Have you ever used rain checks before? They are a great way to help you save even more money!
It has probably happened to you. There is a great deal on something at your store. You stop by to pick it up to find out that the store is completely out of stock. Does that mean you have to miss out on the deal? Not necessarily.
Some stores will offer rain checks on items which are sold out. But what exactly is a rain check? How does it work? I explain it below for you so that you know how to really make sure you use them to ensure you get the best deal – even if it is not in stock right now.
What is a rain check?
It is a voucher given to the customer to promise that they can get the same price on an out-of-stock item at a later date.
Can you get them anywhere?
Most stores offer rain checks, you just have to inquire at checkout or possibly at customer service. However, keep in mind that not all items are eligible for rain checks.
Can you get them if the offer includes rewards such as Extra Care Bucks or Register Rewards?
It really depends on the store/manager. CVS has a code beneath every ECB offer in their sales flyer. They simply note the code on your rain check so that the ECB will generate when you redeem it. Then you can shop as usual and your ECB will print as usual.
If you shop at Walgreens, you can get them for the price of the item only. Some stores (very few of these) will issue a rain check for the amount after the Register Reward. If the item was for $3 and the RR is for $1, the raincheck will be for $2. The reason is that a RR is from the Catalina company and can’t be printed once the offer lapses.
Do they expire?
This depends upon the store. CVS rain checks never expire. Walgreens’ rain checks are good for 30 days. Some are good for only ten days. Just make sure you review it once you receive it.
Is a store required to give you a rain check?
No, they do not have to. There are some offers that specifically state within the ad that a raincheck is not available.
Is there a trick to redeeming them?
Yes. When you get to the checkout, make sure you hand the item and the raincheck to the clerk together before other items are run up — or hold onto them until the very end. Since they have to do manual overrides, this helps them make their job easier.
Are you required to redeem the raincheck at the same store it was given to you?
Yes, you are. However, if the store is a chain, some make accept another location’s rain check. Just ask before you try to redeem it.
Can you redeem a coupon with the rain check?
Yep – you sure can! As long as the coupon is still valid and falls within the store’s coupon policy, you can redeem a coupon on a product when redeeming a rain check.
So now that you know about rain checks, hopefully it help when you walk into a store that has cleared shelves!