Dollar General 5/18 (Steve) – Paid $0 for $32.80 of Merchandise (100% Saved!)


dollar-general-051815I had a nice trip to Dollar General today. I went with a ton of possible deals because sometimes my store can be a little picked over when we have some hot coupons. There wasn’t any Nivea Body Wash on the shelf, but I asked someone if they would look in the back and they brought some out for me.

And you would not believe how many times I’ve looked at empty shelves where the Speed Stick Gear “live,” but today I finally found some. However, I suspect they were “hidden” all the times I’ve stared at empty shelves. It looks like someone hid a few behind the regular Speed Stick and forgot to come back and get them. Well…joke is on them now.

I used the $5/$25 Dollar General store coupon found in the weekly ad (but it expires TODAY 5/18), so there’s an extra $5 of savings beyond what is listed with the individual items below. That’s how my total ended up at $0 (other than sales tax.)

This trip was a beep-fest. The Nivea and Oral-B coupons all beeped and had to be manually entered by my cashier.

FOUR NIVEA BODY WASHES, regular price $2.50
Used two $3/2 Nivea or Nivea for Men Body Wash 8.4-25.4 oz printable manufacturer’s coupons (preclipped) – note: these are beepers!
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $4 (or $1 each!)

FOUR SPEED STICK GEAR DEODORANTS, on sale $2 (regular price $3.95) – unadvertised deal through 5/25
Used four $2/1 Speed Stick Gear printable coupons (no longer available)

Used one $0.50/1 Brach’s Item *NO SIZE RESTRICTIONS* printable coupon (preclipped/zip 03103)
NET PRICE: $0.50
***To change zip codes to print the Brach’s coupon, go here and change your zip to the one listed with the coupon link above. Use the box on the right side of the page and enter your zip. Click on the arrow to submit the zip code change. Then come back here and click our preclipped link to the coupon and you should see it right away.

ONE NIVEA SHAVE FOAM 7 OZ, regular price $2
Used one $1.50/1 Nivea Shave Item coupon, 5/3 SS newspaper insert (possibly regional coupon; another beeper)
NET PRICE: $0.50

Used four $1/1 Oral-B Toothbrush (including Healthy Clean) coupons, 5/10 RP newspaper insert (possibly regional)

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $32.80
Net Price Paid for Everything: $0
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 100%

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  1. i did this yesterday cause it was for sunday and monday and my 5.00 did not come off and that was the only dollar general coupon i used was the 5.00 off 25.00 and i been hearing other people saying this i had to pay 6.50 plus tax and it was supposed to be 1.50 and tax

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I’ve had that happen before and they re-rang it at another register and it was ok. However, the last few times the $5 has stayed deducted.

      • And yet again today, I had the same thing happen and this was a different register than on 5/9 when it was rang up 3 different times, 3 different ways. I even went to talk to the manager today who said it was the order but when the respected (by him) cashier went to scan the coupon it said accepted but at the end did not take it off when totaled. So 2 times, again the transaction had to be voided and the last time she price modified 2 items to give me the $5 off. What is going on at our DG’s that isn’t going on at your’s Steve??? This is very frustrating.

        • Steve Pinski says:

          I think they might need a register software update of some sort. I used to have issues with the $5 off $25 coupons, but I haven’t had a problem in a long time.

          • This is a brand new store that opened a month ago. How much has been updated in a month? I’m going to go back and talk to the manager. I want to shop there so will figure this out. Thanks Steve.

  2. Kristine says:

    Maybe the Nivea beeped because it’s for men’s body wash not women’s?

  3. Kristine says:

    Oh ok weird

  4. Jennifer says:

    Question, your total was less than $25 after coupons and they still took the 5/25 coupon?

  5. I used the mobile app on my phone to claim the $5 off $25 and completely crashed the register. She had to reboot the register and it took 10 minutes to finish my transaction.

  6. I have called regional manager in Tampa about issues with the coupons. He was very nice and gave me 5.00 for my trouble. (The cashier didn’t take off my digital coupon of 5.00 and didn’t accept some mq. The hassle wasn’t worth it. Haven’t been back in 6 months. Manager of the store was not clear on the coupon policy and admitted to it. The ordeal was not worth the$5 gc.

  7. I do agree about the hassle of all coupons used at DG stores….Is it worth it? Yes!!!! It still slays me that cashiers still say “if the picture isn’t on the coupon then I can’t take it.” We just need to man up and pick our heads up and say, “next couponing trip will be better.” A better attitude with the cashier can take you farther than you might expect (it does with me). The next shopping trip back they will be glad to try to take all your coupons with a happy smile. Happy couponing. Thank you!!!!!

    • I love your couponing attitude and I agree 🙂 I will never let a cashier try to say anything about the pictures though, because that makes no sense. You could have one picture but the coupon covers several items, they can’t fit every single products on one coupon! They’re going to put a picture there of what they want to advertise. It’s NEVER about the picture, ALWAYS about the words 😛