During a Mega Event sale at Kroger, you can save big when you combine instant savings with coupons. Usually these sales look something like this:
On your receipt, the discount will appear underneath each item. Pay attention to how many “offers” are allowed. Sometimes you’ll be limited to a certain number of groups, but often there is NO LIMIT to the amount of participating item groups you may purchase.
Sometimes, you need to purchase a group of 10 to save $0.50 on each item. Though the sale amount may vary, the idea is the same. You are always required to purchase a certain number of items (usually in multiples of 5 or 10) – and with so many good deals, the counting can get tricky – and a number of outside factors like these and you’ll find yourself counting and recounting:
- You’re using coupons that require a certain number of items to be purchased (like $1.00/2, $1.00/3 or $1.00/4, for example).
- Items you planned to purchase are out of stock in your store – and your carefully-planned list needs to change.
- You find additional unadvertised items in the store and need to modify your list.
- Select varieties of advertised items aren’t included as a participating item – and you don’t find out until after you’ve paid.
- You need to shop with “helpers” that are not so helpful.
How to Shop a Mega Event: Best Tips
How do you keep your counting straight during a mega event when shopping? It’s not always easy to get participating groups of 5 or 10 exactly right. Read these shopping tricks to help make your next mega event trip a success!
Make a list of “filler” items. Before you leave for the store, look for items included in the mega event that are a stock-up or good price without any coupons. Find the products you would use and create a separate list of potential filler items. After you’ve completed your shopping, add as many of these extras as you need to reach the correct total number of items.
Gather participating items in a basket. Use the top basket of your cart or a separate hand-held basket. When you reach the number of participating items in a group (5 or 10, etc.), move them into the main shopping cart area.
Separate other non-mega event purchases. Some shoppers use a hand-held shopping basket in their cart for this purpose, use the bottom shelf underneath the cart – or even pull a smaller cart around. You can also consider simply making a separate shopping trip of other items to keep things simple.
Make tally marks on your shopping list. You may already cross off the items you’ve found in the store, but use a spot on your envelope or page to tally the mega event items as well.
Bring along a willing helper. With one person to navigate the store and read the list and another to handle the counting, you can avoid some of the mistakes that come with multitasking during your trip! When possible, that also means shopping without young children. You’ll need to concentrate if you’re purchasing a number of mega event items, and kids can be known to (*ahem*) reduce your concentration.
Keep your list short. If you struggle with your sanity during a mega event, limit yourself to a smaller shopping trip. The more groups you purchase, the more confusing things can become.
Visit customer service. When your order still didn’t go as planned and your numbers didn’t work out, visit customer service with your receipt. You’ll find the total number of participating items at the very end of your receipt: PARTICIPATING ITEMS <+ = 25, for example. Most stores will allow you to purchase the additional items to reach the next group and then award your mega event savings in cash.
Did You Know? Facts about Kroger Mega Event Sales
- Most Kroger Mega event sales will usually last 2 full weeks, but prices and sale items are subject to change the second week. For just about every item that goes *off* sale the second week, there are a number of items that go *on* sale, meaning more savings on a different selection of items in the final week of the event.
- Only a small number of the Kroger Mega event deals will be featured in the weekly ad. The rest are marked with tags in the store. There are SO many tags to put up that not all items will always be marked at every location.
- Each participating item is marked with a <+ on your receipt.
- You may not want to group unpaid items into shopping bags in your cart to organize during a mega event sale. Many shoplifters use this method as a way to sneak groceries out of the store and (understandably) you could be watched or questioned as well.
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