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New Kroger Cash Back Program = Earn Money for Things You Buy

Have you heard about the new Kroger Cash Back Program?! I am so excited about this!

Kroger has rolled out a new Cash Back Program where you can earn money on the items you buy everyday! This program is very similar to Ibotta.

Simply load the Cash Back offers you wish to redeem to your Shopper’s Card before you purchase them. Once you buy the qualifying items, you will earn cash which will show up in your account within a week after purchasing them. You can then cash out your balance to your Shopper’s Card or PayPal account.

If you cash out using Paypal, there is a minimum $20 required to transfer your rewards.

When cashing out to your Shopper’s Card, please note that other members of your household may be able to use your Cash Back Rewards on their next shopping trip. If you do not use the full amount in one shopping trip, you can use it in future shopping trips until you use all of the remaining amount.

Hey guys! MSM Team Member Gretchen here! I signed up for this last week and earned $12 over the weekend just buying things I already had on my shopping list. I was even able to stack coupons and Ibotta with it making these Real Good Frozen Pizzas a $6 moneymaker!! The cash back rewards showed up in my account within 24 hours. My favorite part is that I transferred my cash back rewards to my shopper’s card and was able to use that money to get “free” bodywash and deodorant for my husband today! Woohoo!!

You can read more information here.

Thanks, Kroger Krazy!

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17 Comments

  • MaryAnn says:

    Do you know if this work at Kroger affiliate stores? I specifically shop at Dillons.

    • Gretchen says:

      Yes! It works at affiliate stores as long as you sign up using the Kroger website (not the affiliate store’s website). I hope that helps! – Gretchen, MSM Team

    • Aubrey says:

      I downloaded the coupons for real good pizza and I went the same day got my pizzas on weds still waiting for any cash back rewards

      • Gretchen says:

        It can take up to a week to show up in your account. I would wait a few more days before contacting Kroger. – Gretchen, MSM Team

  • Lori says:

    Good morning! I was super excited when your post popped up about this on Facebook. I went and checked it out ASAP; however, my initial excitement about it has waned a bit. There are just a couple things about the program that frustrate me and I am curious what other people’s thoughts are.

    This is basically like a second digital coupon page that needs to be accessed EVERY WEEK before my shopping trip. Is there a reason that I have to load every single refund item separately? Why can’t they design it where you can select all offers (if they believe it to be necessary to visit the site weekly) at once and add them to your card? Honestly, I won’t add an item to my list just because I read down through the entire listing of 178 offers.

    I already feel like I waste an inordinate amount of time scrolling through the digital coupon offers each week since they literally offer hundreds of coupons that have to be individually checked just in case I might be planning to buy that item this week or at least within the next month, since many digital coupons offer an extended expiration date.

    That is the main thing I noticed about the cash back program: Offers are good for THIS WEEK only (with the exception of 3 offers with longer expiration dates.) So that means that I have to scroll through that list, find any items that match my list, and be sure I shop before the expiration date, which does not happen to line up with their current in store sales. Which means that if I sit down to browse the online ad on Saturday, along with adding any digital deals to my shopping list, but plan to shop Monday afternoon, the current cash back offers will have expired. At the very least, why not make them run in conjunction with the store sales?

    I’m not trying to bash Kroger, but genuinely wonder why they don’t consider some of these things when planning a new incentive to shop their store.

    Thank you, Crystal, for all you do to help us maximize our savings by sharing these money saving tips. If not for your post, I’m sure it would have taken me a while to stumble across this program on Kroger’s website. It’s kinda funny how they just slipped it in there- no big announcement, or fanfare. I do feel there are flaws to it, but I imagine I will attempt to incorporate it into my weekly shopping somehow.

  • Minda says:

    I’m here for this! I started using it last week and with it and some great promotions that Ibotta was running, I got $8 back! (Ibotta offered $3 to link up your Kroger card plus I got a midweek bonus for claiming three rebates in the middle of the week).

  • Jennifer says:

    Can you still use both systems? The Kroger cash back and Ibotta or is it one or the other?

  • Lori says:

    Once you load the offer to your card and purchase it, is the money automatically added to your account after the possible one week waiting period? Meaning, no scanning your receipt like for Ibotta? I found Ibotta to be a little too time consuming, but I am excited for this program since I am already loading digital coupons to my card. I can just hop on over to the cash back section and add those offers as well. Thank you!

    • Jordan says:

      The cash back should be applied to your account with no additional work on your part! Just load the deals on your Shopper’s Card, make the purchase, and within a week the cash back should be on your account. I hope that helps! -Jordan, MSM Team

  • Jim says:

    My experience with this from Smith’s (a Kroger affiliate) is, if it doesn’t pay two days after you shopped (shop Tuesday, pay Thursday), it never does and you have to call customer service. It indicates on the site up to 7 days, but that’s not my experience. The program was a disaster last year (rarely paid and, when it did, it was often an underpayment). The past few months it seemed to have been fixed and was reliably paying correctly two days after I shopped. Until last Wednesday… I shopped last Tuesday and it paid on Thursday. I shopped on Wednesday and it DIDN’T pay Friday. I also shopped Friday and it DIDN’T pay Sunday. Those are all calls that’ll have to be made to customer service. It seems after they launched this to Kroger customers and sites like this and KCL, etc, started promoting it, it seems to have ‘broke’. It’s happening to other customers if you read their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    Hint: After you use it, your offers will show as ‘redeemed’ under your redeemed digital coupons. That is your proof to use when talking to customer service. But you have to call before the offer expires because it will be removed from your account after it expires.

  • Amanda says:

    There is more info on the kroger website under FAQs. It does state that cash back cannot be combined with paper coupons or digital coupons.

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