How frustrating isn’t it! I know for me, I have a certain amount of time to run around like crazy, getting to my appointments and getting my errands done before I have to get home to get the kids. I’m sure I’m speaking for many of you! It used to drive me crazy when I’d have my list and over 50% of the things I was running out for were out of stock. Rain checks are the answer for that, but it was still frustrating. To get a rain check you just go to the customer service and they’ll fill them out for you. Typically, it gives you a 30 day window to go back and get your items.
At times the store may limit you on how many items on your rain checks. For instance, when the Go-cup Nabisco crackers were on sale, I wanted 21 of them. I had 7 coupons. The coupon was $3 off of 3. They told me I could only get 10 cups. I politely stood my ground and said that I was sorry, but that’s unacceptable. I have a family of 6. I was shopping this evening with intentions of getting 5 cups per child. That would only be 5 days of school lunches. Now, you’re telling me I’ll have enough for only 2 days? That just didn’t seem right. The manager agreed with me and gave me 2 rain checks understanding where I was coming from.(and this store was a store that usually didn’t budge on coupon situations.) Certainly, we have to understand where they are coming from as well. There are people who will just buy a car load full of the same thing because it was fun to get something for free. We’re not like that and we do not teach anything like that!
Now I have my rain checks and next week comes along and it seems like the same thing happened for the next sale in all the stores; 50% of the items on my list are out of stock. I use my rain checks on the items that I had to get last week and I’m up at the service desk getting more rain checks for this week. Basically, I begin to see that I’m falling into a pattern and it’s not all that bad.
This past Monday that is exactly what I did. I had done hardly any shopping since before Christmas and it was time for me to get back into it. Monday I made a day of it but usually it’s just one or two stores I have to hit. Almost all my shopping was rain check shopping. I’m not kidding! I went to Market Basket with several rain checks. Then I went to Rite Aid with several rain checks. Then I ran into Stop and Shop just to get my 12 containers of Welch’s Juice for $.50 each. Then I ran into CVS to get my 4 packages of floss sticks. Then I ran into Shaw’s with several rain checks. My Suburban was filled with groceries and toiletries and my house is all stocked up again.
But, really, it is almost a fact that because I’m not one to run out the first day to get the deal, I know I’m going in to just get rain checks. I’ll get those deals the following week. I’m usually one week behind. Funny thing is, when I went to Rite Aid, I got my rain check items and didn’t even look for the KY because I figured it being a money maker there wasn’t any. I was right LOL. So, yes, some days I’m just walking up to the desk asking for a rain check and walking back out.
I do keep my rain checks very organized. I will take whatever coupons I have to go with them and staple them with the rain check. Only once did my coupons expire before the items came in and the store volunteered to take it on their own. They said it wasn’t my fault the item wasn’t in and they would still honor the coupon.
I will be honest with you, this is another time where you have to change your way of thinking. My thinking is I’m shopping a week behind. Sometimes with a drug store, it’s two weeks behind depending on what day I’m shopping. It’s as simple as that, we’re just picking up our items a week later. It doesn’t take long to get into the routine. Actually, it takes the stress off of having to run out there. I think shopping is bad enough, I’d rather pay Alice to shop for me LOL, never mind me having to run out first day of the sale before sunrise! This way is at my convenience. I still get my items, I still get the sale, I still use my coupons, I still get the reward money, just a little later. The reality is, it’s only going to be one week walking in getting nothing but rain checks. The next week you’ll walk in, get items and new rain checks.