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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 09:28 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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Confirmed: 4/27 & 4/28 2008: Publix deli iced tea, 1/2 gallon jug, sweet or unsweet yummy

The Mystery Coupon in the 4/27 Atlanta newspaper is on the front of a 4-page cover "Weekly Double Up" (this week's BOGO deals) wrapped over the current 16-page sale flyer.
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The new weekly flyer is out. See the main Publix thread for info.

The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix potato chips, assorted flavors, 8oz bag
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Confirmed: 5/4 & 5/5 2008: Penny Item is Publix potato chips, assorted flavors, 8oz bag

The Mystery Coupon in the 5/4 Atlanta newspaper is on the front of a 4-page cover "Stock Up and Save" (this week's BOGO deals) wrapped over the current 16-page sale flyer. There is also an 8-page flyer listing Publixbrand items with another MC on the front.
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The new weekly flyer is out. See the Wiki in the main Publix thread for info.

The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix glass cleaner, 32oz bottle.

Hot tip: Do not give this to Mom as a "gift" for Mother's Day! laugh out loud
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Confirmed: 5/11 & 5/12 2008: Penny Item is Publix glass cleaner, 32oz bottle.

Some stores may have Windex brand instead. One store in Kennesaw, GA is substituting Publix rice snacks. Another in Snellville, GA had Peter Pan peanut butter.

The Mystery Coupon in the 5/11 Atlanta newspaper is on the front of a 4-page cover "Super Twofers" (this week's BOGO deals) wrapped over the current 16-page sale flyer.
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The new weekly flyer is out. See the main Publix thread for info.

The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix pasta sauce, 26oz jar
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Confirmed: 5/18 & 5/19 2008: Penny Item is Publix pasta sauce, 26oz jar, assorted flavors

The Mystery Coupon in the 5/18 Atlanta newspaper is on the front of a 4-page cover "Weekly Double Up" (this week's BOGO deals) wrapped over the current 12-page sale flyer.
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Thank you Gromit! woot
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thanks for posting these every week
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You're welcome! Smilie If you're outside Atlanta, let us know if the Mystery Coupon is in the same or different place in your newspaper.

Last week, the stores near me had the pasta sauce right up to the end.

The new weekly flyer is out. See the main Publix thread for info.

The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix deluxe macaroni & cheese
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I'm in Columbia, SC. I usually go to Publix on Monday afternoons. But, I can still report back to see if the items are the same. Good idea.
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Confirmed: 5/25 & 5/26 2008: Penny Item is Publix deluxe macaroni & cheese (or Publix shells & cheese at some stores)

The Mystery Coupon in the 5/25 Atlanta newspaper is on the front of a 4-page cover "Stock Up and Save" (this week's BOGO deals) wrapped over the current 16-page sale flyer.
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The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix American cheese singles, 12oz pkg

The new weekly flyer is out. Watch the main Publix thread for info.
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Confirmed: 6/1 & 6/2 2008: Penny Item is Publix American cheese singles, 12oz pkg

The Mystery Coupon in the 6/1 Atlanta newspaper is on the front of a 4-page cover — "Super Twofers" (this week's BOGO deals) — wrapped over the current 12-page sale flyer.

If your Mystery Coupon is in a different place in your newspaper, please tell us.

Reminders: In many areas, the weekly sale flyer also has a $ off $ coupon on the front ($5 off purchase of $35 in Atlanta metro), good through July 30. Details and discussion in these threads:
Publix grocery $5 off coupon in many areas (e.g., $5 off $35), through 7/30/2008

Official PUBLIX Deals thread... no OT please!
You can also get a gift card from Home Depot via mail by buying $10 or $20 of certain ConAgra Foods products through 6/29. Details and discussion in this thread:
Buy $20 in Conagra foods at Publix get $25 Home Depot GC by mail
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6/8 & 6/9 2008: Penny Item is Publix Greenwise bathroom tissue, 4pk

The Mystery Coupon in the 6/8 Atlanta newspaper is in the "usual" place: on the front of a 4–page cover — "Weekly Double Up" (this week's BOGO deals [mmmm... Klondike bars]) — wrapped over the current 12–page sale flyer.

There is another Mystery Coupon on the cover of a separate 8–page flyer that lists some Publix brand items. The cover has cranberry juice cocktail (it looks like two glasses of iced tea to me, but since I'm in the South you can't blame me for thinking that). The back cover advertises this week's Store Brand Challenge.

I found copies of this second flyer (with the Mystery Coupon) in the flyer carousel at the front of a store last Thursday.

BTW, the back page of the week's sale flyer lists several "Mix & match 10 for $10" items.

If your Mystery Coupon is in a different place in your newspaper, please tell us.
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