Penny Shopping at Dollar General for Beginners (2023)

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Are you wondering what is Penny Shopping and how do I Penny Shop? You are in the right place. This video was made for the May 14, 2019 Penny Shopping List. It is past that date (obviously lol) but the how to part still applies, just use the CURRENT DOLLAR GENERAL PENNY SHOPPING LIST and change out the items shown in this video for the current list.


Items that are a penny GENERALLY will stay a penny but resets do happen. When starting out it is always recommended that you start with the current list to learn then work backwards (and forwards as new lists come out). NOTE: You will not find penny items at every store or every time. If a store is doing its job YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIND THESE ITEMS!

What is Penny Shopping?

Penny shopping is just what it sounds like. It is when you go into Dollar General (or another store that has penny items: Home Depot, Office Depot, Nordstrom, etc.) and buy things for 1 penny. No coupons required for this.

What kind of items can I get Dollar General Penny Shopping?

They vary! Food to clothing, think of the things that are sold at DG and that will give you a tip of what to expect. Often it is seasonal items that penny out – but there are also some core items that penny out as well.

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Can you break Penny Shopping down further for me?

Here is penny shopping summed up: Get the list (note the date on the list) and head out to the store with your list. Match up items in your store to the items on the list– IT MUST BE EXACT, check out and it should ring a penny (YOU HAVE TO GET EXACT MATCHES GUYS!)

Where in DG can I find the Penny Items?

Really, anywhere. I have good luck in the clearance sections, then I usually also scan the normal place in the store where those items would be located. Look high and look low. Just make sure you don’t mess up the store!

Are there rules for Penny Shopping?

HAVE FUN – We have penny shoppers that do this 7 days a week… did I mention this can be addicting? Have fun with it. The more fun you are having, the more success you will have penny shopping!

DO NOT TALK TO EMPLOYEES ABOUT PENNY ITEMS!– Just don’t do this. These items are supposed to be things that are removed from the shelves. Asking about the items will not get them shown to you… if they are on the shelves still the employees probably do not even realize they are there. Anytime you ask they will just tell you they aren’t sure what you are talking about or that they do not have the items!

DO NOT ASK EMPLOYEES TO PRICE CHECK PENNY ITEMS You can use the Dollar General app to price check items, but DO NOT ASK EMPLOYEES. This will give them the chance to deny the sale. This is the REGULAR DOLLAR GENERAL app that you use. There is a price checker either under LISTS where you can scan a barcode, or in the upper right hand corner of the app there is what looks like a UPC barcode. Click that to scan and price check. The app isMOSTLY accurate but sometimes it is wrong. If an item doesn’t ring up the price you want to pay, OFFER TO PUT IT BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT! It isn’t the stores fault – remember to be kind to the store employees please.

DO NOT MAKE A MESS OF YOUR STORES – This is a really awesome thing that we get to do. Make sure you clean up after yourselves and don’t make a mess of the stores!

DO NOT CALL CORPORATE OVER PENNY ITEMS – Guys this is something DG doesn’t even have to do. Let’s not waste their time over penny stuff. If they have to spend tons of time on this stuff or cleaning up the stores from this, they will end it 🙂

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How do I Get Started Penny Shopping?

A Dollar General Penny Shopping List – This is a must have tool for penny shoppers. Without a list of what to look for, how else would you know what is a penny? Lucky for you, we keep one of the most updated list of penny items online. You can get the list at the link above or also you can sign up for the DG Penny Shopping Newsletter!

A Sense of Adventure – Penny Shopping isn’t something for the casual shopper in most cases. Think of it like a scavenger hunt. Chances are you won’t find stuff every store you go to, so get ready to hunt like crazy! (ps. its really fun and addicting!)

DOWNLOAD THE DOLLAR GENERAL APP! This really is an invaluable tool. You can price check items with the app and if you find a penny, the app will show it as $0.01. When I first started penny shopping there was no app, it was all about memorizing the list and what the items looked like!

Read the Dollar General Penny Shopping Policy – It is always a good idea to have the Dollar General Penny Shopping Policy on your phone. Just a screen shot will do. Some stores may give you a hassle about it, you can just show them the policy that it states to sell the items to the customer. KEEP IN MIND THAT THEY ONLY ARE TO SELL YOU WHAT IS IN YOUR BASKET! You can’t typically go back and grab more penny items.

If you leave penny items behind, most stores will go behind you and pull the rest of them. This isn’t like couponing where you are doing a favor to the next person by leaving some stuff behind. If you find them. Grab them.

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What are Penny Items?

Penny items at Dollar General are items that are usually past their normal clearance schedule or items that may be discontinued or no longer carried.

An example of a penny item: At Dollar General most seasonal items will follow a set clearance schedule. In most cases things will go to 50% off, then to 70% off then to 90% off.After this the unsold items are to be removed from the shelves. At this point, they go to a PENNY!

This is where the hunt comes in. Because stores are supposed to have them removed from the shelves, and because a lot of items have gone through an entire clearance cycle, finding penny items can be a challenge (THATS THE FUN GUYS!). If you spot one of these items and you take it to the register. It will ring up for just 1 penny.

What if an item doesn’t ring up a Penny?

Don’t worry. If something doesn’t ring up a penny, simply tell the cashier something like “Oh I thought it was a different price” or “I thought it was on sale” or “I changed my mind” and OFFER TO PUT IT BACK for them!

Do you have any Penny Shopping tips for first timers?

OF COURSE! Here are a few things that I recommend if you are heading out for your first time Penny Shopping.
I recommend starting out with the most recent penny list. The longer items are a penny, the harder they are to find… also the more chance there is that something has changed (items reset back to full price sometimes, symbols can change etc)


Scope out your stores BEFORE the items penny. We post the penny lists in advance, use those lists and go check your stores to see if they have any of the items. If you find them, try being at that store when they open on Tuesday (that is when new items penny… if there is a penny list for a given week) and see if you can snag the items!

JOIN OUR DOLLAR GENERAL PENNY SHOPPING FACEBOOK GROUP! This group is amazing and it is a tremendous resource for penny shopping. You can see what others are getting which will give you a visual! Remember to screen shot posts in the group so you can match up in store what others get for a penny 🙂

Also use the search feature. I regularly see something that may be a penny while in Dollar General and I will use my phone and search the group for the item and figure out if its a penny or not!

Follow The Freebie Guy on Youtube – That’s me (who is writing this article) and I am not just saying that because it is me. When I do Penny Shopping Videos I put a ton of time and effort into making sure that everyone has accurate information. I include tips on where the items for each list will be located in your store, I include visuals (pictures and or videos of the items) and more! Tons of people have reached out to me to say thank you for teaching them how to penny shop via YouTube!

Follow The Freebie Guy on Instagram – Each time there is a new list, I make up a visual graphic of all of the items that will be a penny. Those are typically uploaded to my Instagram account where you can screen shot them and reference them while you are out at Dollar General Penny Shopping!

BONUS TIP… And my favorite! TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR STORE’S CLEARANCE SECTION! Lots of these items can be found in clearance, so take a photo when you are in store then when we get a list, you can go through those photos and see if your store has anything from your living room 🙂

Any Penny Shopping tips from the pros?

Be prepared! Study Group & screenshot if needed before heading out! –Keisha W

Don’t be afraid to dig! Get in there good – look behind things and in random places. Just PLEASE don’t trash the place! –Danielle

Do your homework. Penny shopping takes a lot of effort to accomplish. From studying post’s and reading comments. Using screenshots to memorize merchandise. Google photos of the new pennies and take a lot of notes. This step is crucial to penny shopping. – you have to travel to numerous stores, spending hours searching high and low, in and behind stuff. This treasure hunt takes time. But never give up. –Kiki M

Be nice to the employees! –Dee B

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Don’t make a mess!!…. I overheard a manager say he was gonna make it his duty to remove all penny items coming from the manager that also told me he leaves them out instead of throwing them away. Reason customers came in and destroyed an aisle and it took them 3hrs to fix…–Cindy V

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How do you get penny sales at Dollar General? ›

You can use the Dollar General mobile app (iOS / Android) to price scan any items before you go to the register. Just be sure to check that your Dollar General app is the newest version available before you go into the store each Tuesday when the penny markdowns happen.

What color dots are penny items at Dollar General? ›

Look for yellow dot on clothes and clothes. Also, green dot, summer toys and lawn and garden. 18 penny finds at Dollar General. Look for yellow dot on clothes and clothes.

How do you buy penny items? ›

You can usually find Home Depot's penny items in their clearance sections. These areas can be in the front, middle, or back of the store. It's always a good idea to go early when the store opens.

How does penny items at Dollar General Work? ›

You can use the Dollar General app to check the price before you take the product to the register. Make sure you get as many as you want the first time because once the cashier rings up an item for one cent, they won't let you go back for more.

Do Dollar General employees get in trouble for Penny items? ›

Average employee's do not mind. But the management of the store does. The store is given list's of items that will penny out and are to be pulled. If customers are finding and purchasing these items it means that your crew is not doing their job.

What is the best day to shop at Dollar General? ›

Best Day to Shop: Friday or Saturday

Almost weekly, Dollar General deals include a $5 Off $25. They are usually available on their website, or they text them to you. It's a great way to get these Dollar General secret savings! Here's the catch, they are only good for one day, and it is always a Friday or Saturday.

What does purple dot mean at Dollar General? ›

Shoppers can find great deals at Dollar General by following the purple dot clearance tags.

What is the Penny Finder app? ›

Welcome to Penny Finder! Where like-minded, savings savvy, penny pinching people come to find the latest and greatest penny finds from Dollar General*! WE NOW HAVE OVER 3700+ VERIFIED PENNY ITEMS AND COUNTING! Join the THOUSANDS of other Penny Finders!

What does the brown dot mean at Dollar General? ›

Dollar General brown dot items 90% off. These are rugs, blankets and even hooded towels for kids. Yellow dots (except for $1 flip flops) are 50% off. Purple dot are 25 or 50% off depending on store. 3 Shares.

Is there a barcode scanner app for Dollar General? ›

You are able to scan items in store and check prices, you can see what coupons (if any) attach to the product in question and you can create a shopping trip list in the app for your next trip!

Can you buy stuff with pennies? ›

While federal law states that coins are legal tender, it does not compel anyone to accept them. If a business doesn't want to take pennies — or a $100 bill, for that matter — it has a legal right to refuse them.

Is it worth picking up a penny? ›

“See a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck!” Despite being worth next to nothing, pennies are considered good for your luck and wealth. Even in today's time, many people believe that picking up a penny when you spot one can be beneficial for you in some way or the other.

How much does it cost to buy a penny? ›

Penny Costs 2.1 Cents to Make in 2021, Nickel Costs 8.52 Cents; US Mint Realizes $381.2M in Seigniorage.

What can you buy with a penny now? ›

By that logic, the penny should have been retired in 1950. Yet the copper-topped coin persists. Which made us wonder, what can you still buy for one cent? As NPR's Planet Money team discovered in 2014, pretty much nothing.

What does the blue dot mean at Dollar General? ›

Look for special markdowns on specific tagged items.

You'll see a yellow star, blue dot, etc. They use these symbols to do clearance markdowns. Look for clearance notes around the store that may have all of one symbol on 50% off clearance. 2.

Can Dollar General employees purchase penny items? ›

So when it becomes a penny by company policy “Store personnel will allow one item to be purchased and after the customer leaves they are to go to where penny was found and pull all of that item and place it in the backroom to be destroyed at a later date. I hope this answers your question.

Do you have to tuck in your shirt at Dollar General? ›

The dress attire is a Dollar General company shirt and khakis. The shirt should be tucked in but my store did not enforce that policy. No that is not required, but you do have to wear all black.

Is it legal to work alone at Dollar General? ›

Sales Associates can not be left alone AT ALL, but you will not find many stores that have many hours for plain old sales associates. Key Holders will get most of the hours because they CAN be alone in the store. Yes, my manager used to leave me by myself at the store from 8am to 5pm on Saturday every week.

Does Dollar General have surveillance? ›

Dollar General, which operates more than 17,000 stores in 46 US states, has in-store surveillance systems to help prevent shoplifting. Thousands of the variety discount stores have interactive security monitoring services, panic buttons, and two-way phones, according to Query Sprout.

Can boyfriend and girlfriend work together at Dollar General? ›

4 answers. No a husband and wife can't work at dollar general together.

What you should always buy at the dollar store? ›

Here's what bargain-shopping experts say are some of the best buys at dollar stores.
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  • Storage containers. ...
  • Party supplies. ...
  • Reading glasses. ...
  • Hair accessories.

What is worth buying at the dollar store? ›

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  • Stickers and Activity/Coloring Books. ...
  • Reading Glasses. ...
  • Cleaning Supplies. ...
  • Travel-Sized Items. ...
  • Table Centerpieces. ...
  • Party Supplies. ...
  • Storage and Organization Containers.
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Why is stuff cheaper at Dollar General? ›

Sometimes, products hit the dollar stores because of damage or lack of freshness. BUT, they are often just offered cheaper because they operate on slimmer margins than grocery stores. Many items were surplus or overstock items from a company.

What does HBA mean at Dollar General? ›

Health and Beauty Care (HBC) or Health and Beauty Aids (HBA) products are non-food CPGs associated with looking and feeling good. They include items like these: OTC (Over the Counter) medicines. toothpaste, toothbrushes. skincare products like moisturizer or face wash.

What does ASM stand for at Dollar General? ›

Updated Sep 3, 2022. United States.

What do the colored dots at Walmart mean? ›

If the dot is red, then the item is currently in stock and the hole must be filled, if the dot is blue then the item is not currently in stock but is on order.

What is Lucky penny Day? ›

U.S. National Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on May 23. It's always nice to find a penny and on this day everyone is on the lookout in the hopes of finding one lying around.

How do you scan things on the Dollar General app? ›

Dollar General Tests Scan-and-Pay Mobile App
  1. Download the DG Go app onto their mobile phone.
  2. Scan products as they add them to their physical cart.
  3. Check their running total and pay directly in the app.
  4. Receive and scan a corresponding QR code at a designated DG Go checkout table in-store.
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What is DG go? ›

DG Go! works much in the same way as any other scan and go technology by letting customers scan their items on the app as they do their shopping. The app keeps a running total of what they have in their baskets and allows them to pay at a separate self-serve checkout, avoiding the lines at manned registers.

What you should always buy at Dollar Tree? ›

10 Items You Should Always Buy at Dollar Tree
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  • Mixing Bowls. ...
  • Dinnerware. ...
  • Drinkware. ...
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  • Greeting Cards. ...
  • Picture Frames.
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What does brown dot on food packets mean? ›

Indian vegetarian mark

According to the law, vegetarian food should be identified by a green symbol and non-vegetarian food with a brown symbol.

Can a smartphone be used as a barcode scanner? ›

This article has been viewed 306,186 times. Your Android device can scan any barcode or QR code by using a free app from the Play Store. Once you've installed the barcode scanning app, your device's camera can be used as a scanner. You can then take different actions depending on the content contained in the barcode.

How many pennies can you legally pay with? ›

The article cites Title 31 of the U.S. Code, which states that minor coins (pennies and nickels) are legal tender at their nominal value for any amount not to exceed 25 cents in any one payment.

Can a shop refuse to take pennies? ›

Neither is legal tender but shops are happy to accept them as payment for goods or services. In short, what they choose to accept as payment is down to their discretion. If you walk in with a bagful of coins, for instance, they can refuse simply because they don't want the bother of counting them all.

Can you convert pennies to cash? ›

Many retailers offer self check-outs that accept coins. Some gas stations, such as QuikTrip, also offer coin-exchange machines that you can use to exchange coins for cash.

How do you get a good deal at Dollar General? ›

Best Day to Shop: Friday or Saturday

Almost weekly, Dollar General deals include a $5 Off $25. They are usually available on their website, or they text them to you. It's a great way to get these Dollar General secret savings! Here's the catch, they are only good for one day, and it is always a Friday or Saturday.

How do you get a Dollar General vendor list? ›

Here are the 6 steps you need to take to have your product placed in Dollar General.
  1. Start with the right questions.) ...
  2. Be prepared to profit.) ...
  3. Determine if Dollar General is the right store for your product.) ...
  4. Pitch your product to Dollar General.) ...
  5. Complete the required Dollar General paperwork.)

What do blue dots mean at Dollar General? ›

Look for special markdowns on specific tagged items.

You'll see a yellow star, blue dot, etc. They use these symbols to do clearance markdowns. Look for clearance notes around the store that may have all of one symbol on 50% off clearance.

What does HHT mean at Dollar General? ›

Hand-held terminals (HHT) are crucial for supermarkets' store employees.

What's cheaper Walmart or Dollar General? ›

The price research done by investment firm Sterne, Agee & Leach found Walmart leads in food and beverages, but lags in other areas. For example, Dollar General was found to be 6.1% cheaper than Walmart on household items.

What dollar store sells everything for $1? ›

Dollar General has the word “dollar” in its name, but everything in the store doesn't go for a buck; their merchandise is just low priced. Family Dollar is another chain that has the word “dollar” in its name but sells items for more than a buck.

How do I get on an approved vendor list? ›

How Do You Get on a Preferred Vendor List?
  1. You'll have to dig and do some research.
  2. If you know someone who provides services to one of these companies, you could ask them whether they're on a list.
  3. If you know someone who works at the company or organization, ask them.
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How do I reach a potential vendor? ›

Talking to vendors in the right way can change the quality of that relationship, so keep the following in mind.
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  2. Straight talk. ...
  3. Ask questions. ...
  4. Give your vendor time to answer. ...
  5. Broach the money subject. ...
  6. Set clear expectations. ...
  7. Address issues. ...
  8. Don't ask for the impossible.
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How do I find a good vender? ›

How To Meet Find Vendors
  1. Go To Market – The ever classic way to meet a lot of vendors, go where they are! ...
  2. Join Industry Groups – Look for and seek out industry specific groups, these are often great places to meet new vendors as well as learn more about the industry.
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