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by Freebies4Mom on April 30, 2008 3:04 pm

I wanted to follow-up to my post about Shortcuts.com, a new way to load digital coupons to your loyalty card for Kroger-owned stores. I signed-up for this new digital coupon service on April 2 and I have so far saved $1.80 using it at Kroger. I know, not super impressive – but wait, that is $1.80 that I saved automatically without having to clip a coupon! I like to load all the coupons onto my card and then just let my card do the work for me – if I buy something that there is a Shortcuts coupon for, the savings are automatic. I don’t even have to remember to check back for new coupons, because Shortcuts sends me an email when there are new coupons to load onto my card. And you don’t have to have an AOL account or email to sign-up for this free service, just sign-up for an account using your existing email address.

For those of you who are aware of the GM Cereal Deal this week at Kroger, Shortcuts can make it even sweeter. Here are the sales and the coupons available.

Kroger, Ralph’s & King Soopers: General Mills cereals (11.3-14 oz) are on sale 2 for $4.
Fry’s: General Mills cereals (11.3-14 oz) are on sale for $1.99 each.

On Shortcuts.com you’ll find coupons for these GM cereals:
* Save $0.75 on one Multigrain Cheerios cereal
* Save $0.55 on one Cocoa Puffs cereal
* Save $0.75 on one Strawberry Chex cereal
* Save $1.00 on one Whole Grain Total, Total Raisin Bran or Total Honey Clusters, Total Cranberry Crunch or Total Cinnamon Crunch

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

sheiladoherty April 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Wish they had it at Fred Meyer, which is a Kroger store. Here’s hoping!

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Heather April 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I know, you would think they would include Fred Meyer! But maybe it’s because it’s more than a grocery store so it’s treated differently – who knows?

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kelly April 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm

H, have you been able to use a paper coupon and a shortcuts.com coupon on the same item? ie for the cereal you mentioned, did you also use paper coupons or no?

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Heather April 30, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I’m not sure, Kelly – but I will try to find an answer for you. I did not buy cereal today (my pantry is already full of it) so I did not take advantage of that specific deal.

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Evelyn April 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Yes, you get both the shortcut coupon and the paper coupons doubled. It really saves on the budget when that happens! Last week it enabled be to get several boxes of cereal completely free.

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KMTmom April 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm

I used a paper coupon and a shortcut.com coupon last week on cereal at Kroger with no problem!

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Julie April 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Yes, you can use both. Usually I don’t even realize the Shortcuts coupon was taken off (and neither does the cashier) until I look at the receipt on the way out the door. Love the double dipping!The paper coupons they will double at Kroger (ours does 50 cents and less), but the Shortcuts coupons aren’t doubled. I’ve saved $4.10 so far, mostly in cereal when they were having the GM special last week. Awesome! Wish more grocery stores did it, too!

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Heather April 30, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for all your input on your experiences using Shortcuts!

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asmith April 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I have had bad luck trying to register for Shortcuts. I can’t see the security “word scramble” (it is just a small red X, no image), but I don’t hear anything when I click on the option to listen to the word. My speakers work fine and I can see the “word scrambles” on all other sites. I have emailed CS three times about this but haven’t gotten a single response. I give up!

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Heather April 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm

I’m sorry you are having problems signing-up, Asmith! Be patient, hopefully they will respond to your request for help!

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kemarquart April 30, 2008 at 10:30 pm

do you have to tell them to take the shortcut coupons. And do they stay on there until they are expired?? I used mine and when I went to shortcuts, it’s still on my card. I think I am so confused lOLieeno

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Julie April 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

kemarquart, it’s an automatic thing. You don’t have to ask for it at all. And yes, they stay on there until they expire or until you use them. They show up on your receipt as with the word “Shortcuts” abbreviated, with the amount saved.

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Sonya May 1, 2008 at 10:51 am

asmith – I am sorry you were unsuccessful in registering for Shortcuts. I work for Shortcuts and want to be able to help you. Please send an email to help@shortcuts.com – and provide your contact info. I will personally monitor that email box today and contact you as soon as possible. And thanks to everyone else who is using our service and promoting it :)Oh – one more thing…for sheiladoherty: we’re unable to work with Fred Meyer at this time as they apparently don’t have a loyalty (or store) card.

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Heather May 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for the follow-up, Sonya!

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Melissa May 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Actually, Fred Meyer does have a Rewards Card. I registered mine as a Kroger card just to see what would happen. It registered fine using my phone number as an alternate ID, but now I just need to test it.

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Heather May 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Please report back, Melissa, as to the success getting the Shortcuts savings at Fred Meyer!

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Sonya May 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Melissa – you’re right. My mistake. Apparently the card doesn’t offer discounts, and that is why we are not able to offer Fred Meyer as a participating store. However, let us know how you fare when testing it out 🙂

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