A popular promotion is ending at Kroger. Starting September 21st they will no longer double coupons.
Right now, Kroger, Publix and Ingles double coupons worth up to 50 cents, making a 50 cent off coupon worth a dollar off. Kroger has already eliminated the program in Texas, Ohio and several other regions; next is Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
A company spokesman said only a small percentage of customers use coupons, so instead they're lowering prices across the board on 3000 items at a cost of millions of dollars starting Sunday, September 8th.
Will that make up for no doubles? I asked my Texas and Ohio money saving experts on the Frugal Bloggers Facebook group. One Houston Blogger said prices are lower at Kroger since double coupons ended but 10 others say they're not.
So how can you save money without double coupons?
Look for high value coupons for a dollar or more off that wouldn't have doubled anyway. And keep an eye out for closeouts and manager's specials on items that are nearing their sell by date.
Also take advantage of the steep competition among grocery stores. Walmart and Target will match competitor's prices so if Kroger's prices drop theirs may too.
Also keep in mind the new lower prices at Kroger start on Sunday September 8th and they don't stop doubling coupons until the 21st.. So there is a window of opportunity for big savings during that time.