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Publix-Coupon-Policy-Changes

The following changes will take place on October 1st. Publix will extend a grace period through October 18th to allow customers time to adjust to the new coupon policy.

In our opinion, the changes to the Publix Coupon Policy are reasonable and will not have much effect on the majority of coupon users. The changes seem to be aimed at cutting down on the shelf-clearing and fraudulent coupon usage that none of us appreciate. We have highlighted the changes below in orange.

Here are the main changes summarized:

  • We limit coupon redemption to eight of the same coupons per day, per household.

We see this as a reasonable change. Kati has a family of 6 and Melisha has a family of 7. Both of us can and will continue to stock up on deals for our families using no more than 8 of the same coupons per day. No problem! Notice they have added the words “per day, per household.” If you need to use more than 8 like coupons, you’ll simply have to make more than one trip to Publix on a different day. If you are purchasing that many items, you might need to make more than one trip anyway. This limitation does not mean you can only purchase 8 items, you can purchase more, the limitation is simply on the number of coupons that can be used per household per day.

  • Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor’s coupon per day, per household. The total order before coupons must be equal to or greater than the combined purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented. We consider competitor’s coupons for dollars off groups of items to be a dollars-off-total-order coupon and will only allow one per day, per household.

Some stores are already enforcing this rule. They have simply made it official by putting it in writing. You will now be allowed to use (1) Publix $x/$xx coupon and (1) competitor $x/$xx coupon per day, per household. To use both coupons, your total before coupons must meet the minimum requirement of each coupon added together. For example, to use both a Publix $5/$40 and a Winn Dixie $5/$50, your order total before any coupons are applied needs to be at least $90 ($40+$50).

  • Money due back to the customer at the end of a transaction involving coupons will only be provided on a Publix gift card.

Any overage from use of coupons will be given back to you in the form of a Publix Gift Card. You’ll be going back there, right? You can treat this as a rolling reward and simply apply it to your next grocery purchase.

  • Clarification regarding Rain Checks: Our management teams will only issue rain checks for items which are advertised outside the store at a reduced retail. For example, on radio or TV, or in our weekly ad, co-op ad, mailer, or internet site.

Before it was up to each individual store to issue a rain check for the Advantage Flyers (most stores did NOT issue rain checks for those items). But now it is stated that they WILL issue rain checks on those items, directly in the policy (they call the Advantage Flyers, the Co-Op Ad). This is wonderful! Thank goodness!

Here is the new policy in its entirety…

New Publix Coupon Policy

“Publix is committed to helping you save money. We offer weekly specials, buy one get one free promotions, and accept Publix, manufacturers, and competitor coupons. When you add all these together, you can see why customers “Love to Save Here.” So that all of our customers can benefit from these deals, we reserve the right to limit purchase quantities.”

The types of coupons we accept:

  • Manufacturer’s coupons, Publix coupons, Internet coupons, and coupons from nearby competitors (a list of which are posted at each Publix store).
  • Coupons from competing pharmacies for prescriptions only.

Our Acceptance Guidelines:

  • Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon.
  • We only accept coupons for identical items we sell.
  • We only accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor’s coupon on the same item. Maximum of two coupons per item.
  • Manufacturer’s digital offers cannot be combined with manufacturer’s paper coupons on the purchase of the same item.
  • We do not accept percent-off-items or percent-off-total-order coupons.
  • We do not accept coupons that Publix determine to be printed incorrectly. For example, a coupon missing a size requirement or other standard coupon details.
  • We do not accept coupons presented via a mobile phone or device.
  • We do not accept coupons that appear to be compiled. All coupons must be originals.
  • For a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate purchase.
  • We limit coupon redemption to eight of the same coupons per day, per household.
  • Manager’s approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.
  • Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor’s coupon per day, per household. The total order before coupons must be equal to or greater than the combined purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented. We consider competitor’s coupons for dollars off groups of items to be a dollars-off-total-order coupon and will only allow one per day, per household.
  • Money due back to the customer at the end of a transaction involving coupons will only be provided on a Publix gift card.

Our management teams will only issue rain checks for items which are advertised outside the store at a reduced retail. For example, on radio or TV, or in our weekly ad, co-op ad, mailer, or internet site.

  • We will only issue one rain check, per day, per household for an item.
  • We will not issue rain checks for Publix, competitor’s, or manufacturer’s coupons.

So, what are your thoughts? We would love to hear what you think about these changes!

Publix also updated their Coupon Policy FAQs to help clarify things. Check them out HERE.

View and print the Publix Coupon Policy from the Publix website HERE.

Kati & Melisha Siggy

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