UPDATE: Kroger has made the coupon policy change Facebook official:
We made the decision to accept coupons at face value beginning on May 14 in Michigan. We will continue to accept manufacturer coupons and other coupons at face value, including digital coupons, e-coupons, Catalina coupons and printable coupons.
When it comes to coupon policy changes, rumors get crazy. For a long time, many of you have heard Kroger cashiers insist that the end to double coupons in Michigan is coming soon. Today the rumors became stronger and more prevalent, so if you haven’t heard them yet, let me catch you up to date.
Kroger Coupon Policy Change
Here’s what we do know:
- On May 14, 2014, Kroger will change the weekly ad schedule to begin on Wednesdays (it currently begins on Mondays).
- Today (May 1), there was a Michigan division meeting that included department heads and managers.
- Kroger employees at various stores in Genessee County have been sharing that ALL Kroger stores will be ending double coupons effective May 14. Readers have also spotted signs in these locations. Employees insist this is a corporate decision announced at the meeting today. The new policy reads, “Effective May 14, 2014, we will accept manufacturer coupons at face value.”
- UPDATE: As of 7 pm on Friday, May 2, Kroger has announced on their Facebook page to make it official:
In response, the Kroger Facebook does not confirm any of the double coupon rumors. The response to those who ask about the coupon policy is simply: “At this time, we have no information on plans to change the coupon policy in the Michigan area.”
We have known for a long time that the policy in Michigan has been threatened with change, especially as we have watched other Kroger divisions bring an end to double coupons:
- In April 2011, Kroger stores in the Houston (TX) division (which had previously doubled) began accepting coupons at face value only.
- In March 2013, Kroger stores in the Cincinnati/Dayton (OH) division (which had previously doubled) began accepting coupons at face value only.
- In August 2013, Kroger stores in the Central division (which had previously doubled) began accepting coupons at face value only.
- On May 1, 2014, Kroger stores in the Columbus (OH) division (which had previously doubled) began accepting coupons at face value only.
The Bottom Line: Kroger will end double coupons in Michigan
I cannot find anything official in print anywhere regarding the coupon policy change at Michigan Kroger stores. There is no press release and customer service representatives are likely to respond with the same “we have no information on plans to change the coupon policy” statement.
However, based on a number of reader reports and responses from select store personnel, along with the fact that the ad format is already scheduled to change on May 14, I feel it is highly likely that Kroger will end all double coupons in remaining locations. We will not be able to confirm anything officially until May 14 (Kroger appears to want to keep the change quiet until it is in effect), but I want you to be prepared.
What have you heard from your Michigan Kroger store? Would the end of double coupons at Kroger change your shopping habits?