Publix Coupon Policy!

by Kimberly on May 12, 2011

As I posted the other day, I am aware that The New Publix Coupon Policy has been posted pretty much everywhere but here on my website. It’s even made it to the Newspapers and News!! HOWEVER…the Policy was actually not  supposed to be released until this Saturday. It is EXTREMELY important to me that I  uphold the ethical values I teach all of you and stick to them. I will not sway from keeping this blog something  you all can count on for Ethical and Correct information.   So until I had permission from Publix to post any of it, I…like you…have waited patiently.

That being said, I did get permission today to release to you SOME of the Policy.  Below is a picture and then I went ahead and typed it up and broke it down with a few explanation notes (in purple) from me.   Beneath the Policy I addressed a few  common mistakes made when reading the ‘Fine Print’  on coupons. (I kept that in purple so as not to confuse anyone)


Publix Coupon Policy

Publix accepts: Manufacturers’ coupons (limit one per item), Publix coupons (originals only – no copies), valid Internet coupons, and coupons from nearby competitors identified by each Publix store. (Competitor names are posted at each Publix store.)

No real change here. In general the rule has been that Grocery Stores within approximately a 15 Mile Radius are considered competitors. So, it will now be posted and you can just check at your store. :-)

We will accept coupons from competing pharmacies for prescriptions only.

For those of us living in the Tampa Bay area there is no change here. For those of you who live out of state and shopped at stores that did honor Walgreens and Rite-Aid coupons, I assure you as one who has not had that benefit or the benefit of doubling coupons…you will Still save BUNDLES of money.

We will not accept percent-off-total-order coupons. We will only accept coupons for identical mercandise we sell. Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon, and we reserve the right to limit quantities. manager approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.00.

No changes here. For the most part grocery coupons that have a value of over $5.00 for a single item are fraudulent coupons, so we wouldn’t be using them to begin with.

For a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate sale. We will accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor coupon on the same item.

This is exactly the same as it has been. You can STILL use a coupon for each item you are purchasing (even the Free item). If the coupon states $1.00 off 4 ($1/4) than that coupon is considered having a coupon for EACH of the 4 items. Think of it as getting $0.25 off each item. If the coupon states $1.00 off 1 ($1/1) than you may use ONE $1/1 coupon for EACH item the coupon is for (even the Free one).
This also states you can still ‘Stack’ coupons. Remember the rule: ONE Manufacturer Coupon and ONE Store or Competitor coupon per item you are getting (even the Free item).

Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor coupon per order. The order total must be equal to or greater than the total purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented.

This is referring to the coupons that are $xx (specified dollar amount) off a purchase of $xx (specified dollar amount) or more. For example: If you have a Publix $5 off purchase of $50 or more and a Winn-Dixie $5 off purchase of $30 or more, then you may use both of them. BUT you can ONLY use both if your total (before coupons but after sale prices) is $80 or more.



So…that’s Most of the New Coupon Policy…really no changes. I will post the rest sometime this weekend after I have the remainder of the policy in hand and typed up.   Like I posted a couple weeks ago, it comes down to READING THE FINE PRINT!   Below are a few examples of the ‘Fine Print’ that is often found on Store coupons and is often missed or misused:

  1. If a coupon states ‘One coupon per household’, than that means you may only use that coupon ONE TIME. You may not use that coupon again at another Publix store or in another transaction. ONE TIME ONLY!
  2. If a coupon states ‘One coupon per transaction’, than that means you may only use one coupon per transaction. You can  use another one in your NEXT transaction.
  3. If a coupon states ‘One coupon per purchased item’, than that means you can use one for each item of that product you are getting in one single transaction.
  4. If a coupon does not state any of the above, than it is considered to have no limitations and can be used just like the ‘One coupon per purchased item’ coupon.

I hope this answers and puts at ease many of your questions and concerns. For me there is not a single thing that will affect my personal shopping. If any other questions arise please do not hesitate to email me and if I don’t know the answer I will look into it and do my very most to find one.

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