Stores often advertise a great sale and then only have a limited quantity in stock. If your store allows it, get a raincheck. A raincheck allows you to pick up the item at the sale price when more stock arrives.
Some stores are great with rainchecks and others note in the ad that no rainchecks will be given. Rainchecks at CVS never expire which can work to your advantage many times. At other stores rainchecks expires after 30 to 90 days. If an item is out of stock, it never hurts to ask for a raincheck. Once you receive your raincheck make a note on whether it expires or not.
I also like to staple the picture of the advertised deal to the raincheck. On occasion I have had issues with redeeming a raincheck. This was due to the lack of information written on the raincheck by the cashier. The little cut out of the ad will help identify the product and the deal. Plus if you are a visual person it will help you remember what the raincheck was for!
In this case with my CVS rainchecks, I will hold out on redeeming them. Since I do not need the items I will make them work to my advantage. I will redeem them when I have expiring extra bucks that I need to roll and there are no other good deals.
Just getting started with coupons? Make sure you read the other Couponing 101 posts.
What is your experience with rainchecks? Do you bother asking for them?