Coupon Question And Answer – Best Of Ask I Heart Publix 4/30

coupon question and answer

We’ve been answering questions for Ask I Heart Publix for over three 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. What is a “reasonable” stockpile to you?
  2. How do I know if something is a good deal?
  3. What’s the best way to search for a coupon on a particular item?
  4. What exactly does the phrase “Limit one deal per coupon per customer” mean on the Publix store coupons?
  5. Lately it seems like every time you print a coupon, you have to sign up for something first. How do you get around this?

And here are the answers!

1. Cathy wants to know: My question is about stockpiles. After watching the extreme couponers on TLC, I began to question -what is a “reasonable” stockpile? Maybe this would be a better question to ask all readers since this will vary so much. I saw some one say they want a stockpile of 100 boxes of cereal because that is a years worth for their family – that seems like a lot. Any information you can offer would be interesting.

Michelle: Yep…I think this is going to really depend on your family and your consumption levels. 100 boxes of cereal would be like a 5 year supply at my house so I would never ever think about getting that much cereal. A family who goes through 5 boxes per week might get 100 as that is a 5 month supply for them! Everything is going to be relative to your situation. There are very very few things that I would buy a huge amount of here at my house. If I could get trash bags, toilet paper or paper towels at a nice price I might just buy 100 :-)

Christy: I think everyone’s stockpile really varies depending on their family’s needs. I shop for just my husband and I so our stockpile is likely very different from someone who shops for three teenagers or a young baby. I can see going through a box or three of cereal a week if all your kids eat it every day for breakfast or snack – so 100 boxes isn’t really that outrageous depending on who you’re feeding!

2. Kamulah wants to know: How do I know if something is a good deal? For instance, my daughter wears size 5 diapers (I usually buy Pampers and sometimes buy Huggies). I haven’t been able to buy a jumbo pack for less than $7, a small box less than $14, or a big box for less than $38. Are these a good deal?

Michelle: We have talked about this before and it really is a very personal number based on your brand preference and consumption. If you only use Pampers or Huggies and then $7 may be a low price for that brand. If you were to switch brands or types you might be able to reduce that price. Over the past few weeks Huggies Little Movers were $3 and Huggies Slip On Diapers were under $3. Now if you will not use those types of diapers then even a super low price may be unimportant to you.

I always go back to the cereal example. Cereal can vary in price from 25¢ up to $4 per box depending on the sale and available coupons. If you go through 2 boxes of cereal each week you may be willing to pay up to $1.50 per box rather than having to pay the full price of $4+ per box. Here at my house I only buy cereal when it is under 75¢ per box. Cereal is not a necessity for us so I will only buy it when it is super cheap. You have to determine your buy it now price. That price will vary based on your usage. Keep an eye on the super deals and also think of creating a pantry profile. List all the things you use and the consumption rate. Note the best price and then shop accordingly.

Christy: We ALL wonder “is this a good deal?” from time to time. However, only you really have the answers to these kinds of questions, and it takes time to really know if your answers are correct.

If you are just starting out with couponing, here is the best advice I can give you: If you find a price that is lower than what you normally (without coupons) would pay, it is a good deal. If you find a price that is less than half of what you normally (without coupons) would pay, it is a GREAT deal. Buy a few if it is a good deal and as many as you can reasonably use in 2 to 3 months if it is a great deal.

You will find that your “GREAT deal” prices will be lower and lower as you keep couponing – so stick with it and happy saving!

3. Patty wants to know: I would like to know what is the best way to search for a coupon on a particular item. For example, I wanted to see if there was a coupon for Pert Plus shampoo and the search gave a lot of sites to go to but none of them gave a coupon. Can you give me some suggestions?

You can always use my Coupon Database here on I Heart Publix to look up available coupons. If you’re looking for coupons that haven’t been widely reported yet, though, your best bet is to look for the manufacturer’s website…you never know what you might find!

You can also do a Google search to try and hunt down coupons…you never know what you might find :-)

4. Sherri wants to know: What exactly does the phrase “Limit one deal per coupon per customer” mean on the Publix store coupons? Can I use only one of these coupons per shopping visit or can I still use one coupon per item during my shopping trip?

Christy: I read the phrase “Limit one deal per coupon per customer” to mean that you must have two coupons in order to take advantage of two deals, three coupons to take advantage of three deals, etc. I’ve used multiple coupons that say this in a single order numerous times before and I’ve never had a problem with it!

Michelle:  This one is up for interpretation and can vary based on where you place the emphasis and you will likely get different answers based on who you ask!  Personally I agree with Christy.  I know the “per customer” addition to the phrase can throw people off. As always it is best to ask your store!

5. 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!

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 contactiheartpublix@gmail.com. WE COULD REALLY USE SOME NEW QUESTIONS, SO BE SURE TO EMAIL OR COMMENT IF YOU HAVE ONE!

Comments

  1. pdnr says

    I think you are supposed to use your real name on Facebook. Plus I wanted to be able to cash any rebate checks that I get through Facebook. So I used my real last name and a common nickname for my real first name that most people don’t use. I gave no other personal information than my name and I have no friends on this account so my real friends won’t be bombarded with posts I have to share in order to get a coupon or enter a contest.

    • Stephanie says

      As an option, almost every company or sponsored post lets you post to private (shows up to only yourself) if you change this in the settings prior to posting. I still get the coupon/rebate/ibotta etc without harassing my friends. This is what I’ve found works well without creating a completely separate facebook.

  2. Kristin says

    I try and stockpile 4 months of a non-frozen food item (it depends on what the item is as to what 4 months equals) I only have a small chest freezer so freezer space is limited and I only do about 2 months unless it is meat (then I might do more than 2 months) – 6 months of cleaning supplies or toiletries. As for paper products (like foils, wraps, baggies, paper towels/toilet paper, even copy paper) I will stock pile 12 months if I can. But very few times do I have enough coupons to do that.

  3. Jenny Ramsey says

    My husband and I set up a couponing email address a few months ago and it is great! I check it a couple of times a week and it keeps my personal email box clean!

  4. Ro says

    I have been couponing for almost 5 years now and I still struggle with how big my stockpile should be. I use to keep a 6 month supply of everything, but we quit eating highly processed foods. Now I have more room for household supplies and personnel care products. I have anywhere between a 2 year and 10 year supply on stuff. I have a huge and I mean HUGE laundry room. It’s the size of a bedroom. I have no idea why the people who built the house built it so large, but I use it for my stockpile. I want to quit couponing for the most part while my children are little. It is just so hard working fulltime and couponing. I would love to spend more time with my children so I don’t miss them growing up. My goal is to have a 15 year supply of everything so I don’t have to coupon anymore. We do not eat the food so really anything we need doesn’t expire except toothpaste and deodorant. It might sound crazy to some, but couponing with small children is just so difficult. I add anymore kids and it will be way too hectic. Small children and long grocery tips don’t mesh well haha.

    • pdnr says

      I saw one of those huge laundry rooms in a Parade of Homes tour complete with several windows and plenty of counter space. I’m so envious!!!

  5. Tonya says

    For coupon searches I use hotcouponworld.com. You then go to Coupon Database and select Coupon Database from the drop down menu. Handy for those little impulse purchases that make their way into my cart.

  6. meg says

    I have a houseful of hungry boys, so I tend to “stockpile” as much as I can when it comes to what they eat the most- within the space constraints that I have. They all eat different cereals, and can go through 2 boxes a week each, so at any given time I have somewhere between 10-20 boxes on hand. My 4 y/o loves capri sun, so when it’s super cheap I buy as much as I can. I’ve had as many as 50 boxes of capri sun before when I was able to find them for under $1/box. I buy enough diapers for my infant to last approximately until the next sale cycle(8 weeks or so). Conversely, I’m the only girl – so I don’t stockpile toilet paper.

  7. Bryan says

    I have been actively couponing for about two years and I am just now getting a handle on the “what is the right size for my stockpile” issue. As others have said, it is VERY dependent upon what your family uses. But it is also dependent upon how often the product goes on sale.

    I have found that my favorite toilet tissue goes on sale for a stock-up price once a year at Walgreens, so I get a year supply at a time. However, my favorite cereal cycles on BOGO sale at Publix about every 8 weeks, so picking up 12 boxes brings me almost exactly to the next sale. (On the last cycle, I literally opened the last box at home the day it went back on BOGO…timed that perfectly.)

    IF YOU MISJUDGE AT FIRST, DON’T WORRY!!! It takes time to get the hang of this, and the worst that has happened to me when I have overbought is I have given a jar or mayo that would soon expire to a co-worker. If you buy too much (or not enough), it is a learning experience and life goes on. But def don’t let it stress you.

  8. says

    In response to question #2, I always go by price per diaper when shopping. In general, it makes sense to buy the larger boxes of diapers as they are cheaper per diaper, but if you have coupons for the smaller sizes it will sometimes save money buying the Jumbo size instead of the box.

  9. Stephanie says

    In regards to promotional emails that you really don’t want to read, an option is a free service called unroll.me . You allow them to automatically unsubscribe OR “filter” any unwanted email subscriptions into a once-a-day email digest. This will include the title or a picture/title of each email you would have received during the last 24 hours. You can always add or delete which emails go into the digest. However, it is not an up to date so you may miss some short term or surprise sales if you get the email 24 hours later, but if you didn’t need to buy from them it isn’t an issue.

    I just started this a couple weeks ago and I love it- Anywhere from 30-60 promotional emails a day end up on my digest… and to think I used to open and delete them every single day prior to unroll.me .

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