September 11, 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!!
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Here are this week’s “Best of” questions:
- Can I use more than one Yellow or Green Advantage Buy Publix Coupon in a single transaction?
- If my coupon says “excludes trial size,” can I still use it on a travel size item?
- How do you know when there’s a good coupon being offered on Facebook?
- What do you mean when you talk about stores doubling coupons and how can I find out when my store does this?
- Any ideas on how to help friends and family get started on couponing?
And here are the answers!
1. Amanda wants to know: I often see people posting in match ups on other sites using multiple of the same yellow advantage/green advantage coupons to score deals. I thought the coupon said one per purchase… Is this allowed? And if so, do you just need one of the coupons and the cashier enters them times xyz quantity?
Michelle: Yep, you can get multiple advantage buy deals. My store has recently starting requiring only one coupon no matter how many deals you purchase. So if you are buying 2 products, you need only one coupon. The cashier will enter the LU code twice and give you the appropriate discount. Be aware this may not be the case for all stores. My store decided to do this to try to keep flyers in stock for the duration of the promotion.
Christy: You can use more than one Yellow or Green Advantage Buy Publix coupon in a particular transaction. The coupon does say “one per purchase” but so do many manufacturer’s coupon – I take that to mean that you can use one coupon per item or set of items that you’re purchasing, and I believe most people would agree with that interpretation.
In my experience, a ‘travel’ size is larger than a ‘trial’ size. You can use the coupon on any corresponding item that does not specifically state that it is a ‘trial’ size.
Christy: Unfortunately, this happens to the best of us. If I realize my mistake before I leave the store parking lot and I have the time, I might go in to the customer service desk and ask them to credit me for the coupon if I have it with me. Otherwise, though, I either just chalk it up to a learning experience….or put my coupons aside with my receipt and take it with me the next week when I shop since my store will give me credit for the coupon if it’s still valid.
Michelle: I totally agree with Christy…most of the time I just let it go and save the coupon for another time. If is was a really good coupon I might head over to the service desk
Many stores double coupons up to and including 50¢ as an incentive to shoppers. So a $0.50/1 coupon will yield a $1 discount as the coupon automatically doubles at the register. I am sure you all can correct me if I am wrong but I believe all Publix stores with the exception of stores in Florida, Coastal Georgia and Coastal Alabama participate in this promotion. If you are unsure if your store doubles coupons–ask at the customer service desk they should be able to give you the scoop on their specific coupon policy!!
Christy: I’m sure that most of us can relate to this question – I know I’ve tried to talk friends and family members into just giving couponing a try, and that’s almost always the answer that I get, too! The one thing you might try is clipping a few coupons for them, or, if you’re in the same area, maybe even calling or emailing with info about a deal for that particular week that you know they’ll be able to use. However, you need to keep in mind that couponing isn’t for everyone, and if that person isn’t willing to put the work in, they’re not going to reap the benefits!
Michelle: I have a few tactics that have worked pretty good. First I tell them how much I spend each week for a family of four. I then show them my stockpile and explain that most of the things they see were free or only cost a few pennies. Then I show them a few receipts just so they can actually see that big ol’ thing with the tiny tiny total! If they still complain that they don’t want to put forth the hour or so it would take to save I go back to the receipt and show them the savings. I kid them and ask how much they make per hour and show them that I average over $50 per hour when you consider the time I spend and the amount I save!! It is really hard to argue that fact!!
Couponing is not a job where you are constantly having to learn a new skill Seriously think about what you make per hour as a couponer…I am guessing that most of you make a pretty penny as a smart shopper!! Of course it may take a little more time for a beginner but once they get the hang of it they are set.
If you have the time you could offer to help them with their first trip…many times when a person sees that first really great savings and gets that shoppers high…you might have a little savings addict on your hands!!
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.