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

Gromit 2,067 April 13, 2008 at 01:45 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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Confirmed:

7/27 & 7/28 2008: Penny Item is Publix soft drinks, 12-pack 12oz cans

The Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place in the 7/27 Atlanta newspaper ("Stock Up and Save" over-wrap w/ this week's 12-page flyer).

Heads up: On page 10 of the weekly flyer is a coupon for $5 off when you buy any 5 SC Johnson household cleaning products.
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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
Thanks! I'm also in Murfreesboro. I don't buy the newspapers...I only look online for the deals and gather my coupons free from local recycle bins. Do you know if the Murfreesboro and Smyrna Publix locations will scan the Mystery Coupon if I ask and don't have one? Otherwise, I'll have to be on the lookout for them.
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Thanks! I'm also in Murfreesboro. I don't buy the newspapers...I only look online for the deals and gather my coupons free from local recycle bins. Do you know if the Murfreesboro and Smyrna Publix locations will scan the Mystery Coupon if I ask and don't have one? Otherwise, I'll have to be on the lookout for them.
YMMV. I have had some cashiers enter in the lookup code immediately after scanning the item without checking to see if I handed them the coupon. We also receive the Publix ad with the "Double up" overwrap/Penny item coupon late Saturday nights as there are pink newspaper bags called "yes!" (Your Essential Shopper) that they throw on the driveways in our neighborhood. Some of our neighbors give us their copies. They usually contain the Publix ad, the coupons (but never the Red Plums), and some other stores ads. I have been buying the Tennessean at Walgreens recently as there has been a 99c promo all summer on both the Tennessean and the DNJ -- get the Tennessean as the DNJ does not have all of the coupons.
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Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
Thanks! I'm also in Murfreesboro. I don't buy the newspapers...I only look online for the deals and gather my coupons free from local recycle bins. Do you know if the Murfreesboro and Smyrna Publix locations will scan the Mystery Coupon if I ask and don't have one? Otherwise, I'll have to be on the lookout for them.
I agree. YMMV. I get the newspaper but somehow always forget to clip the Mystery Item Coupon. But incase I do a Publix run that weekend, always tell the cashier I forgot it at home and he/she usually just takes another one given by a previous customer and uses the code off that one. Never been denied the penny item just 'cause of no coupon. But again, depends if you have nice cashiers I guess..... & Publix usually does Wink
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8/3 & 8/4 2008: Publix "green" reuseable shopping bag
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As always, YMMV. If the store you visit has a substitution you don't want, you might try another store if there's one nearby.

In the 8/3 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place ("Super Twofers" over-wrap w/ this week's 12-page flyer).
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8/10 & 8/11: Publix deli iced tea, 1/2 gallon jug, sweet or unsweet

As always, YMMV.

In the 8/10 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place ("Weekly Double Up" over-wrap w/ this week's 12-page flyer).
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8/17 & 8/18: Publix facial tissues, 85ct box

As always, YMMV.

In the 8/17 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page "Weekly Double Up" (BOGO items) wrapped around this week's 16-page flyer).

There is a second mystery coupon on the front of an 8-page flyer highlighting Publix brand items (bleach on the front).

In many areas, the front page of the 16-page flyer also has a coupon for B3G1 12-pack Canada Dry, 7-UP, A&W, or Diet Rite sodas (along with a 3 for $9 sale).

Reminder: The Publix Brand Challenge is back this week.
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8/24 & 8/25: Publix Greenwise bathroom tissue, 4-pack

As always, YMMV.

In the 8/24 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page "Super Twofers" BOGO items wrapped around this week's 12-page flyer/insert).

Reminder: A new Publix Brand Challenge is back this week (dog treats and dog food).
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Aug 31st Penny Item is Publix brand potato chips (saw different flavors available). As always, YMMV.
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Thanks for letting us know--don't need those, so saved us a trip today!nod
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9/7 & 9/8: Publix cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, 18oz pkg (like Oreos)

As always, YMMV.

In the 9/7 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page "Stock Up and Save" BOGO items wrapped around this week's 16-page flyer/insert).

There is a second mystery coupon on the front of an 8-page flyer highlighting Publix brand items (Clover Bear honey and biscuits on the front).
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9/14 & 9/15: Publix Special Roast coffee, 13oz regular or 11.5oz decaf. brick

As always, YMMV. Be sure to find the sign or display at your store, or ask any employee — they might have switched to another brand or a different item entirely.

In the 9/14 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page "Super Twofers" flyer — listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 12–page flyer/insert).

Can I have the cookies instead? yummy
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9/21 & 9/22: Publix spring water, 6-pack 1/2 liter bottles

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

In the 9/21 Atlanta newspaper, the Mystery Coupon is in the "usual" place (4-page "Weekly Double Up" flyer — listing BOGO items, wrapped around this week's 16–page flyer/insert).

Current ad w/ coupon match-ups is here
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9/28 & 9/29: Publix peanut butter, 18oz jar (creamy or crunchy)

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

Promotion not currently available in Florida. If you're in Florida and would like to see these, send a comment to corporate: publix.com/contact/SendUsAMessage.do [publix.com].

In the 9/28 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).
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9/28 & 9/29: Publix peanut butter, 18oz jar (creamy or crunchy)

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

Promotion not currently available in Florida. If you're in Florida and would like to see these, send a comment to corporate: publix.com/contact/SendUsAMessage.do [publix.com].

In the 9/28 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).
Thank you Gromit for keeping up with this thread. Repped!
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