to their policy. If that brand isn’t available, they’ll replace it with a similar or better product and sell it to you for the original, lower price.
If you’re doing grocery pickup, the associate will make sure you approve any exchanges before you pay.
8. Keep your receipt and you could win $5,000 in free groceries.
Next time you buy something at your local Kroger family store, check the bottom of your receipt and participate in a quick customer satisfaction survey for a chance to win $5,000. You’ll receive 50 bonus fuel points just for participating!
Although only one person gets the monthly $5,000 drawing, 100 people get $100 Kroger gift cards…every month. Think about how many people actually take those surveys (probably not many) and decide if it’s worth it to spend five minutes on a questionnaire (totally)…may the odds be ever in your favor.
9. You don’t have to purchase 10 items to get the “10 for $10” discount.
Kroger often has “10 for $10” sales, but you don’t have to purchase 10 items to get the deal. Each item will scan at $1. The same is true for similar promos like “2 for $3.” (Each item will scan for $1.50.)
10. Kroger grocery pickup prices are the same as they are in store.
While some stores include a markup if they use a service like Instacart for grocery pickup, Kroger prices are the same whether you place a pickup order online or if you shop in the store.
11. Stack manufacturer coupons with Mega Event sale items to save big.
Several times a year, Kroger and most of its affiliate stores hold Mega Event sales that allow you to mix and match specified products for a discount at the register.
Mega Events are typically listed as: Buy 4, Save $4; Buy 5, Save $5; or Buy 10, Save $5. Unlike regular 10 for $10 sales, you must buy all 4, 5, or 10 items to receive the discount. Pair printable, newspaper or digital coupons with items purchased in this promo, and save even more on your total grocery bill.
12. Look for Catalina coupons at regular and self-checkout registers.
Catalina machines located at registers dispense long, receipt-like coupons.
Catalina coupons may be store or manufacturer coupons. Sometimes they’re a dollar-amount off your next transaction; sometimes they’re a coupon for a specific product.
PRO TIP: I like self checkout because I can check other registers for coupons and Catalinas that other people dismiss because they may think it’s junk or an advertisement. There have been times when I was able to find Catalinas for free items or even for $2 or $3 off my next shopping trip!
13. Look for specials marked with yellow and red tags when shopping in store.
At my local Fred Meyer, manager’s specials —items reduced in price because they’re approaching expiration or ‘best by’ dates, or are seasonal goods — are marked with yellow and red ‘WooHoo’ tags. The label may look different at your local Kroger store.
Find manager’s specials in carts located in the middle of aisles, in end-caps, and near the stock room door. Produce and dairy manager’s specials are located in the same area as non-discounted items.
14. Meat or produce item approaching expiration? Haggle for a discount!
Most items nearing expiration will already be labeled with a yellow and red manager’s special tag, but sometimes items are missed! If you see a product that will soon be expired, or a piece of produce that is uneven or not looking as fresh as the others, ask for a discount. I do it all the time!
15. Scan the shelves for closeout tags.
When an item is being discontinued or hasn’t sold for a while, Kroger stores will dramatically reduce its price and slap on a white closeout label. Closeout items are typically found on regular shelves next to full-price items, so be sure to scan the shelves in every aisle you come across!
16. Sign up for a prepaid debit card for an extra $0.05 off on gas and free groceries.
If you’re a loyal Kroger shopper, applying for the 1-2-3 Rewards prepaid debit card has its perks. You’ll earn 1.5 fuel points per dollar spent (50% more than without the card), 2% off Kroger’s Quality Brands, and a $10 credit when you sign up for and have your first direct deposit.
17. Get a 10% off senior discount at Kroger.
If you’re 55 or older, you can get 10% off your grocery bill the first Tuesday of every month at my local Fred Meyer. They’ll even send text alerts to remind you. Other Kroger stores offer a 5% discount every Thursday for seniors over 60 years old.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger stores also have special shopping hours for seniors. Check with your local store for details.
18. Use a rebate app to save even more.
You’ll get a traditional receipt from Kroger, so you should have no problem using it for all of these rebate apps.
Ibotta offers are a great way to save in addition to paper coupons. Use this Ibotta link to receive up to $20 in welcome sign up bonuses!
Add offers from Checkout51 and then tap “Redeem” to take a picture of your receipt.
Take a picture of your receipt and upload it to Fetch Rewards. You’ll get points just for uploading your receipt and Fetch Rewards will automatically add more points if you bought brands they’re currently offering bonus points for.
Snap a picture of your receipt and upload it to Makeena to redeem eligible rebate offers.
Clip coupons in the Coupons.com app, purchase an eligible product, then select the coupon and upload a picture or screenshot of the receipt.
Earn up to 2,500 “kicks” through Shopkick when you buy qualifying products and take a picture of your Kroger receipt. Kicks are points that translate into gift cards when you’ve earned enough of them. You can also earn kicks by scanning products in-store that you don’t intend to buy.