Publix Store Guide

by ThePrudentPatron on December 27, 2009

Publix Store Guide

Publix Store Guide

Publix Policies:

UPDATE: Publix has updated their coupon policy:

  • Acceptance is subject to any restrictions on the coupon.
  • We only accept coupons for identical items we sell.
  • We only accept a manufacturer’s coupon and either a Publix or a competitor’s coupon on the same item. Maximum of two coupons per item.
  • Manufacturer’s digital offers cannot be combined with manufacturer’s paper coupons on the purchase of the same item.
  • We do not accept percent-off-items or percent-off-total-order coupons.
  • We do not accept coupons that Publix determines to be printed incorrectly. For example, a coupon missing a size requirement or other standard coupon details.
  • We do not accept coupons presented via a mobile phone or device.
  • We do not accept coupons that appear to be copied. All coupons must be originals.
  • For a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) offer, each item is considered a separate purchase.
  • We limit coupon redemption to eight of the same coupons per day, per household.
  • Manager’s approval is needed for individual coupons above $5.
  • Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor’s coupon per day, per household. The total order before coupons must be equal to or greater than the combined purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented. We consider competitor’s coupons for dollars off groups of items to be a dollars-off-total-order coupon and will only allow one per day, per household.
  • Money due back to the customer at the end of a transaction involving coupons will only be provided on a Publix gift card.


Publix takes competitor coupons. It has been my experience that they will only take a direct competitor’s (within a reasonable driving distance) coupons. For example, my Publix does not take Kroger coupons since we do not have a Kroger near us. If you are unsure as to which stores your Publix considers a competitor, just ask a manager.

Publix accepts two coupons per item, one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon. This includes BOGO sale items. You can use a coupon on an item you receive for free from a BOGO sale.

Publix does not limit the number of coupons you can use (except for $ Off coupons), but the register does. If you use more coupons than you have items, or if your coupon amount exceeds $50.00 the register will beep. It will give the cashier the message that you have exceeded the maximum number of coupons. A manager will have to manually override the register when this happens.

Publix accepts internet coupons. My Publix informed me that they limit these to coupons $5.00 or less.

Publix does not accept expired manufacturer coupons. However, some stores will accept expired store and competitor coupons.

Publix will issue rain checks for any sale items that are not in stock.

Publix does not price match.

Publix Promise: Publix guarantees that if during checkout, the scanned price of an item (excluding alcohol and tobacco products) exceeds the shelf price or advertised price, they will give the customer one of that item free. The remaining items will be charged at the lower price.

Additional Publix Coupon Policies that Only Apply Outside of Florida and Parts of Southern Georgia:

Publix doubles manufacturer coupons up to $0.50. There is no limit on the number of coupons they will double.

Publix doesn’t require you to purchase both items in a BOGO sale. BOGO items will ring up half price.

Publix has penny items each week. The penny item coupons are valid for use on Sunday and/or Monday.

Happy Shopping!

All store guides are based on my personal shopping experience and my knowledge of store policy. Stores may change their policies at anytime and it is always best to check with your local store regarding their policies.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Peace, Love & Stitches April 22, 2010 at 10:01 PM

hey :) I had the opportunity to talk with the manager of our publix here in Seminole Co. FL. He reiterated what you said. He also added that they will accept a Publix coupon and a competitor coupon on the same item.

He said that there is no "corporate policy" for coupons. The corporate email I received said they try to follow what the coupon says, and the manager of my local store said that, in these difficult economic times, their goal is to help people feed their families. Accepting coupons is their way of helping.


The Prudent Patron April 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM

It is great that you spoke to the manager. Knowing exactly what your Publix will allow is very helpful when you encounter a cashier who doesn't know all the policies.


bstertz June 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I am so glad I found your blog, because I live in Fl also, and it helps to know the regional deals. I am just wondering, do you( or does anyone else) have an answer as to why Publix does not double coupons here? I was just in Colorado on vacation, and as I was looking through a grocery store(King Soopers), could not believe how much more we pay for many items here in Fl. Now to find out Publix doubles coupons everywhere else but here! Anyone have an answer?


The Prudent Patron June 30, 2010 at 9:57 PM

No, I sorry I don't have an answer to that one, but one thing we have that other Publix stores don't is that Floida stores have true BOGOs. So if you pair a buy one get one coupon with a buy one get one sale, you get them both for free!


Kacy September 21, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I read recently that Publix does not double coupons b/c they don’t have as much competition down here as in other areas in the US.
I too live in Fl and am happy to have found this site that is geared toward this state. :)


wendy December 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I’m so sad to find out that I can’t double my coupons when we move to FL next week. The best thing about weekly sales in VA is double coupon day on Wed. I’m so glad I found this site so I can get the best deal for our money.

**found this site thanks to couponing to disney**


ThePrudentPatron December 7, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Welcome Wendy! I so wish we ahd doubles here too!
The good news is a BOGO is a true BOGO at our Publix so if you combine it with a BOGO coupon, you’ll get both free, but I know that pales in comparison.


kathy April 15, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Love your site and your daily updates that I get thru my email!! thanks for your service!! Our local Publix here in Pt. Saint John, Florida has decided not to take CVS or Walgreen coupons, they say they are not competitor, there is a Walgreen across the street. Has anyone else had this happen to them? We use them till a new manager came. I just learn today that they are not going to let you use a BJ’s coupon if the picture doesn’t match ( it will not matter if it says any size.) Again I love you site!! kathy


ThePrudentPatron April 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Hi Kathy,
It is pretty much up to the store to determine their competitors. The Publix stores in my area have never accepted any stores as competitors except for grocery stores. Last time I checked the Publix I shop at was accepting Winn Dixie and Sedanos, which is quite comical because I don’t know of a single Sedanos in the entire city.
I’m so glad you are enjoying the site.


LaShunda Harris December 10, 2011 at 8:42 PM

I’m glad I found your site. I’m very new to couponing and your site is very helpful. I too live in Florida, I watch extreme couponing on tv only to get mad because Florida does not double coupon. I plan on making this a hobby of mine on whatever savings I can get. Thanks for all your information. Keep up the good work!


Brenda April 10, 2013 at 7:45 AM

No Florida Law against doubling/tripling listed on the MyFlorida web site. So no state restrictions. However, the store must collect/pay sales tax on full price of taxable item.


ThePrudentPatron April 10, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Brenda, I don’t think it is a legal issue. My guess is it more likely a lack of competitors doubling or tripling in Florida.


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