14 Items You Should Always Have on Your Kroger Shopping List

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You may think that big box stores and membership clubs are the best places to find good deals on the groceries your family enjoys. On the other hand, perhaps you feel that high-end specialty shops are the only places to get a quality cut of meat or the freshest produce. If so, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover there are many quality items to be found at great prices at your local Kroger. Furthermore, Kroger boasts a large family of stores, including Dillons, Fry’s, Ralphs, Gerbes, and more.

14. Bulk Bin Items

If you haven’t cruised the bulk bin aisles at Kroger, you are missing out. Shopping the bulk bins allows you to purchase exactly the amount you need of items such as grains, seeds, trail mix, and dried pasta. Selecting only the quantity you need prevents the waste associated with buying large containers. Those large containers often linger in your kitchen cupboards only to be thrown out. Kroger also allows you to bring in your own containers, preventing the waste of excess packaging.

13. Dairy

Kroger Dairy

Kroger offers competitive pricing on dairy items such as milk and eggs. In a February 2019 price comparison by Clark, Kroger beat out Walmart’s price on a dozen eggs by 19 cents. Pick up ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses from the dairy aisle along with a large butternut squash from the produce aisle to create this recipe for Butternut Squash Lasagna found on the Kroger website.

12. Cereal

For a great deal on name-brand breakfast cereals, watch for the sales in Kroger’s weekly ads. Furthermore, you won’t want to miss out on the Kroger mega deals. The Krazy Coupon Lady offers tips for making the most of the deals at Kroger. She advises watching the ads, seeking out red or blue mega sale price tags, and making sure to purchase the correct number of items. As an added bonus, you can use manufacturer’s coupons for items included in the mega sales.

11. Fancy Cheeses

Kroger Cheese

You don’t need to stop at an exclusive cheese shop to find flavorful specialty cheeses. Kroger carries a variety of cheeses such as Murray’s Cheese Smoked Gouda, Mitica Drunken Goat Cheese, and Fromage d’Affinois Cheese. Paired with wine selections from the Kroger wine department, your next wine and cheese party will be a real hit.

10. Fresh Produce

When stopping in at Kroger, don’t neglect the produce section. Here you will find a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. From crunchy Honeycrisp apples to organic zucchini, you will find a variety of nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, the variety of organic produce available rivals that of Whole Foods, with competitive prices.

9. Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Whether seeking out a beautiful centerpiece or stopping in for a bouquet for that special someone, Kroger has your floral needs covered. You can purchase a sweet bouquet of 6-7 stems for as little as five dollars. Meanwhile, a bouquet of 18-21 stems can be yours for twenty dollars. Kroger’s colorful Bloom Haus Rhapsody Bouquet is available all throughout the year, although the flowers vary by season.

8. Friday Freebies

Each Friday, check out Kroger’s Free Friday Download Offer. On select Fridays, Kroger will offer a digital coupon for a free item. You can download this coupon on Fridays between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm PT. Once downloaded, you have two weeks to redeem your coupon. Afraid you will forget to check the website on Fridays? You can sign up in your Kroger account for text messages reminding you to check each week’s deals.

7. Gift Cards

Need a quick gift for someone who has it all? Kroger offers over 200 gift cards for restaurants, department, stores, eBay, and even Uber. You can also find deals at Kroger offering a percentage off on certain gift card purchases. Furthermore, with the Kroger Fuel program, not only will you earn one fuel point for every dollar spent on eligible items, but you can also earn double fuel points on gift card purchases. Keep an eye out for 4X Fuel point offers which allow you to quadruple the points earned on certain gift card purchases.

6. Gasoline

Kroger Gas

If your Kroger store has a Kroger Fuel Center on the premises, you have an even greater opportunity to save some money. Plus, joining the fuel points program means you’ll have somewhere to spend those fuel points earned on gift card purchases. In addition to points earned on grocery and gift card purchases, you can earn points on the prescriptions you obtain from Kroger’s pharmacy. You can also redeem your fuel points at participating Shell stations.

5. Kroger Brand Generics

You can find great prices on brand name products at Kroger. However, don’t be afraid to give Kroger generic brands a try. Kroger presents a variety of generic labels such as Private Selection, Kroger, and Abound. Kroger’s Luvsome dog foods boast meat as the primary ingredient for your pet’s dining pleasure. Meanwhile, the HemisFares label denotes tasty fare from countries such as Italy, Jamaica, Japan, and Spain. Kroger’s quality guarantee means that if you aren’t delighted, you can return their product for a full refund or replacement.

4. Organic Foods

Organic Foods

If you are in search of quality organic items, you need look no further than the Simple Truth organic brand available exclusively at Kroger. Whether you are shopping for organic produce, milk, nuts, baby shampoo, or canned goods, you can find these items at Kroger. USDA organic certified, these products are designed to make purchasing organic products simple and affordable.

3. Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

Fresh, tasty cuts of meat are as close as your local Kroger meat counter. Here you will find a variety of choices for your summer grilling, fall stews, or Christmas beef. Thanksgiving dinner will come together in a snap with a turkey from Kroger and all the trimmings. Check out Kroger’s recipe for Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Glaze for a mouthwatering holiday bird. Kroger also sports a bounty of fresh seafood from Sockeye salmon fillets to Golden King Crab. The freezer section contains tasty selections such as wild-caught Pacific cod, shrimp, and salmon.

2. Vegan Products

Kroger carries a wide variety of tempting vegan options. In the refrigerated section, you can find items such as Tofurkey Vegan Italian Sausages, Miyoko’s Organic Cultured Vegan Butter, and Kroger’s own Simple Truth Vegan Meatless Burger Patties. Vegan “ice cream” lovers won’t want to skip Kroger’s frozen dessert cases. Here you can find such delights as Ben & Jerry’s, Luna & Larry’s, and Halo Top Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts.

1. Wine

Kroger Wine

Kroger carries a variety of wines in each store. Purchasing six bottles at a time can save you 10%. If you prefer, Kroger also maintains an online wine shop and wine subscription club. The online subscription club offers wine in packages of four, six, or twelve bottles. You can purchase packs of reds, whites, or a mixture of the two. Wine packages are delivered straight to your door about every 13 weeks. Furthermore, shipping is free when you spend $35 or more.