One of our family’s favorite places to save is at our local Dollar General. We always find great money saving deals. In addition to just using the weekly sales circulars, there are some money saving tips that we use that you can use at Dollar General to maximize even more savings. Here are our tips for getting an even bigger bang for your buck!
1. Transaction Coupons Give Extra Bang For Your Buck.
Almost every week Dollar General issues special coupons that are good for only 1 day. The amount of the coupon is usually “$5 off a purchase of $25 or more”. The coupons can be found at the Dollar General Coupon Center, the bottom of your receipt or sometimes on the back of the receipt.
Tips for using transaction coupon:
- Check the redemption date of the coupon.
- $25 needs to be met before tax.
- Store coupons & manufacturers coupons can be used with the transaction coupon.
- The transaction coupon must be handed to the cashier before the other coupons or the register will not accept the coupon.
2. Use Dollar General Store Coupons with Manufacturer’s Coupons.
You can find Dollar General Coupons online in the Dollar General Coupon Center. Dollar General Store Coupons are marked with the words “DG Store Coupon” and can be stacked with Manufacturer’s Coupons for even more savings.
We use the printed version of the coupon, however, there are digital version of the Dollar General Store coupons. There are “Cashier Instructions” printed on the coupon instructing the cashier to use the “DG Store Coupon” before the manufacturer coupons. So there is a certain order in which you need to hand the coupons to the cashier.
3. Clearance Items are located throughout the store.
Clearance Items are located throughout the store (at least they are at the one where I shop). Just look for the tags with special symbols on them. They are usually color coded with a shape — a blue dot, gray or purple star, etc.
There are also some shelves that are marked “Last Chance Price as Marked”. Sometimes you can find shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap etc. on these shelves. It’s a GREAT time to stock up on the discounted items.
4. Holiday and Seasonal Sales.
If you don’t have Dollar General on your list of stores to shop after a holiday, you need to put it on there. Dollar General stores will usually mark the item down and bring it to the front of the store near the front door. The Dollar General where I shop will occasionally put the marked down items out on the sidewalk with a HUGE sale sign. They want to move this stuff out of the store because they do not want to take it to the storeroom to take up room until the next year.
You can often find Valentine’s candy for pennies on the dollar. Christmas decorations are usually marked down very low. Season items such as beach towels and toys are all marked down at the end of the summer season.
5. You can use eCoupons at Dollar General.
SavingStar is a smart and simple way to save on your groceries and online shopping. There is nothing to clip or print plus you can use it in addition to coupons and the other saving options available at Dollar General. You simply sign up for a SavingStar account. Each week there are different offers. Some offers run for longer than a week. Just select the offers you want. When you purchase the items, you upload your receipt. Then once you reach $5 in savings, you can cash out and have the payout sent to a bank account, PayPal account, Upromise account, or the charity, American Forests.
Just click the link to Join SavingStar.
Ibotta is an app that contains many different money saving offers for products. There are several different ways to earn cash with Ibotta. Before you can earn cash with Ibotta, you will need to sign up for an Ibotta account. Before you go shopping, make sure you check your Ibotta account and unlock product cash back rewards by completing simple tasks. Then go shopping and buy the products that you unlocked at the supported stores. When you get home, scan your receipt and submit to Ibotta. Once you have $10 in your account, you can have your Ibotta earnings transferred to PayPal or Venmo or a gift card. Put cash in your pocket with every shopping trip. Download the free app from Ibotta.com.
Checkout 51 is similar to SavingStar and Ibotta but you can use it at any store. It is by far the easiest of all of them to use. You do not have to clip or print any coupons. They don’t care if you use coupons when purchasing the products. You do have to sign up for an account. There is an app that you can download but it’s not a mandatory thing in order to get the rebates. You do not have to accept the offers or do any simple tasks. Just check the offer. Go shopping and come home and upload the full receipt. The payout limit is higher on Checkout 51 — $20. Once you reach the $20 limit, you can cash out and Checkout 51 will mail you a check.
We hope we’ve helped you discover some new ways to save at Dollar General. We do suggest that you print out the Dollar General Coupon Policy and carry it with you when you shop at Dollar General. We do this for most stores and find that it is easier to have it with you to help resolve any issues that might come up with a coupon.
What is your favorite item to purchase at Dollar General? Do you use any of the apps that we’ve listed? Which one is your favorite?
Till next time!