I have had a bunch of questions recently about the Publix Digital Coupon page. I thought it might be nice to post a little refresher (or an intro for any of you guys who might be new to using the coupons).
It's actually a very simple way to save. All you have to do is create an account then log in and select the coupons you would like to use. The coupons are available immediately once you “clip” them. They make it easy to do while you are in the store as well. You can always view your coupons and any new available coupons online from your mobile browser.
To redeem your coupons, all you have to do is enter your registered phone number at checkout or tell the cashier your registered phone number. Your coupons are electronically matched against your purchases and automatically deducted from your bill.
Like other digital coupon programs, you can not use a paper coupon and a digital coupon together. According to the frequently asked questions on the site…
Should a paper coupon be accepted for an item, the digital coupon will not be accepted and will remain in your account for future use.
I have been loading all the coupons as I see them pop up. I have to admit that really only check the site about once per week and then load them all at once. I like having the coupons just in case. There have been a couple of times where I have forgotten about a coupon and had a nice little surprise on my receipt. Also, some of the expiration dates are pretty long so I have more time to wait for a sale.
Now, will they ever take the place of other coupons? No, absolutely not. You see, we are limited to clipping one digital coupon per item and that coupon only reduces the price of just one item. So while a $1 digital coupon for Kandoo is great, if there is a sale - I may want to pick up three bottles! I still have to depend on my paper and printable coupons to make my budget work. Another issue is that the digital coupons don't double. If I have a paper coupon that will double, I definitely want to use that one instead of the similar digital coupon.
Often the coupons that pop up on Coupons.com are repeated over on the Publix Digital coupon site. Again, the digital coupon gives me another opportunity to save. So that big Kandoo coupon can be clipped AND I can grab the same $1 Kandoo Personal Care coupon as a printable coupon. Since I can print the coupon twice, I now have the opportunity to save $1 on three bottles of Kandoo Bodywash...extra savings!
I have to admit that I like having that paper coupon...I can see the deduction on the screen as I check out. The digital coupons do show up on the receipt but I like seeing that deduction as the cashier scans the coupon. I had a few issues at first with digital coupons not coming off at the register but haven't had any issues in quite a while.
Another big question I often get is - "Are the digital coupons Publix coupons?" So far all the coupons I have seen are manufacturer's coupons. Once clipped you can see that under the "Program" tab the coupons are listed as a Manufacturer Digital Offer. That means you can still combine the digital coupon with a store coupon (Publix or competitor) to save even more. So that Tyson coupon that I have had loaded since November of last year can be combined with the $1/1 package of Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches or Bread Bowls Publix Coupon in the Game Day Savings booklet to save $2 off a box of sandwiches for the boys.
So what do you guys think of the Publix Digital coupons? How much do you think you save each month with them?