Dollar General HACKS- INCLUDING Finding Penny Items!

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Dollar General has hit it big with shoppers who love to save money. They offer plenty of ways to help customers old and new save. From clearance events, digital coupons, one-day deals, and instant savings; Dollar General has it all. Although with so many ways to save, it can be a bit confusing.


Let’s start with coupons.

DG accepts manufacturer coupons. Whether from your Sunday inserts from the paper or ones you have printed. Dollar General does not have a limit on the number of identical coupons or the total amount of coupons that can be used.  But, if the coupon itself has a limit (Ex.  “Limit 2 Identical Coupons Per Shopping Trip”), they will honor that limit.
On top of accepting manufacturer coupons, they offer plenty of other ways to save too that can be used in conjunction with manufacturer coupons!  Here is what you need to know to save BIG at Dollar General:

Dollar General Store Coupons:

  • Store coupons:

Sometimes Dollar General coupons can be found in the Sunday newspaper inserts. As well as randomly print at the bottom of store receipts. By signing up for the DG text coupon program you can also save a lot! All you have to do is text the word SAVE to DGTXT! Furthermore, their Facebook page carries coupons as well

  • Digital coupons:


By Creating a Dollar General account you will gain access to hundreds of digital coupons. An account is not only free but also easy to use. Just simply clip the coupons you want and they will instantly be saved to your account. Once at the checkout, simply enter the phone number connected to your account. By doing this the clipped coupons will automatically deduct. Please note that not all digital coupons are store coupons. Some of them are manufacturer coupons. The coupon will let you know whether it is a manufacturer or store coupon (look for the yellow and black DG in the corner or an “M” to signify if it is a store coupon or a manufacturer coupon)

  • $5 off $25 coupon:

  • The $5 iff $25 Dollar General coupon is released almost every Saturday and is good for one day only. It can be obtained by either making a purchase in the store. Coupons like this will print at the bottom of your receipt or you can simply log in to your  Dollar General account and “clip” it. The BEST part of this coupon is that it is BEFORE manufacturer coupons :)
  • $3 off $15 Survey coupons:

$3 off $15 coupons print at the bottom of your receipt after you make a purchase. Simply call the number and complete the survey to get your code. They are limited to 2 survey coupons per account per month.

Dollar General GIVES Overage!

What the heck does that mean? It means if you have a coupon for an item that exceeds the value of the item, you can end up with overage. Many stores will manually change the price of the coupon so you get the item for free, but prevent you from gaining “overage.” Dollar General does not do that. Although they will not give you cash back, if you have items in your order to cover the overage, it will be applied to your other items.
For example, a few weeks back, Garnier’s hair care was on sale for 2/$3. We had a coupon for $4 off 2 which would give you $1 overage. In order to get overage, make sure you have another item in your order, and that $1 overage would be applied to those other items :)


Stacking Coupons: 

With so many different coupons available, did you know you can “stack” them for even more savings? That means you can use a Dollar General store coupon along with a manufacturer coupon on the same item for even more savings!
This even includes “stacking” of the $5 off $25 that is offered on most Saturdays, or the $3 off $15 survey coupon (Note- these 2 coupons cannot be used together). These are considered a “category coupon” meaning it does not attach to a single item. This is a store coupon and attaches to everything in the category. The Category being “$25 or $15”. That means you will not be able to use any other Dollar General store coupons, BUT you most certainly CAN use manufacturer coupons to lower your cost. Remember, the $25 (or $15) is BEFORE other coupons :)
Here is an example:

DG And Ibotta

You can get your smartphone set up with the rebate app Ibotta as well. Not only can you save with coupons in-store, but you can then submit your receipt to Ibotta and get “cash back” on top of all the savings you already have in store! Just for signing up and redeeming your 1st rebate, Ibotta will give you a $10 Welcome Bonus! You can see a bunch of deal ideas weekly for the sales at Dollar General and some of them will include the rebate, so make sure you are prepared to rock & roll and get the most savings possible!

Dollar General In-Store Promotions:

Clearance Events:

Not only does Dollar General have their regular aisle of clearance, but they also have HUGE clearance events that are run a few times a year. These events happen towards the end of seasons and after holidays.
They start with an additional 50% off the lowest ticketed price. Seasonal items can hit 75% off and end-of-summer clearance will hit 90% off where you can score items for as little as Seasonal items can hit 75% off and end-of-summer clearance will hit 90% off where you can score items for as little as $0.10.10! But Remember, Items do sell out quickly during these events.
P.S. If your clearance event happens to be running on a Saturday, you can totally use your $5 off $25 or $3 off $15 survey coupon to save even more! Make sure to follow us for news of these upcoming events!


Instant Savings:

On top of all the different coupons that Dollar General accepts and their insane clearance events, they also offer deals called Instant Saving. Coupons are not needed for these savings. These are applied automatically at the register when you complete the promotion. These are advertised in the weekly flyer and should also be tagged in the store. The best part is that “Instant Savings” can also be combined with store and manufacturer coupons for even more savings.
For example, Spend $10 on Lysol products and save $2 instantly.

  • Buy: 3  Lysol All-purpose cleaner lemon $2.00
  • 2 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner $2.00
  • Save $2 instantly for spending $10 on Lysol
  • Use: (2) $1/2 Lysol products, SS 08/27
  • Final Price: $6 for everything

Penny Items:

When we talk about DG and all the ways to save there is one that we cannot miss and that is the Penny list. Penny items are items that have been cleared, and gone past the 90% off mark and still did not sell. They ring up for a penny in order to help the sales associates identify them, and let them know that it needs to be pulled from the shelf to be donated or destroyed.
Penny items are not intended to be sold and are not advertised for that reason. Stores do have the right to refuse to sell them if you happen to be lucky enough to find one. BUT, some stores have no problem selling. This means, HUGE savings!  Items typically pop up AFTER one of the clearance events (mentioned above) is over. Though, these items are not guaranteed and can vary greatly from store to store because if you happen to find them, it means that an employee missed them in the 1st place.

In Conclusion:

Those are the “secrets” to saving BIG and saving like a pro at Dollar General. Get access to digital coupons, manufacturer coupons, take advantage of “overage” and stack with in-store promotions, instant savings deals, and rebates to be able to save hundreds weekly!
Last but not least, a few important pages you may want to bookmark to help you on your Dollar General Couponing Journey

This Weeks Penny List


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