Friday, August 23, 2013

Publix: Check coupon expiration dates!

(Sorry about the lousy picture!)

I made a second trip to Publix in the last sales week to pick up some Brawny paper towels.  I didn't have enough coupons at my first trip, but after I picked up my free coupon inserts - they run a week late - I had eight of them, enough to get paper towels for 40¢ a roll!

I also had more coupons for Sargento cheese sticks and Tradewinds tea.  I rounded out the shopping trip with some hot dogs and pasta that were on a BOGO sale but I didn't have coupons for, to bring my total above $30 so that I could use a Winn-Dixie $5 off $30 coupon.

But when I got to the register, the Sargento and Tradewinds coupons weren't accepted - they had expired!  They were still good on my first trip at the beginning of the week, but the expiration date had passed since then.  I lost out on $5 in savings.  (That's why this place is called Frugal Follies - I mess up a lot!)

So if you shop at the end of the deal week, be absolutely sure to check the expiration dates!

Here's what I got:

8 Brawny paper towel single rolls @ BOGO $1.89 = $7.56
- 8 $0.55/1 Brawny Paper Towels, exp. 9/14/13 (RP 08/11/13)
=  $3.16 for two, or 40¢ each

6 Sargento cheese sticks @ BOGO $3.69 = $11.07
= $1.85 each

2 Tradewinds tea @ BOGO $2.99
= $1.50 each

2 Hebrew National hot dogs @ BOGO $4.99
= $2.50 each

6 Mueller's pasta @ BOGO $1.59 = $4.77 each
= 80¢ each

- $5 off $30 Winn-Dixie coupon (Enjoy the City)

Tax: 34¢
Total spent: $22.32
Total saved compared to Publix full prices: $40.78

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