What is a Mega Event?
A mega event is a promotion that Kroger does several times a year. Unlike typical 10 for $10 sales, you MUST purchase the quantity of items specified in that particular promo in order to receive the mega sale discount. For example, “Buy 10 participating items, Get $5 off instantly”. You must purchase in increments of 10 in order to receive the additional $0.50 off per item. You can mix and match these items and receive the discount as long as you purchase in multiples of 10 in the same transaction.
Here’s what the ad will look like. When you see this, start to get really excited because you’re about to save a LOT of money! The ad will outline the price BEFORE mega sale discount, and also after. I always just pay attention to the bottom number.
Here is an example of a mega event sale tag. Notice there is a “sale price” of $1.49, and then a 2nd price of $0.99 if you purchase 10 participating items.
The mega discount will come off immediately at checkout when the item is scanned. Typically you will see a participating item marked on the receipt with a < + symbol.
Not all participating mega sale items will be advertised in the sale ad. There are almost always tons more items that will just be identified by in-store signage, so be on the lookout for those mega sale tags!
Tips on Keeping Track of Items While Shopping
Since it’s very important to keep track of how many mega items you are purchasing so that you don’t miss out on the extra discount, you’ll need a system. There are many ways to keep track of your mega items, but I’ll give you a few tips. What the picture above shows is my current method. As soon as I walk in the store, I take a few of my reusable shopping bags, open them up and place them inside my cart. I then place all my mega sale items in the bags as I shop.
Once your bag contains 10 items, you close it up! No more hiding in the last aisle at Kroger counting 50 items!
If I don’t plan on getting too crazy, I will reserve one bag for non-mega sale items. Or you can throw non-megas in the bottom of your cart. (great idea Carrie!)
Or, if you’re really diligent about keeping track of items that enter your cart, you can do the old fashioned tally system on your shopping list. Do what works for you…just make sure you keep track! You do NOT want to get through checkout just to realize you counted wrong. If this DOES happen, you have a couple of options.
Scenario #1: You’re counting mega sale items as you put them on the belt at checkout and only count 48 items. If you know what other 2 items you want to grab, just have the cashier ring up 2 extra of that item and go get them off the shelf AFTER you checkout.
Scenario #2: You don’t catch the mistake until after you checkout, maybe even after you get home. Just go pick up any extra mega sale items that you need and take them along with your receipt to the customer service desk and they will make it right.
Sometimes there are limits to how many mega items you can purchase in the same transaction, sometimes not. If no limit is advertised in the ad or on the sale tags, you may want to ask before you start shopping. If the limit is 5 rewards, that means you can purchase 50 items (if it’s a buy 10, save $5 sale). If you want to purchase more than that, you’ll need to separate your transactions (if permitted) or just come back another day.
I hope this helps answer some of your questions on how a mega sale works at Kroger. Feel free to leave a comment if there’s something I didn’t think of or if you have additional questions!
Oh, and one more thing…
Here’s what your face is going to look like as you marvel at your receipt when you get into your car!
2014 UPDATE: Check out my new video that walks you through the process!