Thursday, March 22, 2012

Publix "Cracking Down" on Couponers

Really, if you stick to the in weekly advertised BOGO items at Publix you could save 50% without cutting  coupons. If you are a frugal shopper you may cut coupons and use them on the sale and BOGO items and make great deals, however, a deal is not a deal unless you actually use the items so there is no need to shop like an extreme couponer purchasing X100 of an item just because it is free or nearly which could make you more of a hoarder.  Additionally, if you have dozens or hundreds of identical items on hand your meals are not going to have much variety.

Did our usual Wednesday grocery shopping last night at Publix.  We were informed that  corporate is "cracking down" on usage of coupons by an employee, (not the cashier) when the cashier was questioning so many of our deals.  Suppose this is understandable since some people try to emulate "extreme couponers" as seen on TV.

First problem I had was with on-item sticky coupons (there were two separate items that said purchase two Kellogg cereals and receive item for free) these were coupons that were stuck to the items (one was pop tarts, the other M&M's).  These are not items we would regularly purchase but since they were free and it is nice to have something other than whole food on hand I thought why not? The checker said that I could only use one or purchase four boxes of cereal???? It scanned but she voided it, confusing.....yes! One may not stick the coupons back on the products the next time you need (no that is a craving, or a want) these treats, so, what can you do?

The second item questioned was a BOGO,  purchase Olay facial soap or cleanser and receive ANY Olay body wash free.  The item photo is on the coupon, however, cashier apparently didn't think it was right because the body wash cost more than the soap.  It was legitimate, it scanned and she quit questioning it after I pointed out the wording and limitations (which is 4 per household per day)

The third item questioned was a BOGO on Swiffer (up to $9).  Buy ANY Swiffer starter kit get ANY swiffer free refill.  The starter kits (purchased the least expensive kits available) were about half of the amount of the refills.  Again, it was legitimate and scanned, again  she quit questioning the transaction after I pointed out the wording and limitations (which is 4 per household per day)

We love shopping at Publix and really like most of the employees  and try our best to be sure that our deals are legitimate, we do NOT clear shelves and even though their in store BOGO's are usually limited to 8 of each deal we usually only get one or two of each deal unless the items is something we actually need a larger quantity. 

Have any of you had similar experiences @ Publix lately? 

I think this type of hassle will deter some good customers from coming back and I doubt a little hassle will deter people who really try to cheat. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Monday, March 19, 2012

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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The Publix Penny item for 3/14 or 3/15 is Publix salad dressing.  The penny mystery item coupon is valid for one day only (the day the ad begins, either Wednesday or Thursday).  The physical coupon is found somewhere in your newspaper on your penny item day.  Unfortunately Florida does not participate. Ten dollar purchase before coupons required, plus bring physical coupon,  to receive free item.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Faith, Hope & Charity: 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13

  1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 

 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Positive Story of the Day: Faith The Wonder Dog

Photo credit Faith the Dog's Official Website

Faith's Story, from her adoptive Mom's website:

Faith is an incredible dog. She was born just before Christmas in 2002, and we were lucky enough to have her in our family just 3 short weeks later. She was born to a mother dog, believed to be nearly full blooded Chinese Chow Chow, along with several other siblings. Faith wasn't the only puppy born with deformities, but because "Princess", her mother, was not our dog, we are not sure of the exact number of puppies she gave birth to. It is certain, however, that Faith was the only puppy with deformities to live. Faith was rescued by my son Reuben on January 21, 2003, when he and his friend Johnny, the owner of Princess, jumped over the fence of the flea market area that Princess was raised to guard. Princess isn't exactly the mothering kind. She was literally terminating Faith's life because she knew instinctively that Faith was unable to battle the other puppies for a place to feed. Faith was weak, small, runtish, and mostly she was nearly dead. Reuben grabbed Faith out from under Princess and smuggled her under his jersey. He wore #63 for the Putnam City Pirates football team. 
When Reuben brought Faith to us she had 3 actual legs, but the left front leg was badly deformed, placed backward, upside down, and it had more toes on it than normal dog legs. The leg was removed when she was 7 months old when it began to atrophy. People ask me if it was easy to teach Faith to walk upright...the answer is NO! It was not easy, and it was not natural. It was SUPER natural, and therefore, we have to give all of the credit to Jesus. Of course, it took a little....Faith as well.
These guys do bookings for faith and sell books, etc. which go to help other animals in need.  Excellent story and website; nice way to teach children about faith and love, please visit:

Official website of Faith the Dog

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Positive Message of the Day: Jesus, need I say more

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Stephen R. Covey

Independence or Self-Mastery
The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e., self mastery):
  • Habit 1: Be Proactive
Synopsis: Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the subsequent consequences that follow.
  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Synopsis: Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First
Synopsis: Plan, prioritize, and execute your week's tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.


The next three have to do with Interdependence (i.e., working with others):
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Synopsis: Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Synopsis: Use empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.
  • Habit 6: Synergize
Synopsis: Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership.

Self Renewal

The Last habit relates to self-rejuvenation:
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Synopsis: Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle.
 Source:  "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web 7 March. 2012.

Also See:  Stephen Covey Official Website
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Publix Penny Item 3/7 or 3/8 Publix Paper Towels for one cent

The Publix Penny item for 3/7 or 3/8 is Publix Paper Towels.  The penny mystery item coupon is valid for one day only (the day the ad begins, either Wednesday or Thursday).  The physical coupon is found somewhere in your newspaper on your penny item day.  Unfortunately Florida does not participate. Ten dollar purchase before coupons required, plus bring physical coupon,  to receive free item.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Groupon: Middle Tennessee: Machen's Floor Specialists – Redeem from Home

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Positive Thought For The Day : Gratitude To United States Guardians


        Thank you our guardians who protect our life & liberty, whether active or retired; thank you to our military, border patrol, fire fighters, peace officers, minutemen, CIA and all who sacrifice and risk all for our safety, security, liberty and freedom.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Positive Thought For The Day

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A Gut-Punch: The Loss of Andrew Breitbart by Derek Hunter

 To read in it's entirety click below:

A Gut-Punch: The Loss of Andrew Breitbart

Snippet from article:
" Thank you for your inspiration, Andrew Breitbart. Thank you for your example. I will miss you, I will miss your friendship. And I will fight on, WE will fight on, in your honor, for our country, just as I know you would have wanted."

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Thursday, March 1, 2012