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Kroger ClickList

I am here to rave about how much I love Kroger ClickList! This is the service that a few Kroger stores in the Huntsville area offer in which you place an online order, choose a pick-up time, and a friendly Kroger employee brings the groceries and loads them into your car. As of today, there are only three locations that offer this service in the Huntsville area. But, it is Ah-Mazing!

Midtown Marketplace: 4579 Wall Triana Hwy in Madison

Watercress Kroger: 7090 Highway 72 W near Providence

Huntsville Kroger: 6070 Moores Mill Rd.

 

In case you are not accustomed to shopping at Kroger already, here are some ways that shopping there saves our family money – even without ClickList.

  1. Having a FREE Kroger card is necessary. When you sign up, you receive a card that is the size of a credit card, one that can go on a key ring, and you also have the option to add a ten digit “alternate ID” to be associated with the account. You choose the number, and I believe most people use their phone numbers. This number will link to your online account, your app, and you can type it in during checkout rather than looking for a card every time. If you do not use this card, none of the following deals will apply.
  2. Weekly Ads – In my experience, approximately 3 out of every 4 weeks, there is an overall sale that is called “Buy 6 Save $3” or “Buy 10 Save $10”. Basically, if you buy a certain number of items that are included in the sale, you automatically get $.50 or $1 off each item at checkout. These are marked clearly in the store. You would have to get at least six items if the sale is a “Buy 6” sale, but it does not have to be increments of six. For example: if you bought 8 participating items during the “Buy 6 Save $3” sale, all items would be discounted, not just six.
  3. Fuel Points – Within a single month, you’ll earn 1 fuel point for every $1 you spend at Kroger stores. There are often offers for double or quadruple fuel points on certain items. At Kroger Fuel Centers, you can choose how much of your discount you want to use…10¢, 20¢, 30¢, etc. …redeem as many fuel points in increments of 100 to fuel up your vehicle. You can also redeem your fuel points at participating Shell fuel stations. You must scan your Plus Card or enter your Alternate ID at the pump, then choose to redeem your available fuel discount. These points expire at the end of each month. To see the details about Kroger Fuel points, click here.
  4. Digital Coupons: this option is extremely helpful moms and dads that really want to clip coupons, but just don’t have the time or desire to actually do it! Digital Coupons are loaded directly to your Shopper’s Card and they redeem automatically at the register when you purchase the qualifying item. To download Digital Coupons, you will need to create an account on Kroger.com or through our Mobile App and register your Shopper’s Card. A limit of 150 coupons per household can be loaded at one time, but that’s a lot of coupons! Digital Coupons and paper coupons cannot be combined, but your need for paper coupons will significantly decrease when using this feature. To see all the Kroger Digital Coupon information, click here.

That is a quick overview of basic savings at Kroger stores. Now, on to more information about enjoying these savings while also never stepping foot into the store! Here’s why I love ClickList and drive a little extra sometimes to take advantage of this feature.

  1. Taking kids anywhere in public unnecessarily? Why oh why would you do it!? This is my number one motivation for this service. If I am not in the store, I will not pick up some random item that I do not need (ohhh cute mason jars! Look, Nutty Bars! Don’t I need another candle?) and that is a saving in and of itself. Also, avoiding shopping cart germs, even when I wipe them down like a full-on-car wash, is also quite nice. Plus I’m always so tempted to just slip on over and grab a white chocolate mocha from the Starbucks when I’m in there. Drinking my homemade coffee in a mug from my car is far less expensive.
  2. The fee for the Click List service is $4.95. Fairly often, there is a Digital Coupon available for $5 off any Click List purchase, so it ends up being free anyway. But the $4.95 is still well worth it for me to have groceries delivered to and loaded into my car while I relax and listen to some classic rock. Or Toddler tunes, or whatever. There are exclusive Digital Coupons that are only available when using during a ClickList order. Often times, free items are included as well.
  3. Online ordering is extremely easy and clear. Once logged into your account on the Kroger website, you begin a shopping list and choose the store from which you will be picking up your order. I pull this up whenever I come across something we are going to need (usually coffee or toilet paper!) and add it to the list. Then, when I am ready to place my order, the website shows the current price of every available item, including  sale prices. It even gives you a notification if you have a Digital Coupon for each item that can be applied. There is a running total as you add items to the list so you always know how much you are going to spend. Another really nice feature: the website keeps track of items that you have recently purchased, which saves so much time if you tend reorder similar items on a regular basis…milk, eggs, bread, oatmeal, vanilla caramel coffee creamer.
  4. You may choose to allow substitutions for your order. In this case, if the store is out of a particular item, they will replace that item with something as similar as possible. This is typically another brand of the same item, or another amount of the same item. For example, if you order Kroger brand disinfectant wipes and they do not have that item, they will instead give you the Lysol or Clorox brand for the same price. Or if you order the 8 oz pack of mini marshmallows and they are out, they instead would give you the 16 oz pack at no additional cost. This is the Substitution Policy: If the substituted item price is higher than that of the item you ordered, you will only be charged the lower price. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the substituted item, please inform the attendant for a full refund of the purchased price. You always have the option to not allow substitutions for each individual item if you really only want a particular item and do not want it to be substituted.
  5. When you are satisfied with your list, you choose a pick up time. Make sure you know your location! This is extremely important! If you place an order for one store then go to a different store, they are not gonna have your stuff!  Maybe I’m speaking from experience. Maybe not! Who’s to say? The pick up time is typically 4 hours from the time the order is placed, at the earliest. You have an hour window in which to show up at the store and pick up your items. There is a designated parking area for ClickList order pick up. Park there, call the phone number on the sign, and let the nice employee who answers know who you are. They come out with a (sometimes enormous *cough cough*) load of groceries, but they always review your order with you and explain any substitutions before they finalize your order in case you want to make any changes or aren’t happy in any way. If you have additional paper coupons, they will take these inside, and deduct them from your bill. Then, they load your groceries into your car for you and you are on your way as happy as a pig at an all-you-can-eat buffet! Still rockin’ out to Led Zeppelin and all the while the kids remain strapped into their car seats, unable to smell and inevitably beg for a cookie from the bakery.

This service is well worth the few extra miles that I have to drive to get to a store that offers it. I’ve shopped at Kroger for years, so it’s familiar and comfortable for me to strolls the aisles. I have no other ties to Kroger, other than I feel like shopping there saves our family money. And that makes me feel, well, as happy as a pig at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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