KROGER shoppers should be warned that two grocery delivery options involve a surcharge but a third service is easier on the wallet.
The popular American grocer delivers through cheaper, refrigerated in-house cars while also using the help of delivery service Instacart.
The latter options are done through Instacart as drivers across the area can come and pick the groceries up in a jiffy.
However, delivery costs can really add up with a whopping $9.95 surcharge to get items on the same day.
And to get orders in as little as 30 minutes, there is a $10 spending minimum, which could force shoppers to spend more.
Luckily, there is a third option that can save you a few bucks if you plan ahead.
Shoppers plotting out their meals for the week should take advantage of the Blue Truck option, which delivers the next day for $6.95.
Also, the quality of the shipment could be superior to Instacart as each car comes with refrigeration to keep groceries fresh.
In order to get the cheaper option, all you have to do is look for the Blue Truck option at checkout.
It’s also important to note that all delivery options can be free if you subscribe to the Boost membership program.
HOW TO SAVE AT KROGER
Although Kroger pricing may vary by location, the store offers the same savings program nationwide and at its local affiliates.
With Kroger Rewards, you get access to exclusive member pricing on hundreds of rotating products.
When scanning your shopper’s card or entering your phone number at the register, you can rack up fuel points to be redeemed at participating gas stations.
These savings can add up to as much as $1 off per gallon at stations such as Shell.
You can also access digital coupons and view weekly ads, which is particularly useful as Kroger is phasing out its mailed weekly ads.
Most nationwide chains use price optimization software to ensure maximum profitability at any given location.
Advanced tools with AI technology are helping retailers push their profits up by as much as nine percent, reports Forbes.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistic has a handy online tool that you can use to check the average price of everyday items in your area.
You can compare the data to the cost of items at your favorite grocery stores to see which retailer is giving you a fair price.
The tool will even show you how prices have changed over time.
Wherever you live, savvy shopping habits can help you cut down your grocery bills.
And a money-saving mom has shared her five tricks that can save you $100s on your grocery hauls.