Kroger adds two automatic surcharges to its delivery service but the ‘blue’ option will be cheaper
KROGER shoppers should be warned that having two grocery delivery options will incur a hefty premium, but going with the blue option can save you money.
The popular American grocer delivers with cheaper, refrigerated in-house cars and also uses the help of the delivery service Instacart.
Consumers who shop online at Kroger can choose to have future orders shipped the same day or even receive items in as little as 30 minutes.
The latter options are handled through Instacart, as drivers across the region can drop by and pick up the groceries in a snap.
However, shipping costs can really add up, as there’s a whopping $9.95 surcharge for same-day shipping of items.
And to get orders in as little as $30, there’s a minimum spend value of $10, which might force buyers to spend more.
Luckily, there’s a secret third option that can save you a few bucks if you plan ahead.
Shoppers planning their meals for the week should consider the Blue Truck option, which delivers the next day but costs only $6.95.
Also, the quality of delivery could be better than Instacart as each car is equipped with refrigeration to keep the groceries fresh.
To get the cheaper option, all you have to do is look for the “Blue Truck” option at checkout.
Also note that all delivery options can be free if you sign up for the Boost membership program.
HOW TO SAVE AT KROGER
Although Kroger prices may vary by location, the store offers the same savings program nationwide and at its local affiliates.
Kroger Rewards gives you access to exclusive member pricing on hundreds of rotating products.
By scanning your customer card or entering your phone number at the checkout, you can collect fuel points that you can redeem at participating gas stations.
These savings can add up to as much as $1 per gallon at gas stations like Shell.
You can also access digital coupons and watch weekly ads, which is especially useful since Kroger is phasing out weekly ads.
Most nationwide chains use price optimization software to ensure maximum profitability at each location.
According to reports, advanced tools using AI technology are helping retailers increase their profits by up to nine percent forbes.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has one handy online tool with which you can check the average price of everyday items in your area.
You can compare these prices to your favorite grocery stores to find out which retailer is offering you a fair price.
The tool even shows you how prices have changed over time.
Wherever you live, smart shopping habits can help you cut down on your grocery bills.
For example, a customer recently switched from Whole Foods to Aldi and started saving $300 a month.
And one money-saving mom shared her five tricks to saving you $100 on grocery shopping.