Publix can be a great place to shop once you know what you are doing. This guide will take you through the steps of what you need to know to score some amazing savings.
Before you begin read below, make sure you have read my Beginner’s Guide To Couponing. If you already know all this, then move on to the what’s next.
Where Are Publix Stores Located?
Publix stores are not nation wide. Here are the states where you will find Publix.
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- Virginia (*coming soon!)
To find the store closest to you GO HERE.
Do They Double Coupons?
Yes and no. Certain stores still do but you will need to call ahead to verify if yours does. If they do double coupons, they double up to $0.50 with no limit. WOO HOO!! So if you are one of the lucky ones that has one near you that doubles, you can score some amazing deals!
General Coupon Acceptance
There are certain guidelines that are the same whether your store doubles or not. The main one being that you can only use 8 LIKE coupons per transaction. That is not 8 coupons total. That means you can use (8) $1/1 Oscar Mayer, (8) $1/2 M&M, etc. Some coupons limit their use and say on them limit of 4 per transaction and that takes precedent over the store policy.
You can find the complete coupon policy HERE. It’s important to know your store’s coupon policy no matter where you shop. This will help you avoid a lot of confusion and frustration at the register.
Publix also offers their own store coupons which you can stack with a manufacturer’s coupon. Combined with BOGO sales these can mean FREE items!
Another nice thing Publix does is to accept competitor coupons. Each Publix will have different stores they accept coupons from that are within a certain mile radius. Check near the front door for a list of what your store accepts. (See green sign above from my store) The customer service desk will also know.
Competitor coupons are store coupons. So when stacking you can use a manufacturer coupon PLUS a Publix coupon or a manufacturer coupon PLUS a competitor store coupon. You may not use all three together. Store coupons do NOT double.
Publix also accepts competitor’s coupons for their store brand. You can use these on Publix brand items. For example You could use a Target coupon for Up & UP baby wipes on Publix store brand baby wipes.
Total Off Order Coupons
Sometimes Publix will offer coupons that give you so much off your order. For example, $5 off your $25 order. You can use one of those per day and one competitor dollar off coupon per day. Your total must equal the amount on both.
If you have $20 off $75 Baby coupon from Target and a $5 off $20 purchase from Publix you must buy $95.00 altogether. This is before any coupons and after BOGO discounts.
When you “stack” coupons that means you can use more than one to buy them same item. You stack a Publix store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for greater savings. It does NOT mean using 2 manufacturer’s coupons on the same item.
You can tell the difference between the two types of coupons usually by simply looking at the top. Publix will say “Publix Coupons” at the top. Manufacturer’s coupons state that at the top. You can also look at the bar code. Publix will have a LU#. The cashier types this in – they do not scan.
Stacking With BOGO Sale
Another great reason to shop at Publix is that you can combine stacked coupons with BOGO sales. They count the free item in a BOGO sale as a purchase, which indeed it is. If there is an auto deduct sale, you may use the store coupon on top of the auto deduct.
Publix Puts Out Great Coupons
Publix puts out Advantage Flyers. There are always two of them out and they are filled with great Publix coupons. One of them is the Green Flyer, which is food coupons, and the other is known as the Purple flyer, which contains coupons for non-food items. They come out every 10 – 14 days and can usually be found at the Information Center carousel at the entrance.
You can also print these flyers. Click on the links above to print the Purple Flyer and Green Flyer. Publix also puts out seasonal coupon books. Keep an eye along the aisles for store tear pads, peelies and blinkies. Make sure you check the LU# as Publix flyers sometimes have manufacturer coupons in them as well.
More Ways To Get Publix Coupons
You can also have coupons emailed or mailed to you through these two clubs:
There are pharmacy booklets often in the Pharmacy area as well.
Where Can I Get Coupons?
There are a lot of great ways to get manufacturer’s coupons. Here are some of the ways you can get coupons:
- Sunday paper – Red Plum, Smartsource & P&G are the three types of inserts offered.
- Insert Seller
- Printable Coupons —>> Click Here
- Publix Digital – these are actually manufacturer coupons
- Neighbors and Friends ( ask them to save the paper for you)
Click here for tips on printing coupons.
In this scenario you are going to use a Publix coupon with a manufacturer coupon. Let’s say L’oreal is on sale. Here is what you would do :
Buy (1) L’oreal Shampoo on sale for $4.00
Use (1) $2/1 L’oreal Shampoo from the Sunday Paper
Use (1) $2/1 Publix L’oreal Coupon (Purple Flyer)
Out Of Pocket (OOP) = FREE
In this deal there is a BOGO sale:
Buy (2) L’oreal Shampoos – BOGO Sale – $4.00 each – one free
Use (2) $2/1 Publix L’oreal Coupons
Use (2) $2/1 L’oreal Manufacturer coupon
OOP = $4.00 Money maker!!! Publix gives you this on a gift card or it will go towards other items in the cart.
Match Ups & Best Deals
Here at CouponConfidants.com you will find the best Publix deals each week. These usually are posted the Sunday before the sale begins. Click here to see this week’s Best Deals. You can check out our match-ups to see all the sales and all the coupons that go with it. I save you time and help prepare you for your shopping trip. Everything you need is right here! Hot deal? I break it down for you!! It’s that easy! There is also our MAIN Publix post that is pinned to the website and will always be the first one you see. In that post, you will see ALL the deals, ads, flyers, and booklets all in one spot!
Rain checks are wonderful. You can ask for these when the item you want is not available during the sale. You can use these rain checks later and get the same price. They even work past the expiration of 30 days in many cases. (*Always ask your store before it expires, in case they prefer to re-write the Rain check.) You can get up to 8 items on a rain check every day of the sale.
When you redeem you rain check if they only have 4 of the 8 items you will lose the other 4. You can always ask if they will extend it.
Publix promises their customers that if an item scanned exceeds the advertised or shelf price the customer gets it free. If you have more than ONE of that item in your same transaction, the first one is free and the rest will be rung up at the correct price. (Excluding alcohol and cigarettes.)
Join my Facebook group and ask questions and share your Publix experience. We have a main group and a Publix only group only group. We love to see our readers’ hauls so share those as well. Once you get to know Publix you will be saving money and doing some serious saving before you know it!! – Chrissy Missy – Owner CouponConfidants.com
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