Kroger stores are a fantastic place to coupon at and personally, my favorite. Some of my favorite hauls come from King Soopers! Kroger affiliated stores include Cala Foods, City Markets, Copps, Dillons, FoodsCo, Fred Meyer Stores, Fry’s, King Soopers, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Metro Market, Pick ‘n Save, Quality Food Centers (a.k.a. QFC), Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smith’s Food and Drug. If you have one of these stores, this post applies to you! This post will be tips, tricks, how-to, and rules for the store but made easy.
App & store card
The first thing you should do with this store is download the app and get a store card. (You can get a rewards card online and you enter in your phone number at the register when checking out.) There are great digital coupons that can be used. They also give away something for free every single Friday (you do not have to get it that day, but it can only be loaded onto your card on a Friday). Here is a tip with digital coupons: some of the time they will have the same coupon that they use in the Sunday newspaper. You do not want to load it on to your card if you are using a paper coupon. I will explain why later in this post.
The coupon rule for Kroger is you can use 5 of the same coupon UNLESS the coupon says otherwise. For example, some coupons say “limit one coupon per purchase, two identical coupons per household.” What this means is you can only use one coupon per item and two coupons in a single transaction per day. If the coupon does not specify, feel free to use up to 5 at a time! If you have a store coupon, you CAN use it with a manufacturer coupon for extra savings. Digital coupons are not store coupons and cannot be used with manufacturers. It is a great alternative if you do not have paper coupons though.
Kroger is most known in the couponing world for their mega sales. They are usually b5s5 (buy 5, save $5) or any other amount like b10s5 or b3s3. They happen multiple times a month and some are better than others. If you miss a mega sale, do not worry, there will be plenty more!
If the mega is b5s5, for example, you would have to purchase 5 of the participating items to receive the $5 off. They do not have to be the same item. You can mix and match. In the front of the store or at customer service there is a list of all of the items. They are also on the tags throughout the store so you do not have to memorize which items are a part of the sale.
Unlike many stores, Kroger does allow overage. What this means is if a coupon exceeds the amount of an item, you can use that money towards other groceries. For example, a few months ago there was a First Response pregnancy test on clearance for $1. I had a $4 off coupon so I made $3 on each one that I bought! I used that money towards produce and meats since it is a little harder to coupon for those things.
With all of the purchases you make, you will get points towards your gas. I am unsure and will have to look into if ever single store has a gas station but here in Colorado, Shell gas stations will also allow you to put in your phone number and you can use your points. You get points based on how much you spend. You get 1 point for every $1 you spend BEFORE PAPER coupons. That is why I said you want to use paper coupons before digital. You want to get those points! At a Kroger gas station, you can get up to $1 off a gallon. At a Shell gas station, you can only use .10 off a gallon at a time.
Their policy says expired coupons will not be accepted. I asked my store and they said every store is different since they will still get reimbursed. My store allows coupons expired up to two weeks! Definitely worth finding out.
Know the rules!
Unfortunately, many cashiers and even managers do not know their own policy or they make up their own rules. Remember my post about how to treat cashiers! You can always RESPECTFULLY pull up their policy on your phone or have it printed out in your coupon binder. You can find them here: https://www.kroger.com/topic/coupon-policy
I highly suggest joining Kroger couponing groups on Facebook or Instagram. People will post their deals and fun finds and you can too! I can personally add you to some if you would like on Facebook.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or store requests!