Friday, November 11, 2011

If Your CVS is Out of Stock Ask for A Rain Check ~ They Often Come in Handy for Even Better Deals

This is a post I published quite some time ago, but many new CVS shoppers are now reading Simply CVS and I find many of them do not know that Rain Checks are available, so I thought I would re-post it.  It not only gives information about the availability of rain checks, but it shows how they can come in handy for even better deals later on.

Originally published 7/2010.

CVS deals depend on sales, extra bucks and coupons.  But what about when you stop by ready for a great deal and the stock is out?  Don't walk away empty handed--ask for a rain check.  CVS offers rain checks for
all sale items that are not otherwise noted in the ad as seasonal or limited to stock on hand.  A little over a year ago they changed the rain checks to include a code for the extra buck deal--so even if you have an extra buck deal on your shopping list that you find is out of stock, no problem, you can still get the deal when the store has stock again.  And the number one great thing about them:  they NEVER expire!

This week I had a $5/40 CVS coupon that I wanted to use, but to get up to that $40, keeping the out of pocket cash cost down and still get extra bucks back so as not to deplete my extra buck stash looked grim.  So I pulled out my rain checks (which are getting very few, because I keep using them in this way because the deals have been slim at CVS lately).  I found one that was about a year and a half old for this extra buck deal:

Right Guard or Dry Idea
2/$5 get $3 extra bucks back
Limit 3

A great one!  Loved those older limits--always more than 1.  Anyways, I had seen printables for $3/2 and $1/1 Right Guard and printed some in readiness for my Monday shopping trip.  Then on Sunday there was a coupon for Buy one get one free Right Guard or Dry Idea--even better.  I could combine the $1/1 and the B1G1 on 2 and use two of the $3/2 coupons on the other two sets of two.  This deal became a money maker for me.  Here is my transaction:

5 -- Right Guard
1 -- Dry Idea

All at 2/$5 so $15 total.
Used the following coupons:  2 -- $3/2, 1--$1/1, and 1 B1G1 ($2.50) so $9.50 total.
My subtotal was $5.50 which I paid with extra bucks.
I received a $9 extra buck back.
I "made" $3.50 on the deal (in additional extra bucks--not cash) and also was able to save another $5 on the rest of my order by getting up to $40 and using that $5/40 coupon.

Once I learned the value of rain checks, and to not be anxious to use them, but patiently await great coupons to combine with them, I have been able to save even more while shopping at CVS.

So you don't have to be disappointed when your CVS is out of stock--just request a rain check.


dominos coupond codes said...

thank you for re-posting this useful tip Cheryl. i haven't read it till now. :)

Anonymous said...

One other good way to use a rain check is to get one, then check back later in that store or another store, if it is back in stock, buy it on sale and then use the rain check later on when the sale is over.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Anon, since extra bucks are limited per card you couldn't use the rain checks if they have extra bucks attached to the deal.

morgan_hatcher said...

Thanks so much for this! I got a rain check on Friday for the Smuckers/Jif EB deal...after I had gone to three CVS stores to find it!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

so glad to hear that, Morgan, thanks for letting me know.

Heather D said...

Hi, thank you so much for all the great info. I just wanted to know (since I am new to all of this) Can I use a CVS raincheck at a different location than the one it was issued at? Thank you for your help.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Yes, Heather, you can. And they never expire. Welcome to CVSing! Ask anytime you need to know.