Don’t Forget To Take A Rain Check
No one likes to see an out-of-stock sign but if it happens have no fear you may still be able to get your hands on a good sale price. Some people call it rain check or rain cheque or even raincheck but they all have the same meaning in the end. I’m not clear why there are so many ways to spell it but for the sake of this post I will call it a rain check.
Rain check definition
If you tell someone, “Could I take a rain check” that simply means that you would like to do it some other time or in the case of shopping get it another time. The difference being that in most cases the product is out-of-stock and you want the sale price when it gets re-stocked.
Rain Check Sample
What is a rain check?
I had no idea about a rain check when I moved to Canada and I’ve quickly learned I’m not the only one. Many people are not aware that when a product that is on sale in the weekly flyer is out-of-stock, unless otherwise indicated “while supplies last” that you can get a rain check, if offered by the store.
Essentially if you are someone who likes to plan your grocery shop around the flyer special of the week you have probably run into the ‘out-of-stock’ crisis that most grocery stores go through when a good sale is on.
Many people tend to get frustrated and even upset when a store is out of a product that is on sale but for some people it is to their benefit. Let’s say that the eggs are on sale for $1.99 but you already have a dozen at home. Unless you plan to freeze eggs and the sale would be a bigger benefit to you then you likely won’t need any more for the moment.
If by chance you are in the store and notice they are out-of-stock you can ask for a rain check. In many cases the rain check is good for up to 30 days or as indicated. That means by the time you finish your egg stock at home you can get them on sale with your rain check. Most often the product is no longer on sale but you reap the rewards since you asked for a rain check.
How do I get a rain check?
Typically, If the product I have on my grocery list is out-of-stock I go to customer service to ask if they will honour the product by providing me with a rain cheque. Some stores might not offer a rain check so if you are not sure if you can get a rain check it’s worth the shot to just ask. In the long run it will save you money in your grocery budget or other categories in your budget depending on what the rain check is for. Worse case scenario if no rain check is offered you can price match at a store that offers price matching to get the same deal.
What does a rain check look like?
It’s not an actual cheque, it simply states what product you were looking for, any size descriptions, how many you want to purchase, date you were looking and the sale price. Each store that offers a rain cheque has its own provisions.
For example, a rain cheque that I picked up at Shoppers Drug Mart because they had run out-of-stock for eggs which are on sale this week for $1.99 is good for 30 days. I can get up to 4 cartons of eggs for the $1.99 sale price with my rain check.
In most cases if it’s a sale item they are only temporarily out-of-stock until the next truck delivery. You might also see an empty space where the sale item was supposed to be with a sign that reads “currently out-of-stock which does happen if it’s a great sale and they didn’t order enough product.
So, if I go back in tomorrow and the eggs are in stock I can still get them on sale PLUS I have a rain check for the next 30 days to pick up 4 more dozen eggs even if they are not on sale. I will still reap the rewards of the sale price.
Since Shoppers Drug Mart introduced their new cash register system they are now able to print off a raincheck (Canadian Tires and Shoppers Drug Mart spell it as one word) right on the cash register tape. It looks as if you are getting a receipt when in fact it’s a rain check.
I also went to Canadian Tire to pick up a UV lamp which rarely goes on sale so I wanted to get 2 or 3 of them. Well, they only had 1 in stock so I asked the lady at customer service if I could get a rain check.
On the rain check it states that the rain check is valid 30 days from the date of issue. That only means I have to make sure I go back in or call to check and see if the product has arrived so I can get the sale price of $34.99. Typically, if the product still has not been re-stocked they will re-issue any rain checks.
I don’t think I’ve had any problems at any store where they have issued me a rain check and if the product had not arrived where they would turn me away for an updated rain cheque.
Do you get a rain check when a product that is on sale is out-of-stock?
Did I miss anything else out about rain checks that you can add for our readers?
July grocery game recap
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Grocery saving tips
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- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Really Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
- 2 x Astro Yogurt Balkan Sale $1.44
- 1 x bags $3.49
- 1 x Comet spray $1.00-50%=$0.50
- 5 x Excel Gum Sale $2.00
- 4 x Redpath Sugar Sale $1.44
- 1 x celery PM Freshco Sale $1.00
- 2 x Windsor Saver Salt $4.98-buy 2 save $2.00 coupon
- Fresh Ginger $0.62
- 1 x Iceberg Lettuce Sale $0.77
- 1 x lettuce Sale $0.67
- 2 x Ryvita $2.48-50% =$1.24
- 10 x Limes Sale $1.67
- 2 x mushrooms sale $1.77
- 3 pks of Rooster Garlic Sale $0.99 for all 3 packs
Total Out Of Pocket $49.54
- 3 x Liberte Greek Yogurt Reg $4.39-50%-$1.00 = $1.19
- 1 x Flaxseed PC Organic Milled- SCOP
- 1 x Flaxseed PC Organic Whole- SCOP
- 3 x Tre Stelle Ricotta Reg $5.49-50% = $2.74
- 5 x Aussie Conditioner Sale $1.50 (stockpile)
- 2 x Pantene Conditioner 675ml Reg $9.98 Sale $4.00 (stockpile)
Total Out Of Pocket: $28.90- $18.08 stockpile $10.82
- Krinos Feta $13.99
- Zinda Cous-Cous Reg $3.49 Sale $2.49
- Marc Angelo Lean Turkey Sausages Reg $4.49-30%= $3.14
- Lactancia Cream Reg $3.49 Sale $2.49-$0.75 coupon
Total Out of Pocket $26.58
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
- Total Budget For July: $235.00- $52.25 (over-spend in June)= $182.75 to spend in July.
- Total Coupons Used this Week : $8.00
- Total Discounts this Week: $5.93 + 2 SCOP
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $18.08
- Total Spent This Week: $86.94
- Total Spent So Far for (July) $86.94
- Total Over/Under spend this shop: $n/a
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (July): $n/a
- Total Left to Spend for the Month: $95.81
- Total Coupons Used This Month:$8.00
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $n/a
- Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01=$1306.77
- Rendezvous Account: $65.38 This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and I.
Weekly Overview: We had a big shop this week but we picked up some great deals that helped us stock up on a few items. Since we have a limited budget again for the month of July it’s so important that we stay on track the best we can. I hope we can do this.
Canadian coupons found in July
Frequently Asked Questions
Grocery Game Challenge RULES….. Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop? No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops only to win a monthly prize. We have a few players from around the world.
- When does the Grocery Game Close each month? The Grocery Game Challenge Closes at Midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry? Yes our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any more. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
- Where can I find Canadian Coupons? Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? You can find all your store coupon policies here. If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?– I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I don’t need to buy this or that. You may also substitute items in order to stick to your budget to make it work. Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do and this is why the grocery game challenge was created.
If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn just where you are spending, how much you are spending and what you are saving. You’ve made a wise decision.
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