February 13, 2013
If you have a question about couponing at Publix, this is the place to find 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 under “About” titled “Ask I Heart Publix” where you can find the questions and answers from past weeks!
Here are this week’s questions:
- What is the biggest shopping mistake you have made?
- Can I get the Publix GreenWise Ad deals at my (regular) Publix?
- Does Publix accept this type of competitor coupon?
- What insert coupons do you get excited about?
- How do I figure out which items are cheaper at which store?
And here are the answers!
Michelle: I have one that jumps out because it makes me double check buying pasta sauce every time I pick up a jar! A long time ago I decided to stock up on Bertolli Pasta Sauce. I remember it was a good deal and I had gathered a bunch of coupons. I put 16 jars in my cart and continued to shop. At checkout my total was quite a bit higher than I expected. I had the boys with me so I didn’t have time to deal with it.
I got home and saw that I paid full price for almost all of my pasta sauce! I had accidentally grabbed Organic which was not included in the BOGO sale. I think I spent over $30 on pasta sauce – YIKES! I was so mad at myself and didn’t want to go through the trouble of dragging all those jars back to the store and admitting my mistake. Everytime I opened a jar of that pasta sauce I cringed – tee hee!
Christy: I make two big shopping mistakes from time to time:
1) I don’t make a list, but instead grab all my “these should be good” coupons and try to make a shopping plan on the fly. I really ought to know better at this point. I never save as much when I don’t have a list!
2) I make a list, but go shopping when I’m hungry. Not the best idea, as I’m sure many of you know! I always come home with impulse purchases that I don’t really need.
Michelle: You will have to ask your store. This will definitely be something that will vary by store. I know some folks have been able to price match so it can’t hurt to ask!
Christy: There has been some chatter in the comments about this. Most people say that you can’t get these deals at a “regular” Publix, and others say that you can (and recommend bringing a digital copy of the ad with you to your “regular” Publix store). I put it to the test – I called my store and asked my customer service manager. She said that if I had a digital copy of the ad, they would honor the price.
Now – this may not be the “official” policy on price matching the GreenWise ad…so I would recommend asking at your store!
3. Candy wants to know: I got an Albertsons flyer in the mail yesterday and in it are several store coupons that state, instead of a dollar off amount, the price you would pay. For example, there is a coupon for a $1.49 5lb bag of Idaho Potatoes. Can I use these at my local Publix (yes, my Publix does accept Albertsons as a competitor)?
Christy: Unfortunately, Publix does not accept coupons listing the price instead of a $ off amount. They consider that kind of “coupon” to really just be an advertised sale price – and since they do not price match other stores, they will not honor it.
Michelle: Nope, that is more like price matching. Publix will only accept coupons that deduct a specific amount.
Christy: I’m always happy to see good value coupons show up for items we use every day. Off the top of my head, I’d say: Starbucks coffee, any high value non-dairy creamer, pasta, Rotel and other canned tomatoes and vegetables, and high value paper product & wipes coupons.
Michelle: Definitely Ovaltine I also was happy to see that new Mahatma coupon. In general I like meat coupons, cheese coupons and produce coupons. Like everyone – I like the ones for items that I use constantly!
5. Amy wants to know: I am new to couponing and still working out some kinks. One of the things I am most confused about: Is there a price list or some way to compare what is cheaper at what store…for those of us who don’t have the super neat phones with the advanced apps. I am dreading going to the store and writing down the name, size, and price of everything I buy …. and then going to multiple stores and doing the exact same thing. Any help would be great, the stores I tend to frequent most are CVS, Publix, Sweetbay, Target, and unfortunately Wal-Mart. Thanks in advance.
Christy: You CAN do all the work of a price comparison if you really want to know where to find the cheapest non-sale price for your family’s staples….but keep in mind that store sales and coupons can GREATLY impact how much you actually end up paying for a particular item. On paper, a particular store that I hate might have lower shelf-tag prices for many items. However, when you find a great sale and coupon…that “shelf-tag” price doesn’t matter anymore.
I think you will find that after couponing for 4 to 6 months, you will start to see where you can get your best prices for what kind of item. I used to shop at tons of stores, but as time has gone on, I’ve found that I really appreciate being about to get most or ALL of my groceries, toiletries, etc at one store…and I think that’s why we all Heart Publix!
Especially since I work from home and provide my own childcare , driving around town and searching out the very best deals is not an option for me anymore…it’s just too time consuming! Instead, I keep an eye on my favorite sites….and if I see a “just can’t pass that up” deal, then I’ll consider driving to grab it
Michelle: We have talked about this before and I always go back to the fact that price lists vary dramatically based on location and personal preference. A bag of sugar will vary in price from Florida to Georgia and then vary again from store to store. Each person’s “buy it now” price will vary based on personal consumption. As an example, some folks may consider $1 a good price on cereal. In my world $1 cereal is nothing to get excited about…we just don’t use that much so I need it to be 50¢ or less to make me smile
Like Christy, I consider my time very valuable – running around spending $5 in gas to save 10¢ on toothpaste doesn’t work for me. The really good deals just can’t be predicted and can be anywhere and then your price list is out the window.
I really think taking a little time to create your own price list and then calculating your family’s product usage will give you a better picture of your spending and probably help you with your budget as well.
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 email@example.com.