February 20, 2013
We’ve been answering questions for Ask I Heart Publix for over two years now, and we’ve definitely found that some questions keep popping up as new couponers write in. So every month we’re going to feature a “Best Of” Ask I Heart Publix, where we post some of our favorite questions and answers from past weeks, months, and years.
Don’t worry….we’ll still be answering the new questions you guys send in, too, so keep sending in those questions! Just remember if we didn’t get to your question this week…we will do our best to cover it another week!!
Don’t forget to look under the “About” tab where you can find the questions and answers from past weeks!
Here are this week’s “Best of” questions:
- I remember reading that you stock up on milk – how do you do that?
- If my coupon says “limit one coupon per purchase,” can I really only use one?
- Many times you indicate there is a coupon at Target.com but when I go there, I can’t find the coupon. It doesn’t look like changing the zip code matters. Am I missing something?
- Is there a way to know when certain items will be on sale at Publix?
- What items do you never buy unless they’re free or near free, and what do you almost always find yourself paying full or near full price for?
And here are the answers!
1.Kelly wants to know: I remember reading that you stock up on milk. I want to stock up on Smart Balance milk this week but was wondering how you do that without it going bad? My husband read somewhere that you can’t freeze milk. What do you do?
Michelle: Honestly Kelly, I have never frozen milk. Not because you can’t but because I used to only have the freezer attached to my refrigerator (thus not enough room!) I love buying the Smart Balance as it typically has a very long expiration date! The cartons I bought in December are not going to expire until late February. I just keep them in my refrigerator and we use them as we need them.
UPDATE: Even since I got my upright freezer…I still have not had a chance to freeze milk. That SmartBalance can still hang out in my fridge
Christy: I ALWAYS freeze milk…my mom did this when I was growing up so I never thought it was unusual until I started talking to other couponers about it! Even things like the Smart Balance which has that super-long expiration date go in my freezer because I have a small fridge and there’s just no room for more than one container of milk! Milk keeps for at least 6 months in the freezer. Some people complain about the texture or color of milk after it’s been frozen….but I never notice a difference at all, and I LOVE always having (super cheap) milk on hand!
Michelle: The wording is correct…and you are only using one coupon per item.
NOW…had it said one coupon per transaction then you would only be able to use one coupon total no matter how many items you bought (that is when you would need to do separate transactions).
The wording is there so people will only use one coupon on each item purchased…believe it or not some people think they can use more than one until the cost of the item is $0…that is a no no!
Christy: Michelle is absolutely right on this one. I’d just add that I’ve actually had a NUMBER of cashier question me on this during my time as a couponer. The way I usually explain it is this: “Yes, it does say ‘one coupon per purchase’…I interpret that to mean that I can use one coupon per item I am purchasing. Since I am purchasing 4 of that item, I should be able to use 4 coupons.” Works every time
3. Carie wants to know: Many times you indicate there is a coupon at Target.com but when I go there, I can’t find the coupon. It doesn’t look like changing the zip code matters. Am I missing something??
Michelle: Target coupons, like any printable, can come and go very very quickly! I depend on a coupon database to do my matchups. It would take me days to go through and check every single matchup listed…so I depend on you guys to give me feedback. I try my best to go through the comments every few days and add/delete what I can to make sure the matchups are correct.
Also, if you have already printed a specific Target coupon, it will no longer be visible on the site. So, if you don’t see it it might be possible that you have already printed it
Christy: I do my best to print Target coupons I think I will use at least once a week because those competitor coupons are really helpful in getting my grocery totals down…the last thing I want is to wait to print and find out that the coupon is gone when I need it!
Michelle: Not really….I post the ad on Monday for the upcoming week and every once in a while a company will email to give us a heads up on an upcoming deal but that is about all there is.
There are some promotions that repeat at the same time each year and we see similar really great deals. The Italian Days promotion is one of my favorites…I look forward to it each year!
Christy: I wish we could predict sales a little better…I’ve read that most sales cycle every 12 weeks so we should see most items go on sale at least once every 3 months.
5. Andy wants to know: What are the best and worst items to coupon – in other words, what items do you never buy unless they’re free or near free, and what do you almost always find yourself paying full or near full price for?
Christy: That’s a good question – I’m interested to see if my answers and Michelle’s answers are similar on this one!
My best couponing items (that I always get for free or near free): salad dressing, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, makeup, shampoo, crackers, cookies, granola bars, cereal, cake mixes & frostings, broth & stock, bread crumbs, pasta, rice, dish soap, SUNDOWN VITAMINS , dog treats, tissues, cold medicine, pain relievers.
My worst couponing items (that I generally pay close to full price for): Publix bread, specialty cooking ingredients my husband demands that I buy (miso paste, tahini, artichoke hearts, infused vinegars or oils, etc), produce, meats, beer & wine, and butter.
Michelle: I love this question too!!
Things I don’t pay for (or only pay a few cents) salad dressing, yogurt, all health & beauty (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, makeup, meds, etc..) rice, pasta, cookies, cakes, cereal…honestly most of the things in the middle aisles of the store!!
Things I pay for: Most of the things on the outside aisles..meat, veggies, eggs, bread. Then of course any specialty items (like Ovatline ) or splurge items. I would say meat & produce are 40% – 50% of my yearly budget.
I want to hear what you guys best/worst items include!
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.