Coupon Question and Answer: Best of Ask I Heart Publix 12/26

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:

  1. Does Publix accept expired coupons? I saw a comment from someone else that said they could use them at their store?<?
  2. Does Publix double coupons every day?
  3. Lately it seems like every time you print a coupon, you have to sign up for something first. How do you get around this?
  4. Is there a website that lists the SS and RP coupons just for my area?
  5. Is Happy's name really "Happy"?

And here are the answers!

1.Lisa wants to know:  Does Publix accept expired coupons?  I saw a comment from someone else that said they could use them at their store.

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?

5. Cammie wants to know: Is Happy's name really "Happy"?

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


  1. scott says

    Does Publix accept expired coupons?

    Yes they accept them if you have a raincheck for the item when the coupons were valid.

    From the publix coupon policy::

    Q: What if I have a rain check and a coupon for an item, but the coupon is now expired, though it was valid on the date the rain check was issued. Can I still use the coupon on the item?

    A: Yes, Publix will accept the coupon that was valid on the date the rain check was issued.

    • Thom says

      I was going to mention this. I was able to use the expired coupon on my raincheck. The CS person noted it on the raincheck. It was my first time and it was great…especially since it was a money maker!!

  2. Allison says

    Just wanted to let Michelle know – and anyolne else interested. I set up a secondary Facebook page under a fun name. I use that page and my secondary mail when liking a company on facebook. That way when they post to my facebook page it does not clutter the site that my friends all visit.

    • Reyna says

      Same here Allison. I am listed as More Qpons under facebook and it works just fine for me. My second email address and FB acct do not link to me at all, and i am able to better control (clean out) my emails for those type of incoming mail.

    • Shanna says

      yep. my secondary fb account is mycoupon page. you can still go in and make everything as private as possible. you will still probably get random friend requests (i have 3?) but you can just ignore them.

  3. Jenna says

    for the expired Q question: I have had several cashiers at my local Publix tell me that they will accept expired Qs as long as they expire during the week before they turn their Qs on Saturday. So Monday I realized my Mt. Olive Qs expired the day before. I checked with CS before shopping to make sure I could use them and was assured it was fine. When I get to the checkout, I was told that was not true. She did take them anyway since I was told otherwise. (Love Publix customer service!) So even if the store does/doesn’t, not everyone who works there may be “up to speed”. Always check and perhaps double check before shopping.

    • Cherokutie says

      Publix near me will also accept expired coupons if it is in the week following the exp. date, but before Saturday. They turn in their coupons on Saturdays, so they are holding them for the week anyway.

  4. Dee says

    Not that anyone really cares but it is a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service to have more than 1 account or use a fake name (which many people seem to do). My account was deactivated – I’m not sure why but I suspect it was because if you only use it for couponing you will not have any ‘friends’ (or friend activity) and the only account activity is for printing coupons. At least that described my account. By the way, they do not tell you why they deactivate you – one day you just can’t use your account.

    I did some research about having my account reactivated but it appears to be a real hassle – the first question they ask is if the account name is your real name and they want a copy of your DL or other ID. Just be careful you do not upload anything you only have one copy of because if they deactivate you – you cannot get anything off your Facebook account – like pictures or email lists.

    Please don’t flame me – I’m just relating my experience.

    • maggie says

      Thanks for letting me know. I only signed up for facebook (under my real name) originally for a coupon. I now use it, sparingly for its original purpose. I hate seeing all of the adds for products. I was just thinking a secondary account was a good thing. I guess not.

  5. samantha roscoe says

    Michelle, I have a question and maybe others have the same problem? I can’t be the only one! Every couple of months “” quits working. The coupons don’t print. My computer may have disabled “java”, or something, I ‘TRY’ to remember how I fixed it last time, but I’m stumped. It’s been about a week? now and I need help. Would you happen to know why this keeps happening to me, how to fix it, and anyway to stop it in the future?
    Thank you in advance, you are the best, and sooooo knowledgeable! Happy Monday, Thank you always :)

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