What are Penny Items?

Penny Shopping has grown so fast among the coupon-ing community! It’s a fun and amazing way to find inexpensive deals on a wide variety of items.

What are Penny Items?

Penny items are item’s that clearance the maximum amount 90% or higher, and are supposed to be removed from the shelves. Dollar General and other companies send out a penny list on Monday’s (almost weekly) to notify staff that these items will no longer be sold in stores and are to be salvaged. The staff is “supposed to” go throughout the store to remove these items from the shelves. Sometimes they miss items or don’t remove them at all making them available for the public to purchase.

We have an FREE video on how to penny shop at Dollar General in our Penny Shopping Group. We also provide weekly lists and clearance bargains. Join us so you’ll never miss another penny deal or clearance event!


Will the stores sell you penny items?

The answer is YES! The Dollar General Policy states:

“If any penny item is identified by a customer, ALWAYS sell the product to the customer at 1c. If we fail to pull all of the penny product from the floor, it is never appropriate to deny the sale or argue with the customer.”

To make things even more amazing, you can use coupons on penny items as well! Make sure to add items to your cart to apply the overage. Dollar General does not give cash back for coupon overage, but will apply that overage to other items in you cart. Dollar General coupon policy can be found at https://dg.coupons.com/help/

What is a NCI store?

An NCI store is what couponers like to call the Dollar General Home Store. They have everything regular Dollar General stores have plus more. NCI stores also have their own penny list. Keep in mind, you can get all of the items on the Dollar General penny list at the NCI store, and it will still be a penny. However, you cannot get items on the NCI store penny list for a penny at the regular Dollar General stores.

Here is a link to find out if there is a Dollar General NCI home store near you. https://www.dollargeneral.com/exploremore

“Saving on something is good, Saving on everything is better.” – Unknown

The 411 Team


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