June 20, 2012
If you have a question about couponing at Publix, this is the place to find out the answer! Each week my buddy Christy over at Winn Dixie on a Dime and I have a little coupon question and answer session here on Ask I Heart Publix. 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!!
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:
- Do all states require couponers to pay tax on the pre-coupon subtotal? What states do not require it? And what states have no sales tax at all?
- Why doesn’t Publix have Catalina machines?
- Our newspapers in Huntsville Al, have stopped including the coupon inserts because of people stealing them, and only taking that part of the paper. Do you have any good resources for where I can get full inserts?
- If I have a $.50 off coupons for an item that is BOGO and I’m buying 10 of the items (basically only paying for 5), can I still use all 10 printable coupons?
- With all the online printing of coupons, what steps do you take to protect the computers you print from?
And here are the answers!
1.Carly wants to know: I live in Georgia- a state that requires couponers to pay the sales tax on a pre-coupon subtotal. At Walgreens last week I spent $43 OOP and $20 of that was just tax! My questions are: Do all states require couponers to pay tax on the pre-coupon subtotal? What states do not require it? And what states have no sales tax??
Michelle: I have never compiled a list of the states that do not charge sales tax on specific items but I know there are a few. This site has a breakdown of the various taxes over the US. Here in Georgia we have different tax rates based on the type of item purchase. That is the reason I never bother trying to figure out what my taxes might be. We have a different tax rate on bread and another on laundry detergent…I have no time to try to figure out what my food tax is versus my other taxes. Taxes are not exactly my favorite thing on earth
Christy: No, not all states require this. One of the best things about couponing in Florida is that this is NOT the case here (it certainly helps make up for the ‘no double coupons’ thing!). I believe that Alabama also pays pre-coupon sales tax, but I’m not sure about other states. Commenters – do you pay sales tax pre- or post-coupons in your state?
Michelle: I have mixed feelings on Catalina coupons. They can be tricky little boogers as many are triggered by specific purchases. Sometimes it is difficult to know what all products will trigger the coupon. Then there are the times when you make the purchases and the machine is off or out of paper…you get the point.
I wouldn’t mind them as an addition I suppose but I really am not too upset about not getting them. I have to deal with them over on I Heart Kroger and they can be a bit of a pain to keep up with…tee hee
Christy: We get a LOT of coupons at Publix so I don’t get too upset about the lack of Catalina machines at Publix…I figure it’s just one of the things that we live without because we love Publix .
3. Kristian wants to know: Our newspapers in Huntsville Al, have stopped including the inserts for coupons because of people stealing them, and only taking that part of the paper. Do you have any good resources of where I can get these?
Christy: That’s really too bad. I’ve dealt with missing inserts in my local paper a number of times as well…that is really the reason that I stopped buying papers each Sunday and started getting multiple Sunday papers delivered. I find that I still have the occasional missing or incomplete insert problem, but it happens FAR less frequently.
4. Jamie wants to know: Does Publix accept all printable coupons for as many products as you purchase? For example, if I have a $.50 off coupons for an item that is BOGO and I’m buying 10 of the items (basically only paying for 5), can I still use all 10 printable coupons??
Michelle: From the Publix Coupon Policy: Publix accepts manufacturers’ coupons (limit one per item) For a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate sale. We will accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor coupon on the same item. So you can use one manufacturer’s coupon per item that you purchase.
Christy: Publix will accept 1 manufacturer and 1 Publix -OR- competitor coupon for every item that you buy, regardless of whether that item is on sale (BOGOs included). So if you buy 10 items (but only pay for 5 with the BOGO), you can use 10 manufacturer coupons AND 10 Publix/Competitor coupons on those 10 items – as long as each coupon specifies “$X off 1.”
5. Natalie wants to know: My question is… With all the online printing of coupons, what steps do you take to protect the computers you print from? I’m told that I’m more susceptible to viruses from online coupon sites. Any pointers or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Christy: I really haven’t had many problems with this…maybe because I have a Mac, which is less susceptible to viruses. (This is kind of a tradeoff for me – it’s nice to be more secure, but my Mac dependence means that I now can’t print coupons from Coupon Network or Redplum since Macs and Flash don’t get along well!)
Commenters, what have you done to protect your PCs from viruses?
Michelle: I too have a Mac but I also have virus protection in place on my computer. I spend way too much time on this computer to risk having issues due to a virus/malware. An investment in an antivirus/malware software is well worth the expense! Unless you are a computer professional it can be very difficult to deal with a virus once it gets in. Rather than paying big bucks to have someone help you when it is too late, just spend the few bucks for prevention. In this case being proactive is a much better option than having to deal with the consequences!
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.