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Here are this week’s questions:
- Can I use a competitor’s $X/$XX coupon and a Publix $X/$XX coupon in the same transaction?
- Right now, Sweet Leaf tea is BOGO. I have a coupon for B2G1. So would I just pay for 1 and get 2 free?
- Should I expect to pay tax on the full price of an item or the discounted “after coupon” price?
- What do you do when your store is out of an item and your coupon for that item is about to expire?
- When do you know if it is time to invest in a deep freeze?
And here are the answers!
1. Yonath wants to know: I have read that others use a Publix $3/30 or $5/50 with one of the Winn Dixie coupons that has the same value. Is it possible to do that? Arent they considered to be the same type of coupon?
The Publix coupon policy says “Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix AND one competitor coupon per order. The order total must be equal to or greater than the total purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented”.
Christy: We answer this question a lot but that’s not surprising considering that this is one of the more confusing things about couponing with BOGOs. If you live in Florida and have what we call “true” BOGO, you would pay for one and get THREE for free (Publix “pays” for the third free item as part of the BOGO sale).
If you live elsewhere and your BOGO items ring up at half price, then you would pay for two (at half price) and get one for free.
3. Mandy wants to know: I am very new to using coupons, and I have a question….if I am only paying .34 cents for a product that would have been 1.34 without coupons…are they still suppose to charge me tax for full price?
Michelle: I know that there are some tax pros out there that can answer this one better. It is my understanding that manufacturer’s coupons do not impact your taxable amount, but…store coupons can reduce your taxable amount. Here is Georgia, items are taxed differently so I gave up trying to figure it all out.
Christy: Honestly, I have to admit that I never really understand HOW tax works with coupons….I’m hoping that one of the commenters can finally clue me in!! ☺
Michelle: Some stores may honor the coupon even though it is expired. If I had expected to get a deal and items are out of stock, I will actually let the customer service folks know about my coupon. They have written on my raincheck that I can use the coupon beyond the expiration date. I have to admit I have only been able to do this twice on items that were NEVER in stock due to shortages at the warehouse.
Of course, I would not expect Publix to honor 20 expired coupons long after the sale has ended. As always you should check with your store.
Christy: If Publix is out of a sale item I always get a rain check, but if my coupon expires while I’m waiting for them to restock , I just let that deal go and hope that another similar coupon comes out!
Michelle: I actually only got a freezer last year. I couponed for many years before I finally got mine. I have to admit that I love it and now wonder how on earth I managed with just my regular freezer. I researched for a long time and had to wait for my basement to be finished so I’d have room.
I think if you are running out of room in your freezer and can swing it, a deep freeze is a very good investment!
Christy: This really depends on whether or not you can afford the price of a deep freeze and whether or not you have the space….if you can find a good price (or find a used deep freeze on Craigslist) and you have the space, I’d say go for it! All that extra space makes it MUCH easier to take advantage of the deals.
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 protected]