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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Coupon Policies Change...& it can suck.

I went to Publix yesterday, for the first time in a while. My Publix was great to shop at because they doubled coupons, did half price BOGO, and considered Target, Kroger, & Ingles as competitors. Why they considered Target a competitor, I'm not quite sure because the closest one is about 15 minutes away. But I wasn't going to complain!

I got in check-out and had a good amount of items in my cart and I put everything on the belt (I had my daughter with me so this is never the easiest if tasks). When the cashier scanned everything and I have her my coupons, the first one she came to she said she would have to ask a manager because they no longer accept Target as a competitor. Wha...wha..WHAT?! This totally threw a wrench in my game plan. Apparently they stopped taking them since April 1st...Fool's Day indeed. :/

I am going to have to change my game plan completely when I shop at Publix and may be visiting Kroger more and more.

Here was my grocery list. Items in BOLD are what I ended up buying. Maybe you Publix accepts Target and you'll have better luck.

Tyson Chicken Nuggets or Patties or Tenders or Any’Tizers Snacks, 10 to 13.25 oz pkg, BOGO $3.25
- $1/1 Tyson Any’tizer Snacks 03/03/2013 SS Insert (exp 06/09/2013)
- $1/2 Quaker Items, TARGET coupon (exp 04/27/2013)
- $1.50/2 Quaker Big Chew or Chewy Yogurt Granola or Soft Baked Bars – 04-14-13 RP Insert (exp 5/18/2013)
- $1/2 Quaker Items, All You Magazine
= $0.25 each!

6 Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper or Tuna or Chicken or Suddenly Salad, 4.4 to 12.2 oz, BOGO $1.59
- 2 $0.75/3 Betty Crocker Hambuger Helper, Tuna Helper or Chicken Helper Home Cooked Skillet Meals
= $0.55 each!

The Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches or Bars, Cone or Fudge Bar or Pop, 24 oz, or Bars, 15.9 to 24 oz, BOGO $4.99
- $1/1 Skinny Cow Low-fat Ice Cream Snack, 4 ct+ (must sign up; bottom left corner)
- $1/1 Skinny Cow ice cream item 4- to 12-ct. Target Coupon
= $0.50 each!

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel or Scrambles, 10 to 11.5 oz, BOGO $1.95
- $0.50/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Toaster Scrambles Pastries or Pancakes 02/03/2013 SS Insert (exp 04/27/2013)
= $0.48 each!

Dannon Activia Yogurt, 4 pk, 3/$5
- $1/1 Activia, 4 pk 03/03/2013 SS Insert (exp 04/21/2013)
= $0.67 each!

2 Bailey’s Coffee Creamer, 16 oz, 2/$3

Gerber Graduates Foods, Grabbers, Squeezable Fruit or Organic 2nd Foods, or Beech Nut, Happy Baby, HappyTot, or Earth’s Best, 25% Off - Would have got these but I now have Yummi Pouches
- $0.50/1 Plum Baby, Tots or Kids Product (IE)
- $1/2 Happy Tot or Happy Baby Pouches
- $1/10 Beech-Nut Baby Food
- $1/3 Beechnut Items
- $0.75/3 Beech-nut Stage 4 or Stage 5 Puree or Yogurt Pouches
- $1/3 Earth’s Best Baby Food Pouches

Knorr Pasta or Rice Sides, 3.8 to 5.8 oz, BOGO $1.29
- $1/2 Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides, any (Maximum of 2 Identical Coupons Allowed in Same Shopping Trip) – 03-24-13 RP Insert (exp 4/21/2013)
- $0.50/2 Knorr sides Target Coupon

2 Birds Eye Voila Skillet Meal, 21 oz, $3.49
- $1.75/1 Birds Eye Voila
= $3.48 or $1.74 each!

2 Buddy Fruits BOGO $1

Colonial Bread 2/$3

8 Sambazon Smoothies and Fruit Juices $2.50 - Not Pictured
- Free Coupons for Moms Meet Meeting - Review/Giveaway Coming Soon

Total Spent = $17.34
Total Saved = $44.71
Total Percentage = 72%! :D

So how did everyone else do this week? Have you ever had an unexpected turn of events with coupon policies like this?


  1. Hi! I'm a new follower popping in from Deezys Pimpin is Eezy! Sorry to hear that your Publix changed their policy BUT I have to tell you....I MISS PUBLIX!! LOVE that store!! :-)

  2. I once had a store refuse to take my $3 off coupon because the product was on sale for $2.50.
    Hi I'm Dusty Katt from Dustykatt's Stuff
    stopping by from the More Than Mommies Mixer to say "Hi" and follow your blog.

  3. You need to come do my shopping!

  4. I don't know why...but I hate Publix. My friends are in love like it is a cult.hahaha Maybe it is b/c the ones I have been to are in Florida and they don't allow the half price bogo or double coupons. I am glad to hear some of them do it. haha That is why I am a Harris Teeter addict, they can be super expensive otherwise, but they double up to 99 cents every day and every six weeks they double up to $2 and triple up to 99cents. Good job, love me a bargain.

  5. Very informative post! I live in Canada, though.

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  6. Wow - I never eally use coupons. I use ibotta, a cell phone app, for some discounts, but never coupons.

  7. What an absolute shame. I used to love Publix, but there is none up here. I wish stores would not change their policies like this.

    I am following you from the Aloha Friday blog hop.

  8. Publix Stores are supposed to have their accepted competitors posted near the store entrance. Mine hasn't taken Target coupons in a couple of years. Although I seriously wish they would!!!

  9. Hey Diana, It was not your luck that day I guess. You did mentioned about your Spending & Savings.. How did you saved more than you spent? ;) Is that really true I mean its technically not possible

    Thanks !


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