If you have a question about couponing at Publix, this is the place to find the answer! Each week my buddy Christy over at Winn Dixie on a Dime and I have a little coupon question and answer session here on Ask I Heart Publix. Keep sending in those questions - we love to answer them! Just remember if we didn't get to your question this week...we will do our best to cover it another week!!
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Here are this week’s questions:
- When we find a really good deal, or new coupon booklet, how can we make you aware of it (send you the info/picture)?
- Can I use Kroger eCoupons at Publix?
- How can I best thank my favorite Publix staff without tipping?
- How do you "stock up" on produce?
- Any tips on how to save on produce, meat and dairy only?
And here are the answers!
Michelle: The easiest way to let me know of a deal is to email me at contactiheartpublix @ gmail.com (remove spaces).
2. Laura wants to know: In Alabama, Kroger's is considered one of Publix competitors. I was looking at Kroger's site to try to print some coupons, however, it seems as though you can only load them on your Kroger's card. Will Publix accept coupons on your Kroger's card or will they only take printed coupons from Kroger's? Maybe there is a way to print the coupons that I don't know about?
Christy: This one is all Michelle - no Krogers in my area!
Michelle: Unfortunately, we can't use Kroger digital coupons at Publix because there is no way for Publix staff to see them/access them as they are loaded on the Kroger Plus card, and no way to print them....
3. Marie wants to know: My Publix enforces its very strict No Tipping policy but all the folks in the store are beyond helpful...some of the folks even used to bring the double cart to my car if they saw me drive up after I had twins.
My question is..do you think it is appropriate to bake some cookies or some other gesture for the staff and if so, should you bring a big tray of snacks to the store for the whole store to share (even the ones you never see) or offer individual 'goody' type bags?
Christy: We've addressed this here before but it's a good question...especially with the holidays fast approaching! I would say that how you thank your store (or individual employees) is up to you. A little gift bag for your favorite staff members is a sweet gesture...although I'm sure a big tray of snacks for everyone would be appreciated too! It really depends on how much you want to do.
Michelle: Everyone enjoys a treat and a nice little gift for a job well done. I would probably advise the manager at your store just so they know what your plans are. I would also encourage you to take a moment and shoot an email on Publix.com or write a note to management letting them know of specific folks who make your shopping a pleasure. That additional "pat on the back" can really go a long way!
4. Marie wants to know: I am wondering if you or any of the readers have any advice on how to really "stock up" on produce prices when they're very good. Obviously I can't freeze lettuce when it's cheap or buy a year's worth of potatoes when they're BOGO...but do you have any tips for me?
Christy: This is a question I'd love to see answered by commenters - I'm sure they have some great ideas! In the past, I've 'stocked up' on produce by freezing and canning some fruits, vegetables, and herbs when they were at their absolute lowest price. If anyone has a way to "stock up" on perishables like lettuce, etc - I'd love to hear about it!
Michelle: You can freeze a ton of veggies! Think about all the bags of veggies you buy at the store - you can make your own bags of frozen veggies too! All you have to do is blanch the veggies before you freeze them! Check out THIS site for some tips on how to prep various veggies for the best results. I have had great success freezing tons of veggies.
5. Meagan wants to know: I am single and I shop the perimeter except for coffee and toiletries (no snacks, cereals, breads etc. Produce, meat and dairy only). Any advice regarding saving on this aspect?
Christy: The best way to save on items like these are to use Publix or competitor coupons. $X/$XX coupons are like "free money" coupons that allow you to save on whatever you need. Plus competitor coupons will really help as well!
When you can't find or don't have access to those types of coupons, though, the best way to save is to reduce the cost of the items you do buy (like toiletries and coffee) with manufacturer's coupons. Any savings helps to keep your overall budget down!
Michelle: My tip would be shop the sales and if possible don't be picky about the brands you use. Stock up when items are on sale so you can devote more of your weekly budget to items that you might need that are not on sale/no coupon available. Also, plan your meals ahead of time based on what you have on hand plus what is on sale. If steak is not on sale --then don't put it on your menu 😉
Then as Christy said, use competitor coupons and $x/$xx coupons to help reduce your bill if you can!
I hope our answers to these questions were helpful! Make sure you 'tune in' next week for even more Q&A with I Heart Publix. If you have a question you'd like to see answered, email me at email@example.com.