First, I want to say that I love Krogers. I have been a loyal shopper since day one. (My mom is a loyal shopper so that is just where I went.) Don't get me wrong, I have gone to Walmart and Meijers for the occasional great deal, but Krogers is like home to me. The main reason I shop there is that I love their store brand. I practically lived on it before The Grocery Game and even after I check the Kroger brand to make sure after sale and coupon the Kroger brand is not cheaper. Sometimes it is and that is when I know I really have a great deal. Whether you are an avid couponer or not I highly recommend the Kroger Store brand.
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Sunday, April 5, 2009
Now, I want to share to you what happened to me at Krogers today. I went through the very busy store gathering up my list of great deals and things I needed. I then went to the check out line excited because I knew I had done well today. The woman that was ringing up my groceries has been at the store many years. Being a loyal shopper I recognize most of the people at the registers. When it came time to ring up my coupons I handed them to her. I always double check them to make sure there isn't a coupon for an item I didn't purchase in the pile. When she got to the popcorn coupons she got overwhelmed.
Kroger is having a buy one get one free on certain Orville Redenbacher's popcorns. I took advantage of this sale with many coupons. One coupon for $1 off 2 and 14 $.55 off one box. This is when she tells me that I must buy 4 boxes to use the $1 off coupon and 2 boxes for every $.55 off coupon. I couldn't believe what she was telling me. I am a couponer and I feel I know the stores policies. I know that if the store is having a buy one get one free sale and I have a buy one get one free coupon that I must buy 4 to get 2 free. I knew what she was telling me was false. She just didn't want to ring up all my coupons.
I was upset at this point and told her to give me all my popcorn coupons back and that I wanted to return all of the popcorn. She did it without any complaints. I just felt sorry for the people in line behind me. I am sure it is hard being behind a couponer like me so it was even worse for them when I wanted to return all the popcorn.
When I got out to my car I had all the groceries in my trunk and was feeling very upset. I decided to call the store from my car to check on their coupon policy. I explained the situation to the customer service person on the phone and she said that it would be no problem using the coupons the way I was planning. So I left my groceries in the car, which included milk, in my warm car and ran in to get my popcorn.
By the time I got back in line to pay for my popcorn the lines where crazy. I stuck it out. When the cashier had finished ringing me up I handed her my coupons. She scanned them without any problems and I was out the door.
I must say that if I wasn't a loyal Kroger customer and was just there for some great deals or because it was on my way I would not go back. I will tell you that I will not be going to that specific cashier again, no matter the line.
On the bright side I did great at the store. Above is a picture of all the food I bought. That is 16 boxes of popcorn and 4 gallons of milk. Yes, my kids love bananas and at .38 a pound I bought a lot. Any turn too brown I plan to make banana bread.
Saved $92.10 or 54%
That doesn't even include the manager's specials on bread or meat that I got. Yes, I think The Grocery Game is worth every penny. (Don't forget to include CarriesCooking@gmail.com as your reference if you sign up.)