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Complete Guide To Penny Shopping!

Updated: Jun 7



I am sure you have seen the pictures on social media where people are scoring items at Dollar General for $0.01. Most of those Facebook groups for the penny items, when you ask them a question they act like you are asking them the pin number to their debit card. Well look no further, her is EVERYTHING you need to know about penny shopping at Dollar General.



What are penny items at Dollar General?

Dollar General Penny Items are items that have clearanced out. This means they have already gone the lowest they are supposed to go (90% off) and are supposed to be removed from the shelves. When the Dollar General employees do not remove the items from the shelves and you find them, they will ring up just 1 penny!


How do we know when items will penny?

Typically most items will penny after a clearance event on a Tuesday. It could be the following Tuesday from a clearance event or it could be the week after. Sometimes certain items will take longer to clearance.


How can I know what items are a penny?

Each week Dollar General releases a list nationwide to each store that informs the employees on which items to remove from the shelf, usually to make room for new items. You can find hundreds of items that are on the shelf at your local Dollar General that employees just didn't have the time to remove, you can find this list here. Every week as soon as it updates. We try to update it weekly but unfortunately sometimes there is not a list.



I have the list, I am heading to Dollar General, what is next?

Make sure you either print your list, or screen shot the list with the UPC number and description of the product. Once you get to Dollar General you will now want to look for your items. These items can be found in your clearance section or on the shelf where they are supposed to be. BUT HONESTLY, people will say, I'm going penny shopping, but the truth is your going on a treasure hunt, lol. WHY? Because as much as we want to think it is as easy as walking in and finding these items right there, its not that easy. You are going to have to have patience and time to really penny shop. You also may just never find one. Once you get into the store and start looking you are going to want to know how to scan items from your DG APP. You are going to want to open