My Publix Trip - Spent $6.20, Saved $140

When we received the sweetbay coupon in the mailer weekly ad, I started planning a big enough trip to be able to use it. I also know that last month when this coupon was available I was turned down at all stores because my total was never over $50 after coupons. So, I messaged Publix on facebook and asked them to confirm that they considers coupons a form of tender and not a discount. Here's what I asked: 
Hi Publix - I just received a new ad from Sweetbay that has a $10 off $50 coupon that states "minimum required purchase amount of $50 after all discounts are applied". Can you please clarify that to use this competitor coupon in Publix the total must be $50 before coupons and not after coupons, since coupons are a form of tender? I hate the drama at the cash register when no one agrees on how this is interpreted and I don't want to use it incorrectly. Thanks

 
On January 30, 2013 6:23:04 AM PST, Publix wrote:

Hi, Marie. You are correct. "Discounts" does not refer to coupons, as they are a form of tender. So, you may use this coupon as long as your total reaches $50.00 AFTER all other discounts, but not after all coupons have been taken off. Hope this helps! ≈ Kandi
So, if you want to use this coupon, I would recommend messaging them so you have their response right on your smartphone with you in the store. I clarified the situation before I shopped and they wanted to deny it at the store, but the store manager finally agreed to let me use it and signed his approval. It is pretty obvious they don't want to do it, and I told him I didn't care what he did for others, but that I would be glad to call the district manager if he required further confirmation.
Anyway, I did a pretty big shop with heavy stuff since we were in the car and not one the motorcycles. I decided to turn in my grapefruit juice and grapefruit to pay for the soda. I also had a couple coupons that expired 12/31/12 and this store accepts expired MQs for 30 days, so I had to use them up. I've heard there are peelies out there for free eggs wyb al fresco sausages, but I didn't see any. My total was higher than I thought it should be at $6.20, and when I reviewed my receipt I noticed they missed a $2 coupon, and then I noticed the Qtips charged $2.75 rather than the shelf price of $2.65. So, I'll have to go back and get an adjustment. So, my shopping list doesn't match my actual shop, but its close.
 
I spent $6.20 and saved $140.66, saving 96%.
 



31-Jan 56   145.15 53.25 91.30 tax 5.34 46 -96.32%
Product qty price subtl B1G1 -Q 4.74 total Q# Q details
avocado 4 1.00 4.00       4.00    
green pepper 1 1.58 1.58       1.58    
bananas 2 0.35 0.70       0.70    
Breakstone sour cream BOGO 2 2.45 4.90 2.45 2.00   0.45 2 EXP 1/1 MQ
SB Milk 1/2 gal 2 3.25 6.50   3.25   3.25 1 EXP BOGO MQ
Al Fresco chick saus  BOGO 2 3.49 6.98 3.49 2.00   1.49 1 $2/2 MQ print
Eckrich smkd saus BOGO 2 2.99 5.98 2.99 1.10   1.89 2 $0.55/1 MQ print
Qtips 1 2.75 2.75   1.05 0.18 1.88 1 $0.30/1 MQ + 0.75/1 TQ print
grapefruit 5lbs 5 3.49 17.45   34.90   -17.45 10 RCfree PQ ad + free MQ tearpd
OS grapefruit juice BOGO RC 10 2.99 29.90 14.95 20.00 1.94 -3.11 10 RC BOGO + $2/1 MQ print
Birds Eye Veg Froz 50% off 4 2.37 9.48 4.74 4.00   0.74 4 $1/1 MQ print
Pillsbury Pie Crust 1 1.00 1.00       1.00    
Suave Lotion BOGO 8 2.39 19.12 9.56 8.00 1.24 2.80 8 $1/1 MQ print
Frenches Mustard Dip Sauce 4 1.00 4.00   3.00   1.00 4 $0.75/1 MQ 1-6ss
Diet Mt Dew 12 pk B2G2 4 5.29 21.16 10.58   1.38 11.96    
Nabisco Wheat Thins BOGO 2 4.49 8.98 4.49 2.00   2.49 2 $1/1 MQ print
Publix drinking water 1 gal 1 0.67 0.67       0.67    
Sweetbay $10 off $50 1 0.00 0.00   10.00   -10.00 1 $10/50 swt by weekly ad
 
 

 

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