I learned a super valuable piece of information today at Kroger, regarding their Manager Markdowns. I happened to be checking out the organic meat section around 3 pm when a manager was telling an employee to mark down anything that expired the 12th (tomorrow). I asked if they always did their markdowns at 3 p.m. I was told that their Level 1 markdowns (the least % off) was early in the morning, their Level 2 happened around noon and their Level 3 (the highest % off, usually items that expire the next day) products are marked down at 3 pm daily.
This information will definitely change the times that I do my shopping. Kroger always has a bunch of markdowns on organic products at my local store, so I’m happy to know their schedule. Most of these items expire the next day or within a couple of days, so I just freeze them until I’m ready to use them.
In fact, I was able to get a $9.59 organic steak for $6.71. I also had clipped the $1 off any Simple Truth grass-fed beef coupon I mentioned here, so I got it for $5.71! I also got some organic bread that was marked down to $1.89 (reg. $3.69). They also had, organic vegetables, organic lettuce mix, organic whole chickens and organic chicken thighs marked down. These are items that are hard to coupon for, so arranging your shopping schedule around their markdowns is a great way to save on organic meats and produce.
I’m sure other grocery stores have systems similar to this, so the next time you are at your grocery store of choice, be sure to find the manager and ask about their markdown schedule.