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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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Giveaway Update

Remember a couple of months ago when we posted a giveaway for FREE groceries for 4 winners?  4 Southern Savers readers won a $50 gift card to the store of their choice, and all they had to do was report back to us saying how far they stretched their $50.

Sandra is one of the four winners and she used a spreadsheet to map out her shopping trip, but don’t forget that you can use the Southern Savers listmaker.  She won a $50 Publix gift card, and here’s what she reported back to us:

I love shopping at Publix, it’s true what they say in their commercial, they are really “couponer friendly” (at least the store I go to).  When I started this challenge, I created a spreadsheet with all the items I was going to purchase.  I went through my coupons and started adding all the items together & deducting all of the coupons I was going to use. It took a little bit of time, but soooooo worth it. I bought $110.92 worth of products for $52.16 (I had a $5.00 off any $50 or more Publix coupon), I ended up using $2.16 out of my pocket. I’ve learned that doing a spreadsheet goes a long way and really helps.I put the items in order they are located in the store, so it took me like 20 mins. to get everything. From now on, I’m going to do the spreadsheet, it might take a little bit, but my time at the store is short.
Here’s my Breakdown:
Arnold Bread BOGO  $4.29
Eat Smart Veggies BOGO  $2.50
Tangerine  $1.99
Green Beans  $1.29
V-8 Refreshers (2)  $6.98
Campbells Condensed Soup BOGO (6)  $3.99
Halls BOGO  $1.99
Yoplait Yogurt  $0.99
Dannon Oikos Yogurt (5)  $5.00
Pillsbury Grand Bisquit (3)  $3.00
Regular Eggs  $1.89
Kleenex Tissue  $1.34
General Mills Cheerios BOGO  $4.79
Nature Valley Granola Oata & Chocolate  $4.49
Nestle Toll House Morsels BOGO  $3.15
Milk  $3.99
Domino Light Brown Sugar (2)  $1.98
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix BOGO  $2.59
Nestie Iced Tea (2)  $2.00
Jennie O Turkey Sausage  $3.99
Chicken Tender (2 Packages)  $8.44
Kraft Cheese  $2.50
Coupons Used:
$5.00 Any $50 or more purchase (Publix Coupon)
$.75 off Publix Digital Coupon for Mulitgran Cheerios
$.75 off Publix Digital Coupon for Betty Crocker Item
$1.00 off Publix Digital Coupon for V8 Drinks
$.50 off 2 package of Nestle Morsels- Printable Coupon
$1.00 off 2 Betty Crocker Mixes SS 9/29
$1.00 off any 5 Campbell condensed Soup (Publix Coupon)
$1.00 off any 6 Campbell Condensed Soup SS 10/06
(2) $1.25 off V8-Fusion Refeshers
$1.00 off 2 V8-Fusion Refreshers SS10/20
$1.00 off 3 Grands Bisquits SS 10/13
$1.00 off Milk WYB 2 boxes of Cheerios
Free yoplait yogurt WYB any Cheerios (Publix Coupon, $1.25 off)
$1.00 off 2 Halls product SS 11/03
$1.00 off 5 Dannon Oikos Yogurt (Manu coupon on Publix flyer)
$.50 off WYB 2 Domino Light or Dark Sugar RP 11/03
$.55 Off Kleenex tissue (pick up the value)
$2.00 off fruit WYB Nature Valley Granola Oats (Publix Coupon, Tangerines came out free)
$1.00 off WYB any 2 Nestea (coupon on product)
Total for all Item: $52.16
Total Saved: $58.76
Total OOP: $2.16
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On a side note, I was not expecting any Digital Coupon to be used.  Force of habit, I always enter my phone number when they start scanning my items.  I was quite surprised when I saw it on my receipt.

I’m so impressed that Sandra doubled the money she was given and that it included milk, produce, and meat!  I am all about people seeing that you really can buy the things you need and want and save over 50% on a regular basis!

  How much do you think you could save with $50?

    • Mary Donovan

      I have noticed that when I go to Publix, I normally save between $20-$40 depending on how much I spend. For example, if I spend $50, I normally save $25. I open the Publix sale flyer on this page and as I’m clicking on what I need/want, I go thru my coupons to find the ones I need. In the spaces allowed, I type in what else I may need and estimate how much those items will cost. I then add it all up and make sure I don’t go over. This is how I’ve been saving so much.

    • Heather

      I usually always save at least 50% at Publix if I use your site and coupons! Now that doesn’t include a week if i need a lot of meat. I do not normally buy my meat at Publix though. Not the cheapest place for meat but I do love their quality of it! LOVE shopping at Publix for so many reasons!!!

    • Diva Jefferson

      The past two times I’ve shopped at Publix, I have saved over $100 with store and manufacturer coupons as well as deals. I have a family of 3 and we eat whatever is on sale for that week. The amount of food I buy lasts us for two weeks (this includes: meat, cheese, milk!). With moneymakers and free items, it practically pays for the stuff without coupons. I never leave the store spending more than $50-$70 OOP, unless I buy baby food. We never spend more than $200 a month on grocery items. I highly recommend couponing to everyone I know and I show them my receipt to prove it can be done. Thank you for such a great site, it saves me so much time in preparation for my trips to the store!

      Note: I also use a spreadsheet. I list the item, the sale price, the coupon amount used, the quantity, and the price OOP. The totals show at the bottom at how much my food costs before and after the coupons plus I’ve factored in the tax amount. I never pay full price and never go to the store unprepared! :)

      • Becky S

        I did that in the beginning. But not anymore. I might make a shopping list for the store. But I figure the price out in my head and if it’s a good deal then I get it based on that. I can guesstimate my total, and add things up as they go into the cart. Usually they’re out of something at the store and I will literally confuse the heck out of myself and waste time trying to ‘get back on track’ with a detailed list. If I’m actually going for the really good deals, in my area, getting there quick is everything.

        • Diva Jefferson

          I go with my husband and three month old baby, so adding the total at the register is the last thing I want to do when I leave. LOL The list also has the aisles in the store where every item is located, so I don’t spend hours shopping (and I could send the hubby for items and he doesn’t get lost)…I think the most time I spent in there was 3 hours and that was near the very beginning…now I’m in there no more than two hours!

        • Diva Jefferson

          I go with my husband and three month old baby, so adding the total at the register is the last thing I want to do when I leave. LOL The list also has the aisles in the store where every item is located, so I don’t spend hours shopping (and I could send the hubby for items and he doesn’t get lost)…I think the most time I spent in there was 3 hours and that was near the very beginning…now I’m in there no more than two hours!

    • Angiec

      Awesome job! We don’t have a publix, but between coupon and manager’s special, I manage to save a lot at krogers.

    • Becky S

      You don’t even have to use coupons to save 50%, just buy bogo only items. You’re welcome to give me $50 anytime and I can show you what I can do with it =)

      • Guest

        For example…

    • Summyr

      I wish I could coupon like everyone else on here… lol I still save a lot with coupons, but I have yet to have an experience like above. Maybe I just haven’t been doing it long enough, to know how to do it right; or get the hang of it. But, my day will come…. soon. I’m hoping anyway…

    • Summyr

      I wish I could coupon like everyone else on here… lol I still save a lot with coupons, but I have yet to have an experience like above. Maybe I just haven’t been doing it long enough, to know how to do it right; or get the hang of it. But, my day will come…. soon. I’m hoping anyway…

    • Monica

      last year for Christmas gift exchange, my boss gave me a $25.00 gift card to Publix. She told me that I had to turn in all of my receipts so she could see how much I bought. 2 months later, I handed her receipts for $125.00. I smiled a couple of days ago because I still have veggies from the Libby’s can deal I did early this year.

    • Monica

      last year for Christmas gift exchange, my boss gave me a $25.00 gift card to Publix. She told me that I had to turn in all of my receipts so she could see how much I bought. 2 months later, I handed her receipts for $125.00. I smiled a couple of days ago because I still have veggies from the Libby’s can deal I did early this year.

    • rod jackson

      I have been couponing and pricematching and so I can save cconsiderably