When a great sale comes comes along at a grocery or drug store, the shelves can quickly become bare. When that happens…ask for a Rain Check!
Believe it or not, even if the item is completely out of stock, most supermarkets will write a Rain Check if you ask them too. This piece of paper allows the customer to purchase the sale product at the sale price when the item is in stock again. To get one, ask at the customer service counter. Always ask them to write the Rain Check for the highest quantity possible. You’re not obligated to use the Rain Check and–if you do–you’re not obligated to buy the quantity stated on the Rain Check. This does, however, give you the option to get one item…or as many as they’ll allow!
Don’t feel obligated to use your Rain Check the next time you buy the item or see it in stock. If the item goes on sale for a comparable price, keep your Rain Check for next time when there’s no discount offered.
Keep in mind that most Rain Checks have an expiration date, so be sure to use them before they expire. Also, you can still use coupons with Rain Checks, so use ’em if you’ve got ’em. When it’s time to redeem the Rain Check, simply hand it to the cashier during checkout and they’ll take care of the rest.
Already know all about Rain Checks? Did you know:
- You can get a Rain Check on a specific variety or flavor that is sold out, even if alternatives are on the shelf. This is a great way to get in on the sale now–by buying some other flavors–and then again next time on the other variety
- Even if you didn’t want a product today, getting a Rain Check now is a way to lock in a sale for the future. This is particularly useful if you want to wait to see if additional coupons come out between now and when you return. Keep an eye out for great deals and bare shelves, and use this chance to pick up a Rain Check as an insurance policy for next time you want the item.
- When the item requires multiple purchases (such as “must buy 3 for $5”) then you can often get the Rain Check written for multiple sets. For example, get a Rain Check for 4 sets of 3 items, giving you a chance to buy up to 12 at the discount price next time!
- Depending on how the store’s system processes the rain check, you might still get credit for the full before-rain check price of the item towards any loyalty points programs, qualifying order sizes, etc.
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