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December 6th, 2007

Of Course You Can Use My Kroger Card!

I was shopping at Kroger last night, because they were having a sale on concentrated orange juice (10/$10). Because Kroger is right near my house, I check the circular each week and if they have a sale on something that makes the price better than I can get somewhere else, I stop in sometime during the week and pick it up. I usually end up going there two to three times a month.

I don’t often spend very much, but I do have a Kroger savings card, because without it you can’t get the special sale prices on any of the merchandise. At our Kroger, if you spend $100 or more in a month, you get a $0.10/gallon discount on gasoline the next time you fill up at their pumps. Their prices on gas are usually competitive, so on the rare occasion I go over the $100 mark in a month, I am sure to do a major gasoline fill-up the next month at Kroger. In fact, the last time I have been able to take advantage of that is when my parents were visiting and they borrowed my card to buy a bunch of snacks, soda, etc for the long car trip home and ended up buying us lunch and dinner there as well.

While I was in one of the self checkouts ringing up my 7 cans of orange juice, a woman in the checkout next to me asked if she could use my Kroger card. I said “Sure!” and scanned my card on her register. I have no idea what she bought, and how much it was, but I hope it was a lot. I’d love to get a gasoline discount next month.

This isn’t the first time that this has happened to me, and I doubt it will be the last. I have no idea why people don’t just sign up for their own Kroger card, it is free and then they can ean their own rewards. But anytime anyone wants to use my card – just ask! I’d be happy to earn rewards and possibly UPromise dollars on what you purchase. Thanks!

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11 Responses to “Of Course You Can Use My Kroger Card!”

  1. That’s great! That has never once happened to me. But I don’t understand why people don’t get the cards. There are lots of benefits to those little cards. :)

  2. Sounds like me and my Win-Dixie card. Of course no cool gas savings, but the milk savings is worth it.

  3. Sometimes when I travel in the States, I buy from stores that give sale price only to those with membership cards. I usually just ask if I could use someone’s card.

  4. Not sure if this is Kroger’s policy, but but I work for a local grocery, Price Chopper. If you let someone use your card and they write a check which later bounces, the store can go after you because your card was scanned. Just an FYI!

  5. I have those cards, but I know two very good reasons why people don’t sign up for them:

    1. By signing up, you are providing your purchasing habits and address information directly to the store. If you have any privacy concerns – or worry that Kelloggs will pay Kroger for a list of everyone who buys Raisin Bran more than 2 times per month – then getting a card may not be worth it.

    2. People don’t think about their money like they should. 10 seconds to fill out a form that will save them hundreds over the years is too much! Gotta rush home and catch American Idol! No time for penny pinching! Argh.

  6. Amy, have they ever done that successfully? That doesn’t seem legal.

  7. I didn’t know Kroger sold gas! None of the ones near me do. That is a nice deal, though. I’ll be on the lookout.

  8. I agreee with Brip Blap. I never sign up for those cards, even if they may end up saving me some money, because I don’t want my spending habits tracked for marketing purposes.

  9. Honestly, I want my spending tracked. One year Kroger sent me specific coupons tied to what I like. they were very helpful! heh.

  10. Hi, I came over from Blgging Away Debt.

    Last summer I used my gas discount at Kroger too, but the gas was very bad quality. I spent more than I saved on fuel injector cleaners and gas performance boosters before I figured out what was wrong. I hope this doesn’t happen to you!

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