My Publix Shop - Paid $0.34 plus tax, Saved $75.32

publix shop 06/12/14

I haven't posted a Publix shop for a long time, but that doesn't mean I haven't been couponing and shopping. I guess other things are keeping me busy besides this blog so it's going to be a little sparse for a while.

As usual, things are always changing with the coupon world - mergers, new limits, new policies, new scams and new couponers. There seem to be a ton more people couponing and I have joined some facebook groups to keep up with all the deals. There are a lot of newbies who don't know any better and abuse coupons. There are a bunch of old timers who know the nuances of couponing and have their contacts so they can pair up and abuse the system. The stores are getting smarter and trying to stay one step ahead of the scammers. Everyone is pushing the limits to see what they can get by with. Everyone has a favorite store, a favorite cashier and a coupon connection to get what they need. If you don't, you're left in the dust of the empty shelves with no product. It always has been a little complicated and not for everyone, it takes a lot of time and organization and effort. You can not shop once a week or less and hope to be a successful couponer. I guess I'm getting a burned out after doing it steady for over five years.

Anyway, here's my first shop of this weeks sale. I'll be going back to use some more of the $5 off $15 personal care target coupons. There is also a new Target coupon coming out Sunday for $10 off $40 pet care items (dog/cat food treats litter) that I'll combine with the BOGO Beneful dog food deal, and some rainchecks I have for Temptations and  Dentastix for pet treats. I used a raincheck for the Fresh Express lettuce even though it is BOGO again this week, I wanted to use my expired $2/1 coupons. I used some tearpad coupons for the Muller yogurt and a blinkie, combined with the stocking spree yogurt LU#. I'm lucky that this one store only requires you to show them a publix coupon with LU# and they will enter it multiple times and let you keep it. This prevents people from taking all the publix coupon booklets to get multiples, you only need one. Ask your store if they would do that, it is really handy. The other personal care deals were in the Purple Advantage Flyer. When I look at the breakdown, the degree isn't really that great a deal after you figure in tax, so I probably won't do that one again.

There also is the gas card deal ($10 off $50 Gas card wyb $50 in product), but we really stocked up last time and have over $1000 in gas cards on hand, so we'll skip it this time. In the end I spent $0.34 on product, add $2.19 in taxes and the total paid was $2.53, savings of $75.32.

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