I have heard from lots of people how frustrating it is to read about all of these good deals, and then when you go to the store, they are out of the really good stuff. I can tell you this-GET A RAINCHECK. I actually don’t mind at all getting a raincheck, because then there is not this URGENCY that I have to hurry up and get a deal before they run out. There are some deals that are like that, but the more you start stocking up, the less you need things. Most of the time, I wait until Saturday to do my shopping. Yes, most places are oout of the really HOT coupon items, but I buy the items I had rainchecks for from the weeks before, and get my rainchecks for later. Often, the stores have restocked by Saturday and they have the items again. Sometimes, even if it is an item I do not want, I get a raincheck anyways because there might be a really good coupon for it by the time it is back in stock!
Here are the raincheck policies for each of these stores CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens..
CVS will give you a raincheck for their in ad sale items. They will also give you a raincheck for their Extra Bucks. CVS Rainchecks never expire, so you can use them anytime after the sale (Just remember to use it before your coupons expire!)
So if you go in there and they don’t have it, ask for a raincheck and you can go back and get it any time you want!
Sometimes if I don’t make it to a store in the beginning of the week, I stop by on Saturday and just get rainchecks for the items they are out of. Sometiems a better coupon comes along.
Rite Aid will give you a raincheck for their sale items as well. They try to encourage you to come back on Friday when they get their next shipment in, but I just tell them I might not be able to do that. They will give you a raincheck with the ad price with the amount of +Up Rewards you should get for the purchase.
Then when you redeem your raincheck, they lower the price of the item by the amount of the +Up Rewards! In most cases, this works out better because you spend less out of pocket, the downside is you do not get any +Up Rewards for later.
1-800-RITE-AID is their phone number and they can answer any questions you have as well.
Walgreens is my LEAST favorint store. They rarely have all the items they have advertised in stock, and they do NOT raincheck their Register Rewards. They will only raincheck their sale price. So, if you really want something at Walgreens, you have to get there early on Sunday or find one that stocks up on sale items (let me know if you ever found one!)