I found out this morning that the Publix on Hwy 72 in Madison, AL will no longer accept drug store coupons (I'm so sad!) I shopped at the store on County Line this morning and they took my Rite-Aid $5/$25 without a problem, but if I hear of any changes I'll be sure to let you know! This is completely up to the management at each store, so if you're unsure, just politely ask and cross your fingers that your store will continue to accept them!
One note on coupon acceptance – a lot of times it just depends on your cashier as to whether or not Publix will accept a coupon. They should accept your manufacturer coupons without any problem. If you feel you are using a legitimate competitor coupon but your cashier is unsure, kindly ask them to check with a manager. When I'm not sure about a coupon, I just nicely ask if it's okay to use one or not, and typically they allow it. I've usually found that when I treat the cashiers with respect they honor my coupons – maybe that's a good life lesson!
Also, a friend of mine and I were discussing coupons, and she didn't know that it's not okay to copy internet printable coupons on a copy machine. Typically you can print two coupons per printer, and that's it. Recently I was in my Publix store, and talked with one of the managers about this. She said Publix is looking out for fraudulent copies, because they only get reimbursement from companies for the ones printed legitimately (you'll notice that each bar code on the right top of your printed coupons is different, that's why it takes a few seconds for each to print). There are some printable coupons that come in PDF form and can legitimately be printed several times, but be sure to read the fine print to make sure it's okay to use more than once. I guess I just feel that since Publix is so generous with their couponers it's important that everyone treats them fairly too; and hopefully they'll keep flooding us with deals!
Okay, so now that all that's out of the way, I'll start looking for some deals!