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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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The Mystery Penny Item at Publix for Wednesday 3/3 or Thursday 3/4, is:

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You can get the Publix Penny item with any purchase that is $10 or more before coupons. There is a Mystery Penny Item coupon in the Wednesday or Thursday Paper every week . Some stores do not require this coupon, but many have changed and do require it now, check with your store to find their policy.

The Penny Item is now for one day only, and will be the day that the add starts in your area. This is Wednesday for all of SC and AL, and parts of GA, or Thursday for Northern GA.

Get all of this weeks Publix Deals and Coupon Matches! There is also a Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer (ends this Friday) and a new Green Advantage Buy with lots of other deals!.

**Note: FL and Coastal GA stores DO NOT participate in the Penny Item**

A thought… You will not get much closer to free, so if you don’t need, like or want this item, then give it away. There are many folks that would probably love it!

    • emilyinalabama

      Publix is my #1 store to shop at now( no lines/crowds like evil Walmart and Kroger in my area is small, cramped, and not so clean though I still shop there too I prefer Publix), but where is the best store/time to buy laundry detergent?especially for H.E. Machines..rarely do I see a coupon/sale for these.

      • ChefLezlie

        I agree with you. Shopping at Publix really is a pleasure. Kroger always seems to be old, cramped and dirty. I'm looking forward to picking up the deals at the new one they are building right across the street from my neighborhood. As far as laundry detergent, I would be glad to hear anyone's suggestions too!

        • sbdugger

          You really have to watch the ads for detergent. For example, this past week All Detergent was on sale at Kroger for $3.69 and there was a coupon in the paper for $2 off and a Kroger e-coupon also, so I combined the two and got it virtually free. The HE detergent (which I use) was included. At HG Hills (our local store) and Piggly Wiggly last week the Purex HE was on sale for $2.50 and there was a B1G1 coupon in the paper. So, with the coupons I had combined with the sales, I ended up with 7 bottles of HE detergent for less than $10. I'm stocked up enough to wait out for the next really good sale. I think that really is the key – getting stocked up so you can wait and take advantage of the sales combined with the coupons. There isn't any one store that is better for the HE detergent. I sometimes have trouble even finding it.

      • dezarah

        Recipe #1

        1 quart Water (boiling)
        2 cups Bar soap (grated)
        2 cups Borax
        2 cups Washing Soda

        Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
        Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
        Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
        Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).
        Recipe #2

        Hot water
        1 cup Washing Soda
        1/2 cup Borax
        1 Soap bar

        Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
        Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
        Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).
        Recipe #3

        Hot water
        1/2 cup Washing Soda
        1/2 cup Borax
        1/3 bar Soap (grated)

        In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Add the grated bar soap and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
        In a 2 gallon clean pail, pour 1 quart of hot water and add the heated soap mixture. Top pail with cold water and stir well.
        Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).
        Powdered Laundry Detergent – Recipe #4

        2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
        1 cup Washing Soda
        1 cup Borax

        Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
        Use 2 tablespoons per full load.
        Recipe #5

        Hot water
        1 bar (4.5 oz) Ivory Soap – grated
        1 cup Washing Soda

        In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is melted.
        Fill a large pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot soap mixture. Stir until well mixed.
        Then add the washing soda, again stirring until well mixed.
        Set aside to cool.
        Use 1/2 cup per full load, stirring well before each use (will gel)
        Recipe #6

        2.5 gallons Water (hot)
        1 Bar soap (grated)
        3/4 cup Washing Soda
        3/4 cup Borax
        2 TBS Glycerin

        Melt bar soap over medium-low heat topped with water, stir until soap is melted.
        In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted soap mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well.
        Use 1/2 cup per full load.
        Recipe #7

        2 cups Bar soap (grated)
        2 cups Washing Soda
        2 – 2.5 gallons hot water

        Melt grated soap in saucepan with water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
        Pour hot water in large pail, add hot soap and washing soda. Stir very well.
        Use 1 cup per full load.
        Recipe #8

        2 gallons Water (hot)
        1 bar Soap (grated)
        2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)

        Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
        In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
        Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
        Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.
        Powdered Laundry Detergent – Recipe #9

        12 cups Borax
        8 cups Baking Soda
        8 cups Washing Soda
        8 cups Bar soap (grated)

        Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
        Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.
        Recipe #10 – (Powdered)

        1 cup Vinegar (white)
        1 cup Baking Soda
        1 cup Washing Soda
        1/4 cup liquid castile soap

        Mix well and store in sealed container.
        I find it easiest to pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stirred in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding). I used 1/2 cup per full load with great results.
        Liquid Detergents Note
        Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.

        *If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).

        You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.

        Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

        *Admin Update: clarified instructions for Recipe #10 and liquid detergent notes.

        Frequently Asked Questions
        I’ve created a new page full of questions and answers for making homemade detergent, you can visit it here: Homemade Laundry Detergent FAQ.

        You can still review all the questions, answers, recipes and tips that were shared in the comments area below. There are nearly 300 of them and it was hard for new readers to find the answers they needed since there’s so much information provided below.

        No more comments will be accepted for this post but you’re welcome to start sharing your tips, recipes, questions & answers on the new page.


    • Baseballmom

      I have looked three times through my paper and can not locate my penny coupon. Can you tell me where it is hiding? Thanks so much for this website! It is awesome!

    • ChefLezlie

      My kids will be happy to hear this. They love free (or almost free) snackies!

    • Teresa

      Does anyone know where this coupon is in the Albany Herald, I looked last week and couldn't find it? I will try again this week in the Wed and Thurs. papers.

    • Sasha

      I really dont' like this move to Wednesday or how hard it is to find the coupon. My store will not give the penny item without the coupon, so at first I changed my shopping habits from Sunday to Wednesday, but now I have changed them back. No point in going out after work if I can't get the penny item anyway.

      I wish they would change it back or at least stop requiring the coupon. Anyone else out there hate the change?

      • Jenn

        Sasha, I have done the same thing as you. Buying a $1 paper and paying a penny sometimes cost more than the penny item (ie. Publix Soda), so I usually end up just shopping on another day. Have you contacted corporate to make your suggestion?

      • marysc

        I don't like it either; Wednesday is my least favorite day to shop; it is “hump day” and I have no time to plan my weekly shopping. I emailed and suggested staying with two days to use the coupon. Within a few days I got a call from my district's manager. He explained the reason for the change was so they didn't have to put out a Sunday supplement (supposedly expensive). I asked why they couldn't have just put the coupon alone in the Sunday paper; he couldn't tell me. If more people complain, maybe they will modify this! (I told him truthfully that I hadn't been to Publix for 3 weeks after being a weekly shopper… the loss of the mystery item tipped the scales in favor of Bi-Lo as my primary store.)

    • Julie Morton

      Publix is my #1 choice for shopping, but since I'm new to this system of couponing, I feel like I'm not shopping to my full potential. Can anyone tell me if any other stores in the Charleston/Berkeley county area allows stacking with competitor coupons like publix does?

    • Roy

      In the Birmingham News, the coupon is located in Section A, Page 2 Lower Left corner. That is the normal location since the move to the Wednesday paper.

    • Kristin

      is the coupon in the newspaper or the store's ad they have there?

      • sylvia

        the coupon is in the local paper which you must purchase. unfortunately, you will not find it in the publix ad.

    • Emily

      No coupon required for penny item in Spartanburg, SC (Main Street) but it IS required in Duncan, SC. I wasn't aware of this and went to Duncan today (typically go to Spartanburg) and the manager was willing to make an exception since the Spartanburg, SC Publix does. So it really never hurts to ask!!

    • LEE

      What kind of cookies? (Choc, chip,ect)

    • judy

      Hey love you website, it helps my family budget so much and would love to be entered for the Amazon card. My favorite place to shop for deals is Publix.

    • judy

      Hey love you website, it helps my family budget so much and would love to be entered for the Amazon card. My favorite place to shop for deals is Publix.