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Old 09-06-2014, 11:51 AM
Status: "MAAA-Make America American Again!" (set 5 days ago)
 
Location: City Data Land
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Taken right off the bottom of my Kroger receipt this week: "You saved 33% on you order today. Total savings with your Kroger card $86.10." And that's just sticking to my list.

They issue cards to create loyalty. I don't see any difference between that and frequent flyer mile perks.
I did some reading on the internet and there is some evidence that the cards don't save you money. In fact, shoppers at stores that use the cards actually end up being slightly MORE expensive. Here are a couple of articles I found:

The Truth Behind Grocery Store Discount Cards

The Discount Grocery Cards That Don't Save You Money - WSJ

Of course Kroger is going to claim you saved money, whether you actually saved money or not. They do that by reducing the price of their previously inflated price of the grocery item. As you said, they want you to keep coming back to Kroger. However, some of the cards have those additional perks which may be worth something monetarily to the members.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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This^^. Most of the Kroger stores here have gas stations & you can save a LOT on gas. I think you can also get a gas discount at Shell stations as well (not sure which stations, but it's a lesser discount than at the Kroger stations). A discount's a discount!
Yes, you can save a ton on gas at Kroger. I even have Krogers CC, that saves me an additional .05 off per gallon.

One time, DH called me up & said his work needed 12 $100. GC's for customers. So I went to Kroger & got 12 Visa cards. I believe I had 5000 fuel points that month. We filled up 2 cars for cheap that month. I believe it maxes out at 1.00 a gallon.......
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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If you aren't an impulse shopper, and I'm not, you will save money. Right now I have two coupons from Kroger, one for $20.00 off any $200.00 order, another for $12.00 off $120.00. I am only aware of grocery prices in my immediate area, which has a Publix(no cards), a Kroger, and a Costco. Well, there's a Walmart not too far away too, but I don't shop there.

Publix relies on their bogo specials, and rarely, if ever, are they for items other than processed foods. Their staple items are higher than Kroger, even without using the card. I consider myself to be an educated consumer. Kroger gets my money, and I get their savings.
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Thankfully, Publix doesn't have cards. Everyone gets the discount. The other 3 grocery stores I go to have them as well as the Rite Aid. You bet I use them. One of them is good for 10 to 50 cents off a gallon of gas too.
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Many of the stores have the option to load online coupons as well - why not save money? (Today for instance, I got 4 boxes of Nature Valley granola bars for a grand total after taxes of $2.98 - I did have two manufacturer coupons so that saved me two but otherwise I got the sale price w/my card and coupons that the store had offered that I'd selected)
I forgot to add - I also received a coupon for $2.00 off a future order (so $.98 for 4 boxes!!)
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:49 PM
 
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I HATE those types of stores, the price should be the same for EVERYONE! On the rare occasion that I find myself in one of those types of stores, if the cashier is not willing to use their own card, I walk out. If EVERYONE complained about this absurd practice they would stop it asap, but too many sheeple think they are getting some special discount and gladly give up their personal info for a .50c saving, that they could get at another store that does not require shoppers cards.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:17 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Unless you are getting actual rewards or savings with store cards, it is not a worthwhile program. It is a costly program that wastes plastic for making cards and time to change sale prices consistently.

Different cash and credit prices at gas stations are inclusive with store cards. First, gas prices are already high. Second, cash prices are not more than a dollar cheaper than credit prices at the end of the sale.

I do patronize a supermarket that has a card, another that does not, and gas stations that do not have different cash and credit price gimmicks.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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If EVERYONE complained about this absurd practice they would stop it asap, but too many sheeple think they are getting some special discount and gladly give up their personal info for a .50c saving, that they could get at another store that does not require shoppers cards.
I have never seen a half a cent discount on anything...
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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I save with my Krogers card - in groceries as well as with gas. I don't have an issue with "tracking" the sales or with creating loyalty. I don't see the downside to either of these things. If you feel the tracking is done in a way that might personally identify you somehow then sign up under an assumed name and address and always pay in cash. If you are that concerned about privacy you probably should be always paying for everything in cash anyway.

For those that say it's a waste of plastic - think of all the paper saved that used to be used for in-store coupons. It's simply a more efficient way to do what's always been done. <shrugs>
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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I HATE those types of stores, the price should be the same for EVERYONE! On the rare occasion that I find myself in one of those types of stores, if the cashier is not willing to use their own card, I walk out. If EVERYONE complained about this absurd practice they would stop it asap, but too many sheeple think they are getting some special discount and gladly give up their personal info for a .50c saving, that they could get at another store that does not require shoppers cards.
But, that's the thing. I AM getting a discount. This week, by using my shopper's card, I got packages of Purdue chicken breast, buy one, get one free. The price per pound was the same $4.99 it usually is, not marked up to give faux savings. So, instead of paying $40.00 for 4 packs, I paid $20. And, I have enough chicken in the freezer to last me until the next time it goes on sale.

If you don't want to take advantage of the savings, fine. More for me.
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