Thursday, August 6, 2009

Publix Shopping 101

I have had a few requests for help on how to save big at Publix, therefore I decided it was time to post my Publix shopping 101 post. First off let me tell you that last week at Publix I spent $10.73 cents and that was a savings of 82% off of the regular prices, many of my items were free or pretty close to free!

Publix shopping rules:
  1. Always shop the circular for your local market that is found online. There is an ad that comes out in the Sunday paper that includes the penny item coupon, but this ad just has a small selection of what is really for sale at Publix that week.
  2. I never purchase items that are not on sale at Publix unless I have a coupon that makes them completely free. Unless an item is on sale at Publix their prices are seemingly higher than the commissary or Wal-mart where I would usually get those items.
  3. In order to fully maximize Publix shopping and get your full savings you must clip/print coupons. Publix has a pretty awesome coupon policy, they double coupons up to 50 cents, you can use a Publix coupon(which can be found in their magazine type papers that are foudn at the front of the store or you can sign up for some of them on their website) along with a manufacturer's coupon, when you buy items that are B1G1 you can use 2 coupons, you can use printable coupons up to $4 and they also take competitor's coupons for other stores you have in your area, in Columbus that would usually be the Target printables.
  4. Use the B1G1 sales to stockpile. The more you stockpile the less you will have to shop for things that are typically on the B1G1 sales such as spaghetti sauce, pasta, cereal, juice,etc.
  5. When you purchase B1G1 items you do not have to purchase 2 of the item if you do not want to, if you purchase just 1 item then you will get that item for half off.
  6. Each Wednesday the new circular comes out there is a great website called Fiddledeedee where she matches all of that weeks B1G1 and sale items with printable coupons and tells you in what coupon fliers in the paper you can find the non printable coupons for the items. Remember when looking at this site, most of the time when you print a coupon you can press the back button and print a coupon again, making it possible for you to have 2 coupons for the B1G1 sales.
  7. Always make sure you try to have a coupon for the item you want to buy, however with that said the majority of the times on a B1G1 sale the items are cheaper than any other store. Publix has the best B1G1 sale around.
With that said allow me to show you last weeks $10.73 shopping trip:

  • 2 Kraft salad dressings: Reg $3.00/each on sale B1G1 for $1.50/each. I used 2 $1.50 off Kraft salad dressing coupons found on the Cooking with Kraft website making these items free!
  • 4 Muir Glen tomato sauce: Reg .89. I used 4 $1.00 of any Muir Glen item coupons found making these items free plus .11 overage for each can.
  • 3 Mueller's Pasta: Reg $1.39/each on sale B1G1 for .70 each. I used a $1.00 off of the purchase of 3 found on making these items cost .36 each for a total of $1.10.
  • 1 Go-gurt: Reg $2.99/each on sale B1G1 for $1.50. I purchased 1 and used a .40 coupon which was doubled to .80 found here making the Go-gurt .70.
  • 4 Chef-boyardee cans: Reg $1.50 on sale for .85. I used 4 $1.00 off any Chef-boyardee item coupons found on the Simple and Delicious website making these items free plus a .15 overage for each item.
  • 2 Hormel ready to eat entrees: Reg $5.5o/each on sale for $4.00/each. I used 2 $2.00 of Hormel item coupons found here making these items $2.00 each for a total of $4.00.
  • 2 Betty Crocker supreme brownie mix: Reg $2.69 each on sale B1G1 for $1.35 each. I used a .75 off of 2 coupon making these .97 each for a total of $1.94.
  • 2 Kraft Shells-n-Cheese: Reg $2.59 on sale B1G1 for $1.30 each. I used a $1.50/2 coupon found here making these items .55 each for a total of $1.10.
  • Kraft BBQ Sauce: Reg $1.39. I used a coupon that was found on the Shells and Cheese box for a free bottle of BBQ sauce when you purchase 2 Shells and Cheese. Making this item free!
  • Beechnut Mixed Cereal: Reg $1.89. I used a B1G1 coupon from a previous box of cereal to make these items .95 each for a total of $1.80
Overall last week I received 2 bottles of salad dressing(we use them for marinades for chicken), 4 cans of tomato sauce(for homemade spaghetti sauce), 4 cans of Chef-boyardee, and a bottle of Barbecue sauce completely free!! Which makes my free items a value of $13.95 completely free!

I purchased 21 items for $10.73 making that .51 for each item on average. Not too shabby if you ask me!!


carebear said...

Great job!! Hats off to you. :)
On another subject, entirely different, is your hubby stationed on Fort Benning? I saw you are located in Columbus from your profile. I was born there! Bunch of army brats in my family. I remember every time I was sick, I had to go to Martin Army hospital and get a shot in my patootie.
We are now north of Atlanta, but visit the base every now and again with family in LaGrange and Columbus still. Enjoy your weekend!

carebear said...

What...Columbus NOT exciting?? I don't believe it! ;) Yeah, we moved when I was two, so my main memories are from visiting my grandparents there off of Macon Rd near the highland park area. I remember coming down to Columbus to spend the weekend with my grandparents and the "highlight" was dinner at Krystal's which was right next to Kadie cow from the Kinnett Dairy farms (is she still there?). We used to go "pet" her if we were good at dinner. :)

Inspired Design Photography, LLC. said...

You have inspired me to start using coupons! I am actually excited to try this, I may have to get some pointers from you once we finally move and we can go together. :o)

Simply Complex said...

How long did it take you to get used to doing this? And how long does it take you to prep for a shopping trip (find coupons) and for you to check out will all of those coupons?

DLD said...

You are a great daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. You bring joy to our lives daily. You are the kind of wife, as are your group of friends, that our soldiers need to know are behind them always. When we were at the 9.12 project I saw and will have framed for C the greatest hand made poster that said, if you are not behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them. You are a wonderful woman and I am proud to be your mother. Your friends are lucky to have you.