Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in the country. They are the only grocery chain that Wal-Mart pays attention to as a competitor.
So what makes Kroger so big? Other than strategically acquiring smaller chains and leaving them with their local identity, Kroger is great at building customer loyalty. Their rewards and customer loyalty programs should be a key way to save money for people who live in an area that has a Kroger.
To help you save as much as possible I put together this short couponing guide for Kroger stores.
Kroger Couponing Rules:
- You will need a Kroger card to take advantage of the weekly sales
- Coupons that are 50¢ or less will be doubled and coupons from 51¢ to a dollar will be counted as $1 (This is not true in all regions).
- Internet coupons are accepted exactly the same as Sunday insert coupons
- Kroger accepts ecoupons from Cellfire, Ibotta, Savingstar, Upromise, and has their own Kroger ecoupons.
- Only e-coupons from Savingstar, Ibotta, and Upromise will stack with manufacturer’s coupons this includes stacking with the other ecoupons; Shortcuts, Cellfire and Kroger.
- You can redeem a store and a manufacturer’s coupon on one item
- You do not have to purchase two items on a BOGO offer
- If you purchase two items on a BOGO offer you can use two coupons
Other Coupons and Deals at Kroger
Coupons in the Mail
Kroger gets their own coupons printed and mailed out to their customers. These booklets include store coupons that can only be used at Kroger and manufacturer’s coupon that can be used anywhere. Make sure to include your real address when you sign up for your Kroger card.
There is an extra printer at every Kroger register. It is there to provide you with extra coupons, targeted to your purchasing decisions. These are Catalina coupons (the name is on the printer) and can be manufacturer’s or store coupons. So make sure you snatch them up after you check out.
Catalina Coupons can be earned by purchasing the right combination of products. These deals are easiest found on the Krazy Coupon Lady website.
You can get extra catalinas by splitting your order. So if you can get $2 in coupons by buying 2 frozen pizzas, but you wanted to buy 4 frozen pizzas, then split the purchase into two and get double the Catalinas. If you buy all four at once you will only get the one $2 coupon.
Kroger has converted most of their stores to also have gas stations out in front attached to their parking lots. When you shop and use your shopper’s card you earn money off on gasoline. You earn one point for every $1.00 you spend and Kroger. Every 100 points gets you 10¢ off per gallon. You can redeem your points for a maximum of $1.00 off per gallon.
From time to time Kroger will run promotions that earn you extra fuel points. You can also get coupons for extra fuel points from the Catalina printer every once in a while.
A BIG way to take advantage of the fuel points is to purchase gift cards. You receive double points for purchasing gift cards to other retailers and restaurants. So if you are going to be heading to a restaurant in the next few days or giving a gift card to someone as a gift, head to Kroger and purchase it there and you get the equivalent of 2% back in fuel points.
From time to time Kroger will hold a Mega Event. During these special sales they will take instant savings off a specific set of items. You will have to purchase a minimum number of these items but the instant savings stacked with coupons make for some great deals.
10 for $10 Sales
This is also a very popular sale that happens once in a while. Now the add says 10 for $10 but you really get them at $1 each, no matter how many you purchase. You do have to use your Kroger card and normal coupon rules apply on all items.
Kroger is always coming up with new ideas on how to save money in their stores. So if you know of any new or exotic ways to save money, leave them in the comments and share with the rest of us.