One thing that many people often do not know about are the Dollar General penny deals. This is when items in their store will sell for just $0.01.
The thing is, these items are not marked as such. That means, you need to learn how to understand the code so you can determine if the item is reduced or not.
While this is not 100% a guarantee, there are things you can look for to see if you can track down these deals.
CODE BENEATH THE BARCODE
One thing to check is the code listed beneath the barcode. It will include some of the following combinations:
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. If the item is from a prior season, there is a good chance that it has been discounted.
LOOK FOR THE SYMBOL
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.
(And, I wish that I could explain this with more precise examples, but some of this information is kept close to the hip and the public does not know about them).
THE STORE MAY NOT ALLOW YOU TO BUY IT
One thing you must understand as well, is that the store does not need to sell the item to you at this price. If it scans and that is the price that pulls up, it means that the item has been removed from the store’s inventory. It is no longer an item they sell.
Some stores may allow you to purchase the item, while others may say that it is no longer for sale. This is at the discretion of the store manager. If you are not allowed to purchase, please do not get angry at the store, as they are not obligated to do so.
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?