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Thanks so much to everyone for answering my “Publix Questions” yesterday. Boy, those coupon policies sure change by area don't they? One of the reasons I think I've gotten so many questions about this lately is because there have been rumors in our area of some new policies in effect for North Alabama, and it sounds like things are about to be changing (but not too much – don't get worried yet – we can do this!)
Several of you e-mailed me today after hearing policy changes here locally (in North Alabama) while you've been couponing in your stores. I had heard about a week ago that we would be getting a new District Manager and that he was getting all the managers together to discuss the coupon policies of each store. Well, they've had their meeting, and a few things have been changed.
- Publix in North Alabama will no longer accept drug stores as a competitor as a rule. They may accept them in the pharmacy (i.e. on a pharmacy purchase), but not towards groceries. They should however honor gift cards for new or transferred prescription coupons (for example – $25 Rite Aid Gift Card with transferred prescription).
- Publix in North Alabama will continue to take Target, and Star Market coupons, as well as any other “traditional” groceries.
- Publix should not be suppressing “do not double” coupons. It sounds to me like it's specific cashiers who are likely to do this, so remember to look for the happiest looking cashier 🙂 (That's just awful, isn't it?)
This is just what I've heard, but I haven't tried any of this out yet! I don't know how soon this will go into effect (Mendy had heard the end of April), so it may be that your stores will take those drug store coupons for a little while longer – it doesn't hurt to ask!
If you live here locally, I highly recommend hunting down someone who sells the Enjoy the City Book (Huntsville Edition). You can order them HERE for $20, but you'll have to pay $4.95 in shipping, and when you purchase them locally half the profits go to help the organization selling them. I called Enjoy the City today to see about getting more books and I'll let you know what I hear from them! (Anyone know of any groups selling them?)
These books include TWELVE $5/$50 Star Market coupons, as well as TONS of other great coupons (FREE Firestone Oil Change, FREE Firehouse Sub, FREE Lawler's Sandwich, Discount Tickets to the Space and Rocket Center, and lots of other great deals. This really is my favorite coupon book out here locally (Huntsville doesn't have an Entertainment Book like some of you lucky folks in other cities!)
Remember, Publix still offers loads of great store coupons, and there are tons of Target coupons and Kroger coupons that we can still stack. Make sure to register for your Kroger card HERE to get coupons mailed to you, and check out Target printable coupons HERE (note that some of those are manufacturer coupons).
In all honesty, while I'm a little bummed about the coupon policy changes, I think they are totally fair and I still believe Publix will be the cheapest (and best!) place to shop. And, it may make life a little easier on this (no more running to Walgreens just to pick up a coupon booklet!) I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
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