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We’ve known for a few weeks that a Publix “Official Coupon Policy” was coming. My inbox has been a little crazy with everyone looking for news. We’ll it’s officially been released, though you will find that it is still as official and vague as it’s ever been:
The wording is exact, but their formatting was terrible so I’m breaking things up for ease of understanding. Emphasis added is mine.
- Manufacturer’s coupons (limit one per item).
- Publix coupons (originals only-no copies).
- Valid Internet coupons.
- Coupons from nearby competitors identified by each Publix store. (Competitor names are posted at each Publix store.)
- We will accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor coupon on the same item.
- We will accept coupons from competing pharmacies for prescriptions only.
Coupon Acceptance Limitations/Exceptions:
- We will not accept percent-off-items or percent-off-total-order coupons.
- We will only accept coupons for identical merchandise we sell.
- 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.
- Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon.
- We reserve the right to limit quantities.
- Manager approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.00.
- For a buy-one-get-one free (B1G1) offer, each item is considered a separate sale. (Means you can use a coupon on each item).
So what does this mean?? What Changed?
This really means different things for different areas. Many districts are using this time to clear up coupon issues they have had for a long time. You will see a number of changes that aren’t specifically listed above:
- Who is a competitor will be grocery stores in your immediate area only. This means many stores will stop accepting Target coupons.
- Many stores will start to limit the number of like item deals you can get per transaction (my area is doing a limit of 5 deals on B1G1 items or 10 like items).
- If your store has been allowing multiple of the same Target or Food Lion coupon, this will stop. The coupons all state limit one per transaction.
- If your store has been allowing multiple of the same yellow or green advantage buy flyer coupons, this will stop. These coupons state limit one coupon per person.
I know some will panic at no drugstores or for some areas no more Target coupons. Please don’t panic. You will still save money, I promise. The policies above have been in affect in my area for over 2 years now and Publix is still by far the best grocery store to shop in for deals.
Please know there will still be tons of variations by store. Some stores will accept more competitor stores. Some areas will limit deals while other’s do not. You still have Florida stores not doubling coupons and ringing B1G1 deals up differently…
In the end I hope you are happy to at least have the basics in writing from Publix!