December 4, 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:
- When is the best time/day of the week to shop at Publix when the shelves are usually fully stocked?
- How does the Publix Penny Item work?
- How many times a week do you shop, and on which days?
- Every time I use a lot of coupons, the cashier misses some. How can I be sure they are all counted?
- How can I figure out what percentage I’ve saved?
And here are the answers!
Christy: This will depend on your store, of course – you might want to ask you managers when the shelves are generally restocked – but for the most part, I’ve found that early morning (7 – 9 am) or later in the evening (7 – 9 pm) during the week are the best times to find fully-stocked shelves (and, as a bonus, it’s much easier to get in and out quickly, too).
Michelle: It will vary based on the store’s delivery schedule. Most stores get multiple trucks each week so I find that they are constantly re-stocking! I typically shop on Monday mornings and they are always busy restocking in many departments.
The Publix Penny Item is a customer incentive –basically a promotion to get you in the store. Each week there is a coupon in the newspaper that will allow you to purchase the designated item for just a penny with a $10 purchase. Florida does not participate in the promotion–my guess is that they don’t need to offer the incentive as they are top dog in Florida :-) The date of the penny is the same day that your ad begins. Here in Atlanta my ad begins on Thursday so that is the day that I can score an item for a penny.
Christy: I generally shop at Publix twice a week – once over the weekend to grab any really hot items I think might sell out early in the sale (and also because I’ve noticed that I find the most blinkie/tearpad coupons, MIRs, and booklets during the day on Saturday or Sunday), and (if I have time) again during the week towards the end of the sale. I also shop every Sunday morning at CVS and Walgreens to get their cheap/free items and my Sunday papers. [Christy edited 12/4/13: HAHAHAHAHAHA. I have a 13 month old now, and I'm lucky if I can manage to shower AND make it to ONE store on Sunday. No more "multiple stops and trips" for me…at least, not until my kiddo gets a bit older. ]
Michelle: I usually shop on Monday morning as that is generally when I need to replace the basics like milk & bread. Monday is also the only day that I don’t have to take the boys to an activity so I can go at my convenience. I try to only shop once per week but if there is a hot deal I might make a second trip
4. Holly wants to know: Every time I use a lot of coupons, the cashier misses some. How can I be sure they are all counted? I organize them very well, but the printed coupons tend to stick together which I think may be part of the problem.
Michelle: I rarely step up to checkout before I am completely organized! I have all of my coupons organized and in a little bag ready to go before I even walk in the store! I have all the like coupons together and I actually hand them to the cashier in sets while verbalizing the coupons…EX–”Here are four coupons for Juicy Juice”. I then make sure the coupons are scanned by keeping an eye on the screen. I do this to make sure that the coupons are counted but also to make sure I am using the correct coupons. If an item I had intended to purchase was not available I will be able to pull that coupon as I filter through my stack. I also shop with a spreadsheet so I usually know what my total should be…if there is a big discrepancy I can check my receipt before I leave the store
Christy: This can be a problem, especially if you hand all your coupons over at the beginning of the order. What I do is make sure I know the total number and total amount of all the coupons I hand over. That way I can watch the monitor to make sure my total has reduced by the appropriate amount. If I think there’s been a mistake, I check the receipt before leaving the store and talk to customer service about it; they will almost always refund me the amount I’m due right then and there.
I am lazy so I use an online calculator like the one HERE. But you can also do it manually: First, add the total amount spent out of pocket with your amount saved – this is the total value of your purchase. Then, divide your amount saved by the total value, and multiply the answer by 100.
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.