Coupon Question And Answer – The Best Of Ask I Heart Publix 11/13

November 13, 2013 

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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:

  1. Are there are any coupon insert sites that sell whole inserts for less than the cost of a newspaper subscription?
  2. Does Publix accept a competitor’s rain check?
  3. Why do some stores have peelies on items when others don’t?
  4. How can I best thank my favorite Publix staff without tipping?
  5. When we find a really good deal, or new coupon booklet, how can we make you aware of it (send you the info/picture)?

And here are the answers!

1.Judy wants to know: I was wondering if there is service that you can buy 2 whole inserts of the coupons that you get in the weekly newspapers for LESS than the cost of the news paper subscription? I’ve seen a couple out there, but after adding in mailing/handling fee, it adds up to quite a bit more.

Christy: You might want to try out a few services and “test” out their shipping speed, cost, and coupon variety while you are making this decision..because whether or not a coupon insert service is right for you depends on a number of factors. You will want to keep in mind that inserts vary from region to region – so if you are buying from a service, you may get different coupon values (or different coupons entirely!) in those inserts than you would get in your local paper. You need to take into account how much you spend on the service, how long you will wait for your coupons (as opposed to having them delivered to your door on Sunday), and whether the coupons you get are better or worse when you figure out your best insert deal.

In my case, it is worth it to me to get my inserts delivered on Sunday morning – that way if I’m waiting for a particular coupon to use with a sale, I have more than a day or two to shop before the sale ends…and I like the coupon variety and values in my area as opposed to some insert services I have used, too.

Michelle: Honestly I think this is one of those things that will vary based on location. Since newspaper prices vary DRAMATICALLY it is hard to say for sure. I post deals where Florida folks can get a year subscription for like $25. That is unheard of here in Atlanta. The cheapest deal I have ever found was over double that price. So the added shipping fee of a clipping service is not that hard to swallow. When you factor in time and convenience, it may be worth the added expense. For folks who can pick up papers for just few cents, you are better off getting your paper from the store or an additional delivery.

Clipping services are just that …a service. They will likely be more expensive in order to be profitable. You will have to determine if the price is worth it for you.

2. Lisa wants to know: Does Publix accept a competitor’s rain check? I received rain checks at SuperTarget today for sale items that were out of stock and I’d love to use it at Publix.

Michelle: Lisa, as far as I know–No.  A rain check is given when a store is out of a product.  Since Publix was not the store who was out of stock then they would not be the ones to honor the rain check.

Christy: To ask Publix to accept a competitor’s rain check is essentially to ask them to price match other store’s sales, which of course they don’t do. I’d be VERY surprised if your store would accept it!

3. Rae wants to know: I have the luxury of being able to shop at multiple Publix stores. There are two near my home and three within ten miles of my work place. So I can honestly say, I have my pick of Publix stores to shop. I know these stores pretty well and I know when there is a sale what store will have a specific product in stock or not in stock.

My question is this – why do certain stores have peelies on products that are not on the same product at another store? The store closest to my home hardly ever have any coupon books or peelies on any products. However when I shop near my workplace, there are peelies on almost a tenth of the inventory in the store. Obviously, I do the bulk of my shopping near home but sometimes I ponder on whether or not I should take the drive to work on the weekend when I’m off and do most of shopping  just for the peelie coupon savings!

Christy: I think we’ve addressed this before, but it’s a good question and worth talking about again. Honestly, it all depends on the area you’re in – both in terms of how many couponers frequent your particular store, and how often the manufacturer’s representatives come to your store and put out the peelies/tearpads/etc. There are at least 10 Publixes in my college town (basically within a 10-mile radius) and the differences in the coupons that you find at various stores is really noticeable.

I don’t know if it’s worth a separate trip on the weekends for you – maybe you could plan to do your shopping one night after work instead so you don’t have to spend the time or gas money?

Michelle: I think Christy answered this one perfectly. If I had a store that where coupons were abundant, I would probably drive those extra few minutes or at least work it into another errand.

4. Marie wants to know: My Publix enforces its very strict No Tipping policy but all the folks in the store are beyond helpful…some of the folks even used to bring the double cart to my car if they saw me drive up after I had twins. icon smile Coupon Question And Answer   The Best Of Ask I Heart Publix 11/13

My question you think it is appropriate to bake some cookies or some other gesture for the staff and if so, should you bring a big tray of snacks to the store for the whole store to share (even the ones you never see) or offer individual ‘goody’ type bags?

Christy: We’ve addressed this here before but it’s a good question…especially with the holidays fast approaching! I would say that how you thank your store (or individual employees) is up to you. A little gift bag for your favorite staff members is a sweet gesture…although I’m sure a big tray of snacks for everyone would be appreciated too! It really depends on how much you want to do.

Michelle: Everyone enjoys a treat and a nice little gift for a job well done. I would probably advise the manager at your store just so they know what your plans are. I would also encourage you to take a moment and shoot an email on or write a note to management letting them know of specific folks who make your shopping a pleasure. That additional “pat on the back” can really go a long way!

5. Ronnie wants to know: When we find a really good deal, or new coupon booklet, how can we make you aware of it (send you the info/picture)?

Michelle: The easiest way to let me know of a deal is to email me at contactiheartpublix @ (remove spaces). I love to hear from you guys!

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

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12 Responses to “Coupon Question And Answer – The Best Of Ask I Heart Publix 11/13”
  1. lynn says:

    for Judy’s question about whole inserts, couponbeat (dotcom) has free shipping on whole inserts. her shipping fees for just clipped coupons is very reasonable too. i have used her services many, many times and have never had a problem, she ships very quickly and is always accurate. i know about some of the sites i think you are talking about and yes, thier shipping fees can sometimes be more than the inserts! maybe this will help you.

    • Nicole says:

      I’ll second this recommendation. I order whole inserts nearly every week because my local inserts are not great. On weeks where there is only 1 or 2 inserts my order isn’t much more than I would spend on papers but the coupons I get are so much better than I don’t mind paying a bit more. Plus I don’t need 4 copies of the local paper anyway.

    • Jennifer says:

      Whole inserts $1 each (shipping included). tradeforcoupons at aol dot com.

    • moe says:

      I buy the Sunday paper at McDonalds it’s 1/2 price $1. I buy 4 papers and leave them at church which recycles newspapers

  2. Kathy says:

    For tipping, I keep a free 20oz coke product coupon in my binder, I get them for redeeming coke points. They can pick out a goodie and just pay tax.

  3. Ashley C says:

    I worked as a bagger at Publix in high school. As for the policy on tipping, we were to politely decline the tip at the first offer, but if the customer insisted, we were allowed to accept it. I used to take any tips I had and use it for whatever charity they had going at the register.

  4. roxanne says:

    With the “no tipping”, we usually bring in fresh baked cookies or other goodies for our favorite people. Last year, I was able to walk out with my favorite cashier (who has retired now) and met her at the car. I had a gift bag with a little set of bath items for her for Christmas.

  5. Tracey says:

    For Judy’s question, I am wondering the same thing. I live in Florida and we get crappy coupons. I stopped my newspaper subscription and rarely buy a paper anymore because the coupons aren’t worth it. We barely get any coupons as it is and the ones we get are for stuff nobody ever buys. That is why our newspapers are cheaper. I WISH I could get the AJC down here. I’d gladly pay the extra money for it. Better newspaper and better coupons.

    • Jennifer says:

      Whole inserts $1 each (shipping included). tradeforcoupons at aol dot com. A coupon list for each insert is available before you order.

  6. Nicole says:

    I have no idea if this is true for all stores of just mine but I found out that when I call in a or email in a compliment for a particular employee it trickles down to the store level where they get a free lunch from the deli. At least every couple of weeks I send a nice compliment about one of the helpful employees there.

  7. Lori says:

    Q# 3- I would be inclined to let the store manager know that his/her reps are not doing their best to promote sales with peelies and blinkies. Maybe having this conversation can change their lack of. I have sèen this scenerio too.

  8. stacey says:

    I did give an “older” helpful Publix bagger some 5.00 Winn Dixie coupons that were about to expire – I told him to help seniors who’d need it – if he needed it that was okay too :)

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