Friday, June 10, 2011

Using Rain Checks at CVS

I just want to be sure everyone knows that if a product is out of stock at CVS you don't have to go home empty handed.  Just show the ad to the cashier and they will write a rain check.  The rain checks even include any extra bucks for the deal--they will print them manually after you check out, not automatically at the end of your receipt.

I have actually learned to like rain checks as I can save them until I need to roll some extra bucks or if  I (or I should say when I used to) get a $5 off $30 order or similar CVS coupon I could pull them out to get up to the $30 total.

Another option for an out of stock item is to ask if they can substitute another product for the sale price.  I had my manager actually suggest this and have read of several other shoppers getting this service.  Now if you have a coupon, this will not work as well, though I have read of some managers overriding the coupon and using it anyways, but I don't suggest this.

So don't be too disappointed if CVS does not have what you expected, just remember to ask for a rain check (note to self, as I often forget).


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9 comments:

Tiffany K said...

I have a raincheck for the Preperation H Freebie a couple weeks ago. With my $2 coupon, this is a money maker. This item is still out of stock. I am worried that it will still be out of stock when my coupon expires on 6/25. The coupon is good on any Preperation H product.

Is your advice to ask for a sunstitute Prep H item so I can still use my coupon? Do I ask the cashier about this?

Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Tiffany, actually that is what I meant when I said "I don't suggest this," using the coupon on another product. I would ask the next time you go in--show the manager your coupon and when it expires. Ask two things: can he order the product for you and secondly, would he take the expired coupon since you got the rain check when the coupon was still good and had it with you to use. Some stores do both, some do one or the other, some probably neither.

Another option, that a few stores do, is they actually ring up as if you bought the product and give you a rain check that says "paid" and when they get stock you pick it up. This can be a little more complicated, yet I do it all the time at my store if I have a coupon that will expire. It can make their stock records confusing though so some don't do it.

Kesha said...

On Sunday I went and they were out of a product which I had coupons for, the lady said she could staple my coupons to the back of the rain check and that the store would accept them EVEN after they expired if they were stapled to the back. I thought this was odd, but I think it's pretty awesome!

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Kesha, for sharing. Some stores do that. My store no longer does and I had read that CVS was not going to do this any longer--but perhaps it is a by the store option.

Debbie said...

My local CVS said they'd accept the coupon for the raincheck as long as the coupon is stapled to the raincheck. So they did that (it was going to expire) and wrote on the raincheck to accept the coupon. It could be just my store, but I would think they have a limit on how long the coupon could be accepted, luckily mine was within a month or so of the raincheck date.It never hurts to ask!

Cheryl said...

Great advice, Debbie. I often would talk with my manager and say "I read on a couponing site online that '......' and she'd say, well, let's try it, or I'll find out if we can do that."

nicole said...

my store told me the same thing : staple the coupon to te rein check and you can still use it after it expires

kim said...

If I received a rain check from a store that was out of a product but later found it at another cvs, does this mean I won't be able to get the deal and ecb a second time? Are the rain checks linked to your card, or how would that work?

Cheryl said...

Kim, technically they are not linked to your card--but if the code is still in the system for the r.c. deal it may notice you got them. The codes do not stay in for very long. Rain checks are issued, tho, of course, for you to be able to get the deal and if you were able to get it during the week, the rain check is no longer necessary if the limit was one per customer for the deal.