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This thread lists the Publix grocery store Mystery Coupon item, updated each week

Scroll down to see each week's item. The latest item will be in post #3 or the Wikipost (post #2), as well as in the latest posts at the end of this thread (towards bottom of last page).

What is the "Mystery Penny Item"?
One day each week, Publix offers one item for 1¢ when you spend $10 or more (before tax and other coupons). The item is almost always a Publix-brand product.
When is it offered?
This is offered one day only each week, on either Wednesday or Thursday -- the same day your local stores' weekly sale cycle starts. For example, if your weekly sales normally start on Thursday, the penny item is only offered that Thursday.

I've heard that some "Wednesday" stores just outside the Atlanta metro area (i.e., outlying where the Atlanta paper is still available) offer the Penny Item on both Wednesday (their normal sale-start day) and Thursday (due to the paper). It doesn't hurt to ask your store.

When your stores will be closed that day for a holiday (e.g., Thanksgiving, Christmas), the Mystery Coupon is customarily offered the following day
Where is it offered?
Only at Publix grocery stores in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. It is currently not available in Florida (and a few south GA stores that are grouped with Publix FL regions).

Starting 9/17/2014, Publix stopped offering it in North Carolina and South Carolina stores (although some SC stores grouped with Publix GA regions may still be participating).
Is the coupon required?
Some stores do not require that you have the coupon -- the cashiers will give you the discount without it (you may need to remind them to key in the discount). Some other stores will give you a copy of the coupon if you ask at the Customer Service desk.

However, many stores have started requiring you present the coupon. If you forget to bring it, you can usually go ahead and buy the penny item at its normal price, and receive a refund on your next visit by bringing your receipt and the coupon to the CS desk.

Check with your store's CS desk to learn their policies.
Where is the coupon?
Beginning January 2010, the Mystery Coupon moved to a tiny display ad in a regular section of your daily newspaper (either Wednesday or Thursday -- the same day your local stores' weekly sale cycle starts).

In Atlanta, it's been in Thursday's AJC, usually on page D-2 (Living section).

Example:
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Previous years

Up until summer 2007 in Atlanta, the coupons appeared within a full- or two-page ad in the Metro section of the Sunday newspaper.

From then up to the end of 2009, the Mystery coupons had been on the front of a 4-page flyer spotlighting that week's BOGO deals (wrapped over the normal 12- or 16-page weekly store flyer, and inserted in the Sunday newspaper). Example:
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Ordinarily, the over-wrap flyers were not handed out in the stores (or when they were, they did not include the Mystery Coupon — there was a blank spot instead).

Also, up until the change in 2010, the Mystery coupon was valid on the Sunday when the newspaper ad appeared and the following Monday (2 days for everyone). When the ad moved to a weekday, the coupon was only valid one day.
Do all stores have the same item?
The Mystery Penny item is typically the same at all participating stores, but it's not uncommon for some stores to have a completely different item. Stores also sometimes switch to a different item over the course of the sale day — either a similar item from a different brand, or something entirely different. "Your mileage may vary" Smilie

If the store you visit does have something different, check your receipt — it will usually still show the credit as the intended item. For example, if most stores had salad dressing but yours had soda, the receipt will still list the coupon credit as "salad dressing" for an amount 1¢ less than the price of the soda.

On this receipt, the "designated item" was bleach, but the store substituted popcorn:
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Fine Print:
  • Items which don't count towards your $10 total:
    • alcohol products
    • money orders
    • postage stamps
    • gift cards
    • prescriptions
  • Limit one deal per coupon per customer

Miscellaneous
You can view the current week's sale flyer online here: weeklyad.publix.com [publix.com] (but no mention of the Mystery Coupon)

Also see the Official PUBLIX Deals thread

Publix store locator [publix.com]
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Stats (as of 9/24/2014):
  • Alabama (56 stores)
  • Florida (758 stores)
  • Georgia (182 stores)
  • North Carolina (3 stores)
  • South Carolina (50 stores)
  • Tennessee (38 stores)
1,087 Total

Community Wiki

Last Edited by Gromit May 6, 2015 at 08:28 PM
Where to find the Mystery Coupon in different cities:
Please add your city to this list


Atlanta metro area:Thursday Atlanta Journal-Constitution (morning paper), Section D (Living), page D-2



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10/5 & 10/6: Publix Special Roast coffee, 11.5oz regular or decaf. brick at most stores.

One in Dunwoody GA (at Dunwoody Place S/C) had Quaker instant oatmeal.

As always, YMMV. Last time they had coffee (just 3 weeks ago) many stores had substitutions. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 10/5 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer — "Super Twofers" — listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 12–page flyer/insert).
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10/12 & 10/13: Publix candy, 15oz bag (assorted flavors)

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 10/12 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Weekly Double Up" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16page flyer/insert).

The Sunday paper also had a separate 8page flyer (listing some Publix brand items) with another Mystery Coupon on the cover page. The cover shows a bottle of Publix Spring Water with a stopwatch in the background. You may find these in the carousel at stores (although they sometimes disappear fast).
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10/19 & 10/20: Publix GreenWise Double Roll Bathroom Tissue, 4 roll pkg

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 10/19 Nashville newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Stock Up and Save" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16page flyer/insert).
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10/26 & 10/27: Publix white bread

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 10/26 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Super Twofers" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 12page flyer/insert).

See post #1 for many FAQs and info not shown here.
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11/2 & 11/3: Publix oatmeal (canister)

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 11/2 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Weekly Double Up" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16page flyer/insert).
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11/9 & 11/10: Publix jumbo franks, 16oz

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 11/9 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Weekly Double Up" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16page flyer/insert).

The Sunday paper also had a separate 8page flyer (listing some Publix brand items) with another Mystery Coupon on the cover page. The cover shows a bottle of Publix cranberry juice with three tall glasses. You may find these in the carousel at stores (although they sometimes disappear fast).
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11/16 & 11/17: Publix processed cheese singles

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 11/16 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Super Savings" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16page flyer/insert).
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11/23 & 11/24: Publix bleach (asst. scents)

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 11/23 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is on the back of a 4-page flyer (with a Publix turkey and no other products on the front) listing Thanksgiving items, wrapped around this week's 16–page flyer/insert.

"Publix will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27"
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I really appreciate your Sunday updates---then we know whether or not it is worth it to go to Publix! Many, many thanks, and 3 reps to you!worship
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11/30 & 12/1: Publix frozen pizza

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 11/30 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 12page flyer/insert).
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12/7 & 12/8: Publix hot cocoa mix, 10 ct box

As always, YMMV.

In the 12/7 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Stock Up and Save" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16page flyer/insert).

There is a second mystery coupon on the front of an 8-page flyer highlighting Publix brand items (Publix toy semi truck, plus BOGO Publix alkaline batteries on the front).

See the main Publix thread for details on this week's sale flyer.

See post #1 for FAQs.
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12/14 & 12/15: Publix pasta sauce, 26oz, asst. flavors

As always, YMMV.

In the 12/14 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (front of 4-page flyer — "Weekly Double Up" — listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16–page flyer/insert).

See the main Publix thread for details on this week's sale flyer.

See post #1 here for FAQs.

More of the stores around here are starting to say they require you present the Mystery Coupon. They've usually also said if you don't have it, you can go ahead and buy the item and bring your receipt and the coupon to the CS desk on your next visit for a refund.
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12/21 & 12/22: Publix grape juice, 64 oz

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 12/21 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is on the back of a 4-page flyer (with a standing rib roast and no other products on the front) listing some Christmas/holiday foods, wrapped around this week's 16page flyer/insert.

Publix will be closed Christmas Day, December 25. They'll be open until 7pm on Wednesday, December 24th and regular store hours on Friday.

See the main Publix thread for details on this week's sale flyer.

See post #1 here for Mystery Coupon FAQs.
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12/28 & 12/29: Publix salad dressing, 16oz (assorted flavors)

As always, YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

In the 12/28 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (front of 4-page flyer — "Weekly Double Up" — listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 12–page flyer/insert).

Publix will close early at 9pm on New Year's eve and will close early on Thursday, New Year's day (sometime between 7 and 9pm.

See the main Publix thread for details on this week's sale flyer.

See post #1 here for Mystery Coupon FAQs.
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1/4 & 1/5: Publix frosted flakes cereal

As always, YMMV.

In the 1/4 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page flyer "Stock Up and Save" listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 12page flyer/insert).

See the main Publix thread for details on this week's sale flyer.

See post #1 for FAQs.
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