One of the often-overlooked places to save big on everyday household items is Dollar General. Just like most others, this store is a great place to shop using manufacturer coupons and the weekly circular. There are plenty of other tricks to getting the best deals, though. I’m partnering with Scott and Dollar General to show you ten ways to save at Dollar General that you might not even know about.
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12 Ways to save (every day) at Dollar General Couponing Tips
1. Get the App
Dollar General has a free app that you can download to your cell phone. This app is a goldmine to the latest sales, coupons (including digital coupons) and free shipping offers the store offers.
There are many features including:
Weekly Ads: This section is dedicated to your current DG ads. You can view the actual ad right on your cell phone to check out the deals and sales going on for the week.
Digital Coupons: It’s just that, Dollar General digital coupons to help you save money. You’ll most always see the $5 off $25 Saturday deal along with coupons off other name brand and store brand products.
When you find a coupon you want to snag, just click the “+” symbol to that digital coupon to the “My Coupons” section of the app. To redeem, complete your DG shopping trip and type your phone number into the pin pad at checkout. Easy!
Shop: This section of the app lets you shop online right from your phone. You can use the store locator tool in this section to find a DG store close to you.
Store Locator: Locate a DG store near you in this tab of the app, along with in the Shop section (above). Once you locate a store, you can Call Store, Get Directions, or Remove the Store (if previously saved).
One feature you love about the DG app is the Coupon Policy, available right in the Settings. If you’re at the register and there is ever a question from the checker, you can whip out the coupon policy right there! It’s also great for glancing at while shopping in store, if you are unsure about a deal.
2. Use Store Coupons
In addition to using the app, you can also visit the Dollar General website and print store coupons. Do this! These coupons can be used alongside manufacturer coupons for maximum savings.
All the places to find DG coupons:
- Digital coupons via the app
- Printed coupons via website
- On your DG receipt (The bottom of your DG receipt often has additional coupons. They might be for use in the store or for somewhere else. Once I got a receipt coupon for a free kids meal with adult meal purchase at On the Border.)
3. Use Manufacturer Coupons
Dollar General accepts manufacturer coupons. This includes printed coupons and digital coupons. The easiest way to get manufacturer coupons are from your local newspaper or the mail. Stocking up on half a dozen newspapers isn’t unheard of in the couponing community. The savings will far outweigh the cost of the papers.
You can also get coupons right in the mail. How? Ask for them. It’s really that easy.
Step 1.) Contact the manufacturer
Visit the manufacturer website and find the “Contact” page, then reach out.
Step 2.) Craft your pitch
Express how much you love the product or give another compliment. Be honest, talk about how you use the product and don’t forget to mention the product by name. You don’t necessarily have to ask for coupons, but you certainly can. Give your feedback and share what other products you would find helpful for your family.
4. Get familiar with DG’s Coupon Policy
You can find their coupon policy here. Read over it and get familiar. You can also find it on their app. A few key points you’ll want to remember:
- Free item coupons not accepted
- BOGO coupons accepted
- Visible, valid expiration date on coupon
- Original coupons, no photocopies
- Stacking is allowed in certain scenarios. Read more on stacking here
- No expired coupons
- No screenshot coupons
- No internet coupons without a barcode
You’ll want to go over the coupon policy thoroughly. The more you coupon, the easier it should get.
5. Take advantage of $5 off $25 Saturdays
Every Saturday, DG gives you $5 your order of $25. There’s a limit of one coupon per transaction. If you shopped DG during the week, usually the $5 off Saturday coupon is printed right on the receipt. It’s also available on the app.
The $5 off $25 deal is considered a Dollar General promotion. You want to pair this with another coupon (stacking) to get more savings.
6. Check out the clearance aisles
Clearance aisles are where the best savings are. You can find BOGO, 50% off, and other great deals so keep your eyes open. I’ve gone to the register before with a clearance $5 toy truck and paid $0.35 for it! Here are some key times you’ll get good deals from DG’s clearance aisles:
- Seasonal transitions (Winter to Spring, Summer to Fall, etc.)
- After holiday (Halloween, Christmas, etc.)
Don’t miss the clothing aisle either. The kids collection offers some incredible deals, where you can get matching sets (sweatsuits, pajama sets, etc.) for single digit prices sometimes.
7. Scope out the $1 aisle
The $1 aisle is like being a kid in a candy store for couponers. You can get awesome savings on name brand items. If you pair that deal with a coupon, your final price can end up being very low, making your wallet happy.
Examples of $1 goods you can find:
- Large snack size chips
- Hand soap
- Zipper sandwich bags
- Cleaning supplies
- Snack cakes
- Baking mixes
Make it a point to check out this aisle for every Dollar General shopping trip you take.
8. The Weekly Ad
This ad comes out every week and contains the store’s sales and discounts for that period. Look for the ad in your local newspaper, at the entry of your Dollar General or on the app.
9. Get on the Facebook groups
Dollar General couponing has a cult following. Head to Facebook and find these DG couponing Facebook groups and you will learn a lot.
10. Find deals on YouTube
Like Facebook, there are extreme couponing experts taking to YouTube to share their amazing finds at DG. Subscribe to their channel to get the latest on penny deals, freebies, and more.
11. Aim for Overages