My Dollar General Shopping Trip: $.49

I went to Dollar General today to get a few of the good deals I have seen. I was able to score all this for $.49! Pretty durn crazy if you ask me. The ladies at the bread store were wondering how I did it. This is how:

I bought:

6 Packages of Kotex Natural Balance Pantiliners $1 each
1 Package of Carefree pantiliners $1 each
1 Package of StayFree pads on clearance $2 each
2 Glade Warmers $1.25 each
Final Price $11.50+tax

I used the following Coupons (you can usually print 2 of each coupon by either hitting “back” or clicking on the link again):

$2 off a $10 Purchase coupon at Dollar General by texting “Save2″ to DGTEXT (34898)
$2.00 off 2 packages of KOTEX Natural Balance Printable
$2.00 off when you buy any TWO packages KOTEX Natural Balance products
$1.25 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil warmer
$1.00 off (1) STAYFREE product (in the top left corner type in zip code 77477 and look under personal care)
$0.50 off any CAREFREE product (top left corner use zip code 77477 and look under personal care)
If you get the Sunday paper, these coupons are available as well from last week:
$1/1 Stayfree Product, exp. 6/30/12 (SS 05/06/12)
$0.50/1 Carefree Product, exp. 6/30/12 (SS 05/06/12)
Final Price $.49

Now, here is the hang up I see a lot of people having. DG’s computer system is not great for coupons. When the cashier (bless his heart) put in the $2 off a $10 purchase coupon, it took a discount/percentage off of each item. For example, the $1 Natural Balance Liners became about $.83. When he tried to scan the coupon, the computer saw them as $.83 so the coupon wouldn’t scan because the value of the coupon was too high.  Dollar General does not allow overage or “free” items.

He had to manually adjust the coupon value down to what the computer could understand as the value of the item, even though I was paying $1 for the item, the computer did not understand.

I was slightly concerned that I was not going to get the full value of my coupon, but thankfully his wife coupons so he understood. He explained that he would give me the remaining value of the coupon off of another product. *Phew!* He said he wished that the computer wouldn’t do the percentage and instead, would just take it off at the end of the receipt. Yes. I do too. That would be easier on everyone.

While he is manually punching in numbers, calculating the value leftover from each coupon, some lady came up in the line behind me with a cart load of items. I gave her a heads up this might be a minute, but the line next to us was open. She said, “OK” and decided to wait. No joke, after about 2 minutes, she freaked out, huffed and puffed and said, “HOW MUCH LONGER IS THIS GOING TO TAKE?!” I smiled and said, “The other register is open.” She threw her hands up and stormed out the door, leaving her entire cart on the conveyor belt at the register. … all I could think was that she should take a chill pill-she should be grateful she could afford to buy the things she was going to and that in the grand picture of life, having to wait in line for 5 minutes is not that big of a deal.  That, and she had to have been 50+ years old, but looked like a 3 year old who was just told they can’t watch the movie Cars.

Back to couponing…

I would suggest that if you are going in to Dollar General and are going to combine your coupons with a DG $$$ off coupon ($2 off $10 or $5 off $25) to add up the total value of your coupons before you hand them over, that way both you and the cashier know what your total discount should be. Also, be patient. My cashier knew what he was doing, so that was awesome. He even showed me that for some reason some coupons print funny and the bar codes don’t line up. That means they don’t scan. Ugh! So sometimes when your coupon doesn’t scan it’s because of the way it was printed, no fault of your computers or your printer but from the very people who want you to print the coupon. That is another thing to watch out for.

Overall I spent about 10 minutes printing coupons and cutting them out, a few minutes in the store grabbing my items, and about 10 minutes checking out.  Yes, that took a little time but I have enough pantiliners now to last me a year!  Or, you can look at it that I saved $12 in about 30 minutes :)  Not bad for a part time job.

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  1. Helen Dominguez says:

    I love it I followed your lead and picked all this up. My only hangup was they did not carry the stayfree pads for 1.00 so I got a .75c candybar to make up for the amount. My total was 0.95c after all the coupons. Thanks I needed a win today!

    • That is super awesome! Doesn’t it feel good when you walk away with a bag of stuff :)

      I found those StayFree pads in the clearance section. Normally they are $3 but they were marked down to $2.. and my coupon was $1 off. I figure a $1 for a $3 item is pretty good :)

  2. See, I had a problem with the coupons not ringing at face value at DG and the MANAGER adjusting them down. (ex: a $1.25 item was adjusted down to .88 cents, so my $1.00 coupon was adjusted down to .88 cents, thus not giving me the $5.00/$25.00 credit at all). But he did NOT offer to adjust elsewhere. I called corporate and 4 days later got a response back. The regional manager told me that’s the only way they can do it (issue an adjusted coupon value based on the % taken off with their coupon), and that the manufacturers “understand”. I called it fraud (after all, they’re going to be reimbursed 1.08 for my coupon even though they only gave me .88 cents for it) He wasn’t too happy. He asked what he could do to make it up to me. Honestly, nothing. I won’t shop there again…

    • I am hearing about that a LOT at Dollar General. I have 2 stores in my area, and several cashiers I look for when I check out. They are the only ones who actually understand couponing so I always try to go through their line. The manager was wrong in that situation, and they should have adjusted the value to the correct amount. I will see if I can’t find a place to report coupon fraud-this is so frustrating!

  3. michelle baynton says:

    My local Dollar General store would not accept the code that was texted to me, she said that they recieved a notice that it was a fraud code….. so I couldn’t use it.

    • For real!? They’re the ones who did the deal. I have seen signs for that code at every Dollar General I have been to. Maybe it’s by store-but I would call the manager and inform them they’re not accepting it. YOu can see the photo I took over here.


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