Even in this age of credit and digital purchases, sometimes you just need cash. If you don’t want to bother going to a bank or ATM, you can often get cash back at the grocery store by requesting it at the register when making a purchase. Kroger is a popular nationwide grocery store where customers can get cash back using a variety of payment methods. Keep reading to learn more about Kroger’s cash back limit, as well as other grocery stores that offer this same convenience.

In This Article

  • Kroger’s Cash Back Policy

    • Cash Back with a Debit Card
    • Cash Back with a Check
    • Cash Back with an EBT Card
    • Cash Back with a Credit Card
    • Cash Back at the Customer Service Desk
  • Other Grocery Stores That Offer Cash Back

Kroger’s Cash Back Policy

Kroger does not have a cash back corporate policy; instead, each store is free to establish its own policy. However, most Kroger stores do provide cash back at the register.

It is important to know that because each Kroger location is free to set its own policies regarding cash back, daily and transaction limits may vary from one store to the next, as does the types of payment methods customers can receive cash back with. Contact your local store for specific details.

However, we contacted multiple Kroger stores around the country and learned that most stores have implemented the following cash back policies:

Cash Back with a Debit Card

All Kroger stores we contacted allow between $50 and $100 in cash back on debit card transactions, including the Kroger 123 Reward prepaid debit card. Your card must run as a PIN-based debit transaction to get cash back. If you run your debit card as a credit card, you won’t be able to get cash back.

Cash Back with an EBT Card

Most Kroger stores do allow between $50 and $100 cash back on EBT card transactions, provided you have a cash balance through the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program. Learn more about cash back benefits with your EBT card.

Cash Back with a Check

There is usually a much lower cash back limit when paying with personal checks at Kroger — about $20, in most cases. Kroger stores may require you to have a history of check writing at their store before you qualify for any cash back from your personal checks. Learn more about Kroger’s personal check policy.

Cash Back with a Credit Card

Most Kroger stores do not offer cash back on any credit card transactions, including the Discover Cash Over program. Some do offer cash back for credit cards with a PIN, and their cash back limits are likely to be the same as for debit cards: $50 to $100.

Cash Back at the Customer Service Desk

While customers usually get cash back at the register when making a purchase, you can also get cash back with a purchase at the customer service desk. You should opt to get your cash back at the customer service desk instead of the register if you need a lot of cash back. Most of the time, you can get more cash back at the customer service desk than at the register because customer service has more cash on hand. Although this amount varies, you can usually get over $100 at the customer service desk. A small fee (usually $3) applies to large cash back amounts. Contact your local store for details, as this amount varies widely.

Other Grocery Stores That Offer Cash Back

Many other grocery chains also offer cash back at the register. Similar to Kroger, many chains leave the conditions of cash back transactions up to local stores. We detailed whether each store’s policy was corporate or local for this reason. We contacted corporate headquarters to find the following information.

1. Acme Markets

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Local
  • Details: Contact your nearest store for details.
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2. Aldi

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Corporate
  • Details: Up to $100 on debit only.
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3. Food Lion

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Corporate
  • Details: $200 for debit, or $50 for checks.
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4. Hy-Vee

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Local
  • Details: Contact your nearest store for details.
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5. Meijer

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Corporate
  • Details: Up to $25 with a check, or $50 with a debit card. Cash back on EBT cards varies by state. Cash back on all gas station purchases is limited to $5.
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6. Publix

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Corporate
  • Details: With a debit card only, up to $100.
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7. Safeway

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Corporate
  • Details: Up to $200 for debit cards only. To get cash back on checks, you must establish a check writing history at the store. The cash back limit for checks may be lower, depending on your history.
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8. Save Mart

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Local
  • Details: Contact your nearest store for details.
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9. Walmart

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Corporate
  • Details: Up to $100 with a debit card ($60 at self-checkout), $60 with a Discover card, and $20 with a check.
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10. Whole Foods

  • Corporate or Local Policy: Corporate
  • Details: Up to $100 with a debit card only.
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In Summary

Getting cash back on a purchase at the grocery store is an easy and convenient way to skip the bank or the ATM. Kroger stores offer cash back at most locations for customers paying with a debit card, and in certain cases when paying with a check or EBT card. Keep in mind that Kroger stores are free to establish their own cash back policies, so check with your local Kroger for specific information.