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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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When you are just getting started couponing it can be hard to figure out how to stock up with no extra money in the budget. I thought I would show you just how much you could buy for less than $15.

The following is an idea to help you reach the $50 purchase needed to use the in-ad coupon this week for $10 off a gas gift card. The in-ad coupon is only good Friday to Sunday, so that means if you want the gas promotion then this scenario will only work on Friday. I’ll work on another scenario for any weekend shoppers.  I can imagine for some of you though, the gas gift card is not really in the budget either. So just use this as a way this week to save a ton off a number of regularly used items.

All of these deals I pulled using the Publix $1 or less list.

Stock Up/Gas Card Scenario

  • **Deal Idea**
    Buy:
    (2) Barilla Veggie Pasta, 12 oz, $1.45
    (6) Muller Greek Yogurt, 5.3 oz, $1
    (5) Red Gold Tomatoes, 14.5 oz, $1
    (2) Ragu Pasta Sauce, 45 oz, B1G1 at $3.29
    (6) Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, 7-10 oz, B1G1 at $1.99
    (1) Axe Deodorant, 2.7 oz, $3.50
    (4) Suave Professionals Hair Care, $1.97
    (2) Carefree Pantiliners, 20 ct., $1
    (4) Green Giant Snack Chips, 5 oz, $2
    (2) Lactaid Fast Act, 12 ct., $3.69
    Subtotal: $51.92
    Use:
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Barilla pasta printable
    Store Coupon -.55/2 Barilla veggie pasta, 12 oz (Publix coupon), Publix Fall Savings flyer (EXP 10/04)
    Manufacturer Coupon (2) -$1/3 Muller yogurt products, RP 8/04
    Store Coupon (2) -$1/3 Muller Greek corner yogurt, 5.3 oz (Publix coupon), Publix Fall Savings flyer (EXP 10/04)
    Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Red Gold tomatoes, 10 oz+ printable
    Manufacturer Coupon (2) -.50/2 Red Gold tomatoes, 10 oz+ printable
    Store Coupon (2) -.50/2 Red Gold tomatoes, 14.5 oz (Publix coupon), Publix Flavor Excursion flyer
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1/2 Ragu pasta sauces, 2 lb 13 oz, Make $5 Donation printable
    Manufacturer Coupon (2) -.60/3 Green Giant frozen boxed vegetables, SS 9/15 or SS 8/25
    Manufacturer Coupon -$2 off Axe body spray, 4 oz deodorant, 2.7 oz, RP 9/29
    Store Coupon -$1 off Axe shower gel, hair or deodorant item, 2.7-16 oz (Publix coupon), Publix Health & Beauty flyer
    Manufacturer Coupon (3) -$1.50 off Suave Professionals item, excl trial size, RP 9/29
    Manufacturer Coupon -$1.50 off Suave Professionals item, excl trial size, Publix eCoupon
    Store Coupon (2) -$1/2 Suave products (Publix coupon), Publix Health & Beauty flyer
    Manufacturer Coupon (2) -.50/1 Carefree product printable
    Manufacturer Coupon (4) -.50/1 Green Giant veggie snack chips, 5 oz+, SS 8/04 or SS 9/22
    Store Coupon -$2/4 Nature Valley or Fiber One bars, Chex Mix, 8-8.75 oz, Green Giant snack chips, 5 oz or Mott’s Ocean Spray or Betty Crocker fruit flavored snacks, 4.5-8 oz (Publix coupon), Publix Fall Savings flyer (EXP 10/04)
    Store Coupon -$3/2 Pepcid, Tucks, Lactaid or Mylanta (Publix coupon), Publix Health & Beauty flyer
    Manufacturer Coupon -$4/2 Pepcid, Mylanta, Lactaid or Tucks products, excl trial size printable or SS 6/30
    Total Due: $14.67
    Get Back:
    -.50/1 Ragu pasta sauce jar, 14 oz+, Ibotta App mobile coupon

After Ibotta you have everything above for only $14.17!!

    • Guest

      cab you explain how Ibotta works at Publix?

      • Shayla

        Ibotta is the same everywhere. You bring your receipt home, take a picture w/the ibotta app and match up the products you bought.. Once you get up to a certain amount ($5?) you can get that paid out to you. I’m pretty sure she has a post explaining the whole thing – just search “ibotta” at the top of the site. HTH

      • kratie00

        You load available items to your ibotta account on your phone app and then take a picture of the receipt that shows you bought that item. You also will need to scan the barcode of the item (the UPC on the package) so make sure you don’t thro it away!

      • LJ

        I actually had to google Ibotta. Had no idea what it was. No smart phone. I hate that so many things you HAVE to have a smart phone for (like the free coffee at Dunkin Donuts last Sunday .. no smart phone, no free coffee!)

      • Meme007

        I have to toot my horn a little on this subject. I did the deal a couple of weeks ago that included huggies, etc. I wrote down all the products on a chart and picked the ones that would overlap for more than one bonus on Ibotta. I was able to get over $45 on the products included. When I transferred the money from my Ibotta account to my Paypal account I made another $10 for my first transfer. I wish I had transferred only part of it because immediately I was offered another offer for transferring money from my Ibotta account to Paypal. I would have made another $20 for the additional transfer. I will know next time. I have just marked a ton of Tresemme products. I am anxious to see what bonuses will be offered for these products. If you have a smart phone it is a lot of fun to use Ibotta. I walk around the grocery store checking if items match the offers. Takes the guesswork out of what to buy. HTH

    • Donna Budnik Eshelman

      Great if you use those products, I can’t find enough to buy this week on sale that I normally would use.
      The gas card is nice, but not when it forces me to buy items I don’t use or need.

      • dave

        Here’s a great deal..
        8 boxes of fried chicken 6.49 each at the deli and a pound of sugar for 2.99. Use your 10 off gas card. We need to thank Jenni for all her hardwork and if you dont want to do the deal, keep it to yourself and please show some respect.

        • jamiie

          Dave I view your joke/comment as a lot more rude and out of line. Why would you make such and assumption and immature comment. You come on here to talk down to her for talking down about someone else so now you are on the same level well in my opinion your on a lower level. You could have just said I appreciate her effort and so on.

          • hazybuck

            Jamiie, I disagree. I don’t feel dave was out of line – I feel dave was reinforcing the fact that Jenny does a GREAT job providing us all with a fantastic way to save money. If she posts a deal that you don’t need or like – move on. Don’t knock it or post negative stuff, just move on. No one is forcing you to make a purchase or do anything against your will here – no one.
            Just a thought – remember what our mothers / grandmothers taught us. If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all. In future, I try to adhere to that. However, my father also told me to defend others.

    • Shayla

      This is great! and if you subtract the $10 from your grocery budget it’s only $4 for everything:) I LOVE gas card promotions!

    • freya336

      My Ibotta doesn’t show Publix as an option (or Kroger). Is it only in certain areas?

      • Matty

        Mine does. Chose by alphabet and select publix.

        • freya336

          I did that… Still doesn’t show. :(

      • freya336

        From the Ibotta site:

        “If you are using an iPod 4th generation or iPad 2, you will not see all
        retailers. Some retailers use text strings for their receipts and the
        only way for us to know whether you have purchased the correct product
        is for you to scan the item upon receipt submission. The iPod 4th
        generation and iPad 2 do not support this feature, but will still be
        able to upload receipts from all the retailers listed under the “Redeem”
        section on that device. You may need to toggle between “Recent,”
        “Nearby,” and “A-Z” to see the retailer you are looking for. The “A-Z”
        sort will always show every retailer that we are able to accept receipts
        from on that device.”

        It won’t work for me because I’m using the “old” iPad 2.

    • LJ

      I love the gas card promos. Unfortunately this scenario doesn’t work for us. 3 of the items are on my “do not buy” list. If you’ve never had Mueller before and think the fruit mousse sounds like it might be a good idea .. DON’T get it if you’re allergic to fish! Yep .. fish! (I know, right!) But the one with the fruit mousse contains tilapia (yes .. it’s right there on the label)

      • I don’t know much about yogurts (don’t like any) but if yoplait is better it is the same price after coupons and could work here.

    • krc1634

      Is there an activation fee for the gas card?

      • Sheila

        My Publix usually stocks Shell & a couple of other choices for gas cards. They don’t carry BP cards any more. The gas cards I’ve bought have never had any fees associated. They’re just gift cards — use as much as you need & use the rest later.

      • gabrielamoralesperez

        no

    • amy

      I can’t get the list to print. It has the title but not the items. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS LIST!!!!!!! My husband works in another city and so we really try to take advantage of the gas cards.

    • Tara

      Can you just buy diapers and still get the gas card?

      • gabrielamoralesperez

        yes if your total before coupons adds up to $50 you can just buy diapers. I have done this just buying dog food

    • Jmcconne

      good deal on huggies to add to your total too. 3$ off Publix q from ad and $2.50 off man q … cheese is a good deal too w the new green flyer ad – $10 off 5 products including kraft cheese 4.99 blocks. I plan on getting 6 blocks to stock up that’s 30$ of my total…

    • Anita

      The Red Gold Tom .50/2 coupon says do not double. Will Publix double it anyway?

      • savannahm0m

        Yes, my store doubled it automatically.

    • gabrielamoralesperez

      Big problem with this is that the lactaid coupon for $4 off 2 is expired. You can use a 75 cents off one (eccept that is only for the 32 count size) so it changes the scenario quite a bit. This coupon is not in your date base for this reason so should not be listed here in the scenario

    • dave

      Jenny, thank you for all your hardwork. I have been couponing for 2 years and I have save so much money. I’m a true believer that if the item is not on sale, not bogo or no coupon that I can used, I wont buy them.

    • Donna Budnik Eshelman

      I appreciate this site and just wanted to point out that all the specials listed here are not ALWAYS available! I am an extensive couponer and use this site every day. However a great job Jenny DOES do, I am sure she is compensated monetarily as it says on the blog disclosure. A lot of the rude comments assume she does this as a hobby. She is good at her job and I hope she makes a great success of this site. I have recommended to several people. And am sure Jenny wants to know when there are items not available as stated. I am sure she is sometimes given the wrong info.

    • Charlette

      I just received a $5 off $50 purchase postcard from Publix. Can I use this towards this purchase?