Publix Coupon Policy Updated 10/1

publix coupon policy changesHappy October! As I mentioned last month, Publix decided to update and clarify their coupon policy starting today. The details can be found on their website.

Like I said when I gave you guys a heads up…I really do feel like this is a really good thing. The policy is very clear and I think will actually help folks who may have dealt with inconsistencies in how coupons were accepted from store to store (and even from cashier to cashier.)

It seems like the biggest “issue” that some folks have with the change is that Publix is limiting you to using one competitor total order coupon per day. I understand that change can be hard but the fact that they allow this type of coupon to be used at all is such a great opportunity. Very few stores allow you to even use these types of coupons and none of them (that I know) allow you to use more than one. Remember, Publix is not reimbursed for these coupons so expecting them to happily allow folks to take $10, $20, $30 or more off their purchases is really asking a lot in my opinion.

There also seemed to be a lot of confusion about the redemption of 8 like coupons rule. This does not mean that you can only use 8 coupons per transaction…it means that you can only use 8 identical coupons per day. You can use as many coupons as you like in your transaction but you can only use sets of 8 identical coupons. As an example, while you can use 200 coupons – you can only use a max of 8 Yakisoba coupons from the July SS insert. This is a great change as it will hopefully mean that more product stays on the shelf so more folks can take advantage of the sales.

I know there was some question about Publix allowing coupons to be used with rain checks. You’ll be happy to see that Publix will continue to allow you to use a coupon that was valid when the rain check was issued.

Check out the details below and let me know what you think. I really do think that this policy is extremely fair and very generous as compared to the vast majority of other supermarkets.

The types of coupons we accept:

  • Manufacturer’s coupons, Publix coupons, Internet coupons, and coupons from nearby competitors (a list of which are posted at each Publix store).
  • Coupons from competing pharmacies for prescriptions only.

Our acceptance guidelines:

  • Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon.
  • We only accept coupons for identical items we sell.
  • We only accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor’s coupon on the same item. Maximum of two coupons per item.
  • Manufacturer’s digital offers cannot be combined with manufacturer’s paper coupons on the purchase of the same item.
  • We do not accept percent-off-items or percent-off-total-order coupons.
  • 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.
  • We do not accept coupons presented via a mobile phone or device.
  • We do not accept coupons that appear to be copied. All coupons must be originals.
  • For a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate purchase.
  • We limit coupon redemption to eight of the same coupons per day, per household.
  • Manager’s approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.
  • Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor’s coupon per day, per household. The total order before coupons must be equal to or greater than the combined purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented. We consider competitor’s coupons for dollars off groups of items to be a dollars-off-total-order coupon and will only allow one per day, per household.
  • Money due back to the customer at the end of a transaction involving coupons will only be provided on a Publix gift card.

Our management teams will only issue rain checks for items which are advertised outside the store at a reduced retail. For example, on radio or TV, or in our weekly ad, co-op ad, mailer, or Internet site.

  • We will only issue one rain check, per day, per household for an item.
  • We will not issue rain checks for Publix, competitor’s, or manufacturer’s coupons.

Also Publix, has made some changes to their FAQ section. Here are ones that are new or ones that I think you’ll want to take note of. I am not listing everything so be sure to check out their FAQ page if you have other questions.

How does Publix define a household?

Publix defines a household as a single family. (Children can’t redeem coupons if their parent already redeemed the maximum amount allowed for their household that day.)

Publix won’t accept coupons that appear to be copied. What does a copied coupon look like?

If a coupon is photocopied, some of its security features may be missing, causing the coupon to be illegible or blurry. Copied coupons may also be off-center or have copy machine lines running through them.

Do I have to have a physical coupon for every offer I want to redeem?

Yes. You must have a physical copy of the coupon that you want to redeem.

Can I redeem more than eight coupons per day if I buy several flavors or varieties of a product?

No. We’ll only accept eight of the same coupons per day, per household, regardless of the flavors or varieties of a product you purchase.

Can a BOGO manufacturer’s coupon be used with another manufacturer’s coupon?

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.

Can I use gas card coupons and dollars-off-total-order coupons in the same transaction?

Yes. The purchase requirements for both coupons will be combined, meaning if you must spend $50 to redeem the gas card coupon and $50 to redeem the dollars-off-total-order coupon, you must spend $100 to redeem both.

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?

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

As always I love to hear what you guys think. Share your comments and opinions. I know everyone has a different view as this policy means different things to all of us. Are you happy or sad to see the changes?

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Publix Coupon Policy Changes Coming 10/1 – See The Details

publix coupon policy changesWell guys we knew it was coming…a new Publix coupon policy.

The reason I NEVER EVER post about these things until we get details is because people flip out thinking the worst. My buddy Amy emailed with the details on the new policy and I think most folks will be OK with the changes. I know so many folks are very resistant to change but I really do feel like the changes in the policy are minimal. I think by spelling out the number of coupons accepted and how you get any cash back offers a more consistent shopping experience!

It looks like the new policy will officially start on 10/1 and you’ll get a grace period until 10/18 to “adjust” to the new policy.

I know the biggies will be the 8 coupon limit and the dollars-off-total-order coupons being limited to one of each per day. I think for folks who do “average” coupon trips will never even feel the effects. The limits may put a kink in the super-couponers trip…but it will likely work towards the average couponer’s advantage as we may see less cleared shelves.

So here it is…check it out then let me know what you think (changes underlined). Note: keep in mind this is not online yet and while from a reliable source…until it’s in print for the masses, I am going to add that this may be subject to change :-)

Publix is committed to helping you save money. We offer weekly specials, buy one get one free promotions, and accept Publix, manufacturer’s, and competitor coupons. When you add all these together, you can see why customers “Love to Save Here.” So that all of our customers can benefit from these deals, we reserve the right to limit purchase quantities.

The types of coupons we accept:

  • Manufacturer’s coupons, Publix coupons, Internet coupons, and coupons from nearby competitors (a list of which are posted at each Publix store).
  • Coupons from competing pharmacies for prescriptions only.

Our Acceptance Guidelines:

  • Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon.
  • We only accept coupons for identical items we sell.
  • We only accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor’s coupon on the same item. Maximum of two coupons per item.
  • Manufacturer’s digital offers cannot be combined with manufacturer’s paper coupons on the purchase of the same item.
  • We do not accept percent-off-items or percent-off-total-order coupons.
  • We do not accept coupons that Publix determine to be printed incorrectly. For example, a coupon missing a size requirement or other standard coupon details.
  • We do not accept coupons presented via a mobile phone or device.
  • We do not accept coupons that appear to be copied. All coupons must be originals.
  • For a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate purchase.
  • We limit coupon redemption to eight of the same coupons per day, per household.
  • Manager’s approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.
  • Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor’s coupon per day, per household. The total order before coupons must be equal to or greater than the combined purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented. We consider competitor’s coupons for dollars off groups of items to be a dollars-off-total-order coupon and will only allow one per day, per household.
  • Money due back to the customer at the end of a transaction involving coupons will only be provided on a Publix gift card.

Our management teams will only issue rain checks for items which ar advertised outside the store at a reduced retail. For example, on radio or TV, or in our weekly ad, co-op ad, mailer, or internet site.

  • We will only issue one rain check, per day, per household for an item.

  • We will not issue rain checks for Publix, competitor’s, or manufacturer’s coupons.

Thanks to Amy at Who Said Nothing in Life is Free

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Publix Coupon Policy Revised

Publix coupon policyWhile I was adding the digital coupons to the ad this morning, I noticed that the Publix coupon policy looked a little different.

I know some of you have been very worried about changes in the coupon policy at Publix. You might be interested to see that they have made a few updates to the Publix coupon policy.

I don’t see any huge issues but I will let you guys check it out and let me know what you think.

Here is what it now states:

Publix accepts manufacturers’ coupons (limit one per item), Publix coupons, valid Internet coupons, and coupons from nearby competitors identified for each Publix store. (Competitor names are posted at each Publix store.) All coupons must be originals—no copies.

  • We will accept coupons from competing pharmacies for prescriptions only.
  • We will not accept percent-off-items or percent-off-total-order coupons.
  • We will only accept coupons for identical merchandise we sell.
  • Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon and we reserve the right to limit quantities.
  • Manager approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.00.
  • For a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate purchase.
  • We will not accept coupons presented via a mobile phone or device.
  • We will accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor coupon on the same item.
  • Digital offers cannot be combined with manufacturer paper coupons on the purchase of a single item.
  • Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor coupon per order.
  • The order total must be equal to or greater than the combined purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented.

You can also see the policy Q&A which addresses specific scenarios.

So, what do you guys think? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Publix Coupon Policy Explained – Coupons For Store Gift Cards

Publix coupon policyIt’s Sunday so I thought we’d go over another part of the Publix coupon policy. Today I thought we’d talk about competitor coupons that give you a gift card with purchase.

While these coupons are not as prevalent as other competitor coupons, they show up on occasion and can make for a great deal!

Publix has decided that if they offer the exact items required for purchase on the coupon they will honor the store gift card offer!

Here is the wording on Publix.com

Q: Will Publix accept a competitor’s coupon for a free $5 gift card with the purchase of an item or items (e.g. a coupon for “Buy both Raid Max Bug Barriers 1 gallon Starter Kit and Refill, Receive a $5 store gift card”).

A: Yes, if we carry the identical items named on the coupon, you’ll receive a $5 Publix gift card with the required purchase.

Target often issues these type of coupons. So, next time you see one of these available – remember you can use it at Publix to grab a great deal!

Be sure and check out all the posts in our Publix Coupon Policy series.

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Publix Coupon Policy – Pharmacy Coupons & Perks

Publix coupon policyFor the past couple of weeks, we have been breaking down the Publix Coupon Policy. This week I thought we’d talk about a great perk in the policy – the fact that Publix accepts pharmacy coupons from ALL local pharmacies!

Colder weather means an increase in sicknesses that may require a prescription. Instead of having to run around trying to find the best deal, you can pick up your prescription when you shop for all your other needs.

I don’t know about you guys, but the last thing I want to do when I am sick is make a trip to the drug store and then to the grocery store to pick up everything I might need when I am under the weather. I like to grab everything at once then head home to attempt to get a little rest.

Publix makes sure you get in and out and still save some moolah! From the Publix Coupon Policy Q& A page:

Question: Does Publix accept prescription coupons from all pharmacies or only from your listed competitors?

Answer: Publix accepts coupons for prescriptions from all local retail pharmacies.

The Publix pharmacy is a great place to save big. Don’t forget that Publix offers a variety of prescriptions for FREE. Freebies include select antibiotics, metformin as well as the ACE inhibitor lisinopril.

Plus, the next time you get a prescription from your doctor, ask if generic equivalents are available for the medications you take. A switch could mean 30-60% savings from brand-name costs.

You can even get your flu shot while you grab your groceries for the week. Flu shots are available for $30 at Publix.

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Publix Coupon Policy Explained – Rain Checks & Coupons

Publix coupon policyTime for our weekly discussion about the Publix Coupon Policy. For the past few weeks we have been breaking the policy down in order to help folks make sure they are using coupons correctly.

This week we are going to talk about rain checks and coupons.

First, for anyone who might not be aware – Publix will write a rain check for any advertised item that is not in stock. So, if you get to the store and find the advertised item you had intended to buy is gone, grab a rain check and you will be able to get the item at the sale price when you find it back in stock.

I know finding a bare shelf is not fun – but, it is impossible for a store to predict how items will sell. We all know that those hot deals that pop up can create a bit of a frenzy ;-)

So what happens when you have a coupon that is soon to expire and the product is not in stock? Publix addresses this scenario in their Publix Coupon Policy Q & A.

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.

So, next time you are shopping and find an empty shelf – don’t stress. Just grab your rain check and staple your coupons to it. You will be ready to roll the next time you shop! This is a fantastic option in the policy as it helps make sure we never miss that deal!

Be sure and check out all the posts in our Publix Coupon Policy series.

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Publix Coupon Policy – Using Private Label Coupons At Publix

Publix coupon policyIt’s Sunday – time to talk more about the Publix coupon policy. For the past couple of weeks, we have been breaking down the Publix coupon policy and talking about what it means for us couponers.

Now that Publix has a policy in writing, it makes it much easier for everyone to be on the same page. Whether you are a new couponer or an old pro, you need to make sure you know the rules so you can play fair and get the most bang for your buck.

This week, I thought we’s focus on a great part of the policy – using competitor coupons on store brand items.

Here is the specific part of the coupon policy as shown on Publix.com:

Q: Will Publix accept a competitor’s coupon for a private label item?

A: Yes. We’re happy to accept a coupon for a competitor’s private label product because it’s a chance to introduce you to our terrific Publix brand.

I love this part of the Publix policy. While I don’t get to take advantage of it too often, I love that is is a possibility.

I am a creature of habit. When I go to buy products – if it’s not an item I have a coupon for, I tend to buy items that I have tried in the past and have used before.

Before I started couponing, I found myself buying the items that I grew up with – items that my mom always purchased. Without coupons, I might have never found some of my favorite things…Sabra Hummus, Wholly Guacamole, Sugardale Bacon – the list goes on and on!

I will admit that I used to think that store products were an inferior product. Then I learned something very interesting. A large percentage of store brand items are the exact same product as the name brand-  just in a different package. Seriously, many of the products are manufactured in the same facilities and the only difference is the label…how wild is that?! Now, of course this is not the case for every single item but there are a ton of items out there that are the exact same thing!

Most of us know that one of the best ways to save is by shopping the sale and using a coupon. Since we don’t get a ton of coupons for store brands, couponers usually have a pantry filled with name brand products that we can pick up at a great price. When those occasional store brand coupons pop up, Publix will allow you to use that coupon to discount their house brand/private label item! This is a great way for you to see that all those great Publix brands are quality products that you can feel good about feeding your family.

Next time you get a store coupon, use it to try out the Publix equivalent. I think you will be very pleased!

Be sure and check out all the posts in our Publix Coupon Policy series.

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Publix Coupon Policy Explained – Coupon Stacking

Publix coupon policyFor the past couple of weeks we have been breaking down the Publix coupon policy. I am hoping this series will help new couponers and even some of the old pros out there.

This week I thought we’d talk about coupon stacking.

One of the fabulous ways to save at Publix is by pairing a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon. The additional savings can often score us some fantastic deals. I think this is the most exciting news for folks new to couponing at Publix. I get several coupons per week from new couponers wanting to verify that they can actually use two coupons on one item at Publix…it really is a very exciting discovery!

Before Publix implemented a written policy, some stores allowed you to use a manufacturer’s coupon, Publix coupon as well as a competitor store coupon on one item. This is no longer possible since the Publix coupon policy on Publix.com specifically addresses this:

Q: Can a store coupon, competitor coupon, and manufacturer’s coupon all be used for one item?

A: No. A manufacturer’s coupon can be combined with a Publix coupon or with a competitor’s coupon, but not both.

Every once in a while, I see a comment here on the site suggesting that folks can use a Publix coupon and a competitor coupon together. Hopefully seeing the policy will help folks see that you have to choose one or the other.

Remember, each store will have a specific list of competitor coupons that they allow to be used. If you are unsure about what competitors are accepted just stop by the customer service desk and they will be able to give you the scoop.

Be sure and check out all the posts in our Publix Coupon Policy series.

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Publix Coupon Policy Explained – Coupons That Require The Purchase Of Multiple Items

Publix coupon policyLast week we started delving into the specifics of the Publix coupon policy. Since I get a fair amount of questions each week, I thought this would be a great way to help new couponers and maybe even clarify for those of you who have been at it for a while.

Many folks seem to get confused about how many coupons can be used in a deal scenario. So, this week we are going to talk about coupons that require multiple items in order to be used ($1/2, BOGO, B2G1, etc…).

There are two answers that address these types of coupons in the Publix coupon policy on Publix.com

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.

When I want to know how many items I can use on a product or set of products I imagine the coupon “attaching” to the items. Let’s go through a couple of examples using some of the current coupons available.

The following are fairly straight forward. When a coupon specifies that one or more item are required – you must buy at least that amount to use the coupon. Once you have “attached” a coupon to the item(s) no other manufacturer’s coupons can be used on any of those items.

Now these get a bit tricky but the same basic idea applies. You must buy the specified items and then no other manufacturer’s coupon can be used on those items.

These are probably the type that confuse folks the most. All you have to do is look at what is required to be purchased to use the coupon then remember no other manufacturer’s coupons can be used on any of those items.

Now, the confusion often occurs when you add in the fact that you can use a store coupon on top of manufacturer’s coupons at Publix. I think if you consider them separately you will have no issues seeing how to combine the coupons. I find writing it out helps me make sure I have the correct item to coupon combination.

Take a moment to see what items are needed to meet the requirement of the coupon and you will never use coupons incorrectly.

I’d love to hear your input. Do you have any trick to help you keep it all straight?

Be sure and check out all the posts in our Publix Coupon Policy series.

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Publix Coupon Policy Explained – How Many Coupons To Use?

Publix coupon policyI find that I am getting a TON of questions and comments asking about the Publix coupon policy.

I know lots of you guys are well versed in couponing and know the policy by heart. But, since we get a ton of new couponers visit all the time I was thinking maybe I’d start a new series of posts detailing the specifics on the coupon policy at Publix.

I am hoping that this will allow us to discuss a bit and also help educate some folks who may not know the policy.

This week we are going to answer Tammi’s question:

I have been couponing for a while now and have always stuck to the one manufacturer and one store coupon per item rule regardless if I’m using a Target store coupon or a Publix store coupon.  Specifically, I’m talking about store coupons that are for a specific product and not about money ($/$$) off your total order coupons.  Recently I have a friend that was allowed at their store to use a manufacturer, Publix store, AND a Target store coupon on the same item.  Personally I’m uneasy with this since I feel like it’s double stacking store coupons, but would a specific store actually allow this to drive more business?  This issue came up today with the upcoming deal on the All detergent.  If you bought 2 bottles at $3.50 each and used the $3/2 manufacturer coupon with 2 $1/1 Publix coupons and 2 $1/1 Target coupons you could net to free for both bottles.  Even though this may be allowed at some stores, it just isn’t sitting right with me so I wanted to get your take on it.  I feel that using coupons in this way will lead to stores not accepting Target coupons anymore if too many deals are netting to free or even overage situations.

Tammi, based on the printed Publix policy you are using the coupons correctly and your friend is not. The Publix coupon policy on Publix.com states the following “We will accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor coupon on the same item.”

There are many reasons why your friend was “allowed” to use the coupons together. Maybe the cashier was new and did not know that the policy prohibits that many coupons on one item. It could be that the cashier did not actually know that there were that many coupons being used. Really, it does not matter the specific reason why it was allowed – it is improper coupon usage based on the written policy.

Remember, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and use coupons correctly.

I used the following analogy with a friend of mine and would like to share it with you guys. While driving, we are limited to a designated speed limit on a particular stretch of road – the speed limit is the rule that we are to follow. Many folks will use all sorts of reasons to justify breaking the rules…everyone else speeds, I was in a hurry, I wasn’t paying attention, I don’t know the speed limit. There are even folks who speed just because they don’t care about the the rules – they do what they want without regard to what rule is in place.

No matter what reason they use to justify their speeding, if they are caught breaking the rules, they may be subject to a punishment. Punishments may increase and become severe as more folks break the rules.

The same concept applies to a store’s coupon policy. No matter what excuse is used – you are still breaking the rules. Even though we may not always like the rules, they exist for a reason.

I hope this new series will help answer some questions and offer clarification for those with questions. Stay tuned for another discussion next week.

I’d love to hear your input on this. Feel free to share examples or your experiences. You can even make fun of my silly analogy – tee hee.

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