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Friday, September 25, 2009

My Second Shopping Trip Of The Week: Publix With A Profit of $2.01!

Publix didn't know what had hit them when I checked out with 139 items...each with their own coupon and some with 2 coupons each!

Warner Robins gets a different set of coupon inserts (the regional ones...no where near what comes in the metro paper). I also trade coupons through HotCouponWorld and through Michelle's site (IHeartPublix) and one of my trading buddies Reagan has offered to mail me at least 4 inserts each week. Without her help I wouldn't be able to get near the amount of deals that I am accustomed to.

I had to mention that Warner Robins gets the "other" regional inserts because of the reaction that I had at Publix today. A lot of the coupons that I used were ones out of the metro paper and many of the locals here wouldn't have access to them. They are not used to customers who have access to these other coupons and you could really tell!

I called before hand to ask customer service what the store coupon policy was. I found out that the only difference was that they didn't take the Target coupons. Everything else was the same! I was so excited to find this out!

Since I had so many items and I was new to this store I made sure that I introduced myself to the customer service manager. I let them know what I was doing and that I had a coupon for everything in my cart. They were all so surprised to see someone shop this way (which in return surprised me). I thought for sure that there were "Me's" in every town!

There were not that many people in the store and everyone was able to gather around. We had about 6 employees and the manager checking me out and watching the total go down and down! They couldn't believe what they had just seen! I watched in their amazement and some of them genuinely wanted to know how to do it! (I can't wait to start teaching classes again!)

I didn't want to just stand there a gloat about what was going on so I made sure that I had extra coupons for most of the items that I was buying to share with the cashiers and manager (yes even the manager excepted some of my coupons). It was so great! I am looking forward to befriending everyone in this store just as I have at every other store I have shopped at! They were all so nice!

I even had the chance to meet a fellow couponer, Shonda, who has just started using coupons. She, like many others, made the comment that she had never shopped at Publix before until a friend of hers convinced her otherwise!

Ok...here is what I bought today!

5 Publix Shopping Bags @ $.99 each
Used: Free coupon for purchasing the Kellogg's products (Yellow Advantage Flier)
Price: FREE

10 boxes of Eggo Waffles @ $.99 each
Used: 5 - $1/2 coupons
Price: $.50 each

1 banana @ $.32
1 apple @ $.83
1 apple @ $.86
1 lemon @ $.43
1 lime @ $.33

For these produce items I had $2 coupons to use on each item (from the Kellogg's Fuel For School brochure)

My total on the produce was $2.77 and I used $10 worth of coupons which gave me $7.23 worth of overage that went towards the other purchases in my trip!

3- 2 liters of Dr. Pepper @ $1.33 each
Used: 3 - .55/1 peelie coupon found at Kroger STACKED with the $2/3 Publix Coupon (in the Yellow Advantage Flier)
Price: $.34 for all 3! (You can bet that I will be going back for more of these!

1 Lipton Tea 100 ct @ $3.95
Used: Free product coupon
Price: FREE

4 Scotch Packaging Wrapping Paper @ $1.19 each
Used: 4 - .50/1 coupons doubled
Price: $.19 each

13 Scotch Bubble Mailers @ $.89 each
Used: 13 - $.50/1 coupons doubled to $1
Price: FREE plus $.11 in overage for each one (a total of $1.43 in overage)

8 Scotch Bubble Mailers @ $.69 each
Used: 8 - $.50/1 coupons doubled to $1
Price: FREE plus $.31 in overage for each one (a total of $2.48 in overage)

14 Scotch Bubble Mailers @ $.59 each
Used: 14 - $.50/1 coupons doubled to $1
Price: FREE plus $.41 in overage for each one (a total of $5.74 in overage)

1 Atkins Bar @ $1.25
Used: Free Product Coupon ($3)
Price: FREE plus $2.75 in overage (coupon bar code started with the number 5 and it didn't have an area to write a price in so I knew that it would ring up at the max price!)

1 Revlon Nail Clipper @ $1.49
Used: $2/1 Publix coupon in Green Advantage Flier
Price: FREE plus $.51 in overage

5 - Yoplait YoPLus Yogurt @ $1.25 each
Used: 5 - $1/1 coupons
Price: $.25 each

1 Sobe Drink @ $1.49
Used: Kroger Free Product Coupon (Catalina)
Price: FREE

2 Glazed Doughnuts (not pictured...for the girls) @ $1.40 for both!
Used: $1 off bakery item Publix Calendar Coupon
Price: $.40 for both

1 Deli Lemonade @ $.79 (not pictured...for the girls to share)
Used: $1 off Deli item baby coupon
Price: Free plus $.21 in overage

1 Gallon of Publix Milk @ $2.25
Used: $1 off Dairy Item Publix Baby Coupon
Price: $1.25

3 - Spray N' Wash @ $1.50 each
Used: 3 - .50/1 coupons doubled to $1 each
Price: .50 each

2 Fantastic Cleaners @ $1.40 each
Used: 2 - $.75/1 coupons
Price: $.65 each

4 - BirdsEye Steamfresh White Rice @ $.89 each
Used: 4 - .50/1 coupons doubled to $1 each
Price: FREE plus $.11 in overage for each one (a total of $.44 in overage)

4 - BirdsEye Steamfresh Broccoli in Light Sauce @ $1.24 each
Used: 4 - .50/1 coupons doubled to $1 each
Price: .24 each

4 Shelby Chili Mixes @ $1.10 each
NO COUPONS! This stuff is good though and very rarely goes on sale!

1 box of New York Dip'N Sticks @ $1.65
Used: $.50/1 coupon
Price: $.65

10 Yakisoba Noodles @ $.79 each
Used: 10 - $.50/1 coupons doubled to $1 each
Price: FREE plus $.21 in overage for each one (a total of $2.10 in overage)

20 Margaret Holmes Canned Veggies @ $1 each
Used: $.35/1 coupons doubled to $.70 each
Price: $.30 each

5 - Dole Fruit Cups @ $1.17 each
Used: 5 - .55/1 coupons
Price: $.62 each

1 can of Chef Boy R D @ $1
Used: $1/1 IP coupon (no longer available)
Price: FREE

3 Mt. Olive Pickles @ $1.09 each
Used: 3 - $.50/1 coupons double to $1 each
Price: $.09 each

5 - Duke's Mayo (8 oz: Smallest jar) @ $1.59 each
Used: 5 - $.50/1 coupons doubled to $1 each
Price: $.59 each

2 Aunt Jemima Syrup @ $1.59 each
Used: $1/2 coupon
Price: $2.18 for both!

Powerade 10 pk @ $2.90

WHEW! My total was $211.41 before savings and coupons!

My final OOP total was $17.99 with taxes! A total savings of $193.42!

The most exciting part about this trip is that I will be able to send in for the $20 Kellogg's Fuel For School Mail In Rebate! I basically am getting all of these groceries for free and will profit a whopping $2.01 when it is all said and done!

It feels so good to get back in the game! Until Next Week!


Anonymous said...

All I can say it WOW!!!!


Ashley (believer9) on Cafemom said...

All I can say is WOW,I love shopping at Publix also,but I live in Florida and they dont double coupons,but I still save a ton.Great Job!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer said...


Georgia Coupon Fan said...

AMAZING! Why have I not been following your blog? I am now!

Dr. Mom said...

Fantastic trip!

Brown Family Blog said...

YAY!!!! I would have loved to see their faces. I am giggling just imagining it. It is so exciting to share this process. I had a friend's husband post a thank you to me as a status on teaching them how to do it, which in turn got people asking. LOVE IT!

Glenda said...

I really wish we could get doubled coupons in Florida! Maybe we should lobby Publix for a change :-)

Amanda K said...

Wow you had a great trip..I love Publix too!!!!

Kristin said...


Anonymous said...

I thought the Fuel for School Rebate was only $10.00..is there a different one out right now?? Thank love the site!!

Savings With Sadie said...

Now that's what I call couponing! Great job.

Tina said...

This is awesome! Where did you get the coupons for the Scotch mailing products?

TeeThymeDiva said...

i get the same reaction when i check out at my local publix as well. i guess somoe stores aren't used to people using coupons as heavily as others. great job!! i tried to explain to my co-workers that using coupons is a definite savings, but it has fallen on deaf ears.

Candi said...

That is an awesome trip!!! I befriend my stores too, glad I'm not the only one. I always feel like they are nicer when you are nice to them.


Counting Beans in GA said...

I did not realize you live in Warner Robins -- I am in Macon and have been couponing since March 2009. You did a great job on this trip. I am heading back tomorrow; you gave me several ideas for overages.

(I am loving our new store up here)


Saving Obsession said...

A-W-E-S-O-M-E job!

I just got $164 worth of groceries for $35. My cashier even announced my savings and I got applause! Publix is so much fun!!

Bombtastic Belle said...

I'm blown away! We have a Pulix here, but haven't been in it. *lol* I just started doing the coupon thing about two months ago, and so far I haven't had much savings, but it's going up each time we shop - I'm bound and deterined to get the hang of it and walk out with as much as you did!

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