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Dollar General's Teacher Discount Is Back — Here's How It Works

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If you’re a teacher or school administrator who needs to buy school supplies for your own kids, listen up. The Dollar General teacher discount pops up every back-to-school season, and it’ll save you 30% on a purchase — as long as you verify your status in advance using a few simple steps.

During the height of the back-to-school shopping season, we usually find a few Dollar General deals that make their prices even lower than Walmart’s, as long as you apply your teacher discount.

Here’s how the DG teacher discount works and how to maximize your savings during the offer window from early July to mid-September.

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The Dollar General teacher discount gives you 30% off one purchase until Sept. 6, 2024.

Every back-to-school season, Dollar General makes a teacher discount available. And now that we're in July, the discount is back!

In 2024, the discount is 30% off one purchase through Sept. 6. You can qualify for this discount if you are a:

  • Teacher

  • Educator

  • Administrator

Related: We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the 60+ best teacher discounts and freebies.

Sign up for the discount on Dollar General's website.

Someone looking on the Dollar General website page for the Teacher Discount

You have to visit their website before you make a purchase in order to sign up for the Dollar General teacher discount. Just visit the teacher page on their website by early September, scroll down to the "Bonus Savings for Teachers" banner, then select the “Sign up” button.

You’ll be asked to vouch for yourself as a teacher, educator, or administrator. You’ll need to provide the school name and school address, too. You can opt into special promotional emails during the process, but it’s not required.

Clip the teacher coupon in the DG app a day or two later.

It takes anywhere from 24 – 48 hours for your teacher discount coupon to appear in your account. So a day or two after you sign up, you should see the 30% off coupon pop up in your DG app‘s coupon section.

Make sure to clip the coupon before you shop or else you won’t be able to use it! When you shop at the store, just enter your phone number on the pin pad at the register and the coupon will be automatically applied.

You can use only the teacher discount once.

There is a limit on how many times you can use your teacher discount. In 2023, the limit was four times. But in 2024, you'll only be able to use the 30% off coupon once.

So make sure you use it on your largest order rather than making a bunch of small purchases.

Related: Here’s how the Staples Teacher Discount works.

You can't stack the teacher discount with other coupons.

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

Bummer, but true. You’re going to see a lot of Dollar General coupons over the next few weeks with the back-to-school bonanza, including the regularly occurring $2 off $10 school supplies coupon we share in our Dollar General school supplies roundup. But you’re not gonna be able to stack the savings. It’s an either/or situation, rather than a “yes, and.”

Related: We can give you a quick rundown of the Dollar General Coupon Policy so you know how it works.

This discount can get you lower prices at Dollar General than at Walmart on select items.

A child picking out school supplies at Dollar General

Depending on the current sales, the 30% off Dollar General discount can get you an even lower price on select items versus shopping back-to-school at Walmart. But it’s really gonna depend on the item you’re buying and your timing.

These items are cheaper at Dollar General with the teacher discount:

While these items are just cheaper at Walmart — regardless of the Dollar General teacher discount:

Composition Notebook, 100 Pages

Ticonderoga No. 2 Pencils

  • Dollar General: $3 for a 10-count — as low as $2.10 with the discount, or $0.21/pencil

  • Walmart: $4.47 for a 24-count, or $0.19/pencil

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