November 13, 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:
- Are there are any coupon insert sites that sell whole inserts for less than the cost of a newspaper subscription?
- Does Publix accept a competitor’s rain check?
- Why do some stores have peelies on items when others don’t?
- How can I best thank my favorite Publix staff without tipping?
- 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.
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.
My question is..do 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 Publix.com 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!
Michelle: The easiest way to let me know of a deal is to email me at contactiheartpublix @ gmail.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.