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Publix deals 10/29: Milk, Smithfield bacon, apples & more!

Posted October 29, 2014

Publix produce department


The new Publix store in Cary opened on 10/29. There are some good deals this week on milk, apples, baby carrots, Honeycrisp apples, Smithfield bacon, pork chops, Trident seafood, Silk milk, Publix orange juice, Palermo's pizza, Peter Pan, and more! You will also find a coupon for $10 off a gas card in the ad. Will you be shopping at the new Publix this week?

Will you be shopping at the new Publix this week?


These sales are valid October 29 - November 4, 2014.


In-ad coupon: The ad has a coupon on the front page for $10 off the purchase of a $50 Gas Card with a grocery purchase of $50 or more. See ad for details. Coupon valid October 29 - Sunday, November 2.

Milk Special: Publix Milk, 1 gallon, is on sale starting October 29 for $2.99 - a great price!


Washington State apples, including Gala, Granny Smith, Royal Gala and Fuji, .99/lb

Baby cut carrots, 1 lb, $1.00

Hass Avocados, $1.00

Bartlett pears, $1.29/lb

Honeycrisp aples, $1.99/lb

Raspberries, 6 oz, $2.50

Clementines, 5 lb box, $6.99

Fresh Attitude salad blend, 12 oz, BOGO


Boneless pork chops, $2.99/lb

Catfish fillets, $5.99/lb

Whole Yellowtail Snapper, $5.99/lb

Smithfield bacon, various, 16 oz, BOGO (ad indicates you save up to $6.99 when you buy 2 so each one should be $3.50)

Oscar Mayer bologna, 12 oz, beef or 98% fat free, BOGO

Armour meatballs, 14 oz, BOGO

Trident seafood, select 11.2 – 12 oz box, BOGO

Dairy & frozen

Kozy Shack pudding, select, 6 count or 22 oz tub, BOGO - .75/1 coupon from 9/21 SS

Silk Almondmilk, 64 oz, $2.00 - $1 coupon from 10/26 RP, mambosprouts.com or Silk.com

Publix deli tea, or lemonade, ½ gallon, BOGO

I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, select, BOGO

Breakstone’s sour cream, 16 oz, BOGO

Publix Milk, 1 gallon, is on sale starting October 29 for $2.99 - a great price!

Publix orange juice, 128 oz, $3.49 – good price for orange juice

Palermos pizza, BOGO - $1 printable coupon

Mrs. T’s Pierogies, 16 oz, BOGO

Publix frozen pizza, 11.9 – 32.7 oz, BOGO

Jose Ole Taquitos, tacos or nacho bites, BOGO - $1 coupon from Smart Shopper coupons link recently or $1 Publix digital coupon

Misc. Grocery

Betty Crocker fruit snacks, BOGO - .50/2 coupon from 9/28 SS

Mueller’s pasta, various, 12 - 16 oz.
Sale: BOGO
Coupons: .75/1 Pot sized pasta printable coupon, $1/2 coupons from 9/21 SS

Peter Pan Peanut Butter, 13 or 16.3 oz., BOGO
(ad indicates you save up to $2.65, making it $1.33 each – a great deal!)

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, $1.33 each

Kraft dressing, 16 oz., BOGO

General Mills Cereals, select (excluding honey nut Cheerios), BOGO
Coupons: .50/1 Original Cheerios coupon from 9/28 SS, $1/2 coupon from 9/21 SS, .50/1 Cheerios and .50/1 Lucky Charms coupons from Pillsbury.com, $1/3 GM cereals coupon from Pillsbury.com, .75/1 Kix coupon from Pillsbury.com

Coke products, 6 pack of 16.9 oz bottles, $2.50

Progresso bread crumbs, BOGO

College Inn broth, BOGO

Vlasic pickles, BOGO

Tostitos salsa, 15.5 oz, BOGO

Quaker Oats oatmeal, 18 oz, BOGO

Thomas’ bagels, 19 or 20 oz., BOGO

Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse bread, 22 or 24 oz loaf, BOGO - .40/1 coupon from 9/14 SS

Truvia baking blend, 24 oz pouch, BOGO - $2/1 coupon from 10/5 RP


Angel Soft bath tissue, 12 double rolls, $5.00 - .55/1 coupon from their Facebook page, various coupons in 11/2 RP insert


Store Details

Grand Opening Date: Wednesday, October 29

Grand Opening Time: 7:00 am

Location: Publix at Bradford, 1020 Bradford Plaza Way, Cary, NC 27519 (The store is located at the corner of High House Road and Davis Drive in the Bradford Shopping Center.)

Store hours: Seven days a week from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Grand Opening Events:  Heavy sampling and free reusable bags (while they last) will be offered during the week as well.


Media Preview

During the Media Preview on Tuesday, October 28, I had a chance to tour the store and sample a number of delicious products. You can see a photo of the fabulous Chocolate Ganache Cake above. In addition, we sampled the hot bar, sushi, steak and more. Everything was delicious!

One of the quotes from the Divisional Vice President really caught my attention. He said that "Publix makes savings simple: no cards, no forms and definitely no hassles."   Their goal in the next 16 - 20 months is to create 3000 jobs in NC. And he pointed out that Publix has never has a layoff. That's pretty impressive.

During the event, Publix donated $500 each to 10 different area schools.  They stressed their commitment to giving back and partnering with the community to make it a better place to live.

Here are some interesting details I picked up on the tour today:

* Deli kiosk and online deli ordering: You can place your deli and sub order online before heading to the store and they will have it ready for you when you arrive.  There is also an in-store kiosk where you can place the order and then they fill your order while you shop.

* There is a seating area and free Wi-Fi in the deli.

* Apron's Simple Meals: Publix offers a section of the store called Apron's Simple Meals. There you will find all the ingredients to make a full meal.  There are two meals highlighted per week. Today we sampled the Zesty Chicken Orzo and it was definitely something my family would enjoy.  There are cooking demonstrations on a daily basis.

* The seafood department offers 60 - 70 types of seafood each day. Their whole fish and fillets are never frozen and are always fresh.

* Event Planning: Publix offers an Event Planning department and they can help with just about any type of event inclduing weddings, corporate functions or just lunch for the whole office. They also offer delivery.

* Bakery: The Publix bakery makes 23 varieties of bread from scratch.  They sent home a loaf of their Breakfast Bread and it is loaded with fruit and very good.

* Pharmacy: There are a number of medications that are completely free with prescription including various oral antibiotics, and more. See the pharmacy for details.

* Publix offers a free Baby Club and a Preschool Pals Club.  Sign up at Publix.com for coupons, newsletters and freebies.

* The 49,000 square foot store has approximately 135 employees.


Publix Coupon Policy basics:

* No double coupons in NC stores

* Limit of 8 of the same coupons per day

* Publix accepts competitor's coupons and competitor's prescription coupons (at the pharmacy). The competitor's for the Cary Publix include Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Kroger and Food Lion.

* Can use a Manuf. coupon AND a Publix or Competitor's coupon on the same item

* Cannot combine the manufacturer's digital coupons from their website with paper manufacturer coupons

* No % off or % off total coupons are accepted

* No mobile coupons are accepted

* Coupons for a total off your total order (like $5 off a $20 purchase) will be limited to one Publix and one competitor's coupon per day

* Rain checks are only issued for items that are advertised outside the store (on the radio or TV, or in the weekly ad, mailer, or Internet site)

* No rain checks will be issued for Publix, competitor's, or manufacturer's coupons.

You can see their full coupon policy on their website.

Additional Information

* There is no reward card for Publix stores

* Sign up on Publix.com for digital coupons and use your phone number at register to redeem them

* Find store coupons in the in-store coupon booklet

* BOGO (buy one get one free) offers are each considered a separate purchase and each rings up at half price. A coupon maybe used on each item.

* Download the mobile app. to see sales

Publix was founded in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida, by George W. Jenkins. They are the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the United States. In 2013, their retail sales were $28.9 billion and they have over 168,500 employees.




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  • couponbec777 Oct 31, 2014

    I used this evening the online sub ordering to place my sand which order ahead of time. Had a pick up time and evetything. Upon ariving at the deli, my clearly labeled footlong was waiting for me with my name on it at 9:45pm. The 5grain bread was really good. Picked up 2butter cream cupcakes at the bakery. The make all thei bakery items on the premises. I liked the customization sub ordering online ahead of time. I even got an email confirmation on my phone! Lol to fancy but nice service!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 30, 2014

    msgooch2000 - I hope it ends up working like the express lane at HT and LF. That will definitely make it easier to find the unadvertised deals. Thanks!

    cspeed55 - that Eggnog ice cream sounds fabulous! And I have also heard great things about their subs. Thanks for posting!

  • cspeed55 Oct 30, 2014

    I attended the opening yesterday and sampled Key Lime Pie (very good), publix brand Eggnog ice cream( very creamy and flavorful), Bombay Chicken salad( bought more at Deli) and Sauteed Skirt zteak seasoned with salt and pepper , very delicious, and a rasperry twist bread sticks as I was standing in the checkout line. Was very crowded but everyone was very nice and helpful. I heard they are famous for their subs, they make the bread from scratch in the bakery and their mayo is also freshly made. There was a long line at the Deli counter yesterday for them.

  • msgooch2000 Oct 30, 2014

    Faye, did you see the coupon savings helper on the Publix website? It's under Savings -> Coupons (a little down the page on the right - you do have to have a store selected first). It doesn't show anything this week for the Cary store, but that might be because it just opened. But it looks like it would help price what's in the store. Maybe.... lol!

    I'm excited to try it! Everyone talks about the bakery and meat/seafood department, so that's what I'm most interested in. Knowing that HT would still be the main store due to doubling, it's at least a new experience & something to mix things up every now and then!

  • Dr D Oct 29, 2014

    I saw the wording about Publix creating 3000 jobs in NC and was getting excited about them opening many more stores, perhaps several in the Triangle area. But on their website it appears that most of their planned new stores (at least in the next year or two) will be in the Charlotte area. Oh well ... at least the Cary shoppers will get to enjoy the competition for now!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 29, 2014

    axcscvt2 - I am right there with you when it comes to getting the best deals for my family. If you do find unadvertised deals when you shop there, please post them in the comments section so others see them since I will not be able to shop there every week due to the distance issue.

  • axcscvt2 Oct 29, 2014

    Well said and i totally agree with you! There were plenty of items I noticed today that I said to myself that if I have a coupon that will double it will be cheaper at HT. You have to admit, it was a nice store, with a lot of fancier type items, but at the end of the day, for a single dad trying to get the best deals for my kids, doesn't matter how fancy, its how much I need to shell out. Thanks for your feedback Faye! Very helpful actually....

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 29, 2014

    axcscvt2 - I ran out of room below :-) - I wanted to thank you for your comments and feedback about the store. I agree about the meat and seafood departments. The seafood mgr indicated that they never have frozen seafood. It is always fresh and they get a new truck in 6 or so days a week. I bet the store was really crowded. I was a little surprised that the parking lot seemed a little small. Thanks again!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 29, 2014

    axcscvt2 - the reason the Harris Teeter list will probably always be longer than Publix (and every other deals list I make) is because HT doubles coupons & because they offer the express lane with the prices available so I can verify BOGO prices & unadvertised deals. I don't have to go to Harris Teeter before I produce the deals list each week because they provide helpful tools that allow me to see additional deals that stores like Publix & others do not offer. The fact that Publix decided not to double coupons here in the Triangle will be a big factor in HT having a longer deals list each week.

    I don't think any couponers plan to switch over to Publix totally, as you mentioned. There are too many other stores that offer good deals each week to only shop at any one store (at least for those of us who stay withing a more frugal grocery budget). But, I do think they will offer another good option for getting additional loss leaders & good deals each week as well as specialty items.

  • axcscvt2 Oct 29, 2014

    Hi all!
    So I live about 10 minutes away from the new Publix. Felt like I was back in Florida, especially with it being upper 70's today. Anyway, I thought the store was great and the service was fantastic. Very crowded today for Grand Opening. Some deals were great, while others are more expensive than HT. Have to say their fresh seafood and meat depts. were impressive. They were scaling fish right in front of you! Bottom line, if we could figure out how to coupon properly there, it may be great! But Faye, with you being 45 mins away, I guess its hard for you to put the same excellent list together as you do for HT. Im not convinced yet of switching over to Publix. Time will tell. Thanks again Faye for all you do for this group!