Publix 4/2 – $5.23 Profit on $40.53 of Merchandise (112.9% Saved!)

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I decided to go for a little bike ride on Monday afternoon and I popped into Publix to pick up a few items.I had initially planned to pick up a few Carefree moneymakers and a just a few more items, but when I saw the Carefrees virtually untouched I decided to go a little crazy ;)

Here’s what I bought and the coupons used:

ONE GOLD PEAK DIET TEA 18.5 OZ., on sale $1 (regular price $1.29)
Used one $0.75/1 Gold Peak Tea printable coupon (zip 33712)
NET PRICE: $0.25

FOUR LARABAR BARS, regular price $1.25
Used two $1/2 Larabar Publix Best Meals at Home store coupon
and used one $1/4 Larabar manufacturer coupon (zip 33712)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $2.00 (or 50 cents each!)

TWO KRAFT MILK BITES, regular price $2.99
Used one BOGO Kraft Milk Bites Publix Cooking with Kraft store coupon
and used one $1.50/2 Kraft Fresh Take, Philadelphia Cooking Creme, Philadelphia Indulgence or Milk Bite Products (zip 33712)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.49 (or 74 cents each!)

ONE ALLEGRA ALLERGY 5 CT., regular price $6.49
Used one $7/1 Allegra Allergy coupon, 4/1 SS newspaper insert

ONE PACKAGE OF CELERY, on sale $0.99 (regular price $1.49)
No coupons used
NET PRICE: $0.99

TWO TOMATOES, on sale $1.23 (regular price $1.89)
No coupons used
NET PRICE: $1.23

ONE PACKAGE 93/7 GROUND BEEF, on sale $5.12 (regular price $5.69)
Used one $2/$2+ Publix Meat Department Purchase coupon, 4/1 Tampa Tribune
NET PRICE: $3.12

TEN CAREFREE PANTILINERS 20 CT., regular price $1.27
Used ten $2/1 Stayfree Ultra Thin or Maxi Pads, 14 to 18 ct., Carefree Pantiliners, 16 to 60 ct., or O.B. Tampons, 40 ct. Publix store coupon, Publix Green Advantage Flyer
and used one $1/1 ANY Carefree Product coupon, 3/18 SS newspaper insert
and used one $0.50/1 ANY Carefree Product printable coupon (zip 33712)

I also used a $5/$30 competitor coupon

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $40.53
Special Price Savings (Sales/BOGOs): $2.02
Coupon Savings (Store/Manufacturer): $43.74
Net Price for Everything: $5.23 profit (less 96 cents sales tax)

Savings Rate (excluding sales tax): 112.9%
Savings Rate (including sales tax): 110.3%

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  1. My Publix “reserves the right to limit quantities.” There’s a sign right in front of the product – only 2 per customer per day!! :(

    • I think that’s fair if there’s a lot of shelf-clearing going on at a particular store. I buy quantities based on what’s on the shelf, so if I found about 10 left, I’d just pick up about two or three. I’ve found no lack of these products at the two stores nearest to my home, plus on Monday it was even less of an issue because my closest store gets their truck on Tuesday morning.

      My stores have an official, yet unenforced limit of 10 items per deal, although I don’t think that limit even applies on this deal because they aren’t sale items.

      Oh, and I’ve only run into one cleared shelf at my closest Publix in the last few months. The week Prosciutto was BOGO the shelf was cleared when I went to the store around noon on the first day of the sale. Other than that, I’ve run into no significant issues other than the occasional vitamin wipeout or hangtag snatching by other folks.

  2. Ana from Marianna FL says:

    Purex Crystals coupon are printed again from your facebook page. I just printed mine again :)

  3. Patricia says:

    wish i could find these at my store. i did manage to buy the 16 count which were free after the store and manufacturer coupon stack, they are priced at $2.39

  4. Natalie says:

    Does Publix give you the overage in cash?

    • Yes, but I usually pass on the cash in favor of a gift card. If you buy a large enough gift card to keep your balance from ever going below zero, you avoid an annoying beep and the need for the supervisor to enter their code to allow your total to go negative.

  5. I am glad you you switched from 80/20 to 93/7 ground beef . So much healthier :)

    • 80/20 is for Miss Low Carb. She can have all the fat she wants, but I’ll gain if I eat it ;)

  6. My apple computers won’t let me print REDPLUM …. I am mad! Anybody else have similar issue Marie

  7. Question, on the pantiliners. Couldn’t you have used $10 of the manufacturer coupons to stack with the Green Advantage Flyer coupons and had an even bigger overage?

    • Well, I don’t have ten pantiliner manufacturer coupons. But in addition to that, there’s a fine print issue with the coupons. Take a look at yours. We have some limits to how many per transaction ;)

  8. Milissa says:


    Just when I thought my shopping experiences sucked. What a horrible day to be shopping at Publix. Luckily, no one died!

  9. I didnt realize there was a meat coupon in the tribune!!!
    I looked through mine very carefully (or so I thought) and I assumed all thre great publix coupons had come to an end! :((
    so sad….and my recycling has already been picked up!

  10. Wow awesome shopping! Thanks for linking up at Pounds4Pennies!