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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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publix ending double coupons

For the last year Publix stores in areas of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee have continued to enjoy double coupons.  Meanwhile all the stores in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida have not doubled coupons.  It was only a matter of time until the other stores joined the rest of the company…

It has been officially announced that as of December 21st most stores in the remaining states will stop doubling manufacturer coupons.  I know for some of you that this is a shock and makes you immediately want to storm out of the store screaming that you are no longer playing with them.  I was there with you just last year as these changes came to South Carolina stores.

Here’s the official PR answer they are giving regarding these changes:

publix no longer doubling

It’s a very markity message that in all honesty hasn’t changed in over a year.  I’ll be honest with you… there are no extra great savings we’ve seen and no extra BOGO sales.  The digital coupons they mention are all paid for by manufacturer’s so that’s no cost to them.  In general this is a bottom line decision, and it would be great if they would be honest in that too.

In most areas of GA, AL and TN there are no other competitors that double coupons.  This isn’t needed in their minds to attract or keep customers.  So now is a great time to end the extra cost.  There is only one area that this is a stupid idea and I’ve said it from the start… North Carolina folks you should be in other stores!  Almost every store in NC doubles coupons except Publix (Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Bi-Lo, and Ingles all double coupons).  Someone didn’t do their homework there.  Everywhere else though this just makes all the stores more of the same.

Before You Only See The Bad

The sky isn’t falling, I promise.  Before you get really upset there are two things to see:

  1. Most of the coupons we see are above the 50¢ doubling threshold.  In the past four Publix weekly ads this has only affected 10 or less items in each ad.  The ad that starts this week only has three coupons that would double!  For most shoppers this savings may equate to $5 or less depending on how many items you grabbed and coupons you had.
  2. They still have more store coupons than any other competitor.  This is a very important point for your savings.  With all of the Publix store coupons we are allowed to use a manufacturer coupon with them.  This is where the big savings come in on most items.  Think of the great freebies we’ve seen in the past month – free Hellman’s, Popsicles, Ice Cream, and others.  They all were free because of the store coupons!

 Note:  There are select store in Tennessee that are not changing at this time.  They appear to be mostly in the Nashville TN area.   

    • Amy Samsal

      Well said. I live in Florida and have never had double coupons. I think I still do really well with my couponing strategies. Of course, thanks to you!! Merry Christmas!

      • Rebecca

        Same here. :)

    • Holly

      The largest Public competitor in my area (Winn Dixie) does double so i will be curious to see if the Montgomery, AL area changes. I’ll ask next time I’m in the store.

      • shon

        I live in Montgomery too. I hope they don’t change here. I need to ask as well.

    • Loraine

      I think Publix is also going to stop with the Best Meals Happen at Home coupons and just do a gift card similar to the Savings Spree. What have you heard about this?

      • G

        Yes, the Best Meals is stopping in a few weeks. I think the coupons that came out a few days ago is the last batch. After that then purchases of a limited number of items can be tallied up somehow to go towards obtaining a gift card. The new program sounds more cumbersome to me but it may work better for others. Who knows.

        • uggamom

          If different ‘specified’ items need to be purchased at the same time just to get a publix gift card for a few dollars, forget it! Won’t work for my family….

    • Christina S

      I will be taking all of my doublers to Bilo, they still double 55c and under. ;)

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    • deanna

      I’m in the Greenville, SC area.Our Bi-lo doubles coupons up to 60 cents and our Lowe’s grocery up to .99. I’m going to test out Lowe’s to see if it’s a good place to start shopping.

      • mommalana

        Same here. AFter Christmas I plan to get to know how to shop at Lowe’s, too. My daughter loves it!

      • Stephanie

        I’m also from Greenville. I used to live in NC and only had a choice between Kroger, Harris Teeter, and Lowe’s (I miss them so much!)

        Lowe’s is awesome. If we could get rid of Bilo and Ingles and bring in Kroger, Harris Teeter, and more Lowe’s I would be ECSTATIC. Lowe’s has really good buys on meat. They are generous with their clearance and their coupon policy is great.

    • GAmommyof4

      I’m writing corporate to let them know that I’m not happy. It’s NOT a Christmas present to my family’s budget!

    • mommalana

      Aldi gets the most of my grocery dollars and I don’t have to look for sales or clip coupons. After that Bi-Lo since they take Publix store coupons and double up to 60 cents.

    • Mandy

      Publix could learn a few things from Kroger on digital coupons. You can’t print your clipped coupon list. Not everyone wants to look at their phone in the store and you need the details. Additionally, (unless its changed) once clipped, you can’t remove it from your account. If I’ve clipped one for 25 cents & a better coupon comes the inserts…I’m stuck. I’m a big Publix fan but not for digital coupons.

      • Tech guy

        You actually can print your Publix coupons. Just click “My Clipped Coupons” and click the print button in your browser. It doesn’t actually print a list, but instead prints out images as viewed in your browser. Although I do agree Publix should fashion their digital coupons like Kroger, I like the fact that you don’t need a reward card like Kroger to get a deal. Instead, you have to enter your account phone number and therefore, if you don’t want to use your Publix digital coupons, you don’t have to. I also love the Kroger app and I think it’s easier (and less paper waste) to view digital coupons on my phone. Does Publix have an app? If not, they should! BTW- Ingles still doubles coupons in my area so guess where I’ll start increasing my shopping trips!

      • Kathy

        Mandy, I always use my paper coupons first, usually b/c it’s a higher value than their digital, then after they have taken off all of those I enter my phone number for any digital coupons that might still apply. Also, I called CS about their “improvements” to the website and that I could no longer print my digital coupon list. She suggested that I highlight the coupons and then print the selected section. It’s worked for me each week. And, I usually have to show them something that didn’t get taken off for them to take off manually.

    • Jennifer H.

      This will be a big blow to some budgets. Saving $5 a week, as Jenny mentions doesn’t seem like much but it is $260 a year.

      Kroger stopped doubling a while ago in our area and I shifted much of my shopping to Publix. I still miss the free Healthy Life bread I got when Kroger doubled. At Publix, no doubles will mean the end of free Mahatma rice, mustard and other condiments. Also, without the doubling Publix will be more expensive than Kroger on many items.

    • Janis

      I live in the Athens, Georgia area. Ingle’s and Bell’s double, but Ingle’s doubles 3 for every $10 in purchases. Bell’s will not take computer coupons. I have already shifted most of my purchases to Kroger: the fuel points are great, and the digital coupons are better. I frequently get $2 off $10 for produce, frozen, and meat. Recently, Kroger began taking only 2 internet coupons per day. :) There is no perfect store.

    • jenntmH

      Being in SC, I quit shopping at Publix when they quit doubling. I do most of my shopping at Trader Joe’s, but I have Bi-lo and Ingles and they have just built a local Lowes and Harris Teeter is coming soon!! Obviously, I have not missed Publix at all!!

    • T2Nashville

      Grateful to live in the Nashville area where we are still doubling. I think that’s why Publix will continue that here, because our Krogers are still doing it. Both are 50 cents and below, but it still make a difference, especially when you can pair that with the digital coupons.

    • Kristina

      I actually will continue to use Publix and occasionally Aldi’s. Double coupons going away is frustrating but they have a lot of other store coupons they give you. I have been getting $10 off store coupons in the mail and $25 gift card for prescriptions. Also, I was able to get a free $9 bag of frozen chicken when a sale was posted and it rang up full price. I have tried doing double and triples at HT but most items are out of stock (too much of a hassle) and their regular prices are higher. Publix definitely has the best customer service at stores in my area. I try to shop B1G1 sales and go to Aldis for some things. Their produce, milk, and eggs are usually a really good price.

    • judy

      The store in Helena Alabama confirmed today they will no longer be doubling coupons, effective Dec. 21st. They will post this at the registers next week. The cashier also confirmed they were stopping the penny item.

      • deborah

        This is unfortunate. I believe they will lose business because of this. Great store in Helena but prices are much higher without the double coupons.

      • deborah

        This is unfortunate. I believe they will lose business because of this. Great store in Helena but prices are much higher without the double coupons.

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    • Dereck Smith

      Doubling coupons, or even using coupons, is a very small part of smart grocery shopping.
      For me, one of the biggest savings come from knowing what things cost and using Walmart’s price matching. Grocery stores in my area include: Walmart, Target, Publix, Kroger, Dollar General Market, Aldi’s, Sprout’s, Lucky’s, and Save-a-Lot. They all tend to have different produce and meat items on sale.
      All I have to do is pick the best prices on produce and meat and go to Walmart and price match.
      The other part of savings is knowing how to cook. I don’t buy a lot of processed foods. Not because I’m an all natural or organic type of eater, but because processed foods don’t taste as good and cost a lot more.

      • uggamom

        Price match went away a long time ago in Atlanta Walmarts so…Publix won’t be on my weekly list anymore because doubling coupons was definetely a big part of my weekly savings..