August 28, 2013
We’ve been answering questions for Ask I Heart Publix for over three 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:
- What are the differences in doubling and BOGO sales between Alabama and Florida?
- If you have a manufacturer coupon for a FREE product, can you still use a Publix or Competitor coupon on that same product to get overage?
- How do you know when there’s a good coupon being offered on Facebook?
- 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?
And here are the answers!
1. Ashley wants to know: I currently live in Alabama where the BOGO policy means I can buy one item at half price and the second half price. I am getting ready to move to Florida. From time to time, I have seen you reference the BOGO policy being different there. Does it mean I buy one at full price and get the second one free? Which means I can only use one manufacturer coupon since I’m technically only “purchasing” one item? Can you please explain (again!!)? I think I remember someone mentioning they don’t double coupons there either? Is that correct? This seems like it will completely change my shopping strategy!!
Christy: Yes, BOGO in Florida is a “true” BOGO…you buy one item at full price and the second item is free. It can actually make some BOGO deals better, especially if there is a matching BOGO coupon…you can get both items for free! And no, you can’t double coupons anywhere in Florida (commenters, correct me if I’m wrong!). It definitely makes it a little harder to save, but you can still get a number of good deals.
I understand being worried about the change from Alabama to Florida couponing….I think I’d be pretty nervous to have to figure out the new rules in a new state too! Each state’s policies do have their own perks though, and I think you’ll find that you can still save a ton at Publix.
Michelle: True BOGO does mean that you have to buy two items to get the best deal. Buying only one means you leave a freebie on the shelf. BUT–you can use a coupon for each item purchased. You are purchasing two items when you grab a set of items that are BOGO- therefore you can use a coupon on each of those items.
No matter what area you are in you will be able to grab great deals. It might take you a little time to get used to the new area’s rules but I bet in no time you will be a pro!
Michelle: This is something that will likely vary by store. As far as I know there is nothing in writing that addresses this scenario. Technically you should be able to do it but to avoid issue you might be best asking the customer service rep at your store.
Christy: Technically per the Publix Coupon policy you can always stack a manufacturer’s coupon and a Publix or competitor coupon…but I am always extra careful about things like this and so I will usually talk to my customer service desk ahead of time to make sure that they agree with this kind of coupon usage. I do this to avoid problems at checkout…even though it may be allowed many cashiers get nervous when they realize that you’re getting something for more than free so I like to be able to say, “I talked to X at Customer Service about this and he/she said it was fine.”
3. Lindsay wants to know:I was wondering how people know when there’s a good coupon being offered on Facebook. Do you have to seek out a specific product’s Facebook page, or is there someway to search for coupons that are currently being offered anywhere on Facebook?
Michelle: I wish there was an easy way to find the coupons!
I have “liked” a ton of companies to score coupons and or promotions so I see a fair amount on my page which helps. Of course I have some phenomenal readers who love to share deals so that is how I often find deals too. Pair that with emails from other bloggers and I usually get the scoop on the good ones. I share ones on the site that I think will last more than 30 seconds. The ones where they offer only like 400 coupons are pointless in my opinion and I don’t waste my time posting about them
Christy: I usually get my info from other blogs or from blog readers that email me to let me know that there is a good coupon available. All it takes is one person to find a new Facebook coupon and it usually spreads through the blog networks like wildfire.
4. 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 .
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.