Coupon Tips: Rain Check? Yes, Please!
Can I tell you how much I love rain checks? Immensely! I am sure this is not what stores are used to hearing, but as a couponer, I think they are the best thing ever.
Why? If I have a rain check, I have more time to round up coupons for the product!
What is a rain check? A rain check is a voucher that gives you an extension on a sale price or promotion.
I used a rain check for CVS today and in preparation for using it, I ordered 6 coupons from the buying service I use (check out this video for more info on buying coupons).
I was able to get 6 packages of Finish Dishwasher tabs (20 count) for $5.10 total (of course I used ECBs to cover that so no OOP cost!).
If I didn’t have a rain check, I would have only had two coupons so it really helped me to to round up those coupons to score a great deal.
Most stores offer rain checks but many of them have expiration dates. CVS rain checks don’t expire but Walgreens has a 30 day expiration. Make sure you read it carefully so you can stay within the guidelines and don’t miss the window to purchase your items.
It can get tricky with rain checks when you are dealing with incentive programs like ECBs and RRs.
CVS rainchecks have a code that can be entered to generate rain checks but Walgreens rainchecks are at the discretion of the manager.
Sometimes they will adjust the price to reflect the register reward (since it won’t print when you buy it later) and sometimes not. It really depends on the store.
Rain check courtesy is to hand the rain check to the cashier BEFORE the item is rung up. This makes everything a lot easier! Find out which stores offer rain checks and their policies on them so you can start saving even more if your store runs out of items.