Short Answer: Publix does not have Coinstar coin-counting machines, but it does have its own coin-counting machines available in stores. While there is no limit to the number of coins you can count at Publix, there is a fee of 9% or 10% of your total transaction. For more details of Publix’s coin machine availability, see below.
Publix Coin Machine Availability
Publix does not have Coinstar, but it does have its own Publix Self-Service Coin Counter machines, customer service representatives said. In most stores, the coin-counter machine is located near the store entrance.
To confirm the details of the coin conversion process at Publix, we contacted Publix grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Fees and Limits
Publix Self-Service Coin Counter machines charge a fee of 9% or 10% of your total transaction. Publix does not have a set limit for the number or dollar amount of coins you can put in the machine, customer service representatives said.
The Publix Self-Service Coin Counter allows customers to exchange coins for bills. When you are finished adding coins, the machine will dispense a receipt showing the dollar amount, which you can redeem for cash at the customer service counter. It does not allow payouts in the form of gift cards, charitable donations, or store credit.
Publix Self-Service Coin Counter vs. Coinstar
Compared to Coinstar, Publix’s coin counters offer fewer payout options; Coinstar allows you to receive cash, donate the amount to charity, or get an eGift Card for a store like Amazon, Lowe’s, or Sephora.
Publix’s coin counter charges a lower fee than Coinstar to convert coins to bills. Coinstar charges 11.9% of the transaction amount at the time of this writing. However, Coinstar does waive its fee if you choose an eGift Card payout.
Other Places to Count Coins
For more places that have coin-counting machines, see our article featuring over 45 places that have coin counters.