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:
- What's your interpretation of this coupon wording?
- Do you know anything about a weekly Publix Mailer Coupon?
- What is the most important couponing tip you would give to a new couponer?
- How do you know how long something will last once you defrost it?
- Is there a trick to finding a coupon on Coupons.com after you have printed it once?
And here are the answers!
1.Marcus wants to know: Just the other day I had a debate with the owner of another popular couponing site about coupon terminology. The point of contention: those coupons that state "Buy Product X Get $ Off Product Y." My reasoning was that such coupons cover or "attach" to every product stipulated but his was that the wording is vague and open to interpretation. What's your opinion?
Michelle: You can see my post about this here. In a nutshell…I agree with you.
The Publix Coupon Q&A says
Q: I have a “$1 off the purchase of two items” manufacturer’s coupon. Can another manufacturer’s coupon be used for either of these items?
A: No. When the manufacturer issues a “$1 off the purchase of two items” coupon, it requires the purchase of two items. So, because you have to purchase both items to meet the coupon’s requirements, a manufacturer’s coupon has already been applied to both items.
Q: I have a BOGO manufacturer’s coupon. Can another manufacturer’s coupon be used for either of these items?
A: No. When the manufacturer issues a BOGO coupon, it requires the purchase of two items. So, because you have to purchase both items to meet the coupon’s requirements, a manufacturer’s coupon has already been applied to both items.
2. Kevin wants to know: For years, my mom has been getting a weekly mailer coupon from her local Publix for $5/xx. Is there anyway to join a mailing list from Publix to get this or is just her Publix that does this? Was hoping someone had some kind of inside knowledge about this.
Michelle: Boy I wish I had that inside knowledge as it has been many months (maybe even over a year now) since I have received a coupon. I don't have any scoop but would love to hear if there is anyone out there who knows the secret.
I am betting that it is areas where there is high competition and the stores are working hard to keep Publix in the shopper's mind by giving them that coupon incentive.
Christy: I'd love to hear from the commenters on this one - but I've not heard of a weekly Publix coupon mailer in all my time couponing at Publix. Maybe you guys know differently?
Christy: Start small! If you are just starting out, spend a week or two reading blogs and comments for blog posts (the comments section is a great place to ask questions too!) just to start to get an idea of how the whole thing works.
When you think you've got it - pick two or three deals and incorporate them into your regular shopping for the week. When you start small like this, you avoid big mistakes and it's a lot easier to handle the checkout process. Give yourself 3 or 4 weeks to get started, adding a few more deals in each time - it will make the whole thing a lot more painless in the long run
Michelle: I love Christy's answer. Besides starting small, I think another thing that all new couponers should know is that it is OK to miss a deal. When I first started couponing, I spent all my time running from store to store trying to get all the deals. I got burnt out very quickly. I was trying to handle the drugstores and shopping at 2 -3 different grocery stores. It was overwhelming and I felt like I was living and breathing coupons and deals. I found myself getting frustrated and upset when I would create a big list only to find that my deal was shot because the store was out of a particular item.
I am a much better shopper now that I am not so focused on getting every single deal out there. It can be disappointing to miss some of the good ones but --THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ANOTHER DEAL! I think keeping that in mind will keep couponing fun and not so stressful.
Christy: This is actually my question…which I'm asking just so we can showcase the great answer that Dawn from the comments had last week! She says:
If today is the 20th, and the expiration date of the item I'm freezing is the 28th, I just write the number 8 on the item before I freeze it. This tells me that once it defrosts; I have 8 days to use it. I don’t recall where I read it, but it works.
It's a little, simple idea - but great for those of us (like me) that just kind of "wing it" when it comes to defrosting things
5. Maria wants to know: I wanted to know if there is any easier way or a trick or maybe an "I just don't see it" way to print your 2nd coupon on Coupons.com. seems when I print my first one, and then I go back to do the 2nd I have to search all over for it as it is not in the same place. I end up having to scroll through them all and sometime I miss it and think I have gone crazy as I know it was JUST there! I have tried just going to that particular category and at times that doesn't work either. Sometimes they put it at the very end, sometimes not! Also if there are any other tricks of making getting coupons.com coupons easier, please fill me in.
Michelle: I try to build direct coupon links as often as I can. That way all you have to do is click the coupon to go right to it. Sometimes you might have to change the zip and then click the link...but you will find that the coupon is the first selected.
When you need your second print...you can come back to my site and click the link again and it will again be the first one selected This is how I do it when they are zip code specific-- it seems to reduce the time in finding the coupons.
Click the coupon link
Change the zip code
Come back and click the coupon link again - it will now be the first coupon and it's preclipped.
Repeat for a second print
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.