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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 vs walmart

Over the last 7 years of running Southern Savers I have met so many people that are true Walmart loyalist.  Blindly heading to Walmart though could be a pricey mistake.  The problem with heading here for all your groceries though is that you really aren’t getting the savings that they make you think you’re getting.

I walked a local Walmart to get their “always low prices” for each item on sale this week at Publix.  After lots of math, I think you’ll be a little surprised at the savings.  I’m pretty sure the numbers will speak for themselves.

If you are new to this, start at the Learn to Coupon Page to learn all about using coupons.

With Coupons
Publix – all B1G1 items + sale items with coupons: $169.87
Walmart – Same items with same coupons: $260.93
(you save $91.06 in Publix!)

Publix (no doubles) – B1G1 sale items & coupons: $177.13
(you save $83.80 in Publix!)

Without Coupons
Publix Sales – $222.01
Walmart Always Low Prices – $295.42
(you save $73.01 at Publix!)

A few notes:

1.  Publix is running a massive ad with over 78 buy one get one deals.

2.  Math was done assuming you bought one of each item.  If you buy more, your savings would only go up!

3.  Where a store had a house brand B1G1 a similar Walmart house brand price was found.

4.  Remember with most Walmart stores not doubling coupons and not accepting competitor or store coupons, that the coupon savings in a grocery is always better!

5.  Obviously you aren’t going to buy every single B1G1 item, this is just a way to show the numbers.

For many of you that are just starting you still wonder is it better to shop at Walmart if I don’t have any coupons?

The slogan “Always Low Prices” is really them telling you that nothing is on sale, ever.  The biggest way to save on your groceries though is to buy only the items that are on sale each week.  If nothing is on sale, then this makes that impossible in Walmart.  They realize that people see through this slogan so they do allow you to price match other stores and now offer SavingsCatcher.  To price match requires your time to find the best deal and then tell the cashier the better price on every single item you buy (think craziness for a big trip) or requires your complete trust of Walmart to find the best deal for you.  SavingsCatcher doesn’t catch all the deals and actually doesn’t even compare some sections of the store (produce and meat).  It also doesn’t compare against drugstore ads or any grocery store that is running an instant savings promotion (Kroger Mega Events etc.).

It is eye opening to see that even if you don’t use coupons, the grocery store sale price already beats the Walmart price!!

I don’t share this so that we can all spend the next day bashing Walmart, I just want you to see the numbers.  I hope this helps you see just how great buying items on sale can be towards saving money!  We don’t want to just make a list and run in to buy what we need, but wait for the best time to buy the items we will use.

If you are interested in learning more about how to shop sales and coupon at grocery stores, check out the Learn to Coupon page to get started!

    • pdnr

      I shop at both Publix and Walmart. The only items I buy at Walmart are non-sale items that have to bought weekly such as bananas and milk which are higher priced at Publix. I am fortunate that my Walmart is almost next door to Publix and is clean with friendly employees. There’s another Walmart a few miles away that I will never darken the doors of again as it is dirty and employees are hard to deal with price-matching.

      • Trs

        Don’t agree with comments. Publics has some good sales prices but I have compared everyday prices on staples and Walmart is always cheaper .

        • Aaron

          Prices do change depending where you are at, But if you notice this is talking about sales and Buy one get on sales. Sorry walmart cant beat prices at b1g1 plus add in coupons when things are on sale. Now with this said with couponing you arent buying EVERYTHING you need in one week. You shop the sales and never buy when you need an item unless it is those type of items like meats and milks and such. Even though you can find sales and good prices at other stores or Walmart may be the store for those Items. but 2 for one plus coupons and doubled coupons you most likely WONT find the better price in walmart.

        • jewells0607

          That’s the point, you shop sales at drug stores and grocery stores to save money. If I need something right now and it isn’t on sale, like light bulbs or cold medicine or family-sized ketchup, then I’ll go to Walmart. But otherwise I buy according to sales to get the best price ahead of the need.

    • lmr2020

      I also shop at both stores, but I’m very careful about what I buy at each store. Walmart usually gets my ‘essentials’ dollars, while I shop BOGOs and special deals at Publix.

      • pdnr

        That’s exactly what I do. I seldom pay full price for anything at Publix but by stocking up on sales and using double coupons, I pay a lot less there than at Walmart.

    • Sue

      I so totally agree. I seldom enter the Wal Mart Store (for personal reasons) but today I did. I was truly SHOCKED at how expensive the few items were. I too use two coupons on buy one, get one, and never get doubles here in Florida. I did not purchase anything.

    • D. Debord

      There are a few things I will occasionally pick up at Walmart in groceries, but never do I do a whole shopping trip. When I do get a few grocery items, I have checked the prices and know it’s a good deal. Walmart will price match, but they don’t double coupons like the Publix in my area does, so their price matching isn’t saving me money for things I’d get at Publix with double coupons.

    • Kim

      We don’t have a Publix, I wonder if it’s the same for Kroger vs. Walmart.

    • Anila

      I totally agree with you Jenny. I have done comparison myself and was shocked at the difference

    • D. Ketelsen

      Wonder if Walmart’s Savings Catcher would have adjusted to the Publix sales price?

    • Beachtiger0412

      Boy you don’t like WalMart – do you???

    • Mike Gilmer

      The Walton family did not become, and does not maintain their status as the richest family in the world (family total of $125 billion on the Forbes richest) by giving things away or losing money.

    • Pam

      I agree that WM is not always cheaper. I mostly shop at Aldi, stock up at Kroger sales, and do occasional shops at Publix if they have a great ad. Since I am used to all these sale prices, I am often shocked at how high WM prices are in comparison. Plus, in our area, both WMarts have chronic problems with empty shelves. If I have a number of things on my list I can be sure that they won’t have all of them

    • Suzanne

      Savings Catcher is a ripoff. I bought a gallon of Mayfield milk at Walmart and paid $4.79. Went in Publix later the same day and within 5 miles of Walmart, and the price was on sale for $2.79. Three days later, the Savings Catcher saved me 0.19 on my total order. By that time, the sale price was gone at Publix. Walmart’s schemes take years off your life. Buy only what they always have cheaper and only if you’re going right by it anyway!

      • pdnr

        Was the sale price of $2.79 an advertised price or a BOGO price? Savings catcher does not honor BOGO prices or unadvertised sales.

      • Me

        I agree! SC is a joke!

    • Sandy Brenner

      I love shopping at Publix. Since I moved the closest Publix is 60 miles one way. Sure wish Publix would build a store in or near Santee, SC

      • Kelli

        We are currently looking at several locations for new stores to be opened within the next several years in the Carolinas and Tennessee area. We hope one of them is near you! We look forward to seeing you soon!

        -A Publix Associate

    • Nancy

      I love Publix, sure wish we would get one in Cookeville, Tennessee.

      • Me

        When I used to live there, there was a Bi-lo. Do you still have one? I used to get great deals there. (Been 10 years now.)

      • Kelli

        Publix is moving in that direction!! We have several stores that just opened in North Carolina and we are looking into several new locations in North Carolina and Tennessee as well! We hope to see you soon!

        -A Publix Associate

    • Chris

      Of course buying brand names at Walmart without price matching is more expensive. What you are forgetting is that generics can sometimes cost a fraction of what brand names run.

    • Karen in FL

      When I lived in VA, I shopped Food Lion. The stores in our area were clean and the people were friendly. I used some coupons. Now that I am in FL, I shop Publix and since I found Southernsavers, I use a lot of coupons and now buy items when they are on sale and bogo when I can use a coupon on each item. The Publix in my area is very clean, the people are extremely friendly and helpful. I occasionally pickup an item or two at Winn Dixie that are on sale or have fuel perks. Shop where you want, where you are comfortable, buy store brands, or brand names, but please don’t tell me shopping at Wal-mart is cheaper because it’s not.
      Example: Why would I buy generic shredded cheese when I can buy Kraft on BOGO for $4.99 for 16 oz. That’ $2.49 each and i can use $1.00 coupon on each that $1.49 each. Show me a generic shredded cheese for $1.49 for 16 oz????

    • Alison_V

      Thank you for allyour hard work!

    • Jamie

      I do not shop Walmart anymore. I use Aldis a lot. Publix is ok if you shop the BOGOs, and CVS has the BEST deals on cereal. Thank u for all the hard work you do Jenny!

    • Julian-Aime Reyes

      This doesn’t include DOTO coupons at Publix– which are bomb ^ ^

    • Susie

      In general, there are no absolutes in couponing / saving money with store choices. I tend to shop a little everywhere, but no where exclusively. Walmart has its place in the money saving puzzle, but only when you need something that hasn’t been a better deal elsewhere. At any given time you can take a list made from one stores ad and have a very one sided comparison. The real trick is combining all the stores ad lists and stocking up on the truly cheap deals on products you regularly use so you never have to pay regular price ever again.

    • Lisa G.

      One year for Thanksgiving dinner, I took my shopping list to Walmart, Bi-Lo, Publix and Foodlion. I priced everything on my list noting sale items vs. regular price. I was not using coupons at the time. I observed the following. The produce and meat @ Publix looked the best and non-sale items were the most expensive. Sale items at Publix were cheaper than regular priced items at the other stores. Walmart had cheapest price of the 4 stores for items not on sale anywhere. Food Lion and Bi-Lo each had a few loss leaders that were a bargain. Eye opening to look at actual numbers.

    • Gena Barnes-Bilder Stephenson

      No where and I mean NO WHERE will you get the customer service like at Publix. I will pay a little more for a non sale item any day to get the smiles, the greetings, the help me find something that Publix provides that no place else does.

      • Joyce

        You are so right! The customer service at my Publix is amazing! I never, repeat NEVER, get that at Walmart.

      • CindyE

        You are right, Publix does has great customer service. Walmart, not so much!

    • Anna

      Love Publix – I just wish we had one in our neighborhood

    • Trish

      LOVE Publix…a great pleasure to shop and save at !!! But the BEST pleasure is being an owner !! <3

    • Katie

      The only stores worth my while are Publix (mostly for BOGOs or other really good sale items), Target (cartwheel, clearance items), Aldi (no prep work necessary!), and CVS (ECB deals). I shop nowhere else. Was forced to shop at Walmart a couple weeks ago, and was appalled at my total. I noticed their non-sale prices on many grocery items were significantly higher than the same items at Target’s regular price. We don’t have a Kroger, BI-LO, or Harris Teeter where I live, so I can’t speak for those stores, but we have most everything else mentioned on this site. If I had the time and energy (and didn’t work full time), I would shop Publix BOGOs each week, then Target with Cartwheel if necessary, then Aldi for anything else I needed that was not on sale at the other two stores. I always shop CVS for diapers, toiletries, and paper goods, though.

    • Peggy Palmeri

      How about if you buy an Walmart Great Value or Equate item compared to a name brand?

    • Glen Stanley

      I think it all depends on what area of the country you live in. I live in North Alabama and we have lot’s of different stores Kroger, Publix, Whole Foods etc. By far Walmart has the lowest prices of non sale items on average in other words you will save more at Walmart when finished with your list. I only worry about service when I go out to dinner, when I’m shopping I only worry about cost and saving money.