Ghosts of Coupon Deals Past! ONLY $5.17 for a GIGANTIC Whole Pork Loin and almost $200 of Personal Care at Publix (December 2014)



With things slowing down now that Christmas is nearly here, I decided to help fill the day with some posts to reminisce on coupon deals past. Isn’t that what the holidays are about…memories? Also, make sure you claim your FREE 3-pack of Olay Samples if you haven’t done so yet either. Finally, don’t forget about the FREE 8×10 Photo Enlargement ($3.99 value) at through 12/25! Merry Christmas!

This is a pretty awesome Publix trip that was originally posted in December 2014. Publix had a massive clearance in personal care items and we had matching high-value coupons. Using a dollars off competitor coupon too, I managed to get everything for about $5…including that massive pork loin that was worth almost $35! The full original trip write up is below; obviously…all the coupons listed expired years ago. Enjoy!

I made a second trip to two Publix stores today, hoping they would have more Kraft Chunk Cheese after the truck arrived. Unfortunately, none came on the truck. However, we stumbled on a HUGE clearance in the health and beauty aisles.

We did one transaction at each store, using a $5 off $30 Winn-Dixie store coupon at both of them. We also did a gas card deal at the second store. Between the two Winn-Dixie coupons and the $10 gas card coupon, we saved an extra $20 beyond what is listed with the items below. Those savings are carried through to the bottom line stats for the trip.

FYI – If you are interested in my first trip of the day, which was a moneymaker trip including Kraft Chunk Cheese, Coca-Cola products, Jose Ole and more, GO HERE to view it.

Here is what we bought, along with the coupons used:

NINE HERBAL ESSENCES STYLERS, on clearance $1.18 (regular price $2.95)
EIGHT HERBAL ESSENCES SHAMPOOS/CONDITIONERS, on clearance $1.41 (regular price $3.19)
Used three $3/3 Herbal Essences Hair Care coupons, 11/16 SS newspaper insert
and used four $2/2 Herbal Essences Hair Care coupons, 12/14 SS newspaper insert
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $4.90 (or 29 cents each!)

FOUR PANTENE STYLERS, on clearance $1.33 (regular price $4.99)
FOUR PANTENE ARGAN OIL TREATMENTS, on clearance $1.33 (regular price $5.99)
Used four $2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment coupons, 11/30 P&G newspaper insert (exp 12/31)
and used four $2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment coupons, 12/28 P&G newspaper insert

THREE PANTENE SHAMPOOS, on clearance $1.33 (regular price $3.99)
Used one $5/3 Pantene Product coupons, 11/30 P&G newspaper insert

TWO SECRET CLINICAL STRENGTH ANTIPERSPIRANT, on clearance $3.19 (regular price $7.99)
Used two $2/1 Gillette or Secret Clinical Publix store coupons, Refresh & Renew Booklet (mailed)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $2.38 (or $1.19 each!)

TWO GARNIER CLEANSERS, on clearance $3.89 (regular price $6.49)
Used two $3/1 Garnier Skin Care printable manufacturer’s coupons (no longer available)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.78 (or 89 cents each!)

FOUR VIDAL SASSOON STYLERS, on clearance $1.59 (regular price $3.99)
Used four $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler coupons, 12/14 RP newspaper insert

SIX HEAD & SHOULDERS 2-IN-1 SHAMPOO/CONDITIONERS, on clearance $1.99 (regular price $4.99)
Used three $3/2 Head & Shoulders Full-Size Product coupons, 11/30 P&G newspaper insert
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $2.94 (or 49 cents each!)

ONE CENTER CUT BONELESS PORK LOIN, on sale $16.18 (regular price $34.06)
No coupons used
NET PRICE: $16.18

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $216.88
Net Price Paid for Everything: $5.17
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 97.6%

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  1. Great trip

  2. Holy smokes! What a shopping trip! My clearwater publix was out of the cheese when I went earlier today. No surprise there. But after seeing these clearance hair deals I will have to go to another store tonight to see if they have cheese and any of the hair products. Thanks for the trip info!

    • Steve Pinski says

      Thanks and good luck!

      • Store #2 was also out of cheese, but got a rain check. No clearance hair deals. However did find the secret clinical on clearance and had coupons which is like a gold mine for me. The search will continue for the other items

  3. Just curious if anyone else has had this problem. I went to a different publix to try and find enough cheese to add with enough things for gas card deal and the manager told me I had to spend $50 after coupons to qualify for the card. I asked him when did the policy change and he said it is now up to the store manager and he would allow it this time but that promotion is to get you to spend an additional $50 in groceries. I thought that’s what I did. Lol

    • Monica Bragg says

      I think your manager is making up his own rules. I would contact corporate about that.

      • Thanks I will send them an email for clarification in case I have to shop that particular store again. This is the only store that seems to change rules with management. If my store wasn’t already out of cheese I wouldn’t have went there at all. Lol

  4. Regina sellers says

    Where can I get more winn Dixie coupons ($5/50)?

    • Steve Pinski says

      I am not 100% certain, but I think all these coupons expire 12/31 and I don’t think they are in the new booklets.

      • Depending on where you live, there are new $5/$50 GFS coupons in the Enjoy the City books that can be used at Publix (I am near a GFS). Lucky me !! 🙂

        In addition, there are $5/$30 Fresh Market coupons in the “National Highlights” edition (if you live near a Fresh Market…….Lucky me again !! LOL)

        And remember, Publix occasionally puts out the $5/$40 coupons for us.

        All hope is not lost. (LOL)

    • There is usually one $5/50 in the weekly Winn Dixie mail insert. (Bulk mail)

      The $5/30 is a lower threshold of items to buy. Only $30 worth.
      There is a $5/20 actual Publix coupon that is included in the welcome packet of coupons that is mailed out to the new address, when you move or forward mail.

      One of your neighbors might have one of these. If you ask them nicely 🙂

      FLORIDA info

  5. MauraFlorida says

    My stores have hair care clearances, but the prices are $1+ more than yours, Steve.

    • Steve Pinski says

      Monica sent me a message telling me her store’s prices were higher too. She left empty-handed this morning 🙁

  6. Thanks! I just picked up free Pantene Mousse for my four kids…they go through a lot, so I really appreciate the heads up on this deal.

    • Steve Pinski says

      You’re welcome! Congrats on the score 🙂 Thanks for the linkback too. I need to get back to putting a linky up now that we’re past the holidays. I kept forgetting!