Publix 2/13 (Steve) – Paid $3.06 on $70.80 of Merchandise (95.7% Saved)

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publix-021314I had a pretty nice Publix trip today. I wasn’t too excited about this week’s ad, so there wasn’t much on the list. I’ve been trying to avoid buying too much junk food and this week’s sale wasn’t very cooperative. I gave my Knorr Sides and a few bottles of Aleve to a friend, but the rest is for me. Even though I’m trying to avoid eating garbage, I couldn’t resist the chocolate Sara Lee pound cake slices. (At least I only bought one box!) I also saw cottage cheese in the ad and decided to buy it; the funny thing is that they aren’t really on sale at my store…$2.50 is the regular price!

Here is what I bought, along with the coupons used:
EIGHT ALEVE 50+25 CT, on sale $5.99 (regular price $6.99)
Used four $5/2 Bayer, Aleve, etc. Publix store coupons, Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer
and used eight $3/1 Aleve 40 ct or larger manufacturer’s coupons, 1/5 SS newspaper insert
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $3.92 (or 49 cents each!)

FOUR KNORR SIDES, on sale BOGO $1.15
Used two $1/2 Knorr Sides Publix store coupons, Best Meals at Home Newsletter
and used two $0.50/2 Knorr Sides manufacturer’s coupons, 1/26 RP newspaper insert

ONE PUBLIX COTTAGE CHEESE 24 OZ, on sale $2.50 (but it really isn’t on sale; regular price is $2.50 at my store)
No coupons used
NET PRICE: $2.50

ONE SARA LEE CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE SLICES, on sale $1.89 (50% off $3.79 regular price)
Used one $1/1 Sara Lee Sweet Goods printable manufacturer’s coupon (preclipped)
NET PRICE: $0.89

ONE QUAKER WARM & CRUNCHY GRANOLA, on sale $2.50 (regular price $3.99)
Used one $1/1 Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola manufacturer’s coupon, 1/26 RP newspaper insert
NET PRICE: $1.50
***This just sounded tasty, so I decided to give it a try :)

ONE $50 VISA GIFT CARD, regular price $50+$4.95 activation fee
Used one $10 off a $50 VISA Gift Card when you buy $50 of groceries Publix in-ad store coupon
Price at Register: $44.95, but received $50 Gift Card

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $70.80
Net Price Paid for Everything: $3.06
Savings Rate (nothing was taxable): 95.7%


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  1. Hi,
    I am a little miffed as to how you got to your merchandise total. I am coming up with:
    5.99 x 8 = 47.92 + 2.30 + 2.50 + 1.89 + 2.50 = 57.11….before you even add in the $50 VISA card. Thanking you in advance for clarifying :-)

    • Monica Bragg says:

      We calculate off of regular price and not sale prices. We don’t count Visa cards or gas cards in our total because 1) Gas Card – we would have spent $50 anyways 2) Visa Card – we are just transferring money from one place to the other. We still have $50 when we leave the store essentially so those are not counted in our totals.

      • Thanks for clearing that up Monica. I am noticing though, that the savings from the VISA card “is” included in the price paid. The numbers are a little deceiving then, to the newer couponers. I personally think it would be more accurate, if you were to actually list the price of the items you purchase, and then the total price that you paid at the end.
        In this case, it would be $57.11 worth of groceries………for $8.11. Savings rate of 85.8%

        Just my thought :-)

        • Monica Bragg says:

          We deduct the savings from the coupon from our groceries because we still leave with the same thing that it would have cost to begin with. With the Visa card we do also deduct for the activation fee. In the end we still leave with the $50 we started with and for budgeting purposes our groceries get the savings.

  2. musikalgal says:

    Now how is it possible for you to get Knorr pasta for $1.15 when my Knorr pasta is $1.49? We don’t live that far apart?!?!?!? For how much of that stuff I buy, it may be worth driving down to Pinellas county.

    I felt the same way about this weeks ad, it felt boring compared to recent weeks.

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I was shocked when that was the price too. I didn’t think they were quite $1.49, but I thought I remembered these being $1.23 or $1.29 before.

    • I live in Pinellas county and my store had them for $1.49. I took my flyer to the Walmart food store and they were $1.00 there. Since they ad match I got 6 Knorr sides for $3. I also got those dole fruit cups (which were about 70 cents cheaper plus they were BOGO.) and a few other things. I will say this was my FIRST trip to ad match at Walmart neighborhood market that they didn’t hassle me..

      • Steve Pinski says:

        Weird. The downtown St. Pete store has them at $1.15. Usually all of us in Tampa Bay have the same prices.

  3. In our store it’s $1.63