Rain checks are a great way to get in on a deal when your store is out of stock, but there are times to opt out of getting one.

Before requesting a rain check, ask an employee if they have extra stock in another location (such as an end cap) or in the back. When they have more, it avoids the hassle of requesting and redeeming, in addition to the benefit of getting the product right away.

Know expiration dates

Make sure the coupons to be used on the rain check item won’t expire before the store restocks. Most stores do not accept an expired coupon with a rain check.

Understand promotion guidelines

Don’t bother getting a rain check for a product that is also included in a promotion such as “Spend $10, Save $5 Instantly” or “Buy 2 products, receive a $5 gift card” unless it is certain the promotion extends beyond the sale date. The rain check is valid for the sale price only.

Confirm the sale price and policy

The majority of stores only issue rain checks for current ad sale prices, not everyday ones. If it’s not on sale, skip the rain check request (you don’t want to pay retail price anyway!)

There are no rain checks on clearance prices or limited time offers (doorbusters, Black Friday sales, liquidations, etc), so try and shop sales early and have your coupon binder ready in case there is an unexpected bargain!


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7 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: When to Skip Rain Checks”

CVS honors both the sale price and ExtraBucks in their rain checks 🙂


and CVS rain chacks DO NOT EXPIRE… 🙂


Rite Aid does too! They will honor the sale price and any Up+Rewards that are created. However, they will subtract the Up+Rewards in the sale price. That can be a little tricky. = )


i’ve had no problem getting the bonus gas points at the Giant with raincheck items.


Pizzaz has a confession-
Before asking an employee if they have extra stock in another location, Pizzaz asks for a rain check anyway. That way I can still get the sale price weeks later, while everyone else isn’t, and I can feel like I outsmarted everyone. (I REALLY need to get a life!)


I know that target does rain checks, but if the particular item your getting a rain check for had a promotion of getting a $5 gift card would that still apply?


I’ve been told they don’t give rainchecks for those. Doesn’t hurt to ask next time though. Maybe the Target where you shop will allow it!