Trick-or-Treating At Publix On Friday

publix halloweenIf you guys are looking for a way to kill two birds with one stone, you might consider popping by Publix on Halloween. They will be doing their annual trick-or-treating fun from 4 – 7 on Friday 10/31. You can also pick up all kinds of fun treats like that Frankenstein cake pictured above…I love that!!

Be sure to check with your store to confirm the time but I think most all the stores follow the same schedule. You can knock out your shopping while the little one collect yummy treats in the various store departments.

I think we are going to miss it this year as we have way too much crammed into that night as it is. Are you guys going or have you been in the past? My boys always had a blast!

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Coupon Issues At Publix?

old el paso qOkie dokie guys…I have been bombarded with emails about folks having issues using coupons at Publix since the most recent coupon policy change. Here’s the line in the coupon acceptance policy that seems to be causing a bunch of you guys issues:

  • We do not accept coupons that Publix determines to be printed incorrectly. For example, a coupon missing a size requirement or other standard coupon details.

Now, I did notice this in the policy but really assumed that the intent of that was to prevent folks from using coupons that were modified or had been tampered with somehow…just another way of saying they aren’t going to accept fraudulent coupons.

I fear that some cashiers may be taking the wording very literally and possibly to the extreme. We all know that many companies don’t list sizes on coupons…well–because sometimes their product may only have one size so it’s not necessary. Some may not print that wording to allow folks to grab any item that floats their boat, etc. As you can see from the above Old El Paso coupon I printed today…it has no size requirement but is quite valid and available on Coupons.com right now!

While I understand completely what the Publix folks are saying with this part of the coupon policy, I think the first part of the sentence is where the focus should be. The most important thing is that the coupon not appear to be printed incorrectly.

If there is any question about the validity of a particular coupon, that is when the example should come into play. If there is no reason for the store to think that the coupon is printed incorrectly, then the example is of no consequence.

I love hearing from you guys but I am afraid that I really can’t help with the issues. I am always here for you to vent to if needed…but I am just another Publix shopper. I have to giggle when you guys ask me to talk to Publix to see if they can fix the issues. I don’t know anyone at Publix other than the folks smile and greet me at my local store. I do wish I had a “big wig” Publix buddy to chat with every once in a while – but I don’t. I’d suggest maybe talking to the manager at your store and getting some feedback from them. I really think the intent of the policy is valid…it’s just being nit-picked a bit ;-) Publix has always had a very generous coupon policy…I think it may just take some time to work out the kinks of the new policy.

I know lots of you have had issues…even folks having issues redeeming Publix coupons with LU numbers. That one really surprised me!! Feel free to vent or share your experience in the comments.

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The Publix Pilgrim Pair Available Again For A Limited Time!

pilgrim publixI have some fun news…guess what Publix is bringing back? The Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers are coming back this year! That makes me so happy! I can’t wait to check to see if they have other items too. I have a big collection that includes the salt & pepper shakers (including the kids), platters, bowls and more!

Do you guys have a set? Planning on getting a set this year.?

pilgrim pairOn the site they have a note that they are only available for a limited time so if you want them you better grab them when you see them:

They’re only back for a limited time, so don’t wait too long to pick up your set. Revive an old tradition or start a new one by inviting the Pilgrim Pair to Thanksgiving this year. After all, the holiday’s best memories begin when everyone joins the table.

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Walmart No Longer Price Matching Competitor BOGO Prices – Do You Care?

publix winnerI got a bunch of emails over the weekend from folks in Tampa about a story that ran in their paper announcing the end of Walmart’s BOGO price matching policy in Florida. I guess they are now pushing their Savings Catcher app to price match for you and then load the difference on a Walmart gift card.

This is of no consequence to me as I live in Tennessee and I do NOT shop at Walmart. In all honestly, the couple of bucks that I might have earned from price matching wouldn’t have been nearly enough money to actually get me to walk into Walmart.

My previous experiences at Walmart included dealing with very dirty stores, poorly stocked shelves, tiny overcrowded aisles, unfriendly cashiers, questionable meat and produce. From what I heard, folks that did attempt to take advantage of the BOGO price matching dealt with tons of confusion and often very little success getting their moolah.

So many grocery store policy changes seem to be happening. We had a Publix Coupon Policy modification last week and now this. I think you Florida folks are the ones really getting the brunt of the changes.

I’d love to hear what you guys thing. Was the old BOGO matching offer enough to get you shopping at Walmart? Does the elimination of the price matching change anything for you? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments.

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Get Your Flu Shot At Publix

Get Your Flu Shot At PublixI wanted to remind you all that you can get your flu shot at Publix…and for many of you it won’t cost you anything.  There’s a $0 co-pay to get a flu shot for members of Medicare Part B and most insurance plans.

With flu season on us, this sure does come in handy.

Head over and check out more details about the Flu Shot at Publix.

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Publix Tailgater Of The Game – You Could Win!

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I noticed a fun little Publix contest and I wanted to let you guys know about it. Publix Tailgater Officials will be at every home game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and Jacksonville Jaguars this season. They will pick one group per team per game as the “Publix Tailgater of the Game.”

The lucky winners at each game will get prize packs that could include:

  • tents
  • chairs
  • coolers
  • rolling wagons
  • picnic tables

If you are planning on going to one of the games and are going to tailgate anyway, you may want to really do it up and see if you can win…I bet including some prominent Publix logos in your tailgate party plan couldn’t hurt! :) Head over here to see more details.

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Easy Pita Chips – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #5

toufayanJennifer S says-

Easy Pita Chips

12 Toufayan pitas
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoon dried herbs provence

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut each pita bread into 8 triangles. Place triangles on lined cookie sheet.
In a small bowl, combine the oil, pepper, garlic salt, and herbs provence. Brush each triangle with oil mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Turn chips over, and repeat.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with extra garlic salt if desired! Serve as is, or with hummus!

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Sweet & Spicy Tuna Pitas – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #4

toufayanJamie says –

Sweet & Spicy Toufayan Tuna Pita Sandwiches
(My husband loves this recipe)
2 packages sweat & spicy tuna
1/2 red bell pepper-diced
1/4 red onion-diced
3 radishes-diced
4 green jalepeno olives-diced
2 chopped pickled pepperoncini peppers
2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablesppons mayo
1 small chopped tomato

Mix all ingredients together. Add a dash of salt and pepper but that is optional. Chill for about 30 minutes. When ready to serve spoon into Toufayan Pita Bread and enjoy for a nice quick meal.

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Pita Pizzas Recipe – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #3

toufayanCherie says –
We make this super easy recipe about 2-3 times a week… and healthy (great weight watcher points).

Pita Pizza
1 – Whole Wheat Toufayan pita bread
1-2 tblspn tomato sauce
1 oz fat free shredded mozzarella
Topping of your choice including turkey pepperoni, veggies, meatball, etc.
Oregano, parmesan cheese to taste
Sauce on pita bread
Top with half cheese
Add additional toppings
top with rest of cheese
Sprinkle with oregano and parmesan cheese to taste

Cook in 500 degree oven for 8 min until sides are crisp.?Cut in quarters and enjoy

Options:?BBQ chicken pizza: use BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce, ?Add chicken and red onion – ?YUM!!

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DIY Breakfast Burritos – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #2

toufayanMeghan says –

DIY Breakfast Burritos

1 egg or 2 egg whites per person
Cooking spray
Salt, pepper, and/or other seasonings (we use Adobo)
Tofuyan wraps
Variety of toppings such as (if you find them pre-made, even better!):
Sautéed peppers or onions
Diced tomatoes
Shredded cheese
Bacon bits
Diced sausage
Cubed ham
Salsa
Sour cream
Guacamole

Pre-heat a non-stick sauté pan medium heat. Scramble eggs in a bowl. Spray the pan with the cooking spray and then add the eggs. Season to taste, while slowly moving the eggs around the pan until solid.

Set up your dining room table as a buffet line. Everyone goes down the line creating their own burritos.

For added crunch, place wrapped burritos in the pan and press until seared on each side (2-3 minutes).

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