Take a Rain Check

October 26, 2010 in CVS,Saving,Shopping

I used a rain check today and it reminded me that rain checks are a great way to save money.  Getting a rain check gives you the chance to get an on-sale item that is out of stock for the same price at a later date.  Different stores have different rain check policies.  Here are the rain check policies for my favorite stores:

Publix
Publix gives rain checks at customer service for out of stock sale items. They expire in 30 days and there is a two rain check limit at my Publix store.  Rain checks apply if a particular flavor or variety of the on sale item is out of stock.  For example, I love Fiber One Key Lime Yogurt and always get it when it’s on sale.  I can get a rain check for the key lime flavor when it’s sold out, even if other flavors of the yogurt are still in stock.

Kroger
Kroger also give rain checks at customer service that expire 30 days after they are written.

CVS
The CVS cashier will give you a rain check for out of stock sale items when you ask for one.  CVS rain checks are great because they don’t expire, are good at any location and will include both the sale price and ExtraCare Bucks offer on the rain check!  CVS stores often run out of their best deals by the end of the week, you can use a rain check to take advantage good deals without searching for them at several CVS locations.

Having a rain check also gives you the opportunity to find coupons for the item and get the deal for even cheaper.  Remember to ask for a rain check the next time the deal you’re looking for is out of stock!

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Lauren October 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

This is amazing! I didn’t know these existed!

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single&saving October 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I’m glad I could share something new with you!

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Jamie October 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

What if you have a coupon that expires before they get the item in stock? Will they still accept the coupon?

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single&saving October 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Publix is the only place where I’ve been allowed to use expired coupons with a rain check. At Publix, I’ll tell the manager that the coupon is about to expire and she writes “Accept Expired Coupon with Rain Check” on the rain check.

For other places, I’ll look at coupon database (usually at CouponMom.com) to see if other coupons will be available for the item.

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