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Extreme Couponing Tip: Rain Checks

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Extreme Couponing Tip: Rain Checks

Rain Check: a slip of paper that you can get from a store when they are out of an item that is on sale. The slip of paper allows you to come back when they have the item back in stock to purchase it for the sale price.

Rain Check policies will vary by store, so make sure you check each store’s rules before using them. Some stores have an expiration date on the rain check and others (like CVS) don’t. Also, some stores will put a maximum quantity amount per item.

Rain Check pointers:

  • Make sure that the coupons you are using on the item you need a rain check for won’t expire before the store gets the items back in stock. No use going through the trouble–just to have expired coupons!
  • Most stores allow you to use a rain check at a different location of the same store (a Walgreens should honor a rain check written at another Walgreens 5 miles away). Rain checks are not redeemable at a different store (you cannot get a rain check from Rite Aid and then redeem it at Walmart 5 weeks later).
  • You cannot get a rain check on Clearance Prices.
  • When redeeming your rain check, be courteous of the checker and let them know you will be using one–BEFORE they start to ring you up. They are going to need to manually enter in the amount.

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40 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Rain Checks”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I just got a raincheck today and it says that it never expires. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    YUP! I just got a raincheck today and it says you will earn ECB as well. You have to make sure the cashier write that on the raincheck though.

  3. MYCOUPONSDFW says:

    Question, do rainchecks also work for the extra bucks rewards? You know like buy such product get such amount in extra bucks, if the product isn’t available and I get a rain check do I also get the extrabucks rewards when I cash in the rain check?  

  4. esambrookes@comcast.net says:

    thank you for the info, was just wondering if cvs rain checks ever exp still have a bounty from 2012 lol

  5. Stacie says:

    I received a raincheck from K-mart a couple of weeks ago. I took it to another location and they said that each individual Kmart store may choose to issue rainchecks or redeem them. They refused to redeem it because it came from a different location. I called the corporate office and they said that each store can have its own policies.

    I thought that this was kind of odd? Anyone else have this problem?

  6. A. Marks says:

    Make sure you keep the sales paper related to that rain check otherwise you could be in for more trouble than you bargained for. The stores never remember the sales price and will haggle you even if you do have a rain check and a lot of times the person doesn’t fill out the rain check properly, so just to be on the safe side it’s best to have the sales paper handy just in case they get amnesia!

  7. A. Marks says:

    Make sure you keep the sales paper related to that rain check otherwise you could be in for more trouble than you bargained for. The stores never remember the sales price and will haggle you even if you do have a rain check and a lot of times the person doesn’t fill out the rain check properly, so just to be on the safe side it’s best to have the sales paper handy just in case they get amnesia!

  8. A. Marks says:

    Make sure you keep the sales paper related to that rain check otherwise you could be in for more trouble than you bargained for. The stores never remember the sales price and will haggle you even if you do have a rain check and a lot of times the person doesn’t fill out the rain check properly, so just to be on the safe side it’s best to have the sales paper handy just in case they get amnesia!

  9. tanya says:

    I sure learned one time the hard way at CVS to make sure and give the rain check slip BEFORE they ring you up (re: the last point above). The poor cashier, who wasn’t the speediest lady in the world anyway, was then thoroughly confused and had to call the manager, who also was confused as to how to correct it. I felt so bad (and was embarrassed to be holding up the line) but I won’t make that mistake again! (then when I got out to my car, I realized that she hadn’t given m the ECB’s and had to go BACK in………ugh ugh ugh! I didn’t go back in that CVS for a long time!)

  10. cristina says:

    My rite aid will take the price of the UP rewards off of the item and then write that price on the raincheck. So if something is $5 and you get $2 in UP, they will write the price for $3 on the up reward. I confirmed that this is what they’re supposed to do with someone on the phone at 1800riteaid. My walgreens will not do this with their RR’s. I have not called walgreens corporate to confirm if this is proper procedure or not.

  11. Rphillips2300@charter.net says:

    A rain check from rite aide or walgreens will not allow you to get the ups rewards or register rewards when you redeem them.

  12. awmeme says:

    At my rite aid they try to call you after you get your rain check to let you know that your product is in. On the bigger items they even set the item aside with your name on it.

  13. Susan says:

    When I have gotten rain checks, no matter what store it is, I’ve always been told that you should redeem a rain check at the same store that issued it, for inventory purposes.

    When you get a rain check, the store orders that quantity in addition to what they normally order, with the expectation that you will purchase it. If you redeem the rain check at a different store, that store’s inventory will be depleted faster than expected, and the store that issued the rain check will have an excess on hand.

  14. Susan says:

    When I have gotten rain checks, no matter what store it is, I’ve always been told that you should redeem a rain check at the same store that issued it, for inventory purposes.

    When you get a rain check, the store orders that quantity in addition to what they normally order, with the expectation that you will purchase it. If you redeem the rain check at a different store, that store’s inventory will be depleted faster than expected, and the store that issued the rain check will have an excess on hand.

  15. Susan says:

    When I have gotten rain checks, no matter what store it is, I’ve always been told that you should redeem a rain check at the same store that issued it, for inventory purposes.

    When you get a rain check, the store orders that quantity in addition to what they normally order, with the expectation that you will purchase it. If you redeem the rain check at a different store, that store’s inventory will be depleted faster than expected, and the store that issued the rain check will have an excess on hand.

  16. 3monkeysmomma37 says:

    I love getting rain checks at CVS. Then I can get my coupons ordered or just get more. Walgreens told me that they will give you the sale price but not the rr rewards. CVS will give eb on the rainchecks!

    • Couponcrazedmom says:

      I was just at CVS and asked for a rain check for sale price AND ECB, but they refused me, darn it. Said they never give rainchecks for ECB. Maybe I talked to the wrong person?

      • on the cvs rain check it says if features Extra Bucks, complete below and it ask for the amount and event code and casheirs signature. At the bottom the rain check states “Extra Bucks will be issued upon Raincheck redemption.” atleast thats what they say from my cvs

      • Debbie says:

        They were not honest with you. I have a CVS raincheck in front of me. On the form it has a space to list the EB amount and code. It even states you will receive your EB when you redeem your raincheck. They will issue rainchecks for the items on the $10 gas card but no EB or card can be earned.

  17. Carmenmclaypool says:

    Rain checks are GREAT because they are usually good for 30 days after the sale in grocery stores…don’t think they ever expire in Walgreens. Give you time to find or order coupons. I’m going to get about a hundred bags of Beggin Strips because I went in a few times when they were on sale (month long sale @ 10/10) and whenver they were out they would write me a rain check for forty, which is their limit. Order a bunch of $4/off of 4 online and my dog and all my friends’ dogs are happy indeed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Make sure to place a special order to ensure that you can buy that many at once. To learn more about special ordering, check out: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2010/01/04/how-and-why-to-special-order/

    • Butterhead16 says:

      Yes, like KCL said, make sure you place a special order. They will not likely have 40 at one time on the shelf. I got a raincheck from Riteaid once for Excedrin and they limited me to 10. I checked back several times a week for a whole month (which is when my raincheck expired) and they never did have 10 on the shelf. So I ended up only getting 6. To top it off, I had ordered the coupons like you did and ended up not using them all so I probably didn’t save a whole lot when you consider that I couldn’t use all the coups.

  18. Mommamackenzie says:

    I just got 3 rain checks at walgreens tonight for things in their ad (free after RR tampons and scruci hair bands and the 2/1 paper towels) and the guy wasn’t super sure how to do it with the RRs but told me I’d get them…I hope so or I wont want them. My first rain checks and only my third attempt at couponing at wags!

  19. Mommamackenzie says:

    I just got 3 rain checks at walgreens tonight for things in their ad (free after RR tampons and scruci hair bands and the 2/1 paper towels) and the guy wasn’t super sure how to do it with the RRs but told me I’d get them…I hope so or I wont want them. My first rain checks and only my third attempt at couponing at wags!

  20. Brandy says:

    if you get a rain check for something with Register Rewards or ECB do those factor in as well?

  21. Brandy says:

    if you get a rain check for something with Register Rewards or ECB do those factor in as well?

    • yes i would like to know this as well. i have a big problem with all of the RR items from Walgreens area always wiped out. I go first day of the ad and all three WG’s around me are wiped out and I hardly ever get a RR deal.

      • cvs rain checks dont expire either

      • Walgreenwoman says:

        If an item is a register reward item and is out of stock, the raincheck should be issued at the price AFTER the register reward (provided it is not a free item). ie, toothpaste: sale, 2.99; register reward $2. sale 99 cents. OUt of stock?? Well, the raincheck should be issued for 99 cents. I work at walgreen’s and that is how our manager is doing this. Hope this helps.

        • Dottie says:

          I work at Walgreens too and was told by Loss Prevention that we CANNOT factor in the register
          reward! Makes sense to me since the register reward is usually from the manufacturer, why would Walgreens want to foot that bill? Guess its another “each Walgreens does what they want” kind of situation. I’m in Seattle/Tacoma area.

        • Dottie says:

          I work at Walgreens too and was told by Loss Prevention that we CANNOT factor in the register
          reward! Makes sense to me since the register reward is usually from the manufacturer, why would Walgreens want to foot that bill? Guess its another “each Walgreens does what they want” kind of situation. I’m in Seattle/Tacoma area.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, they do not match “after Rewards” pricing– just the sale price. For more, check out: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2011/07/06/extreme-couponing-tip-walmart-reward-price-matching/.

  22. My Walmart had no idea what a rain check was when I went in there last week. I explained it to them and they said I don’t think we can do that for you.

    • Beverly says:

      This is something new that Walmart is doing. If you have one of their flyers/sale papers…..look in the “very, very” small print where it tells about their low price/ad match,etc guarantee. It states in it about the rain checks. Usually this is found towards the end of the flyer.