Coupon Question And Answer – Ask I Heart Publix 3/5

coupon question and answer
If you have a question about couponing at Publix, this is the place to find the answer! Each week my buddy Christy 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!!

Remember--there is a tab at the top of the site under "About" titled “Ask I Heart Publix” where you can find the questions and answers from past weeks!

Here are this week’s questions:

  1. Is there a 'Recipe' link on the site where I can find all your recipes?
  2. Can I use a Digital Coupon more than once?
  3. Does Publix get reimbursed for the expired manufacturer's coupons they accept with my rain check?
  4. I know Publix will accept the coupons I forgot when I shopped last week - but what if I find coupons I forgot when I shopped last month?
  5. How does the Gas Card coupon help me save money on groceries?

And here are the answers!

1.Janell wants to know: Do you have a recipe link where I can find all your recipes? I could not find one and it took me a while to find the Ham and Broccoli Stromboli recipe from last week's Menu Plan.

Michelle: Yep, if you look in the sidebar there is a category drop down. Just choose "RECIPES" and you will see the full archive. I am going to try to come up with a button to put on the sidebar for quick access.

2. Angel wants to know: I loaded the $2/1 Kraft Singles Publix Digital coupon. I'm planning to buy 3 items. Does that come off 3 times or just once?

We've answered this question before, but with the Publix Digital Coupons advertised in the current Grocery Advantage Buy flyer, I thought it would be a good idea to answer it again.

Publix Digital Coupons are only redeemable one time. If I want to buy more than one of a single item, I usually stick to printable or insert coupons so that I can get the best savings. :)

3.  Desiree also wants to know: Often times I will use a rain check and my coupons have expired since the date the rain check was issued. One cashier informed me that Publix does NOT get reimbursed by the manufacturer for those coupons because they are past their expiration. She made some simple register operator errors during the transaction and had to call over a manager so I became a little skeptical about her credibility. Is this truly the case? And if so, why would Publix continue to accept these expired coupons as per their coupon policy if they do not benefit?

Christy: From what I understand, Publix does not get reimbursed for manufacturer's coupons they accept after the expiration date. They accept the coupons as a courtesy to their customers…if the product had been in stock on the date the rain check was issued, then you would have been able to redeem them then, so they will accept them with a valid rain check.

Michelle: I would imagine that there is a grace period for coupon redemptions. I'd guess that Publix may be reimbursed for some but not for others.  Like Christy said, Publix accepts the coupons as a courtesy.

4. Desiree also wants to know: I know Publix will allow you to bring your coupons back for reimbursement with your receipt when you've forgotten some at home, but is there generally an acceptable time period in which to do this? I finally cleaned of my desk and found coupons I meant to use back near Thanksgiving. I was blown away when my Publix accepted them on my old receipt! Is this normal for all locations?

Christy: Honestly, if I forget coupons during one trip, I do my best to take them in with the receipt when I shop the following week. I don't think I've ever brought in coupons or a receipt that was more than two weeks old.

Because they have such amazing customer service, I'm not surprised that Publix took your coupons in that single instance. I'm assuming that the coupons from Thanksgiving are now expired…and personally, I would not ask my store to accept expired  coupons that I forgot to bring or use during my trip. Since Publix is not being reimbursed for the coupons (as we discuss above), I don't feel that they should be penalized because of my error.

Michelle: As far as I know there is not a specified time period where you must bring in your coupons. I think you will have to go with what feels right to you. You might ask your store if they have a time frame that they feel is appropriate. Usually I just chalk it up to my own error and let it go.

5. Samantha wants to know: This is a silly question, I know…but how does the Gas Card coupon help you save money on your groceries?

Michelle: You are just trading money to save $10 on your groceries. So you take $50 of your gas money and turn it into a gift card…by doing that you save $10 on your groceries. At least that’s how I see it. I will be buying gas…might as well get a FREE $10 :-)

Christy: Exactly what Michelle said :). We don't use a lot of gas in my family because we live in a smallish town and everything is no more than about 10 miles away, but we do have a couple long road trips that we take every year. Since I know I will spend the money on gas eventually, I am more than happy to trade my gas dollars for a big discount on my groceries this week.

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. We are really running low on questions to answer, so if you have a question you'd like to see answered, PLEASE send it in!! Just email me at


  1. Aymie says

    Can someone break down a gas card scenario for me please? What gas stations are they valid at? Gettingmy gas at Bjs or Costco normally, how does this save me money?

    • Dana says

      It might be different at different Publix locations, but mine usually has Shell, Mobil, and RaceTrac stations.

      • Melissa says

        The cards vary by location. My area typically has QT,Shell racetrac and BP depending on where the store is located.

  2. D says

    I actually look at the gas card deal as saving money not only on my grocery budget (that I’ve reduced with BOGO+coupon savings), but also on my gas budget. I’ve never counted that the gas card deal saves $ from my grocery budget.

  3. LindaB says

    Thank you for pointing out the “Category” on the sidebar. I don’t know what I thought it was for, but I am happy to now know how to use it to find those recipes. : )

  4. Charlie says

    I figured this out, Hope I’m right. Gas in our area is about $3.50 a gallon so you get around 14 gallons for a $50 gas card but since you only pay $40 for the card it works out to be $2.81 a gallon.

  5. Emily says

    Not all Publix’s will accept coupons that were valid when the raincheck was issued. About a month ago my store stopped, though they have always done it in the past. I am so disappointed, and also I can’t help but think they are keeping products in the back until the coupons expire. When I went to get the windex the shelves were empty for over a week (yes– I did go every single day). The very next day after the coupons expired the shelves were bursting. The same thing happened with the Kids Boost, though that was out for over a month, then low and behold, the day after the coupon expired, the shelf was full.

    • Amy says

      Emily, I’ve often had this thought too! Once or twice might have been chalked up to coincidence, but certain stores in my area do this for all of the really good deals, ESPECIALLY the money makers. I don’t understand what the big deal is since they’re getting reimbursed for the coupons anyway. At the very least, it’s unethical and NOT the norm for most Publix stores.

  6. Donna says

    I usually buy the RaceTrac gas card because it has competitive gas prices, whereas the other companies that Publix stocks does not in my area. If I have to spend $.10 more a gallon at a Shell station, then I am not saving as much with the gas card

    • Brian says

      I actually had the same thought, but the savings is still substantial. Assuming gas is $3/gallon and the card saves us 20%, the card savings is 0.60/gallon. Looking at it another way, starting at $3.10 vs $3 for gas is about a 3% premium price wise, so you still get a 17% savings.

      For me, I have a credit card that pays me 3% back on cash purchases as well, so my true savings is closer to 14%.

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