I received a question today that I am certain is lurking in the minds of many readers:
I shop at the Kroger on Port Royal in Spring Hill and the sales hardly ever match what is posted on Southern Savers. Is your Kroger the same? Is there another site that is based closer to home that would save me some time? Nothing is more frustrating than spending 30mins making out my list and picking out q only to get to the store and nothing be on sale!
I agree wholeheartedly! That's why I started putting together the Kroger matchups. Unfortunately, it can take me anywhere from 3-5 hours to put them together. Now that I've stopped putting together the matchups, we're all in the same boat.
So what will I be doing to find the sales? First of all, I always pick up a paper copy of the ad. It must be my old school personality, but I just love being able to circle great deals when I see them. You can also pull up a current copy of the flyer at Kroger.com. That's the best way to track down loss leader specials on meat, fruit, and dairy. Do not rely on Southern Savers for these deals, because they will differ from our ad. Even Coupon Mom sometimes misses these deals on fresh items.
Next, I'll use Southern Savers to pull up deals I want to investigate. Jenny has the most exhaustive matchups, hands down. So, I will go through her list and see if any deals catch my eye. National promotions from General Mills, Nestle, P&G, etc…usually do not vary much by region. There may be a .10 or .20 difference on a price, but for the most part they won't change.
On the other hand, deals in health and beauty items and on Kroger store brands tend to fluctuate quite a bit. For those items, I will rely on the local ad. If I don't see them in the ad, I will not count on them being available.
The bottom line rule of thumb for me is if it's not in our local ad, I won't make a special trip for it. However, if the deal is good enough, and I'm headed to Kroger anyway, I'll check it out.
If you have any other great resources for local Kroger matches, or other tips for customizing the ad, please leave a comment.