Crazed mommy makes a good point. For example, in Florida, there is no coupon doubling, no penny item, and where I am, they don't take Target coupons, even tho' Target is in the same shopping plaza as Publix. Also, Florida is the land of the "true" BOGO, which often works to our advantage, but sometimes not. Your store/store mgr will have a list of competitor coupons that they will honor; also http://truecouponing.com/publix-stores-competitor-list/is
Probably the biggest, most eye-opening (& money saving) thing I learned was the you can you coupons for each
BOGO item... whether you're in true BOGO land or not, this applies, for both manufacturer coupons and store coupons, which of course you can "stack," using both store and manufacturer coupons together on each. There used to be a fantastic deal on the Enjoy the City books for $5 Winn Dixie Coupons; alas, these are no more, but some have Fresh Market coupons which are great if your Publix takes them.
As Steph said, read follow this site daily, and learn lingo and rules as you go-- often it's common sense and you'll figure it out within the context. Also, if you haven't, subscribe to Publix's digital coupons and Best Meals Happen at Home
, both of which can mean big savings. For example: This week's sale has Campbell's Homestyle soups on BOGO. I have: 2 coupons for $2/3 cans from Best Meals, 2 printed Q's for $0.75/2, and one for $0.50/2 cans. So, normally at $2.49/can it'd be $14.94 for 6. My final cost will be $1.47, FOR 6 CANS, which is over 90% off. That's the kind of deal I live for ;).
You will be limited to the amount of coupons you can print; usually 2 per device. If you have a PC and a laptop, that's great, you can print your allotted limit from each. Some people have multiple devices they can print from; I have 2, which for my family of four is more than adequate. The coupons you print have an individual # and UPC code; it's not legal (no matter how tempting!) to copy them. If there's an absolutely incredible deal that I want extra coupons for, I email my husband a link so he can print more at work and bring them home.
As far as newspaper coupons go, you do not
have to page thru them and clip every one you think you might use; in fact, using this website, it's easier not to. I buy one or two newspapers, and throw them in a stack using a dated piece of paper as a divider; when Michele references the coupon date, I just thumb back to that date, find and clip the relevant coupon. I also shamelessly pilfer my neighbor's coupon fliers out of the recycling bins ;). For the truly dedicated, there are several sites, including http://www.sundaycouponpreview.com/
, that you can use to see upcoming coupons if you think it's worthwhile to plan how many inserts you'll want.
I like to try to plan my family meals around the sales, which is a huge help. Bacon and butterbread were BOGO last week, so that means we'll be having a couple of BLT nights, which everyone loves! Swai is going to be BOGO this current sale, which meant I had to look up Swai and find a recipe for it (Hey, it's fish! Thanks, Google). With the last sale on Knorr sides, I'll have an easy, savory seafood meal that everyone will like at well under $9 to feed four, even allowing for cooking ingredients.
Last, if you've seen any of those "extreme" couponing shows, forget about 'em. Seriously, that stuff is purely for entertainment value. They're fun to watch, but the reality is, I can't feed my family on 90 bottles of hot sauce and 12 cases of Smart Water, even if they are free. Focus on practical savings, which can be pretty phenomenal just using coupons combined with deals I find here. My last trip to Publix I spent $40.34, and my total savings was $37.36. A 47% savings is well worth a little planning! Best of luck and happy couponing to you.