I have some sad news for you guys in South Carolina...looks like Publix will stop doubling coupons in your area January 1, 2016. There had been some rumors about it and Cindy emailed me with the response she got when she specifically asked the question over on the Publix Facebook page. Here's the response that she got -
"Thank you for your patience, Cindy. Our coupon acceptance guidelines were recently revised in an effort to offer more valuable savings to our customers. As a result, we will no longer double coupons in our Charlotte Division stores. This decision will allow Publix to offer better prices and programs, while continuing to offer quality products, a clean shopping environment and exceptional customer service.
We will continue our commitment to helping our customers save money with our coupon friendly policy, which includes accepting manufacturer's coupons, Publix coupons, Internet coupons and coupons from nearby competitors, as well as offering savings through our Digital Coupons program, flyers and weekly ads.
We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced."
Before you ask...I have no idea if this policy will extend to any other areas. I know you guys in in the Charlotte Division are probably very bummed and I admit that I would be sad as well. BUT...keep in mind that there are very few stores that offer the number of perks that Publix offers it's customers. Here are just a few that come to mind off the top of my head...
- Tons of sweepstakes that I know lots of you guys actually win!!
- Coupon books GALORE with store coupons you can combine with manufacturer's coupons (also now available to print online)
- Baby Club program with coupons
- Publix Paws program with coupons
- Advantage Buy flyers with with store coupons you can combine with manufacturer's coupons
That's in addition to their weekly list of BOGO sales, their lenient coupon policy, extraordinarily friendly staff, acceptance of competitor coupons, digital coupons, extremely clean stores...the list goes on and on!
I am sure there will be those whose first response will be to say, "Fine--they've lost all my business forever!" Then they will realize that they might have saved maybe $10 per month (and that's being VERY generous) using double coupons. I think the average shopper will not really see that much of a difference. You see there just aren't as many opportunities to save with double coupons as there used to be. You can look in the current ad and see what I am talking about.
I still believe that if you shop the sales, you will find that Publix is the place to be. Yes, I am sure if you have the time and energy to run all over town to 3 or 4 different stores you probably can save a little more money overall on your groceries BUT you will have spent TIME, ENERGY and GAS in trying to save those few pennies. In my world, I would rather shop at one store where shopping really is better 😉
Alrighty...let's hear it. I know you guys will have some comments to share as well.