Kroger Gift Cards

How to put money on a gift card

A young couple use cash to add money to a gift card at the grocery store checkout.

Gift cards are a great way to manage your budget, plus they let you shop online without a credit or debit card. Whether you’re looking to load a new gift card or want to boost the balance on an existing gift card, it’s really easy to add money on a gift card – in person or online. Want to know how to put money on a gift card? Here’s our easy-to-use guide to help you get the most out of your gift cards.

How to load a new gift card

Adding credit to a gift card is super simple and takes just a few minutes and a couple of easy steps. If you’re buying a gift card in-store, just pick up the card you want from the stand and take it to the cashier. If your card has a set value, you just pay for it with the rest of your groceries and you’re ready to go. If you choose a gift card you can add your own chosen amount to, it’s just as quick. You’ll just need to tell the cashier how much you want loaded to your card. If you’re using self-checkout, follow the onscreen instructions, enter the value when asked and then pay for your purchases as usual. If you’re buying an egift card, the same process applies – you just do it all online instead.

Can you reload money on a gift card?

Reloading your gift card is super simple and there are lots of ways to do it – in person or online. It’s a great way to manage your spending or shop online if you don’t have a checking account or credit card. So don’t throw your gift card away once it’s empty – just reload and use it again and again. Here’s how to do it:

Add credit in-store at the retailer your card’s for

Most retailers will let you reload an existing gift card in-store – you just need to tell the cashier how much you want to credit, then pay for it like a regular purchase. This option’s great if you like to save up for a big purchase – it’s like having a mini savings account to spend whenever you like.

Reload it online with your retailer account

A lot of big-name brands will let you load your gift card online through their retail site. Just look for the ‘gift cards’ section and follow the instructions to add credit to your card next time you’re shopping online.

Choose to add some cash in-store when you’re picking up groceries

The Kroger Family of Stores offers gift cards for all kinds of big-name brands, and you can either buy new gift cards or reload your existing cards when you’re in store. Check that your gift card can be reloaded and take it to the cashier and tell them how much credit you want to add.

Can you put more money on a gift card?

You don’t have to have spent all the credit on your gift card to put more money on it – you can add cash at any point to increase your balance. You can do that where you bought it, whether that’s at the store it’s for, or at a retailer like Kroger, which offers gift cards from multiple big-name brands. You can also add more money online, depending on which gift card you have.


Can you activate gift cards without buying them?

If your gift card hasn’t been bought through the proper channels, you might find that it won’t activate. This will mean you won’t be able to use it. It’s always safer to buy new gift cards direct from the retailer, or through trusted suppliers like the Kroger Family of Stores. That way, if you have any problems activating your gift card, there’ll always be someone on hand to help.

So, whether you want to budget for big purchases at your favorite store or shop online without a credit or debit card, adding cash to your gift card is a great way to manage your spending.


Ready to load up a gift card and start shopping? Browse the Kroger Family of Stores’ full gift card range online today!