Extreme Couponing Tip: Check Your Rain Check Expiration Dates

Rain checks: A written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock.  When the store restocks the item after the sale period is over, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price.  Store may include an expiration date as well as a quantity limit on your rain check.  Rain checks are usually issued at the register or customer service desk.

Rain checks can really come in handy, especially in areas that have low stock of sale items. However, you’ll want to make sure to check and double check the expiration dates to use them in time! Some stores (such as CVS) don’t have rain check expiration dates, while others vary from 30, 60, to 90 days from the date the rain check is written. Put rain checks, especially ones with short expiration times, in a prominent place to help you remember to use them before they expire. If you are frequently getting rain checks and have a collection of then, consider writing out a list of the rain checks you have and the dates they will expire. If there is a corresponding coupon to be used with the rain check, keep the two together and also note the coupon expiration date on your list.

Additionally, if the store is still out of the product at the rain check’s end date, have them write you an additional one to extend the time to get the product.