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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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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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The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix vanilla wafers

The new weekly flyer is out. See the main Publix thread for info.
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6/15 & 6/16 2008: Penny Item is Publix ginger snaps (in the cookies aisle, not bakery). Some stores are allowing other flavors too. YMMV.

In the 6/15 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place: on the front of a 4–page cover — "Stock Up and Save" (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 (but it's looking like everyone who has the MC deal has the same type of flyer).

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The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix apple juice, 64oz bottle. As always, YMMV.

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

Many areas have a new $5 off $35 (or $40) coupon on page 1 of the flyer, good until the end of this sale week (June 24 or 25). Publix's web site had a printable version briefly, but that has been taken down and corporate advised all stores to not accept printed versions.

Coupons clipped from the actual flyer are still accepted, but probably only in the area where that flyer was distributed (i.e., don't try to use a coupon from a Georgia flyer in Florida).
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Confirmed: 6/22 & 6/23 2008 Penny Item is Publix apple juice, 64oz bottle.

The Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place in the 6/22 Atlanta newspaper ("Super Twofers").
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No post this week?

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6/29 & 6/30 2008: Penny Item is Publix tortilla chips

The Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place in the 6/29 Atlanta newspaper ("Weekly Double Up" over-wrap w/ the weekly flyer).


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No post this week?

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I didn't intend for this thread to be a "blog" I was hoping other people would share the effort to post the Penny Item here occasionally. Smilie

I guess nobody else goes to a store early enough ZzZZz

(If you were talking about the "sneak preview," I was too busy this week)
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Thanks & Sorry didn't mean to imply as this thread being a blog either!!

Actually a little new to SD and just scrolled back & noticed you did most of the posts! (& not to mention so very few thanks) So first of all thanks! Just discovered the thread last week, so was wondering why it was the 1st time no one posted??

Will try to help with posting but never manage to get to Publix before Mon evening, guess the mystery item is no longer a mystery by then laugh out loud

Thanks again!
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7/6 & 7/7 2008: Penny Item is Publix salad dressing, 16oz bottle, assorted flavors

The Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place in the 7/6 Atlanta newspaper ("Stock Up and Save" over-wrap w/ this week's 12-page flyer).

ADDED (for the record): There was another Mystery Coupon on an extra 8-page flyer listing Publix brand items.
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7/13 & 7/14 2008: Penny Item is Publix frosted flakes cereal, 17oz box

The Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place in the 7/13 Atlanta newspaper ("Super Twofers" over-wrap w/ this week's 16-page flyer).

In some areas (including Atlanta metro), this week's flyer has a $5 off $35 coupon, good through the end of the current sale week.
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7/20 & 7/21 2008: Penny Item is Publix jumbo franks, 16oz

The Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place in the 7/20 Atlanta newspaper ("Weekly Double Up" over-wrap w/ this week's 16-page flyer).

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

According to a FAQ on Publix's website [publix.com], the bags have been very popular. So I wouldn't be surprised if many stores make substitutions by Monday.
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Quote from Gromit View Post :
7/20 & 7/21 2008: Penny Item is Publix jumbo franks, 16oz

The Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place in the 7/20 Atlanta newspaper ("Weekly Double Up" over-wrap w/ this week's 16-page flyer).

See the main Publix thread for details on this week's sale flyer.
laugh out loud laugh out loud I have so many Hebrew National, that I just left that q for the next person!
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Does anybody know if the mystery item is valid in TN? I've never, ever seen a mystery coupon posted in any TN sales ads.
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Does anybody know if the mystery item is valid in TN? I've never, ever seen a mystery coupon posted in any TN sales ads.
They are in the (Murfreesboro) Daily News Journal and the (Nashville) Tennessean. The Mystery Coupon is on the front page (bottom right corner) of the "Weekly Double Up" over-wrap w/ this week's 16-page flyer.look around
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I took the Publix franks to the cashier this evening and she told me they were the wrong hot dogs... she went and got the "right" ones which were Oscar Meyer Beef Franks (normally $3.69). What a nice surprise!
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The upcoming Penny Item will probably be Publix soda (likely 12-pack 12oz cans). As always, YMMV.

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