Kroger’s New Scan, Bag, Go Program – Is It a Yes or a No?
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Hey there, awesome Hip2Save Readers!
This is Angela… Collin’s FAVORITE Sidekick here in Atlanta, GA (OK, so maybe I’m actually her ONLY Sidekick in Atlanta, but just forget I said that part 😇)!
Like many of you fellow busy moms, I’m always looking for time savers. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. But let’s keep it real, I need to be sure I have time to watch This Is Us, so I can ugly cry about Jack dying without guilt (pass the Kleenex, will ya). 😩
I usually try and order my groceries online when I can by using ClickList, Instacart, Walmart Grocery Pick Up, or Target Drive-Up. I find that I spend less since I don’t grab as many impulse items while walking through the store (there’s a reason my kids call Target the $200 store🤦🏻♀️).
However, there are often times when I need to run into the store and grab items that I missed. A few nights ago, I headed into Kroger for a couple of things, and I noticed a ginormous display for their new Scan, Bag, Go Checkout program.
My first thought was, Nah I’m good. This is going to be too much trouble. Then I saw that for a limited time, you can save an additional $5 off your first THREE Scan, Bag & Go orders of $35 or more, so I decided to give it a go. I’m all about saving money without having to print coupons – digital coupons are definitely my jam! 💃
Like any good shopper should, I made sure to read ALL of the instructions prior to shopping with the scanner. OK, real talk… I didn’t read ANY of the instructions, but I’m savvy, so this should be a breeze.
Here’s what you gotta do…
When you walk into the store, simply grab a scanner from the display, scan your Kroger Plus Card (or enter alternate ID aka phone number), and you’re on your way.
As you walk through the store, you scan the items as you put them into your cart. I found the scanner to be very sensitive (yes, friends, this is a scanner with feelings) so you have to be sure and point it exactly in the right angle/position for the scan to show up in your shopping list. Otherwise, it will give you an error.🙅🏻♀️
Trust me, after the first couple of products are scanned, you’ll have the hang of it and will feel like you’re on Supermarket Sweep! (Why was I never asked to be on that show? HAMS! GO FOR THE HAMS SUSAN!)
If you’re buying produce that needs to be weighed (hello, bananas 🍌), you’ll scan the barcode sticker, then when you are at checkout, you’ll be prompted to put them on the scale to get the final price.
Change of heart? No worries…
Find yourself changing your mind about an item, or you suddenly find a mysterious jar of Nutella in your cart that you didn’t put in there, you can easily remove the item from your cart with just a quick touch of a button.
Clearance and bargain hunters, rejoice – you can even price check items with the scanner!
Show of hands🙋🏼♀️… how many of you often find yourself fighting with the register at self-checkout… “Unexplained item in bagging area, please remove the item to continue”. Listen, sister, there is no unexplained item and I’ve bagged everything. LET ME LIVE MY BEST LIFE with these $1 avocados!
Scan, Bag, Go eliminates the shouting match with the register because everything is already taken care of before you even get there.
One tip I have, and it’s probably a given since it’s called Scan, Bag, Go – you can bring in your own shopping bags or grab some of theirs from the display when you walk in.
Since I didn’t read the instructions, I had to bag everything on the way out instead of the time-saving way of bagging them as I shopped. I think I was a little thrown off as the bags look like produce bags and not sturdy bags to handle your bigger items.
Paying is easy peasy!
When you’ve finished shopping, head to the self-checkout lane, scan the barcode on the monitor, enter your loyalty card phone number (or scan your card), and the screen magically loads everything you’ve scanned. Weigh any produce you may have and you’ll be set. The $5/$35 discount automatically comes off, along with any digital coupons you may have loaded!
The Verdict is in…
If you find yourself running low on time, give this new Kroger checkout option a go! It’s actually kind of fun, and you don’t feel the pressure of hurrying at the self-checkout lane since your items are already bagged and ready to go! I give Scan, Bag, Go a YASSSSSSS! 🙌
*Please note that Scan, Bag, Go may not be available in all areas/regions.