Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kroger - double/triple coupon program

Have you seen the show Extreme Couping? Last night, I stayed up to watch all 4 eposides which I had missed because I was in California last week. I was out of tune with the world and I heard that Krogers would discontinue their double/triple coupon program. I have over the last year started couponing. I am not an extreme couponer but I have had my share of great deals. I love to stock pile. And I have been able to share my groceries with some of my family. The price of gas has gone up, the price of items are going up, the unit size is going down, and with our income staying the same we need to do something to help out our budget. Couponing is a great way to save money. I rarely shopped at Krogers before last year because the prices always seemed higher to me than the stores around me. But last year, when I started to use coupons it made since to go to Krogers so they could double and triple my coupons. I even wen to the store at midnight for one of the biggest MEGA events ever. ANd I was not alone. It was crazy to see all those people in the store at midnight shopping for groceries. I am really bummed to hear that they will discontinue this program. I have had several friends now get hooked on the show Extreme Couponing and your interest in couponing has prompted me to inform you of this decision by posting this from the Kroger page that affects the Houston area.

Houston Announcement

An Important Message Regarding Greater Houston Texas Stores:

Kroger operates 2,458 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states across the country as 18 separate divisions. Each Kroger division offers various customer rewards and savings programs depending on each specific market.

Greater Houston, Texas area Kroger stores will discontinue the double/triple coupon program on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. We are in the process of finalizing the new coupon policy and will share this with local customers when it becomes effective. In the meantime, the information listed below should prove helpful in responding to your questions about the matter.

With the growing popularity of digital coupons, mobile apps and manufacturers producing coupons valued at more than 50 cents, we feel it’s an ideal time to test out a new money-saving program and discontinue double/triple. There’s a possibility we may re-introduce double/triple by hosting special shopping events intermittently.

We will still continue to accept coupons at face value. Part of the new policy states there is a limit of one electronic or paper manufacturer coupon per item. The opportunity to stack is no longer available. A digital coupon and manufacturer paper coupon may not be combined on the purchase of a single item. More than 100 digital coupons are available daily at

If you have loaded an electronic coupon to your Kroger Plus card, then the digital coupon will apply before the manufacturer paper coupon.

In addition to accepting coupons at face value, Kroger still offers a number of ways to save. We saved Texas shoppers more than $25 million in 2010 through different programs, including the generic drug pricing ($4/30-day supply and $10/90-day supply), fuel rewards, everyday 10% senior discount for shoppers who are 59 and older and our pick 6 wine discount. Also, Kroger customers will continue to receive Loyal Customer Mailings that include coupons tailored directly to the products they buy most.

Through the fuel rewards program, shoppers save 3 cents per gallon everyday at Kroger Fuel Centers. There are 67 Kroger Fuel Centers in Greater Houston. Customers can save 10 cents per gallon at Kroger Fuel Centers and at more than 500 participating Shell locations in the area when they earn 100 fuel rewards points. Kroger 123 Rewards MasterCard holders continue to save 15 cents per gallon on fuel at Kroger.

Rewards points can be earned in the following ways:
-- Spend $100 on groceries, earn 100 points. ($1 = 1 point)
-- Spend $50 on gift cards and we double the points. (1 $50 gift card = 100 points)
-- Fill or refill 2 prescriptions at a Kroger Pharmacy. (1 prescription = 50 pts)
A more thorough outline of our coupon policy is to come; however, we want to equip you with key messages that can address your current concerns. Please feel free to use coupons before the double/triple program expires on Wednesday, April 13.

We appreciate your feedback and are anxious to share a new savings program to our Houston-area customers that will help you and your families save even more. Details will be released closer to the April 13th date.

As always, thank you for shopping at our Kroger stores.

This will not discourage me from using coupons. I will continue to use them, and want to learn more from the saavy extreme couponers. I am hoping their new program is one that will benefit both Krogers and us, as the consumer.

1 comment:

Mirna said...

I don't have any store around my town that double or triple coupons but I always manage to get free products from CVS and Walgreens. Sad to hear that Kroger is stopping the double couponing.