Rain checks can be a GREAT way to get in on a deal when your store is out of stock (*shelf clearers!!) But, there are those times to skip on getting one. Here’s some couponing tips on when to skip getting a rain check:
The majority of all major chain and retail stores only issue rain checks for current ad sale prices. Meaning, what’s on sale right now and not everyday shelf prices simply because an item is out of stock. If it's not on sale and it’s simply not on the shelf, skip getting a rain check request. You can always come back another day and purchase the item at that price anyways.
Prior to requesting a rain check, I always check to see if the item may be in another location. Check special sales aisles, end caps, etc. I also try to ask an employee if they have any stock in the back. The larger chain stores usually do! A really nicely worded “Please can you check” may just get you that item right then rather then having to come back another day and skip getting a rain check altogether! If they don’t, grab your rain check honey! Be sure it specifies the sales price, the quantity you want and if it should come with any special offers (Like CVS ExtraCare Bucks)
Remember, you can’t get a rain check on clearance prices, limited time offers or early bird specials. (*Doorbusters, Black Friday Sales, etc. – It’s SAD, I know!) Always try and get to those deals as early as you can when the sale first starts. And, with special sales such as those, every good couponer knows to have your coupon binder with you in case you run into an unadvertised must have bargain! Right?? Right!!
And finally, maybe most importantly… Make sure the coupons you plan to use on the rain check item(s) don’t expire before the store restocks the shelves. Most stores do not accept an expired coupon with or without a rain check.
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