Jun 152012
 

Publix Money Maker Groceries

 

Today I headed for Publix, and since I had to bring my three boys along, I figured I better make it educational. So, my oldest son got his own cart, and he was in charge of all of the Publix money maker deals and Publix freebies. He got to choose his first deodorant, and he kept close track of the money going out and coming in. It was a learning experience for him, and amazingly the little ones did pretty well.

 Free Sunkist

Publix Money Maker Trip:

2 x Nature Made Vitamin D @ $3.99 and Nature Made Folic Acid @ $4.39 = $8.38 – ($6/2 Nature Made Coupon in Green Adv. Ad and 2 x $2 Nature Made Coupons) = FREE ($1.62 overage)

2 x Nature Made Magnesium @ $3.99 = $7.98 – ($6/2 Nature Made Coupon in Green Adv. Ad and 2 x $2 Nature Made Coupons) = FREE (2.02 overage)

8 x Sunkist  12 pk, B2G2 4 for $19.96 – (6 x -$1/1 Sunkist Target Coupon  and 8 x $2 Publix coupons SS 6/10 (regional coupon)) = FREE ($2.04 Publix money maker)

Snapware Storage Items, 50% off  $2.25 – ($2/1 Snapware food coupon SS 4/29 SS) = $0.25

2 x Right Guard Deodorants on BOGO sale at 2 for $3.89 – (-$2/2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 Target Coupon  (zip 12345) and – ($2/2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 Target Coupon  (zip 12345) and $2/2 Right Guard Coupon (zip 30187 or {$1/1  or $2/2} Right Guard Coupon 6/17 RP) = FREE ($0.11 overage)

6 x Smart Balance Lactose Free Milk on sale at $2.50 each = $15 – (6 x $1 Smart Balance coupon SS 6/3) = $9 ($1.50 each)

2 x Oscar Mayer Shaved Ham and Turkey Breast 16oz ZIP-PAK BOGO sale at 2 for $4.49 ($2.25 each)

Red raspberries on sale at $1.99 – (2 x  $1  Publix Produce wyb 2 Oscar Mayer Shaved Meats  16 oz coupon) = FREE

Reynolds Baking Cup paper 36c on clearance for $0.65 (-$0.35/1 Reynolds Baking Cup Product) = $0.29

2 x  Breyer’s Ice Cream on BOGO sale at 2 for $5.99 – ($1.50/2 Breyers TARGET coupon  and 2 x $0.75 Breyers coupons NLA) = $2.99  ($1.50 each)

Magnum Ice Cream mini @ $3.50 each = $3.50 – ($2 Magnum Ice Cream coupons and $1.25 Magnum Publix coupons from Best Meals Happens At Home Display in store or use $1 Magnum coupon from email) =  $0.25

2 x  Popsicle Yosicle on BOGO sale at 2 for $4.59 –  (2 x $1/1 Popsicle PUBLIX coupons Best Meals Happen At Home email and 2 x $1/1 Popsicle Yosicle Product ) = $0.59 ($0.30 each)

8 x Mrs. Paul’s Parchment Bake on BOGO sale at 2 for $4.49 = $17.96 – (4 x Mrs. Paul’s Parchment Bake BOGO coupon) = FREE

2 x Juicy Juice on sale at 2 for $4 – ($1/2 Target Juicy Juice coupon) = $3 ($1.50 each)

2 x Doritos Tortilla Chips on BOGO sale at $4.29 ($2.15 each)

1.83 lbs Ground Chuck, USDA Inspected on sale at $3.49/lb = $6.39 – ($2 off Ground Meat wyb 2 Doritos Publix coupon from Yellow Adv Buy Flyer) $4.39

Publix  1 gallon orange juice $3.99

– $5/$30 Publix coupon from mailer

Tax $1.97

Total out of pocket $23.09

Total saved $171.62

 

To see a complete picture of how I am able to keep a low grocery budget for my family of 4, make sure to check out the Weekly Savings posts.

 

  15 Responses to “Publix Money Maker: $194 Worth of Groceries for $23”

  1. Nicely done! Which Publix did you find the Pineapple Sunkist??

  2. Also… how could you use a Target coupon AND a Publix coupon for the Sunkist deal?? Isn’t the policy one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon, not two store coupons?

    • I agree with you this is not right. This is directly from Publix’s web site:
      “Q: Can a store coupon, competitor coupon, and manufacturer’s coupon all be used for one item?
      A: No, a manufacturer’s and a Publix or competitor coupon, but not both, may be used.”
      Basically the sodas were stolen. Actions like this give couponing a bad image.

      • Thank you for your comment.

        My Publix store lets me use a Publix and a Target, a Publix and a MF, or a Target and a MF coupon together…but not all three at once.

        I always check with the Publix manager, and I have been told this on several occasions. In fact, a manager was present and checked the coupons, before all of the coupons and products were scanned.

        So while I appreciate honest comments, please check your facts before your throw out accusations.

        • funny you say you appreciate honest comments, but aren’t being honest, just because the store manager doesn’t know their store policy, doesn’t mean it’s ok, you obviously know the rule, but decide to take advantage anyways, and that’s checking facts. Dissapointed and won’t be visiting your blog any longer.

          • I totally agree with you on this..Their store policy is 1 store 1 mq…Her store manager must not know what he or she is doing…i would love to know which store u shop at??

            JFrugality you are doing it WRONG!!! sorry will not follow u ever..I do believe u know their policy but still play its game…

    • Nickie, my Publix store lets me use a Publix and a Target, a Publix and a MF, or a Target and a MF coupon together…but not all three at once. I have been asked this question before, and it certainly seems to be different at other stores. However, I have two stores that I know of, where I can combine the two coupons…as long as I do not add a MF coupon. I hope this answers your question.

  3. I had to pay tax on the Magnum ice cream, I wonder why

  4. I really dont understand how they let you use target an publix together..Thats really wrong sorry,.. Thats like using 2 store coupons and then a mq…I shop at 5 stores at publix’s and no one near me does that and says its wrong to use 2 store coupons….

  5. Well, I can tell that I have offended a lot of people, and for that I do apologize.

    I obviously did not think that I was doing anything wrong with this deal, otherwise I would not have done it. I will admit that I am a bit taken aback, when I am accused of stealing or committing coupon fraud. I will reiterate that this deal was approved by the manager at my store, and no one raised any concerns.

    I will definitely consult with the store managers again about this use of coupon combinations, as I have asked several managers at my two local stores about a Target and Publix combination in the past.

    Again, I apologize if I have offended anyone, this surely was not my intention. I also want to thank those of you, who have expressed your opinion in a honest but respectful manner. I do appreciate honest comments, and I always welcome a polite and respectful debate.

    • YOU DID’NT OFFEND ME.I CHECK THE PUBLIX WEBSITE FOR THE COUPON POLICY. THEY HAVE A LOT OF QUESTION AND ANSWER AND NONE OF THEM PERTAIN TO YOUR SITUATION.IT STATES THAT YOU CAN’T USE A STORE Q WITH A PUBLIX Q AND A MF Q.IT DOES NOT LET TOU KNOW IF YOU CAN USE A PUBLIX Q AND A STORE Q INSTEAD OF USING A MF Q.SO I GUEST ITS UP TO THE MANAGER.IF THE MANAGER DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT I DON’T KNOW WHY OTHER PEOPLE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT. THEY SHOULD JUST BE HAPPY FOR YOU ,NOT JEALOUS OF YOU. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!!! GOD BLESS.

  6. This is my first time on your blog and I think it is fantastic! (I love the way you link the online coupons you used in your breakdow…fabulous!) I don’t usually comment on these things, I’m just one of those blog stalker people…but I am absolutely shocked with the above exchange. I have only been couponing about 6 months but you learn quickly that there are many different types of people in the couponing world. The people who scoff and roll their eyes in line behind you (no matter how much you smile and try to make polite conversation to pass the time), those cashiers and managers who treat you like you are breaking the law and those who stop and ask you how you do it and make you feel like rockstar! And tonight I have learned there are mean people who are clearly being mean just to have something to do. We all know most coupon issues come down to manager’s discretion! This has worked in my favor a few times but I have left a store crying because of it! (Even when you are doing everything by the book)…It’s couponing. You did not go into the store with a gun demanding they give you all their Sunkist….I say congrats to you! As long as the manager okays it you are doing nothing wrong (Sometimes when the manager doesn’t okay, you are probably still doing nothing wrong). Please, keep finding fabulous deals so I can awe in your frugalness! 🙂 I will be an avid reader!!

  7. You do get to do a lot more than our store will allow. There are no ‘money makers’ at our store, as the computer will reject a coupon if there isn’t enough money left to cover the amount. I’ve run in to this a few times lately. We can’t use Target coupons with any other coupon. We also have strict limits on coupons. I had to go 2 different days to use the 2 Magnum Ice cream bar coupons.

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