Dollar General often offers penny deals. The trick, however, is to know how to understand the code so you can determine if something is reduced or not. There are things you need to be able to read when it comes to the codes on the products.
First of all, you will always want to check the code listed beneath the barcode:
SP – Spring
SU – Summer
FA – Fall
WI – Winter
11 – 2011
12 – 2012
13 – 2013
So, the code that shows FA11 would be an item from Fall 2011.
That is step 1 in determining if the product has been discounted. You should also look for a symbol- such as a PINK dot. These items are usually discounted and qualify for the penny deals. Just because you see a code from a prior year doesn’t mean that the price has dropped – it will also need to include a colored symbol on the tag as well — and be from a prior season (such as FA12, for example).
Keep in mind that some products have a different code than the one above. For instance, if you find Disney products with the code ending in 709 beneath the original bar code, then that means it is just a penny! Just a head up that may not find this same type of code on all products in the store.
So, in a nutshell – look for a combination of a code from a prior season along with a symbol to see if your item is priced at just a penny! Of course, nothing is 100% guaranteed, but these are some things you can at least try at your store.
Have you learned any tips to determining the penny deals at your store?
*Note: Some stores may not sell the items to you at this price, so if your store will not sell them, do not get upset. They do not have to release them to the public at that price.