If you have a question about couponing at Publix, this is the place to find the answer! Each week I have a little coupon question and answer session here on Ask I Heart Publix. Keep sending in those questions – I love to answer them! Just remember if I didn’t get to your question this week…I will do my best to cover it another week!!
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Here are this week’s questions:
- Tara wants to know: What is Checkout 51?
- “T” wants to know: Why do you have multiple manufacturer’s coupons in your lists when you can only use one manufacturer’s coupon on an item?
- Jim wants to know: I was told that Publix no longer takes Target coupons so why are you still putting them in the match ups?
- Beth wants to know: Where do you keep your stockpile?
- Alycia asks: I would like to see a list of stock up prices for items. I’m never sure if I’m getting a deal at the lowest price or if I should wait for a lower price before stocking up.
1. What is Checkout 51?
I actually have a whole post about this app. This is what I call a perk…another level of saving. Kinda like Ibotta, it’s a cash back app that will get you some extra moolah for items already on your shopping list.
2. Why do you have multiple manufacturer’s coupons in your lists when you can only use one manufacturer’s coupon on an item?
I actually list all the available coupons…or at least as many as I can find. You see while you can only use one manufacturer’s coupon per item purchased, not everyone has the same coupons. So by listing all the coupons you can scan through the list and determine which of the coupons you have and then grab YOUR best deal.
3. I was told that Publix no longer takes Target coupons so why are you still putting them in the match ups?
Well, I still list them because some stores are still taking those coupons. My store still takes them and Target is on the competitor list posted at the front of the store. Each store is allowed to determine their competitor list. I am sorry to hear that your store is no longer accepting those coupons but I want as many folks to get as much savings as possible so until I get word that it’s a corporate wide policy, I’ll keep adding them to the matchups :-)
4. Where do you keep your stockpile?
When I built my house I actually planned for my stockpile. I have a huge pantry that is filled with shelves that my husband built for me. It also houses my upright freezer. I also keep some items in the room where they are most appropriate (laundry products, cleaners and fragrances in laundry room. Body wash, razors, shampoo in bathroom cabinet.) Here’s one wall of my pantry..
5. I would like to see a list of stock up prices for items. I’m never sure if I’m getting a deal at the lowest price or if I should wait for a lower price before stocking up.
We have talked about this one before but I thought we’d chat about it again. Stock up prices are VERY personal and will vary based on personal consumption. I could randomly make a list but it would be wrong. You see my idea of a stock up cereal price will be very different from a family that eats 4 boxes of cereal each week. I might pick up cereal if it’s 50¢ up to maybe a buck if it’s my kids’ favorite treat but it’s very rare that I’d pay more than that–it’s just not a necessity at my house. For a family who goes through a ton of cereal each week…they’d likely be willing to pay more rather than fork out over $4 per box at regular price.
But now if I find a sale on Ovaltine and it’s even a buck off…right now I’d stock up!! I have been waiting for that hot deal to pop up and it hasn’t. Now I have to bite the bullet and hold out and wait for a sale or just pay full price!
You get my point…stock up lists are just that particular person’s suggestion and really you are better off creating your own list. Do an inventory of what you use and how much you use. As you watch the sales you will start to see some trends.
There will always be those hot deals that pop up but since those can’t be predicted at some point you have to just go with your gut.