We've been answering questions for Ask I Heart Publix for over two years now, and we've definitely found that some questions keep popping up as new couponers write in. So every month we're going to feature a "Best Of" Ask I Heart Publix, where we post some of our favorite questions and answers from past weeks, months, and years.
Don't worry....we'll still be answering the new questions you guys send in, too, so keep sending in those questions! Just remember if we didn't get to your question this week...we will do our best to cover it another week!!
Don't forget to look under the "About" tab where you can find the questions and answers from past weeks!
Here are this week’s "Best of" questions:
- Does Publix accept expired coupons? I saw a comment from someone else that said they could use them at their store?<?
- Does Publix double coupons every day?
- Lately it seems like every time you print a coupon, you have to sign up for something first. How do you get around this?
- Is there a website that lists the SS and RP coupons just for my area?
- Is Happy's name really "Happy"?
And here are the answers!
Michelle: Nope, Publix does not accept expired coupons. We all know that stores can make a their own decision at the store level but as far as I know, Publix only accepts currently valid coupons!
Christy: Lisa, you may have been reading about expired Publix coupons. I have heard that some stores will accept Publix coupons up to a week after the expiration date. Of course you want to check with your store to find out if they will do this or not; you never want to go against your store's policy!
2. Anna wants to know: I'm new to Publix :), so I’m wondering…does Publix double coupons only on certain days or every day?
Christy: If your Publix doubles coupons, then it doubles all manufacturer's coupons up to 50¢ every day. However, there are many areas that don't double coupons at all (all of Florida, coastal GA, etc), so you'll need to check with your store to be sure!
Michelle: Yep, Christy is right. Certain other perks like Senior Discount Day is only offered on Wednesday ...and again is only available in specific areas.
3. Carol wants to know: Lately it seems like every time you print a coupon, you have to sign up for something first. I get tons of junk email now from Macy's, Groupon, etc. I don't know if I can take any more! For example I tried to print the LaCroix coupon, and they wanted me to join Facebook--I DO NOT want to join Facebook! How do you get around this?
Christy: There's a pretty easy way to handle this...just create a new gmail account that you will use only for coupon registrations! That way all the marketing emails won't get in the way of your 'real' email and you can still print all the coupons as you would before! (Note: if you're anything like me, you should think about making the password for your coupon-only email VERY easy to remember. Sometimes you'll find out after registration that the company is going to email the coupon to you or you have to follow a confirmation link in an email they send you to actually get the coupon...and the last thing you want to do is forget how to access your own coupon email! )
Sadly, though, there's no way I know of to get around the Facebook coupons issue: if the coupon is on Facebook and you don't want to join Facebook, then you just can't print that particular coupon.
Michelle: If you are a couponer or a freebie sample requester then you need a secondary email address!! Google & Yahoo both offer free email accounts and they are super easy to set up. You always want to use a secondary email address whenever signing up for offers. That way your inbox will stay nice and clean.
The companies are rewarding you with the coupon/offer by agreeing to receive their emails, newsletters, etc. It is a great way to get their product some attention! You get a coupon and they get to send you occasional ads and reminders about their product and/or appear in your social media outlets. Fairly inexpensive advertising and very smart too! The social media outlets are big right n0w...companies are smart to take advantage of it!
As far as I know you can sign up for Facebook as John X. and then use that free secondary email address. You guys will have to let me know if I am incorrect. I don't think you are required to give any information that you feel is too personal. You just need to supply enough to get an account!
4. Amanda wants to know: I was wondering if there is a website that lists the SS and RP coupons for my area – I live in Tuscaloosa currently and my coupons (SS, RP) say they are for most places in Alabama on the spine, and they are very different than yours. At least ten of the last things I’ve seen on your spreadsheets and gone to my pile of old SS and RP, the coupons you mentioned are not there.
Michelle: I don't know of any comprehensive database where coupons are listed by city. I think you can find a few listings here and there but nothing that lists them all! It would be nice-- but a huge undertaking as many cities will have multiple papers. It sure would be nice to be able to see all those high value coupons that the folks in California get!!
Christy: It must be really frustrating when your inserts deviate so seriously from the previews. Commenters, do you have any suggestions for Amanda?
Happy is a Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs fan who is always 'Happy' about the great deals she
finds at Publix! Here's what Happy herself has to say:
The reason I picked “Happy” is I wanted to help I Heart Publix, just like the dwarfs helped Snow White (guess who is Snow White!), and I Heart Publix made me happy shopping at Publix. I’ve also used other names based on my mood or feelings to report or comment on the site and the forum.
Christy: When we asked Happy to answer this question for us, she made sure to say that she thinks of herself as just a regular reader of the site, not the superwoman/deal-finder that we think she is...but we know better, don't we, commenters?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.