I know lots of you guys are well versed in couponing and know the policy by heart. But, since we get a ton of new couponers visit all the time I was thinking maybe I'd start a new series of posts detailing the specifics on the coupon policy at Publix.
I am hoping that this will allow us to discuss a bit and also help educate some folks who may not know the policy.
This week we are going to answer Tammi's question:
I have been couponing for a while now and have always stuck to the one manufacturer and one store coupon per item rule regardless if I'm using a Target store coupon or a Publix store coupon. Specifically, I'm talking about store coupons that are for a specific product and not about money ($/$$) off your total order coupons. Recently I have a friend that was allowed at their store to use a manufacturer, Publix store, AND a Target store coupon on the same item. Personally I'm uneasy with this since I feel like it's double stacking store coupons, but would a specific store actually allow this to drive more business? This issue came up today with the upcoming deal on the All detergent. If you bought 2 bottles at $3.50 each and used the $3/2 manufacturer coupon with 2 $1/1 Publix coupons and 2 $1/1 Target coupons you could net to free for both bottles. Even though this may be allowed at some stores, it just isn't sitting right with me so I wanted to get your take on it. I feel that using coupons in this way will lead to stores not accepting Target coupons anymore if too many deals are netting to free or even overage situations.
Tammi, based on the printed Publix policy you are using the coupons correctly and your friend is not. The Publix coupon policy on Publix.com states the following "We will accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor coupon on the same item."
There are many reasons why your friend was "allowed" to use the coupons together. Maybe the cashier was new and did not know that the policy prohibits that many coupons on one item. It could be that the cashier did not actually know that there were that many coupons being used. Really, it does not matter the specific reason why it was allowed - it is improper coupon usage based on the written policy.
Remember, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and use coupons correctly.
I used the following analogy with a friend of mine and would like to share it with you guys. While driving, we are limited to a designated speed limit on a particular stretch of road - the speed limit is the rule that we are to follow. Many folks will use all sorts of reasons to justify breaking the rules...everyone else speeds, I was in a hurry, I wasn't paying attention, I don't know the speed limit. There are even folks who speed just because they don't care about the the rules - they do what they want without regard to what rule is in place.
No matter what reason they use to justify their speeding, if they are caught breaking the rules, they may be subject to a punishment. Punishments may increase and become severe as more folks break the rules.
The same concept applies to a store's coupon policy. No matter what excuse is used - you are still breaking the rules. Even though we may not always like the rules, they exist for a reason.
I hope this new series will help answer some questions and offer clarification for those with questions. Stay tuned for another discussion next week.
I'd love to hear your input on this. Feel free to share examples or your experiences. You can even make fun of my silly analogy - tee hee.