March 21, 2012
It is time for our weekly Coupon Question and Answer session! 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!! As always a big thanks to my buddy Christy over at Winn Dixie on a Dime who gives me so much help to get the questions answered.
Remember–there is a tab at the top of the site called “Q & A” where you can find the questions and answers from past weeks!
Here are this week’s questions:
- Can you freeze the new Kraft Fresh Take?
- How do I get my hands on $5/$50 coupons?
- Is the Yellow Advantage flyer available in Publix stores? If not, where can I get it?
- Where can I find high dollar coupons & coupons for free items?
- My family is moving in the next month or two…when do I stop stocking up?
And here are the answers!
Christy: I’m not sure about this one – I haven’t tried the First Take yet so I haven’t yet tried to freeze it! I would assume it would freeze ok – it’s basically just cheese and bread crumbs. I know cheese freezes just fine but I might worry a bit about the bread crumbs getting too “wet” as they defrost. Commenters, have you tried this? How does Fresh Take hold up in the freezer?
Michelle: I have not frozen it to see how it comes out but I would assume it should be OK. Mine has a pretty long expiration date so I will probably use it before I need to worry about popping it in the freezer. If anyone has anything to add…share it in the comments.
Christy: $X/$XX purchase coupons (especially the ones that show up in your mailbox) are pretty hit and miss – it all depends on your area. From time to time there will be $5/$30 or $5/$50 coupons in a particular area paper – if enough areas report getting that coupon, Michelle will post so you will know to be on the lookout. Otherwise…it seems to be luck!
If your store accepts Winn Dixie as a competitor, I can tell you that there have been a lot of opportunities to get $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupons lately…so you might want to keep your eye out for $X/$XX competitor coupons too as they can sometimes be easier to find.
Michelle: There is really no way to predict who will get Publix mailers so your best bet is keeping your fingers crossed – tee hee. You can look for trading buddies who may have access to coupons you might not be able to get your hands on. I think of them as nice little surprises that pop up occasionally – you may not be able to count on them all the time but they are nice when they come around.
Michelle: Yes, they are typically found in the carousel at the front of the store with the weekly ad. Some stores may keep them at customer service to prevent folks from taking a huge stack at once. Definitely talk to your store if you are unable to locate the booklets. They should be able to help you get your hands on a copy or two.
Christy: You should be able to find the Yellow (and Green) Advantage Buy flyers in your store on the Saturday that it begins (and hopefully for all three weeks that it is valid). However, I know there are a few stores where the flyers either disappear quickly or never show up at all (this should be the exception rather than the rule). Ask at your Customer Service desk to see what their procedure is for putting out the flyers. If nothing else, you can probably find a buddy over on the I Heart Publix Forum that would be willing to send you a flyer or two each cycle in exchange for postage or other coupons.
4. Quan wants to know: I noticed the other night while watching extreme couponing all-stars, that some of the couponers had high dollar coupons and for a free item. I believe one of the ladies had a coupon for $13.99 off of toilet tissue. Where can I find high dollar coupons & coupons for free items?
Christy: Like most couponers, I am VERY skeptical about the ‘realism’ of Extreme Couponing. Most likely people are saving, trading for, or even buying their very best coupons in order to compete on a show like that….and I can tell you from experience that you’re VERY unlikely to find extreme high-value coupons like that on a regular basis. Most times when there is a good high-value or free coupon offer available, Michelle will post about it, so my best advice is just to watch the posts here on the site and grab those coupons when you can…just know that they will not be all that frequent.
Michelle: Companies will occasionally send out high value coupons for complaints/compliments. These coupons are rare and one person will rarely have multiples without some help. As Christy said, most likely these coupons were bought or perhaps traded. There will be the occasional promotion or coupon giveaway where you might be able to snag a free product coupon. They are fun to get your hands on but not as readily available as that junk show make it seem.
5. Carly wants to know: My family is moving in the next month or two across town; we are not moving terribly far but I’m still dreading it. I don’t have huge stockpiles but we do have about 4-6 extra of most things, like paper towel rolls, shampoo, detergent, dish soap, body wash, boxes of diapers, boxes of cereal, boxes of granola bars, bags of frozen veggies… I don’t want to move lots of extra stuff but I don’t know how to shop now without buying multiple of things to get the better deal! I’d love to hear from fellow couponers who have moved recently. When did you stop “stocking up”? Any tips?
Christy: This will really depend on how quickly your family runs through its stockpile. If you are moving in less than 6 weeks, I would say the time has probably come to stop stocking up and to start eating down as much of the stockpile as possible (of course, you should adjust this based on your family’s needs). If you end up paying full price for a few last-minute items that you run out of, that cost will likely be outweighed by having to pack and move fewer items!
Michelle: Honestly, I would probably keep buying as normal. I know….I know…I may be one of the few to suggest this but I figure that with a move, there will likely be lots of unexpected expenses popping up left and right. Having what you need on hand may help keep your budget in check during a time where money is flying out the window! It will not be fun to move your stockpile…but is moving anything really any fun?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.