One way to save money at the grocery store is by obtaining and using rain checks. A rain check is the retailer’s way of offering customers the sale price on an item that is out of stock. I'm sure we've all experienced the frustration that comes with finding a good deal, having coupons to go with it, then seeing the empty shelf. Rain checks are an easy solution to this problem. Here are a few tips on how to use and maximize savings with rain checks:
- Most stores are more than happy to write you out a rain check at the customer service desk. Take a second to read the fine print. Each store's rain check policy is a little different, usually it's detailed on the back of the rain check or somewhere visible at the customer service counter. Sometimes the retailer will allow you to purchase a substitute item instead.
- Is it worth it? Are your coupons going to expire before the item is available again? Is the sale that great? Even if you're unsure if it's truly going to be worth it or not, request a rain check anyways. It takes very little time, doesn't cost anything and that way, if in another couple weeks you find you want to take advantage of the sale price, you'll have the ability to!
- Keep an eye on rain check expiration dates! They do expire- most often 1 month from date of issue.
- Request the rain check for the maximum amount available. Leave yourself options. Even if you think you only want one item, if a GREAT coupon comes available and you have a rain check for a great sale, you may want to buy more than one!
- Store your rain checks with your other coupons so that you don't lose them and don't forget about them!