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Money-Saving Mama: Kroger makes changes

Posted: October 16, 2013 - 11:40am

The one constant we can depend on throughout life is change.

If you have been to a Kroger store anytime in the past few weeks, you likely have seen the signs on the registers stating that as of Sept. 22, Kroger will be accepting coupons at face value. I knew what that meant as soon as I saw it but I asked one of my favorite cashiers just to make sure. Coupons will no longer be doubled at Kroger. I wondered at first, was it just the North Augusta Kroger? After some digging, e-mails and phone calls to the Kroger company, I found out it was the whole Atlanta division, meaning basically the whole Southeast region.

So, what do we do to save money? There are options. There is always Publix, which double coupons up to 50 cents, plus you can match up a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for extra savings. They also accept competitor’s coupons, which mean that you can use those Kroger coupons over there. Bi-Lo also doubles coupons up to 60 cents and they also will allow you to redeem a store coupon plus a manufacturer’s coupon together. They also accept competitor coupons.

Kroger still has the gas program that could save a lot of money at the gas pump. Bi-Lo also has a gas program. Either one gives you 10 cents or more off per gallon at the pumps.

If you just like shopping at Kroger or feel more comfortable there because you know where everything is, there are some ways to make sure that you are saving the most money with coupons. One thing to make sure that you are doing is to make sure you carry your coupons with you to the store and use them on items when they are on sale. If you know that your family will be eating a lot of cereal, when it goes on sale for a good price and you have coupons, stock up. Also, make sure that you have your Kroger card online to get the e-coupons. You can do this through the Kroger.com Web site. These e-coupons cannot be used in conjunction with your manufacturer coupons but, if you don’t have any manufacturer coupons, this is a good way to save money.

If at all possible, going back to the basics of food will help with your grocery bill. What this means is less processed food, more of the basic staples and making your own dinners from scratch. This does take longer, which I understand is not a possibility for some people, but if it is, then there are less ingredients you need, which costs less money. The health benefits are an added feature.

While it may seem like it is unfair for Kroger to cut out double coupons at this point, especially when the economy is still at a fragile point, they are well within their rights to do it. It is up to us to find the best system (legally) that works for us to save us money at the grocery store. I’m hoping that you have already found your system and, if not, that you can find one soon and be on track to saving money.

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