My 6/9 Publix Trip – $103.83 for $18.25 or 82% Off

Not too much exciting this week but that’s okay since I had two big weeks in a row 😉  I may have gone a little overboard with the Edwards Singles but I had twelve $1/1 qs that expire soon and they’re SO GOOD!  The thing I like best about them though is the portion control – since they’re individually wrapped you can’t dish out way too much like we tend to do with ice cream.  On a sad note, I was really disappointed to find out today that my favorite Publix store has changed its policy and now will only take one Register Reward per transaction.  I had $21 RR I had planned to use today and I could only use $10 RR so that was a major bummer.  Since Walgreens RR are actually manufacturer’s coupons and Publix does get reimbursed for them (plus 8 cents each), I’m not sure I understand the reasoning behind the move.  I’ve put a call in to the manager to ask about the policy so that I can report back to all of you.  I pass three Winn Dixies on the 40 minute drive I make to the Fairhope Publix, and there is another Publix 40 minutes the other direction, so I’ll need to find out more about the new rules and perhaps whether multiple transactions are allowed before I plan next week’s shopping trip.  I’ll let you all know as soon as I have some news to report!  In the meanwhile, I still did pretty good today with $103.83 in groceries for $18.25, or 82% off.  Here are some of the deals:

Mott’s 100% Apple Juice or Mott’s For Tots or Mott’s Plus, 64oz bottle  or 100% Juice Medleys From Concentrate, Assorted Varieties, BOGO $3.07

Edwards Pie Slices, Assorted Varieties, 2ct, 5.2 to 9.17 oz box, BOGO $3.09
-$1/1 Edwards Singles, Any (DND 5) – 04-25-10 SS or
-$1/1 Edwards Singles A La Mode PRINT
Final Price:  55 cents each box

Mini Donuts, 10 oz pkg, BOGO $3.59

Ronzoni Pasta, Selected Varieties, 12 or 16 oz box (Excluding Lasagna, Manicotti, Jumbo Shells, Healthy Harvest and Smart Taste) BOGO $1.39

Aunt Jemima Syrup, Assorted Varieties, 24oz bottle, BOGO $3.79
-$1/2 Aunt Jemima Mix or Syrup, Any 24 Oz. Or Larger – 05-02-10 RP
Final Price:  $1.40 each

Pompeian Imported Olive Oil, Extra Light or Classic Mediterranean, 16oz bottle, BOGO $5.99
-$1/1 Pompeian Olive Oil, OlivExtra, or OlivExtra Plus Any 16 Oz. Or Larger (DND5) – 05-23-10 RP
-$1/1 Pompeian Oil PRINT
Final Price:  $2.00

Doritos Tortilla Chips, Assorted Varieties, 11.5-12.5oz bag, BOGO $3.99

Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Assorted Varieties, 12oz pkg BOGO $2.99

Kraft Shredded Cheese, 14 to 16 oz bag, $3.99
-$1/2 Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese, Any 6 Oz. Or Larger – Add Dairy To Your Summer Booklet 
-$1/1 Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese Publix coupon (16 oz) PRINT
Final Price:  $2.49 each

FRENCH’S Worcestershire Sauce $1.29
-$.50/1 PRINT
Final Price:  79 cents

The Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, Bars, Truffle, or Cones, 12 ct or 2.65 to 24 oz carton, 2/$7
-$1/1 Skinny Cow, Any PRINT
-$1/1 Skinny Cow Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer
Final Price:  $1.50 each

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  1. I spoke to my local Publix manager just last week. He informed of a new policy from the corporate office. No more will they be accepting Walgreens or CVS or Target coupons. They ‘do not consider them competition’. When I asked about Target, I was told that they are not a true grocery store. Again, this is coming from the corporate office. I live in Atlanta and it’s already active here.

  2. Wow – that’s really awful! More to look forward to I guess 🙁

  3. Yes I shop the Fairhope Publix and knew of this as of my trip last week. I, like you, shop the bogos and the sales. With the lack of 10/50 produced from WD – and limit of one RR, I will have to rethink my shopping as well. It is surely disappointing. But I will weigh the time/gas spent traveling to Publix and the deals available at WD (and the RR deals). I’m sure it could vary from week to week.
    Keep us posted if you find out anything new…

  4. I wonder if all Publix Stores are changing their policy? Ours only allows 1 $5… off coupon (no RR or ECBs).

  5. Someone in Atlanta (where the home office is) wrote in to say that they can’t even use Target or Walgreens coupons because they’re not considered a “true” competitor 🙁 I HOPE there is not more bad news coming!

  6. Publix does not have a specific corporate coupon policy. Each store sets their own, and it’s more like a guideline than a “policy”. Depending on where the store is located has an affect on what they consider competitors. If their is a Walgreens and Rite Aid across the street then they are more likely to take a store Q from there. Same thing with Target. I love Publix and I too love getting good deals, and paying $20 for $100 worth of groceries week after week. But keep in mind, Publix and it’s sales and awesome coupon guidelines is a wonderful luxury. Don’t take advantage. And about the RR at Walgreens….yes, technically they are manufacturer’s Q’s, but really they are rewards from the manufacturer specifically for that store. They would not be accepted as a manufacturer Q at Kroger, Walmart, Target or any other retailer. Publix does not get that money back and some stores do take them as a courtesy and to keep your business. Please keep this in mind and don’t abuse their guidelines….you could be potentially ruining it for all of us. And please don’t take this the wrong way, its not intended in a mean way. Just wanted to share my knowledge from corporate and Publix store managers. The company that issues RR for Walgreens can explain how they work. The number to Catalina is listed on the RR I think.

  7. Thanks so much for writing in Brandi! I certainly do appreciate that Publix takes competitor’s coupons as a courtesy and understand that they don’t get reimbursed for those, but management has confirmed that they DO get reimbursed for the Register Rewards. I absolutely agree with you about not taking advantage or abusing the system and I don’t condone any tactics that do. I’ve never cleared a shelf or tried to pass an inappropriate or expired coupon and nothing makes me crazier than people who DO abuse the system because you’re right – that’s the kind of behavior that makes it tough for those of us trying to do the right thing.

  8. Christina says:

    I shop at a Publix in Villa Rica and know the store manager there on a first name basis. When I was getting into couponing and asked him about competitor coupons he told me the stores they accept from but that the total of competitor coupons is limited to $12. Not sure if it’s just that store or if that’s been corporate policy all along. I will ask him tomorrow when I go in.

  9. After talking to my manager awile back, I think we all need to brace ourselves. Eventually, Publix will pull way back when things get better financially for people. This is just a temporary thing to ease the economic stress for it’s patrons. As the economy swings back (which IMHO won’t recover for a long time… People will have just gotten used to tightening their belts some) Publix will slowly withdraw some of it’s initial good will.

    While that saddens me, Let’s face it It’s BUSINESS!!

    But I think it will also be hard for Publix to let go of it’s customer base. People will begin again saying Publix is too high priced for me and will resort to other savings methods. So I hope that all ends well on both accounts, our ability to keep saving and our awesome desire to do it at the place where shopping is a pleasure!!

  10. Thanks Christina – I’d love to hear more about that when you find out 🙂

  11. Hi! I actually work at a Publix that just implemented the 1 RR per transaction. We do get reimbursed for the coupons since they are manufacturer coupons. However, it promotes shopping at Walgreens in order to get them which is why they’ve limited it. I’m a couponer myself & have used more than 1 RR at a time & it does suck… but that’s the reasoning behind it 🙂

  12. Thanks so much for letting us know that Mandy! That actually makes sense that Publix doesn’t want to promote more shopping at Walgreens just to get RR to spend at Publix. I can see how that would be a catch 22 for the store, because the more RR I have, the more I’m able (or used to be able 😉 ) to spend at Publix.

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