Dollar General Return Policy: Time to Muddle Through the Confusion

Updated August 6, 2021 by Kyle

The return policy at Dollar General is REALLY confusing. Their website says one thing and their employees say something else. So after some digging, and a bunch of phone calls, I figured out what the real scoop is at DG. Hopefully this article will make your next Dollar General return a piece of cake. Here’s what you need to know…

Dollar General Return Policy: Time to Muddle Through the Confusion


How Many Return Days Does Dollar General Allow?

90 Days.

Dollar General gives shoppers 90 days to return items if they are not happy with it for any reason.

I called several Dollar General stores to verify this as I was VERY confused since the DG website says 30 days for “online returns” and I couldn’t find their “in-store policy” ANYWHERE.

Really confusing but I got to the bottom of it.

Several of the employees I talked to even said they take stuff back all the time that is over 90 days as long they can resell it. Good to know.

Do I Need My Receipt?

Yes, in order to get a full refund to your original form of payment you’ll want to hold on to that receipt.

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What If I Lost My Receipt?

All hope is NOT lost.

You can still do an exchange for an item of equal or lesser value OR get store credit.

But you cannot get cash back without a receipt.

Any Exceptions to the 90 Days?

I called Dollar General to find out as I couldn’t find any information online.

Here are the return policy exceptions that I know about so far…

– Seasonal Merchandise – This stuff can only be exchanged for identical items. Think things like Christmas decor, Halloween stuff, and Easter goodies.

– Opened Electronics – Things like opened CDs, DVDs, and software can also only be exchanged for identical items.

Can I Return Opened Products?

While they recommend items come back in the original box “whenever possible” it doesn’t seem to be a deal breaker.

But items MUST be returned in good working condition along with all paperwork, accessories, and parts to get a full refund.

What About Returning Items Bought Online?

First of all, items bought on the Dollar General website CANNOT be returned in-store.

Likewise, items bought in-store CANNOT be returned online.

When making an online return locate your original packing slip as you’ll need it.

Specifically, the return form is located at the bottom of your packing slip and needs to be filled out and must accompany your return.

You’re on the hook for any return shipping charges unless the reason for the return is the fault of Dollar General.

If it is Dollar General’s fault, call them at 1-(877) 463-1553 and work it out with them directly.

Also, be aware that it could take up to 30 days of them receiving the product before you see a refund on your credit or debit card.

What About Returning Alcohol?

YES, you can return unopened alcoholic beverages to Dollar General, but ONLY to the location where they were purchased.

You must also have your receipt in-hand and you cannot do an exchange, only a refund.

What About Returning Cigarettes?

Dollar General does NOT accept returns on ANY tobacco products including cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

What Happens If I Try To Return Something Past 90 Days?

Your best bet is to make a “no-receipt” return and get store credit or an even exchange for your item.

Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with the return policy at Dollar General?

By Kyle James

Photo credit to JJBers.


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I am having an issue with DG. I am not one to complain, and I am always polite and patient. I’ve worked with public and understand how vile customers can be. Anytime something happens I usually chalk it up to a loss on my end, because my anxiety runs wild at the thought of trying to dispute an issue. I bought some items 2 days ago. I decided I did not have the extra money to spend. I went back the next day with my receipt and items I need to return which still have the stickers on them. I was told that the items went on clearance on the same day I was trying to return them. They said they could not give me a refund for what I had paid for the items. Basically they told me I can either take half of the money back or keep the items. I feel like that’s not receipt has the price that I paid for the items on it.


I feel like that is theft on their end, essentially. I would call corporate.

Rita Mills

I understand the concept of what they are saying. I have had the same thing happen to me at other retail stores. Maybe they could offer you an exchange for merchandise for the amount that you spent? I know it stinks but there may not be anything you can do about it. You can try calling corporate but I would speak with the store manager first to see if they are willing to try to resolve the issue. Good luck.


Do an update on returns for COVID. My husband recently bought the wrong $8 pillow and they refuse refund because of COVID. But I’m in Pa and here there are over 1m ppl with the vaccine and gov wolf still allows gatherings and open dining.. returning a pillow isn’t tht deep.. I’m upset because I have no use for this pillow and that $8 they refuse to give back just seems difficult and selfish on their end.. plus if it was a normal time they would’ve thrown away majority of the returns anyway!

Rita Mills

I have learned it depends on the employee on duty when you try to return something. I have actually had to call corporate on two occasions because an employee in a store would not allow me to return an item. Because I refused to accept what I was told, I did end up getting my refunds. That being said, you shouldn’t have to fight in order to get a store to honor their policy.

Lesli Homrighausen

Everywhere I look,(including Dollar General’s website) says their return policy is not 90 days, but 30 days..although, I’m almost positive when I asked in person a while back, I was told 90 days. I guess , ‘Your mileage may vary.’.