Imagine…. You’re at the store, ready to score that amazing deal–coupons organized, binder open to the right page, cash in hand, shopping list printed. Only, once the right aisle has been located, all you see is one big empty shelf. What do you do, besides sit down in the aisle and bawl like a baby?

Simple: Ask for a rain check. But since you have everything ready to complete the transaction now, can you use your coupons to pay and pick up the products when they arrive?

The answer: No. Unfortunately, you cannot prepay for items with coupons. It technically constitutes coupon fraud. You may get a rain check for as many items as the store allows, but you may not buy the items with a coupon until they are physically in your cart. Just remember, patience pays off.