Top 5 Kroger Hacks

This post is sponsored by U.S. BANK and Kroger

Our local Kroger store is QFC. It is the one stop shop for everything people need. You can go run wild in the store gathering odds and ends from every square inch, or you can reliably stop by after work to pick up just about any one thing from shoe strings to diamond rings. Such a large storehouse of wide varieties of goods can be daunting and create some economic challenges for the shopper. That’s why I put together this list of 5 life hacks to help the Kroger shopper make the best use of their time and get the most bang for their buck.

  1. Before you go anywhere, apply for a QFC REWARDS Visa®card. It is the first step to the most efficient and economical shopping experience. Once you’ve been earning fuel points you can redeem them to get 25 cents off per gallon for the first year, making your Kroger trip cheaper before you even get out of the car.
  2. Parking at QFC always comes with many choices. Regardless of where you come you must park according to your exit strategy. That means taking into account where you will be going once inside and where you plan to end up. There are often multiple entry points and you don’t want to be carting heavy groceries across the store or parking lot.

3 Once inside the store stick to the outer rim as much as possible. Some of the hardest areas to navigate are in the grid of aisles in the middle of the grocery section. Aisles get blocked as people stop to search for an item or figure out where they need to go next. Sticking to the outside with the fresh produce, dairy, meat and bread is the more nutritious and time saving option. When you do venture into the crowded aisles be sure to stock up as much as possible on the things you will be buying often so you can make future shopping trips easier.

4 Buy Kroger products whenever possible. The Kroger family of brands earns triple points on your QFC REWARDS Visa ®. Every quarter, you get a check automatically from Kroger for free groceries. The number of rewards points determines the size of the check and Kroger products earn 3 points on the dollar.

5 Always use your QFC REWARDS Visa® at checkout when shopping at Kroger stores or at QFC in order to maximize your rewards. If you stocked up on the right things, you will have a great head start on earning free groceries and your next visit will be even easier. The Kroger family of brands includes Simple Truth, Private Selection and PSST. Every 1000 rewards earns $5.00 back. So if you spend $100 per week on Kroger goods you could get nearly $20 in free groceries each quarter from those points alone, not to mention the points you earn everywhere else Visa is accepted.

Use the calculator to see how much you can save and sign up HERE

*Earn points on net spend toward free groceries, excluding purchases made at The Kroger Family of Companies Fuel Centers. Net spend is purchases minus credits and returns. Rewards certificates cannot be redeemed at Fuel Centers. Rewards sent automatically only to balances greater than or equal to 1,000 points, if your Account is open and in good standing.**Offer applies to new cardholders only. Discount is available at The Kroger Family of Companies Fuel Centers when you redeem at least 100 existing fuel points earned in a single month. You must scan, redeem points and pay with your Kroger REWARDS Visa® in order to receive the fuel discount. Additional 25¢ discount offer expires one year from the cardholder’s approval date. Upon expiration, cardholder will receive additional 5¢ fuel discount at The Kroger Family of Companies Fuel Centers when they scan, redeem points and pay with their Kroger REWARDS Visa®. Not valid with any other fuel offer. Accumulation excludes taxes, office services, alcohol, tobacco, fuel, prescriptions and any purchase prohibited by law. Fuel discount effective for a limited time at participating fuel center locations. Not valid in LA, MO or where prohibited by law. Purchases made at The Kroger Family of Companies Fuel Centers do not earn Rewards points. Please see store for fuel discount details and in-store spending requirements. Selling or purchasing fuel points is prohibited. Fuel redemption offer cannot be combined with any other discounts. No discounts to dealers, wholesalers or fleet programs. No cash back. Not valid where prohibited by law. We may suspend or remove you from the fuel program due to violation of these terms or because of fraudulent activity or suspected fraudulent activity.The creditor and issuer of the 1-2-3 REWARDS® Visa® Card is U.S. Bank National Association, pursuant to a license from Visa® U.S.A. Inc.