6 reasons We LOVE Kroger Clicklist!
I’ve been meaning to post about our love for Kroger Clicklist for a while now, because Clicklist has become one of my favorite things! I love meal planning, and ever since Robert and I got married, I’ve tried to plan our meals for each week.
After having Jack, though, planning got a little more complicated and so did trips to the grocery store! We tried going to the grocery store a few times, and it was just so challenging to shop the way I used to. Because I was worried about J’s nap schedule, timing, etc. I would rush through everything and end up forgetting things that we really needed. I also would end up with stuff we didn’t need thinking that we’d use it, and then it would go bad.
Mom brain, shopping for the entire week, and having a baby in tow meant stress, scatterbrained shopping, and ultimately losing money.
I think the first time I used Clicklist was back when I was close to the end of my modified bed rest during my 3rd trimester of pregnancy. I probably shouldn’t have even been driving the 7 minutes to Kroger, BUT…it was my only outing during the week, and I was going a little crazy toward the end of bed rest!
I used it once and fell in love, haha! At first I made a few mistakes, because I didn’t 100% understand how ordering worked, but now I like to think that I’m a clicklist pro ;) They’ve also changed a LOT and made it so much more user friendly in the last 9 months, and I’m going to give you a few pointers below!
So, why do we love Kroger Clicklist SO much?
1. It saves me time & it isn’t nearly as stressful as taking Jack into the store!
- This is probably the biggest plus of Clicklist! I take Jack to target every now and then, but the amount of my brain that is taken up making sure he’s happy & safe means that there’s not a lot of space left over for shopping efficiently, ha!
- With clicklist, I order on Sunday evenings (after doing a quick meal plan), and I schedule pickup for Monday morning. We get to the grocery store, pick up our groceries, and are back home unloading groceries in about 20 minutes. It’s AHHH- mazing.
2. The employees are SO NICE!
- We love, love, love our Clicklist helpers! They bring Ellie Mae treats, bring us goodies (like free water, candy around Halloween & Easter, etc.), and always say hello to Jack! They also load all of the groceries into my trunk for me so I don’t have to get out, AND they take my used plastic grocery bags for recycling!!
3. The online interface is wonderful!
- Easy ordering
- On the Clicklist website they always have an area that has things you commonly order so you can quickly add them to your cart. It’s called “Start My Cart” (image below). These are the things that we get almost every week (like cliff bars, milk, bread, Jack’s favorite baby food, etc.) and they always pop up so that I can quickly add them to my cart without having to search for them.
- They also have a “My Recent Purchases” area that allows you to repurchase things that you’ve bought recently. I prefer the “start my cart” area, because those are the things that we almost always buy. Sometimes we’ll buy random things for a new recipe, and those will be in “my recent purchases”.
- One other area that is helpful to browse is the “My Sale Items” area. This area has items that you’ve bought in the past that are on sale! I love it, because it saves me time and money!
4. Easy Couponing & Access to sale items
- There is a “savings & rewards” tab on Kroger.com, and there you can find the “Digital Coupons” tab. I use these the most for coupons, and sometimes I’ll also take paper coupons with me that we get in the mail. These digital coupons are automatically added to your Kroger card and the savings are applied to your order once they process your order with Clicklist (at the time of pickup).
- Something new that Clicklist has started is having a little checkbox underneath the items online (image below). This is GREAT, because it allows you to add a digital coupon to your card without having to go into the coupons tab! Sometimes I’ll miss coupons for things that I’m buying on the digital coupons page, and this checkbox makes sure that I get all of the savings I can!
5. It saves us money
- In addition to the savings we get with coupons, we also saved money because I am not in the store picking up extra things that we don’t need (emotional shopping, ha!). There is a $4.95 fee for Clicklist, but I believe we make up for that by not buying extra stuff at the store.
6. Checkout & Pickup Time selection is super easy!
There are two “drawbacks” to Clicklist, but honestly, they really aren’t major drawbacks in my book!
1. The Fee
- Like I mentioned above, there is a $4.95 fee for Clicklist. At first I thought this was not great, but then after using clicklist a few times and seeing that we actually SAVED money, it doesn’t bother me one bit!
- This is something that I didn’t like at first until I figured out that there is a way to allow or not allow substitutions within the cart module on the clicklist website (image below).
- At first I didn’t realize you could write a note about substitutions or ask for no substitutions at all. For my first few orders, if something was out of stock, the clicklist shoppers would substitute something similar. Sometimes it worked for us and other times it didn’t. The clicklist loaders always check with me about the substitutions so we’re not charged for something we don’t want. Now, though, I write in a note about substitutions. For example, we like to eat organic meat, so I always write a note: “if substituting, please sub with simple truth organic brand”. Since starting to do this quick little step right before I check out, I’ve been happy with every substitution!