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Publix grocery weekly Mystery Coupon (AKA Mystery Penny Item) thread

Gromit 2,107 April 13, 2008 at 02:45 PM in Grocery (5)
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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

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December 2 or 3: Publix bran flakes cereal

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

Mystery Coupon FAQs with example picture of coupon (post #1 in this thread).
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December 9 or 10: Publix pasta sauce

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

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December 16 or 17: Publix raisins (6pk 1oz mini snack packs)

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

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December 23 or 24: Publix salad dressing, asst. flavors

Note: stores will close early on Thursday, Christmas eve

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

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December 30 or 31: Publix pretzels

Note: stores will close early on Thursday, New Year's eve & Friday & New Year's day

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

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January 6 or 7: Publix spring water, 6pk 500ml (16.9oz) bottles

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

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January 13 or 14: Publix applesauce

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

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January 20 or 21: Publix hot cocoa mix, 10 or 8ct box

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

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January 27 or 28: Publix bran flakes cereal

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

Mystery Coupon FAQs with example picture of coupon (post #1 in this thread).
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February 3 or 4: Publix peanut butter, 18oz (asst. flavors)

The item will be available in your store one day only (on the first day that the weekly sales normally start in your region -- Thursday in metro Atlanta and some areas, or Wednesday in some other areas).

Some stores may substitute another item. YMMV. Look for the "Mystery Coupon" sign or display at your store, or ask any employee.

Mystery Coupon FAQs with example picture of coupon (post #1 in this thread).
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