March 20, 2013
If you have a question about couponing at Publix, this is the place to find the answer! Each week my buddy Christy 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:
- Can I use a Publix digital coupon more than once?
- I’m new…what is ‘double couponing?’
- If I get a raincheck because a product is out of stock, can I also use my (now expired) coupons with the rain check?
- What’s the website that tells you which inserts you can throw out?
- How often do you go through your stockpile?
And here are the answers!
1.Jennifer wants to know: JAs far as the digital coupons go, is it one “clipped” coupon for one item or is one clipped coupon good for multiple of the same item. So if the coupon was for $50/2 kleenex for example and I buy 4, would it register the coupon twice when my phone number is given or does it just behave as if it was one paper coupon?
From the FAQ page on the Publix site that you can access once you have signed up (bottom of page where you load the coupons).
How many times can a coupon be used?
The number of times a coupon can be used is up to the manufacturer, but most coupons can be used only once.
2. Jennifer wants to know: I’m new to couponing and I have a question. If you have a coupon for say $1/2 items, can you use 2 $1/2 coupons if you buy two items, or can you only use one of them? Is that what people mean when they talk about double couponing?
Christy: No, double couponing is when your store will double the value of your coupons up to a certain amount (usually 50¢). In the scenario you describe, you would only be able to use (1) $1/2 coupon for every two items you purchase.
Michelle: Publix stores in some areas will double coupons up to and including 50¢. So a coupon that is $0.50/1 will double to save you $1 off one item. Coupons that are above 50¢ will be redeemed at face value. That’s why often in the matchups you will see me say…as low as $xyz.
3. April wants to know: My question is about expired coupons and rain checks. Recently there was a great deal on a particular item with sale price and coupons. However, there was only a couple day period you could buy the product before the coupons expired. My store did not have any of the item, so I got a rain check. When I went back the next week, they refused my coupons because they were expired. They were out of the product, so I just assumed they would accept my coupons with the raincheck when the product was available. Was I wrong? What are your thoughts and/or experiences with this?
Christy: Many Publix stores will allow you to use your expired coupons along with your rain check, but you need to check with your specific store to be sure. Anytime I have coupons that will expire when my store is sold out of a deal, I always ask about whether or not I will be able to use my coupons when I get my raincheck. Usually my customer service rep will write a note on the raincheck to allow the coupons.
Michelle: In the Publix Q&A they specifically address this issue. All stores ulitmately get the final word…but you might remind them of this phrase on their website:
Q: What if I have a rain check and a coupon for an item, but the coupon is now expired, though it was valid on the date the rain check was issued. Can I still use the coupon on the item?
A: Yes, Publix will accept the coupon that was valid on the date the rain check was issued.
In the past you gave a website of someone that lets you know which inserts have expired. I would LOVE to get rid of some of my inserts, but just don’t have the time to go through them all and decide if I still need them or not. Could you give me that info again?
To see which inserts it is safe to toss, you can head over to the Coupon Cleanout and register (it’s free). Just select your state from the drop-down menu to see which inserts you no longer need to store.
Christy: I’ve mentioned before that we have a pretty small house, so my stockpile is spread out a bit in the various nooks and crannies that I can fit it all into. Still, it’s relatively easy for me to take stock of what we have. I still write expiration dates on everything I bring into the stockpile with a Sharpie before I put things away – this helps SO much when I’m doing a quick little inventory.
To answer your second question, my stockpile has actually gotten smaller in the last few months. I didn’t really ‘plan’ it that way – but when the baby was born I took some time off couponing and we have really worked through a lot of the stockpile. I also find that it is a little harder now to just ‘pop out to the store’ for a quick deal…so I only end up shopping once a week at most, which also helps to keep it all in check. If you find your stockpile is getting out of control, I would suggest 4 to 6 weeks of ignoring those super hot deals that you don’t really NEED – and only buy the things that are truly necessary. It should help a bit!
Michelle: I am actually working to dwindle mine down right now. I am usually pretty good about knowing our consumption rate but I am finding that as the boys get bigger their taste change AND they are eating a little bit more. I am also finding out that I don’t use as many prepackaged goods as I thought I would.
As an example…I got around 10 boxes of mashed potatoes a while back because they were free after sale & coupon. My thinking was that they would be great in a pinch and hey…they’re free. The problem is I don’t typically use boxed potatoes so they never enter my thoughts when I am planning dinner. There are 2 pouches in each box…so now I have a ton of boxed potatoes that need to be used up. I have done this with a multitude of items over the past few months and now it has caught up with me and I have too much food in my house!
To remedy this situation I am forcing myself to cook from the pantry and use up a bunch of stuff from my freezer as well. I like getting good deals on things but buying a few packages of many things can accumulate very quickly. If you don’t make a plan to use it then you are wasting food AND money!!
This has been a little bit of a wake up call for me as well. I honestly thought I was on top of my shopping habits but a box or two of taquitos, mashed potatoes, rice mixes, and so much more adds up fast. Even if you get them at a good deal — if you don’t use them you are being wasteful. Note: I have plans to put together a bigger than usual donation box soon to get rid of items to make sure they can be used before they expire. That’s another great way to control the stockpile too!
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.