The Dollar General – Save Money and Save Literacy

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We all know the Dollar General is great for saving money. You can get everything from food to housewares to decorations, and you can get them at great prices. Now Dollar General wants to do more than just save you money. They want to help get kids excited about reading.

The Dollar General - Save Money and Save Literacy

Savings and Reading are at the Dollar General

Right now, Purina and the Dollar General are partnering to help everyone “Do More With Their Dollar”. Through this partnership, they want to help us save money on our pets’ food while encouraging children to love reading. Purina and the Dollar General want to encourage kids to read to their pets. It’s a great way to make reading fun for the kids and encourage quality bonding time with the family pet.


Did you know that studies have shown that when kids read to their pets, their reading skills and confidence markedly improve? Purina and the Dollar General want to help encourage this trend. Between April 5th and April 30th, when you use any of the coupons listed in this post, Purina will donate $1.00 to the Dollar General Literacy foundation up to a value of $20,000.00. That’s no small amount!

The Dollar General - Save Money and Save Literacy

Pets are adorable, but they’re also great study buddies. Kids can read to their pets, but there’s so much more. If you have cats, you can use the cat food cans to help kids with simple math. They can even use the cans to learn new words. You can make up math problems revolving around your pets. For example, If you got Pete, the cat, 5 cans of Friskies from the Dollar General, and Rufus, the dog, ate three of them, how many cans would be left? See? The only limitation to the learning possibilities is your imagination.

Encourage kids to Read to Pets

Learn More about the Dollar General and Purina Partnership

The Dollar General and Purina want to help raise awareness and the rate of literacy in our country. To learn more about what they are doing and how you can help visit their Do More With Your Dollar page. In the meantime, you can head to the Dollar General and get some great coupons:

  • $1.00 off of one 12lb bag of Purina Friskies Dry Cat Food
  • Buy any five 5.5oz cans of Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food and get one can free
  • $1.00 off of one 14lb or larger bag of Purina Alpo Dry Dog Food
  • $1.00 off of any one package of Purina Tidy Cats Scoopable Litter

These are all great savings, and one dollar of every purchase goes to a great cause – the Dollar General Literacy foundation. You can’t beat saving money and helping a great cause, so visit their website, snag some coupons, and save money while you help nurture young minds.

Twitter Party

>>> A Twitter Party will be hosted by @ModernDayMoms on 4/15

Share a picture of your child reading to pets. Let them see for themselves how rewarding it can be. I’d love to see them, too, so link them in the comments. 🙂

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  1. Julie Wood says:

    This is really great that Dollar General is helping out promote reading and reading to your pets! I never thought about having my son read to his pets! What an awesome idea!

  2. Ahhh! This post is great! Love all those adorable photos!

  3. nicole dziedzic says:

    Love shopping at the Dollar general, they have a lot of great brands I buy for less then I would pay at the grocery store.

  4. Fee Roberts says:

    I love that Dollar General is committed to young readers. I have been reading since before I started school. I taught my daughters how to read before they started school. Now I’m teaching my granddaughter. They all have a love for learning and reading which is so important. As they say, “Knowledge is power!”

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I love that Dollar General is encouraging kids to read. What a fun campaign this is.

  6. Amber Edwards says:

    I love this campaign. What gets kids more excited than their pets? And to use them to help encourage literacy and to support literacy programs too! So cool!

  7. Wow, Dollar General thinks of everything! What a cool campaign, literacy programs are so important.

  8. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says:

    That is a great partnership! Thanks for the deets on the party, I’ll try and make it!

  9. This is awesome! I like how they have partnered up together. My daughter always grabs her toddler books and sits next to our dog on the couch pointing at all the pictures trying to use her words. They are both learning together.

  10. I love the partnership between the Dollar General and Purina. It’s a great way to save a little money and help kids.

  11. Kelly Hutchinson says:

    I never thought about the benefits of the kids reading to the pets, but it makes total sense! I love this idea and Dollar General is a favorite of ours.

  12. I love the idea of kids reading to pets. They do that in some of the schools around here. Love your pictures!

  13. My kids love reading to each other, I bet they would get a kick out of reading to our dog too! Love your photos of the kids

  14. Laura (Lauras Little House Tips says:

    How fun is this? My girls are grown but they would set the pets down and read to them. Of course this was 20 years ago and I just knew they would be teachers. None ever became a teacher but their friends thought they were nuts for talking to the animals. See they were on the right track even then 🙂

  15. I have to say, I don’t think I have ever shopped at Dollar General before. They are putting one in around the corner form me though and I am excited to check them out.

  16. LauraOinAK says:

    What a neat campaign they have going! I bet our (deceased) dog would have loved my boys reading to her.

  17. Mama to 5 BLessings says:

    What precious photos. We do not have any pets but if we did I so could see my kids reading to them.

  18. I never heard of people reading to their pets before reading about it here, it sounds like a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing this post.

  19. Ann BAcciaglia says:

    What a great program! We have two cats and I love the idea of reading to them. They will love the attention and the cuddling.

  20. Chelley @ AisForAdelaide says:

    What a great cause to be a part of- I love this partnership! We don’t use Pruina foods, but we do buy food to donate to the local shelter- I’ll be grabbing some this week! Thanks!

  21. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says:

    How cute is this? I wonder if my pup will stay still long enough.

  22. I like : kids reading to pets. Good idea.

  23. Sarah @ Must Have Mom says:

    I never never thought of the kids reading to our pets! What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

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