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How to Coupon at Dollar General

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Does Dollar General accept manufacturer coupons? And how do you use DG coupons and digital coupons at Dollar General to begin with? I’m about to show you how!

In this post, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the Dollar General coupon policy and tricks to save big, like … using coupons on clearance items and getting comfortable with the Dollar General app.

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1. Download the Dollar General app and create a free account to load up on DG coupons (aka digital coupons).

Someone holding up a phone displaying a digital coupon on the Dollar General app next to a cart with products

Once you download the Dollar General app and create a free account, you can start adding DG digital coupons. You can use these coupons at regular Dollar General stores or at Dollar General Market.

Related: Here’s how Dollar General Market is different from regular ol’ Dollar General.


2. Add Dollar General digital coupons with a click, then redeem them with your phone number at checkout.

Two phones, each showing a step from the introduction to the Dollar General app, how to add coupons and how to put in your phone number at checkout

Tap any DG coupon you see in the app to add it to your saved coupon list. You’ll use your phone number in the checkout line to apply the coupons to your purchase.


3. Scan items with the DG GO! CartCalculator in the app to see how much you’ll save before you check out.

Two phones, each showing a graphic from the Dollar General app showing how the Cart Calculator works

One of my favorite reasons for couponing at Dollar General? In select stores, you can use the DG GO! CartCalculator feature in the Dollar General app to scan your items, check out, and pay all on your phone. Yep, you can skip the line entirely.

The best part is, all your digital coupons are automatically applied to your order so you can see how much you’ll save BEFORE you pay.


4. Dollar General offers “$5 off a $25 purchase” store coupons every Saturday.

Someone holding a $5 off of $25 coupon on a receipt at Dollar General

These coupons are one-day-only coupons that are valid on the Saturday stated in the coupon fine print.

Find your $5 off $25 coupon each week in the Dollar General app. They’ll also print it at the bottom of your receipt when you make any purchase at a Dollar General store.

Related: Looking for Food Lion coupons? We can teach you how to use your Dollar General $5 off $25 there, too.


5. Stack Dollar General store coupons with manufacturer coupons.

A phone displaying digital coupons in the Dollar General app on a table with some paper manufacturer coupons that have been cut

You can stack one Dollar General store coupon with one manufacturer coupon as long as neither says “not valid with other coupons.”

Check the fine print of a Dollar General coupon — sometimes there are exceptions. For example, you can stack two or more Dollar General store coupons in a single transaction unless otherwise noted on the coupon or associated promotional art.



6. Save on name brands when you use coupons for items in the Dollar General $1 aisle.

$1 off coupons next to a box of Crest toothpaste

Some of the best brands to use coupons on in the $1 aisle may include Bounty paper towels, Hefty zip bags, Glad plates, Crest toothpaste, Scott bath tissue, and more. Many items are trial size and may not be valid with a coupon’s size requirements. Check your coupon’s fine print to be sure! Here’s one deal example:

Buy four Purina Dog High Protein Wet Dog Food, 13-ounce, reg. price $1
Use $2/4– Purina Dog Chow Wet Dog Food WYB (4) 13-ounce cans Alpo Wet Dog Food, Dollar General Digital Store Coupon (
Final Price: $0.50 each, when you buy four


7. Use DG coupons & digital coupons with Dollar General’s clearance prices.

One of the best things about couponing at Dollar General is that you can use coupons on top of clearance prices!


8. Watch for Dollar General clearance events throughout the year.

A sign for 90% off Easter Seasonal items at Dollar General

Clearance events happen several times throughout the year — typically at the end of each season (spring, fall, summer, and winter) and after every holiday: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

During a Dollar General clearance event, you’ll find marked-down seasonal products, clothing, household products, and more. Markdowns begin at 50% off, except for food and candy, which start at 25% off. Clearance prices will hit up to 90% off, typically around four weeks after the clearance event starts.

Other Dollar General clearance events to watch out for include their $0.25 clearance sale and 50% off clearance prices event that runs for three days, typically Friday – Sunday.


9. Dollar General limits shoppers to five identical coupons per household per day.

A person holding five coupons for BioFreeze in front of a Biofreeze store display.

Most coupons contain limits of no more than four or more coupons per day. If you have a coupon without a stated limit (which is pretty rare), Dollar General will allow you to use no more than five identical coupons per day. This leads me to my next tip …


10. If your DG coupons/digital coupons are worth more than the item, Dollar General will no longer credit you the overage.

While Dollar General will still accept coupons with a value over the price of an item, they won’t credit you the difference any longer. Since they have to change out their point-of-sale systems in order to do this, some stores may still credit your transaction in the meantime.



11. Forget rain checks for out-of-stock merchandise at Dollar General.

An empty space on a display wall in Dollar General where a product has sold out

Out of stock, out of luck at Dollar General. All coupon offers are only available while quantities last.


12. Dollar General won’t match competitor prices or accept competitor coupons.

Someone pointing to a deal on a Family Dollar ad next to same products in a Dollar General cart

Dollar General doesn’t match competitor ad prices, period.

Related: Here’s the full list of stores that price match.


13. You can’t split transactions to work around that five coupon limit.

A person holding a stack of coupons next to products inside Dollar General

The Dollar General coupon policy states that “transactions cannot be broken up to avoid coupon stacking restrictions,” so don’t even try.


14. Use rebate apps like Ibotta on top of DG coupons/digital coupons and sale prices.

A person holding a smartphone with the ibotta app and a coupon in their hand.

Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Fetch Rewards are all free rebate apps that help you save money on certain groceries, retail items, alcohol, and more.

(Ibotta is offering a $20 welcome sign-up bonus with this link!)

After purchasing the specified item for a rebate offer, snap a picture of your receipt in the app, and the app will give you cash back. Best part? You can use store and manufacturer coupons in addition to most rebate-app offers all on the same item. Check the fine print on offers carefully, though.

Once you’ve earned the minimum cash-out amount in whatever rebate app you use — like $20 for Ibotta — you transfer your earnings into a PayPal or Venmo account. Or redeem earnings for a gift card with Fetch Rewards (it has a $3 cash-out minimum).


15. BONUS: Save more with Dollar General penny deals on most Tuesdays.

A person holding a penny.

Dollar General penny deals are items that Dollar General has a hard time selling and have already been heavily discounted — usually past 90%. These products are marked down to $0.01 so store employees know to remove them from the floor, but sometimes they’re missed and left on the shelf where customers can find them. Discontinued items are usually discounted on Tuesdays, so head to the store early before they’re all scooped up! Check the latest items in our full guide to the Dollar General Penny List.

Keep in mind that some stores may not let you purchase these penny items once they ring up for $0.01.


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