I talked with a very sweet couponer last week who missed out on the awesome Quaker deal at Publix last weekend. When I asked her if she requested a rain check, she said she hadn’t thought to ask for one . . . which broke my penny-pinchin’ heart!
If you get to a store and they’re out of an item you planned to purchase using coupons (or even a great sale item), always, always ask for a raincheck as you leave the store. Almost all stores offer them, and they’re a great way to save on an item in the future, and sometimes even get a better deal than you would during the sale as occasionally a new coupon will pop up on the item that you were looking for.
In the picture above, I purchased all of those items for $2.67 plus tax mostly thanks to my rainchecks! Here’s how it worked:
Bought 3 Smucker’s Uncrustables at $1.47 (raincheck price)
Bought 3 Suave Deodorants $.99 (raincheck price)
Bought 1 Lucky Charms Cereal $1.69 (BOGO in current Publix ad)
Bought 1 Dixie Crystal Sugar $4.59
- Used (3) $.50/1 Smucker’s coupons (doubled, no longer available)
- Used (3) $.50/1 Suave coupons (doubled, expired 8/26/12)
- Used $0.50 off ONE BOX Lucky Charms cereal
- Used coupon for FREE Dixie Crystal Sugar (won on a Facebook giveaway on their page, deducted $4)
- Paid $2.67 plus tax for $15.39 in groceries. . . WOOT!
You can see more about how to benefit from using rainchecks here, but I definitely recommend that you have a specific place in your coupon organizer to store your rainchecks, and keep any coupons that match that raincheck together with it.
Do you normally ask for rainchecks at your store? I’d love to hear if they’ve worked for you!