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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Guest Post: How do you go about getting a rain check? Courtesy of the Sharp Scissors Lady

Q & A


Coupon Clipper: How do you go about getting a rain check?

Me: Receiving a rain check* is dependant on the stores policy. Here is a break down for my local stores...
* A rain check is a written guarantee that you will receive the sale price on an item, when it is back in stock!

Meijer: To receive a rain check at Meijer you can ask in three separate locations: 1. ask your cashier, 2. ask at the customer service desk, or 3. ask at the podium in the aisle that leads to all of the checkouts (This persons job is to take care of the needs of the cashiers, and is also called a CSA).

Meijer rain checks are valid for 30 days, and have printed limits written on them. My local store limits the number of items that you can purchase with a rain check to 12.

Meijer will NOT write you a rain check for an item that is not advertised in the weekly flyer.

*Meijer will NOT write rain checks for Super Saturday one day deals... so shop early!


Kroger: To receive a rain check at Kroger you may only ask for one at the customer service desk.
Kroger rain checks state that they are valid for 30 days, but Kroger does NOT enforce this policy. I have spent rain checks that have been written more than a year before I spent them! Kroger does NOT set limits for number of products that may be purchased with a rain check.

*Kroger will NOT write you a rain check for an item that is not listed in the weekly flyer.

Target: To receive a rain check at Target you must ask either your cashier or at the customer service desk.

Target rain checks are available for redemption for up to 90 days.

CVS: To receive a rain check at CVS you may ask your cashier for one when you are checking out.
CVS rain checks are written to include the sale price PLUS any Extra Care Bucks that you may have received if the item had been in stock. (Woo Hoo!) CVS rain checks WILL have a limit to the number of products that you may purchase with your rain check, but the rain check does NOT have an expiration date!

Walgreens: To receive a rain check at Walgreens you will need to ask the store manager for one.
Walgreens rain checks WILL have a limit to the number of products that you may purchase with your rain check, but they will NOT have an expiration date!

*Walgreens will NOT include a way for Register Rewards to be given in conjunction with redeeming your rain check.


Rite Aid: To receive a rain check at Rite Aid, you need to either ask a manager or your cashier.

Rite Aid rain checks need to be redeemed within 30 of being written.

Personal Note: There have been times that my rain check was about to expire (at both Meijer and Target) and the shelves had not been restocked yet. I have visited the customer service desk and been written *new* rain checks to extend my purchasing period!
My thoughts - ah yes rainchecks something I need to remember to put in my arsenal more often.  At the pharmacies I am okay but I am usually in a mad frenzy of marathon runs at grocery stores to remember there but this is something to definitely add to your bag of tricks! Thanks Sharp Scissors Lady

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