Publix 12/29 (Maureen) – Paid $3.34 for $73.86 in Merchandise (95.5% Savings Rate)

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This won’t be my last Publix trip of 2016 because I have another planned for tomorrow, but that one is just for rain check redemption.  The trip I am sharing is for current sale items.  I bought the Triscuits and Quaker Oats because I needed another $8.00 in qualifying sales to earn a $10 Publix gift card in the 2016 Stocking Spree promotion that ends 12/31.  The crackers and cereal are qualifying items, but the $10 Publix gift card is NOT factored into this trip.  For those who don’t know about this great program, it will be renewed in 2017, and I encourage you to sign up for it (registration is free).  You will earn a $10 Publix gift card for every $50 spent on qualifying items, and the qualifying items are often on sale throughout the year.  My Publix accepts Winn Dixie coupons, so I used a $5/$40 total-order coupon, a courtesy coupon for completing a Winn Dixie shopping experience survey.  Information about this coupon and how to get it is on every Winn Dixie receipt. The final tally includes this $5 discount.

THREE BUSH’S HUMMUS MADE EASY PACKETS $2.29
THREE BUSH’S GARBANZO BEANS, $0.79 (REG. $0.95)
Get $1.00 cashback from Checkout 51 for buying one BUSH’S Hummus Made Easy and one BUSH’S Garbanzo Beans or Black Beans (limit 5)
Used three FREE Bush’s Black or Garbanzo Beans, 15 to 16 oz, wyb (1) Bush’s Hummus Made Easy Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer “Season’s Greetings” In-Ad Publix Coupon (valid 12/10 to 1/6)
Used three $1/1 Bush’s Classic Hummus Made Easy Printable coupon (preclipped)
Other option: $1.00/1 Bush’s Southwest Black Bean Hummus Made Easy (preclipped)
Price at register, $3.87 but received $3.00 from Checkout51
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.87 (15 cents each!)

FOUR CHINET NAPKINS, BOGO $2.19
Used four $1/1 any Chinet Product Emailed Printable Coupons (must register)
Other option: $1/1 any Chinet Product Printable Coupons (preclipped) 
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.38 (10 cents each!)
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SIX RACHAEL RAY SOUP BONES DOG TREATS, BOGO $3.19
Used six $1.50/1 Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Treats – 11-20 SS (exp 01/8/17)
Other option: $1.50/1 Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Treats (Make the Switch and Register)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $.57 (10 cents each!)

EIGHT INTERNATIONAL DELIGHT CREAMERS, 16-OZ, BOGO $2.49
Used eight $1/1 manufacturer’s coupon blinkies in front of product (exp. 1/22/17)
Other option: $1.00/1 International Delight Coffee Creamer (must register)
Other option: $1.00/2 International Delight Coffee Creamer – 10-2 RP, pints or larger (exp 12/31)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.96 (25 cents each!)
Note – There is also a one-or-many SavingStar offer for International Delight products that expires 12/31.  I doubt it is still available to clip, but if you clipped it and haven’t completed it, this is the time to do so!  I redeemed mine when the quarts were BOGO.

ONE RONZONI LASAGNA OR JUMBO SHELLS, NO YOLKS OR LIGHT’N FLUFFY PASTA, 8 TO 16 OZ, 3/$5 (REG. $2.19)
Used one 0.75/1 Ronzoni Lasagna , exp. 12/31/16 (Publix Coupon Winter Family Savings Coupon Booklet and Printable)
Used one $0.55/1 Ronzoni Product Publix Digital Coupon
NET PRICE PAID: 37 cents!

TWO NABISCO FAMILY-SIZED TRISCUIT CRACKERS, BOGO $4.49
Used one $1.15/2 Nabisco product 3.5 oz or larger manufacturer’s coupon peelie
Used one $1.00/2 Nabisco Triscuit, Wheat Thins or Good Thins Crackers (Publix Coupon) – Winter Family Savings; Includes 3.5 oz or Larger Only (exp 12/31/16)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $2.34 ($1.17 each!)

ONE QUAKER OATS 42-oz CANISTER, $5.15
Used one $3/1 Quaker Oats 42-oz Old Fashioned or Quick Oats Publix Digital Coupon (exp 12/30)
NET PRICE PAID: $2.15!

Retail value of merchandise: $73.86
Net price paid (not including tax): $3.34
Savings rate: 95.5%


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Comments

  1. the publix I just went to in Florida accepts only 8 coupons for one shop

    also…I would also love to see more offers for people who don’t order additional newspapers or coupons from a company…who have the one or two coupons on from the newspaper or printed online. Of course we wouldn’t get 95% off, but we could still get good, just not as good, deals with these
    wondering how many readers would agree with me?

    • The Publix policy is to take eight “like” coupons per household per day, not eight coupons total per shopping trip, so if your store is telling you that you can’t use more than eight total coupons in a single shopping trip, you should print out the coupon policy from the Publix website and ask the store manager why you are not allowed to use as many coupons as the policy allows. If you are still told you are only allowed a maximum of eight coupons of any kind per shopping trip, then call Publix customer service and report the store.

      From the published Publix coupon acceptance guidelines:

      We limit coupon redemption to eight of the same coupons per day, per household.

      As for wanting to “see more offers” that don’t require more than one or two coupons, you only need to consult the weekly ad match-up see all the deals for that week. Shopping trips can’t be expected to catalog every deal available in a given week (we have weekly ad match-ups to do that). In general, I do try to buy a wide variety of items to show readers a good range of weekly deals, and my prior trips reflect this desire to show as many good deals as possible, but the strength of the ad is a variable. When a ad has dozens of new hot deals, my shopping trips will be far more varied. This week’s sales were not very appealing to me because the sales have been repetitive for a few weeks or include products like pickles, condiments, and snacks that I already have too many of. I only wanted the things I bought at Publix and Winn Dixie yesterday. If I hadn’t found the creamer blinkies, I would not have purchased creamer. If I had fewer than six Rachael Ray insert coupons, I would only have bought as many treats as I had coupons for. It’s possible that I would only have purchased the Quaker Oats and Nabisco Triscuits to finish Stocking Spree, in which case, I would not have bothered to share the trip.

      I did not purchase any of the coupons I used from clippers or insert sellers. The ID creamer coupons were blinkies. The Rachael Ray coupons came from five newspaper inserts that I purchased (one from a subscription, four from the newsstand) and one from a neighbor who gives me his coupon inserts every week. On any given week, I will have as few as two sets of inserts and as many as 16 at my disposal. The coupon inserts on the first week in January traditionally have some of the best coupons we see all year. Last year, I bought 16 newspapers on the first Sunday in January. Why buy that many? Because stockpiling is a strategy used by many couponers, including me, to maximize savings.

      I’ll make every effort to share interesting shopping trips with readers in the upcoming year, but some trips are going to be more interesting than others, depending on the number, variety, and appeal of the weekly sale products and on the coupons available to me. I always try to use available total-order coupons ($5/$40 Winn Dixie, $10/$50 Target, $10/$50 Publix gas card), which means hitting a $40 or $50 minimum before coupons. When the ad does not include many sale items I can use, I will be more likely to buy the deals I want in multiples of four, six, or eight, as I did this week. I freely acknowledge that a trip that includes eight identical bottles of creamer, six identical packages of dog treats, and four identical packages of napkins is not a riveting trip, but the trips I share are my real shopping trips.

      It’s always the best practice to go through the weekly match-ups and make a list of whatever looks good to you from all the available deals. Shopping trips are not intended to catalog every available sale.

      • thanks so much for taking the time to explain what you did and how you did it and your basic philosophy surrounding how you shop. I was quite helpful.
        I am not from the south and we don’t have Publix where I live in Maryland, so I imagine that possibly I misunderstood at the store. Maybe the easiest thing to do is purchase the inserts at Dollar Tree the following week once one knows that the coupons inside are what one likes to purchase.
        I will often buy for donation to reach the discount level needed, but I don’t do that with perishable items.
        Lots of stores where I am accept competitor dollar off coupons, and that is the best way to start out.

        • Thank you for your response. I often donate to a local food pantry that accepts perishables (in fact, they get all their bread products at no cost from Publix). The Cooked Perfect meatballs I bought at Winn Dixie are for the food pantry as well as some Snicker’s ice cream bars I bought Friday with a rain check).

          I’ll buy perishables in bulk for myself if the product can be frozen, and that is true of the ID creamer (freezes beautifully).

          At the stores I shop that have or accept competitor total-order coupons ($5/$40 Winn Dixie, $10/$50 Target), the total-order coupon comes off before other coupons are deducted, which is why I will buy multiples of the best deals to hit the $40 or $50 minimum. Other retailers, like Family Dollar or Pricechopper, will only take a $/$$ coupon if the $$ minimum is still met after all other coupons and discounts have been applied. So there is incentive at Publix, Winn Dixie, and Target to meet the $/$$ minimum with products I want that are very cheap or free after product-specific store and manufacturer coupons.

          My Dollar Tree doesn’t sell Sunday papers although I know many Dollar Tree stores do. Many people in major metro areas in Florida get a free Spanish newspaper with all the Sunday inserts, and others have been able to get yearlong Sunday-only subscriptions for $10 per year ($0.19 per paper) with up to four subscriptions per address. So a fair number of couponers in Florida have access to lots of coupons for little to no money. Sadly, that isn’t the case for me. My best Sunday paper of the three available in my area was $1.25 for a long time (just went up to $2.00), so until recently, I could get an extra four papers for only $5, which is easy to recover if the coupons are good that week.

          You can see the upcoming insert coupons here:

          http://www.couponpreviews.info/

          There are usually differences by region (I often find coupons in my inserts that are not in the preview), but it’s also useful to consult the schedule to know which inserts you should have in your newspaper.