If you’re not sure about the added cost of including the Kroger ClickList into you grocery shopping routine, here are six ways I have found that using ClickList has actually saved me money (and tons of time) in the long run. While the service free for an order pickup is $4.95, there are many ways that you can “get back” this value and then some if you place meaningful orders that were put together strategically. ClickList can make your shopping effective and efficient, and when I save up to a third of my shopping bill I often find it worth the price of the service fee! Let’s face it, with jobs, taking care of our home, and three children under three years old, I am desperate for every spare minute to play with the kids that I can get. On many occasions, I have saved anywhere from $40-$50! Disclaimer- your shopping bill will reflect differently based on the amount of groceries that you order in addition to how you stack sales and coupons. Here is how ClickList is helping my family save on groceries:
1. First three fees are waved!
Provided this special is still running, Kroger is running an offer for your first three service fees to be waived as incentive to try out online ordering- and if you’re like me, once you try it, you’ll probably love it.
2. Special coupons
- Occasionally, maybe a couple of times a month, I will get an email with a digital coupon for free items with a ClickList order over $50. Often times, the coupon will allow you to get 3-4 specific items for free, totaling on average $8-$14 value. For example, a few weeks ago I received an emailed coupon for a free SO Delicious Non Dairy Frozen Dessert, a SO Delicious Organic Almond Milk, and a SO Delicious shelf-stable almond milk with a ClickList order over $50. If the specified items on the coupon are ones that you or your family could consume, this coupon alone may be worth a Clicklist order.
- In addition to emailed coupons for specific special free items with a ClickList order, “ClickList Only Offer” coupons can be found in addition to the regular digital coupons on the Kroger website or through the Kroger app. Some examples of ClickList Only Offers include coupons for buy one get one free or $3 off purchase of certain products.
- Lately, Kroger has been running special coupons for Saturdays only that would price a popular item at $0.99 and can be used up to five times. For example, recently there was one coupon for $0.99 select Kellogg cereal boxes and one for $0.99 Nutri-Grain bars to be used on the same Saturday. I got five boxes of each and stored them in our pantry.
- Free Friday coupon items are also great to add onto your ClickList shopping order. Sometimes the Free Friday items are displayed in a central area so that you can easily grab it while shopping. However, I do not always have the ability or time with two two-year olds in my cart to casually breeze through the store in search of one free granola bar. I often give up the search before it’s even started. If the Free Friday item can be added to a ClickList order for a store shopper who knows the ins and outs of the sale displays to add to the loot, that’s great!
3. Stack store specials and manufacturer coupons…
Use the sale ads and weekly specials in conjunction with digital coupons to your advantage. I will hop onto my computer (this is often the best platform for me to organize myself) and pull up the weekly ad in one tab, my digital coupons in another tab, and my order in a third tab. That way I can shop for things based on the coupons that I have and use them as a starting point for my grocery list and meal plan for the week. When browsing for items, the current sale price is listed along with any coupons that you have loaded. NOTE- the sale price listed and coupons loaded reflect current pricing. If your purchase is scheduled in advance, make sure that your sale prices will still be on sale and coupons won’t be expired.
4. …but don’t use ALL the coupons!
While I will use digital coupons for ideas on some things that I will add to my online cart, I certainly don’t fall into a trap of buying EVERYTHING that has a coupon. If the coupon is not for something I already regularly buy, I make sure it’s either a REALLY good deal (like the $0.99 Nutri-Grain bars) or it’s something I would consider trying and the coupon actually makes it comparable or better to store brand pricing.
5. Plan ahead
Meal planning each week can help you go into your shopping list with a purpose in mind. I shop for the meals we intend on eating that week, plus the routine things like milk and various snacking produce. Sometimes I even use the sales and coupons to guide my meal planning. By planning ahead and skipping the in-store browsing, I’m less likely to pick up incidentals like 6 pints of ice cream or whatever packaged food has a cartoon character’s face on it because my children are very loudly advocating for the Spider-man waffles.
6. Stock up
Another route you might try is stocking up, especially if you can’t make ClickList a part of your weekly shopping routine. Unless we are offered a coupon for several ClickList freebies, we lean toward making one “stock up” order for the month and then go into the store weekly for the maintenance things like dairy and produce. This method works well if you do monthly meal planning, shop major sales, and use digital coupons.
Ready to give it a try?
These strategies have worked for my family and I hope they work for you. With careful planning and reasonable items on your list, you can find a way to make ClickList, even with a service fee, worth your while!