Tips for Couponing and Saving at Dollar General

couponing at dollar general

In 1955, Dollar General store opened its doors to customers and offered everything for less than $1. The retailer has changed a lot since the early days, and six decades later, Dollar General became the largest small-box discount retailer in the US with more than 12,000 stores. The reason behind their success lies in their dedication and commitment to helping people save money while shopping.

They always understood that families were looking for ways to stretch their budgets further. Therefore, they offer competitive prices on national brands and provide a few amazing ways to save money, including Dollar General Coupons and Dollar General Penny Deals.

Dollar General Coupons

Dollar General has their own store coupons (available digitally) and accepts manufacturer coupons from any source (both insert coupons and printable coupons). You can use two coupons per item, but one must be a Manufacturer Coupon and the other the Dollar General Coupon. When you are using both coupons on one item (which is called stacking) you are saving the most money.

Digital Coupons

Back in 2014, Dollar General introduced its Digital Coupon program that saves time to their customers. Anyone can have a digital coupon account and you don’t even need a smartphone to join the program.

Digital coupons enable you to access the best savings at Dollar General without clipping or printing. All you have to do is sign up via mobile phone or desktop computer.

Once you are signed up, you need to log into your account and access digital coupons at

Once you find the desired item, select the available offer and add it to your account and the coupon will be activated immediately. At the checkout, simply type your phone number into the pin pad to redeem the offer. Redeemed coupons are shown on the printed cash register receipt.

There’s no limit on the number of coupons you can load to your account. However, some coupons will have limits on the number of times they can be redeemed.


Manufacturer Coupons

All coupons that are not labeled as a DG Store Coupon in the Digital Coupon Gallery are digital Manufacturer Coupons. Moreover, the majority of DG digital coupons are actually manufacturer coupons.

Manufacturer DG Digital Coupons can’t be combined with other type of Manufacturer coupon for the same product in a single transaction.

Therefore, keep in mind that the manufacturer digital coupons can’t be stacked with paper manufacturer coupons. So if there is a conflict between Mobile Coupon, Print Coupon and DG Digital Coupon for the same product, the first applied will count, while the rest will have no value.

Printable & Paper Coupons

The coupons that come weekly in the Sunday paper can be used at Dollar General.  These are Manufacturer coupons and can’t be used with duplicate digital manufacturer coupons.

The same applies to printable coupons.  You can find a

Weekly Coupons

A great way to save money at Dollar General store is to shop during promotional Saturdays when they offer $5 off your $25 purchase. You’ll need to have the coupon to get the discount which is valid for the one day. The coupon will always be available in the digital coupons gallery.  You will also get one printed on your Dollar General receipt the week leading up to Saturday.  You can use only one per transaction however.  So if you have a paper version, you can max your savings by splitting your order up into two transactions – one that you use the digital $5/$25 on and the second one you use the paper version on.

This coupon can be used on your purchase

eCoupons/Rebate Apps

We already discussed the most popular rebate apps, such as Ibotta, that help you save more money while shopping. Dollar General also supports these apps and you can redeem money on top of Dollar General coupons.

For more information, check out our YouTube Channel for videos on how to use the different apps!


Dollar General Coupon Policy

Before using coupons, it’s important to learn Coupon Policy and avoid wasting valuable coupons that can help save money. Therefore, we gathered the list of do’s and don’ts.

Dollar General accepts coupons that meet following requirements:

  • Must be original (photocopies are not accepted and will be denied)
  • Must have a valid Dollar General promotion code or scan-able barcode
  • Must have a valid and visible expiration date
  • There is always a purchase requirement with free item offers
  • You can use two coupons max – one must be a Dollar General Coupons and the second must be Manufacturer Coupon

Dollar General doesn’t accept:

  • Photocopied and expired coupons
  • Coupons without scan-able barcode or a Dollar General promotion code
  • Coupons without valid expiration date
  • Manufacturer coupons without “remit to:” address on the coupon
  • Coupons from other retailers

Now that you know everything about Dollar General Coupons, it’s time to move on and discuss the next best thing.

Dollar General Penny Deals

Dollar General penny deals are items that usually follow the 25/40/50/70/90% discount pattern, and 2-3 weeks later they are marked a penny in Dollar General’s price system. Therefore, with a little luck and knowledge, you can find items priced at $0.01 in Dollar General Stores.

However, finding Dollar General penny deals is easier said than done. First, you need to know the codes of the products. The most important codes are:

  • SU = Summer
  • SP = Spring
  • FA = Fall
  • WI = Winter
  • 19 = 2019
  • 20 = 2020
  • 21– 2021, and so on…

So for example, if the code shows WI19, that item was from Winter 2019. This code tells you approximately when the item was originally set out for sale.

Another thing to keep an eye on is the Pink Dot as these items usually represent Dollar General penny deals.

So in a nutshell, you should look for a combination of a code from the prior season along with a pink dot symbol.

Once you find Dollar General penny deals, simply place them in your cart and go to the checkout. If you encounter any problems (for example, cashiers or managers refuse to sell their penny items), remind them about the store policy that states that once the item is in your cart, they MUST sell it to you.

Tips about Dollar General Penny Deals

  • What might be a penny deal at one store, may have a different price at another store in the same region or area.
  • Prior to penny shopping you need to familiarize with known penny items. Do your research and increase your chances of getting an item for $0.01.
  • 9 out of 10 times the cashier will tell the customer that they are not allowed to sell penny items, which simply isn’t true. Therefore, learn your shoppers’ rights and the store’s policy.


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