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For all of us loyal Publix shoppers here in the South, the launch of the new digital coupon service might be the most exciting coupon news since Publix released their official coupon policy almost two years ago.  This is BIG stuff, people!  (And I apologize in advance to all you non-Publix or non-coupon shoppers;  you may just want to skip this post, or go learn how by reading my Beginner’s Guide to Coupons series.  It will change your life!)

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I admit that lately I have not been all that good about clipping coupons.  I haven’t bought a Sunday paper in months.  Between homeschool and blogging and shuttling my girls to dance and gymnastics and church and the library, I don’t always have time to clip coupons (or even prepare a list) before I go to the store, but I do make an effort to only buy things when they are on sale. (And we all know that saving money on groceries is not about the coupons!)  Yes, I could save more if I were to clip coupons to use on top of those sale prices, but for now this is what I can do, because any savings is better than none!

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I’m excited about the digital coupons at Publix because clicking a button to digitally “clip” a coupon is so much easier and faster than the paper alternative.  In a pinch, it can even be done from your phone right in the store as you shop.  This is a nice feature for people who are frequently running around like a chicken with their head cut off on the go and don’t always have time to fully plan their shopping trip (i.e. ME!)

Of course for all you fanatical coupon shoppers who are determined to squeeze every last percentage point out of your savings total, digital coupons might not be that big of a deal just yet, for several reasons:

  • First, the selection of digital coupons still seems pretty limited to me.  Granted, new coupons are added often, but from what I’ve seen so far there aren’t a lot of coupons that match up with store sales.  For those that really want to maximize their savings on every item, paper coupons will still be necessary.   I am hopeful, as the program starts to take off, that the selection of available coupons will increase, but at this point that is just pure speculation on my part.
  • Second, you can only clip one of each digital coupon, which means that if you are trying to stock up on a sale item, you will definitely still need to clip paper coupons in order to use multiple coupons.
  • Third, the digital coupons will not double.  For those of us here in Florida, that is no big deal since we don’t have double coupons anyway.  However, for the rest of the South, not being able to double your coupon could make a big difference.
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Of course for the rest of us, who only wish we could be a little more fanatical every week but simply don’t always have time, I think this digital coupon thing is pretty darn cool.  Not only is it super easy to get signed up, it takes almost no time or effort to use.  You don’t even have to remember to bring a special card–just punch in your phone number at checkout.  Best of all, using digital coupons doesn’t prevent you from using paper coupons as well, you just can’t use both a digital coupon and a paper manufacturer’s coupon on the SAME item.

I had my first chance to try out the new system yesterday.  Once again I had very little time to clip paper coupons, although I did manage to grab a few for M&Ms and texas toast.  The rest of the coupons I used on my trip were found in-store, on displays or blinkie machines, along with a few digital coupons.  Checkout was a breeze–the only difference was now entering my phone number–and when all was said and done I had saved 61% off my total!

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Ultimately extreme couponing has to work for you and your family.  For some, spending hours and hours clipping coupons does little more than add extra stress and take time away from other important things.  For others, where money is a major source of stress, spending time on coupons is what helps your family most.  At the end of the day, I’m just happy Publix has brought us another option for saving money on groceries.

Finally, for those of you who still have questions, hopefully these FAQs will help alleviate any lingering confusion:

  • How do I know if digital coupons are available in my store?

Digital coupons are now available in all Florida and Alabama Publix stores, and will be available everywhere else by March 15th.  

  • How do I sign up for Publix digital coupons?

To get signed up, simply visit the Publix.com/coupons, then create your account and choose your coupons.  

  • Is there a digital coupon card I need to get?

No, your account is attached to your phone number.  To apply your digital coupons to your purchase, just punch in your phone number at checkout.

  • What if I forget to punch in my phone number at checkout?

Let the cashier or customer service department know and they will re-ring your item.

  • Will my digital coupons be doubled?

No.  Digital coupons do not double.

  • What if I have both a paper coupon and a digital coupon for the same item?

You can only use one manufacturer’s coupon per item, even if one is digital and one is paper.  You should use whichever one has the highest value.  The register will take off whichever coupon was presented first.

  • Do digital coupons expire?

Yes, digital coupons expire.  If you don’t use it by the time it expires, the system will take it out of your available coupons and move it to the Expired tab in your account.

  • How often do new coupons get added to the website?

Manufacturers can add coupons at any time.  Check the website often!

  • Can I use a digital coupon in my account the select it again to use a second time?

That depends on the manufacturer.

For a few more details, check out my segment on WINK News!

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Have you tried using digital coupons at your Publix store?  What did you think?  Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

27 Comments

  1. Amanda
    February 27 at 08:20AM

    I love shopping at Publix so much! Thanks for explaining the new system–this was super helpful!

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 27 at 08:42AM

      You’re welcome Amanda!

  2. Jennifer Green
    February 27 at 08:25AM

    Every time I read your coupon stories or watch your videos I want to move back to Florida! I miss Publix sooooooo much!

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 27 at 08:42AM

      It really is the best grocery store ever. 🙂

  3. February 27 at 08:26AM

    I had no idea they were even launching this—I still have to wait until 3/15 to get it here in GA, but I appreciate the heads up! 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 27 at 08:42AM

      Glad I could help, my friend! 🙂

  4. February 27 at 06:19PM

    I actually didn’t know about this either but, then again, Hubs is the “coupon man” now that I am a wee bit busy. 🙂 Will let him know. Thanks for the heads up! 🙂
    xo,
    Claire

  5. February 28 at 01:56PM

    A lot of stores are starting to offer online coupons, such as starsaver for us northern folk. Shaws, star market and stop and shop have started to use these as well. I signed up for automatic coupons so every week when new electronic coupons come out they go directly to my store loyalty card…when you check out the coupon is already there

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  8. Georgia Girl
    November 24 at 08:06PM

    I just left my Gainesville Ga Publix and had never used their digital coupons. Before I shopped I asked a checkout girl if I could use a digital coupon and a paper manufacture coupon. She did not know and asked another employee. I was told yes. So of course I set out to get the good deals. Well guess what??? Lol. Nope can’t do that. Lovely. Oh we’ll I now have plenty of Dove deodorant and Suave shampoo. Lesson learned. I knew I should have googled for the answer instead of asking an actual Publix employee. UGGH!

    • Anonymous
      July 12 at 01:43AM

      If you punch in your phone no for the digital coupons , and after that give the cashier your paper coupons it will work , but unfortunately your digital coupons are only good for one time per each product! So say there’s an online coupon for 50 cents off secret …..well you’ll only get to use it for one secret , one time only!

      • Anonymous
        July 12 at 01:48AM

        Btw I am from florida where this has been in use for a while now , and I always do digital , then paper! The cashier can do the process that way …..all ur waiting for her to do is subtotal your order, so it does not matter which coupons u do first AT ALL!! I do it all the time this way, don’t let anybody tell u any different!

  9. January 11 at 07:54PM

    None

  10. Anonymous
    February 25 at 09:53AM

    You can use a combination of manufacturer’s coupons and publix store coupons. However, you cannot use two publix coupons (one paper Publix coupon from the stand or newspaper and one digital) on the same item.

    Example:
    2 Boxes of pasta (BOGO)$1.29
    $0.50 off of two boxes – Manufacturer coupon
    + .25 off of two boxes – Publix paper or digital coupon
    = $0.54 for two boxes of pasta

    or if the publix coupon was $0.25 off of 1 box of pasta you can use TWO publix coupons (one for each box) and that would bring the total down more to $0.29 for two boxes of pasta.

    • Brandy
      April 18 at 11:34PM

      So this may have answered my question but I was wondering if you were allowed to use digital coupons on bogo’s?
      Because I went yesterday and used the app for the 1st time and noticed that all my digital coupons didn’t take and I just assumed that maybe you couldn’t combine them on bogo’s

      • Ruth Soukup
        April 19 at 08:18PM

        You have to check each store’s coupon policy. They should be able to give you a hard copy of the policies or direct you to them on their website.

  11. June 21 at 03:09PM

    I am typing from a desktop–hsve never used an app—–I would like to simply get accepted to redeem the digital coupons–the clerk at Publix told me that I give my phone number—she types it in at the register and the coupon goes thru— I haven’t even reached the coupon stage in the application–this should be simplified–

    Lawrence Papouleas
    Oak Hill Fla

  12. C.C
    August 8 at 09:27PM

    For months I’ve been able to use the digital publix coupons along with a paper one, until yesterday, the manager told me the digital coupons are a manufacture now, funs over

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  17. Sandy Davis
    August 7 at 09:26PM

    I am new to digital coupons but so far very disappointed.for instance dg asks for phone number to get your digitals.Once rung up they will not except any paper coupons for the same item.You now have just explained to me after talking to many managers that had no clue.They never explained that digital are not their own but manufactures.Sometimes you are just best to stick to the good old way of clipping!!!

  18. kennieken
    January 8 at 10:38AM

    Clipping coupons is OUTDATED. Why not give every customer who has a free PUBLIX membership card automatic discounts on sale items, when they check out? That’s what STOP & SHOP does in the north. No need to clip a coupon. It’s automatic and easy. It takes the weight off the customer and puts it on the store, where it belongs. Publix is banking on the fact that you won’t go online. Why should I have to go online each day and take the time to search and click thru each sale item. THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND ARCHAIC! Shame on you PUBLIX, especially in an area where most folks are elderly and won’t go online to clip coupons. Am I missing something? Maybe it’s easier than I know…if so, please help me understand what I see as a rude and outdated system.

  19. kennieken
    January 8 at 10:43AM

    Clipping coupons is OUTDATED. Why not give every customer a free PUBLIX membership card? You would swipe this card at checkout, and anything in your cart, which is on sale, would be discounted. This is what STOP & SHOP does (and many other grocery stores in the north). It’s automatic, easy, and there’s NO need to clip a coupon!! Why should I have to go online each day to search and click thru each sale item. This is TIME CONSUMING AND ARCHAIC! Shame on you PUBLIX, especially in an area where most folks are elderly and won’t go online to clip coupons. Am I missing something? Maybe it’s easier than I know…if so, please help me understand what I see as a rude and outdated system.

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