We all have our regular shopping routine. We get our produce here, our cleaning supplies and toiletries there.
We so easily fall into our same ol’ routines. But here’s the thing: If your routine doesn’t include shopping at this store, you’re wasting money.
Sure, you know about Dollar General. It’s a classic. Heck, you probably drive by one at least twice a week. But when’s the last time you actually stopped?
The truth is, at Dollar General, you can pick up all the same stuff you normally do on your errands — but for way cheaper.
Here are some things about Dollar General you probably don’t know:
1. It’s Got Everything on Your Shopping List
Here’s the thing: Dollar General carries a ton of the household, toiletry and pantry essentials you normally buy each week — but for cheaper.
Think General Mills cereal, Bounty paper towels, Tide laundry detergent, Gillette disposable razors and Crest toothpaste.
2. It Stocks Name Brands
If you didn’t notice from that list above… Dollar General stocks name-brand items. So if you’re a brand snob (no shame), chances are Dollar General has the same thing you buy at the grocery store each week — but for less.
Here are a few more brands we’ve spotted: Pantene shampoo, Silk almond milk, Energizer batteries, Huggies diapers, Secret deodorant, Pillsbury cookie dough and Covergirl mascara. There are literally hundreds, but you get the point.
3. It Has a Huge Selection of Coupons
You might be asking yourself, Dollar General already has low prices, so why would it give me coupons?
But guess what? It gives you coupons.
From our years of studying coupons over here at The Penny Hoarder, we’ve found these are pretty good deals. We’re not talking about any “buy 10, get one free” shticks or 10-cents off coupons.
These are way more robust, like $4 off Venus razors, $3 off Pull-Ups and $3 off Tide laundry detergent.
To tap into these coupons, download the Dollar General app, and you’ll see how many coupons are available at your nearest store. (I found $373 worth of coupons at mine.)
Just create an account, click to add coupons and enter your phone number at checkout. Super easy.
4. It Rewards You for Shopping on Saturday
Some experts will tell you the best time to go shopping is mid-week — they say that’s when you’ll find the best deals. But that’s not always convenient. It’s the middle of the week, and you’re busy.
That’s why many of us are weekend warriors, venturing out on Saturdays to stock up. (And, ideally, when someone can stay home with the kids.)
Unlike other stores, Dollar General wants you to stop by on Saturday. When you sign up for DG Digital Coupons, you can use the weekly $5 Off $25 digital coupon to get an easy $5 off your purchase. That’s an effortless 20% savings.
Plus, you can combine this with many other coupons.
Instead of wasting money on your next errand haul, see how much you can slash your weekly spending just by stopping by Dollar General.
Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.