Back to basics week 5: Grocery store reward programs
Do the various grocery store reward programs have you baffled? Want to save more using them but don't know how? Here is your basic guide to deciphering the programs at our most popular grocery stores here in the Triangle.Posted — Updated
Many of our local grocery stores have loyalty/reward programs that offer benefits when you shop at their stores. The four main grocery stores in the area all have store reward cards that you will need to get the sale price at any of the grocery stores. In addition to the cards, though, there are some other great rewards you don’t want to miss.
Lowe’s Foods InstaSave e-offers and Fresh Rewards Cash
Lowe’s Foods has 2 reward programs: InstaSave e-offers and Fresh Rewards Cash. They also offer a fuel reward based on your spending. In order to get any sale prices, you need to have their Fresh Rewards Cash Rewards card. If you still have the old Greenpoints Reward card, you can sign up for the new card at customer service.
The Greenpoints program that Lowe’s Foods offered has been discontinued. If you still have a Greenpoints balance, you can cash them in at the Greenpoints home page.
Harris Teeter e-VIC
In order to get the sale prices at Harris Teeter, you need to have a VIC card. Sign up at customer service if you don’t already have one. Harris Teeter offers a rewards program called e-VIC. Sign up your VIC reward card online and receive an e-mail from Harris Teeter each Wednesday. Included in the e-mail you will find information on the weekly deals and the e-VIC specials for the week. These specials are only for e-VIC members and are added electronically to your VIC card every week. By signing up for the e-VIC program, you will also qualify for weekly and quarterly sweepstakes. Once you have signed up for the program, you do not have to log in every week to add the deals to your card. They are automatically added every week. When you buy the qualifying e-VIC items, the discount comes off at the register. There is a limit of 1 for each e-VIC special each week. It’s a very easy to use reward program.
Food Lion Shopper’s Companion
Food Lion’s loyalty card is called the MVP card and you will need one to get the weekly specials. Food Lion also offers the Shopper’s Companion program that includes a weekly e-mail every Wednesday. Go to the Food Lion link above and sign up to receive the weekly e-mail. Included in the e-mail you will find weekly sales, contests and 4 Food Lion store coupons you can print from your computer. Sometimes the coupons are for Food Lion brand items and sometimes they are for name brand items. The coupons are usually good for at least 2 weeks, sometimes longer. There have been some great coupons including $2 off $5 produce, meat coupons, deli coupons and more. A few weeks ago there was a coupon for $1 off Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate and it was on sale a week later for $1.00 – free hot chocolate!
Kroger Digital Coupons and Shortcuts.com
Kroger’s loyalty card is called the Plus Card. Once again, you have to have it to get the weekly specials. They also offer a program called Kroger Digital Coupons that allows you to choose digital coupons that are added to your Kroger card. Once the cashier scans the product, the discount comes off at the register.
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