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CVS Gives Rain Checks!!!

by Tara Kuczykowski on July 3, 2008 · 52 comments


Yeah, really, they do!!! Did you know this??? Color me clueless, but I sure didn't! I cannot even begin to convey my excitement over this, so let me scream it again. CVS gives RAIN CHECKS!!! Yes, they even give them on items that generate ECBs!

I discovered this little tidbit the other night when I was chatting with a manager at one of the stores I like to shop. I mentioned that I had only been able to purchase one bottle of the Huggies wash all month because every time I shopped they were completely out of stock. Imagine my surprise when she said very matter of factly, "Oh, well, I can give you a rain check for that. We can't generate the ExtraBucks for them once their promotional period is over, but we'll just fill in the price for how much the item would cost after your received them."

I'm telling you, you could have knocked me over with a feather at that moment. She graciously wrote me out a slip for four of the washes at $1.49 each, and I was able to redeem it for three of them this afternoon AND still use the coupons that I had planned to use previously! I was able to get a new slip for the one that I was still unable to purchase.

This works on the free after ECBs items as well. Both of my stores have been out of the Physician's Formula mascara all week. I simply asked the assistant manager that was ringing me out if I could please get a rain check for the item. She said, "Sure, no problem," and filled it right out. I can just take it in and redeem it for a free mascara when they receive more stock.

It's just mind boggling to think about all the deals I've missed out on because I just figured that I was out of luck if they were out of stock. Out of luck no more!

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gina July 4, 2008 at 12:48 am

I did not know this either! Of course, I am a relatively new CVS shopper, so there's a lot I'm still learning. Thanks for all your helpful info!

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2 Gina July 4, 2008 at 12:48 am

I did not know this either! Of course, I am a relatively new CVS shopper, so there's a lot I'm still learning. Thanks for all your helpful info!

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3 Andrea July 4, 2008 at 1:55 am

Yeah, isn't it great! Your manager sounds cooler than mine! Our manager will give us a rain check and puts the ECB amount on a CVS card. I'd rather have it FREE! But, since I don't spend a whole lot there, I can't be too picky :-)

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4 Andrea July 4, 2008 at 1:55 am

Yeah, isn't it great! Your manager sounds cooler than mine! Our manager will give us a rain check and puts the ECB amount on a CVS card. I'd rather have it FREE! But, since I don't spend a whole lot there, I can't be too picky :-)

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5 Cathy July 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

What CVS do you go to that does this? I am in Columbus as well.

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6 Cathy July 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

What CVS do you go to that does this? I am in Columbus as well.

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7 Tara July 6, 2008 at 4:57 am

You're welcome, Gina!

That's a good point, Andrea. I haven't actually redeemed a free after ECBs rain check yet, so I'll be sure to update when I do. But they did deduct the amount of the ECBs on the Huggies wash instead of putting it on a money card.

Hi, Cathy! I shop the Gender Road store in Canal Winchester and the Hill Road store in Pickerington. Where are you at in the Columbus area?

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8 Tara July 6, 2008 at 4:57 am

You're welcome, Gina!That's a good point, Andrea. I haven't actually redeemed a free after ECBs rain check yet, so I'll be sure to update when I do. But they did deduct the amount of the ECBs on the Huggies wash instead of putting it on a money card.Hi, Cathy! I shop the Gender Road store in Canal Winchester and the Hill Road store in Pickerington. Where are you at in the Columbus area?

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9 Cathy July 6, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I'm in the Bexley area. We have several great stores near me. I have never asked for a rain check though. Thankfully, not many people play the game around here . . .I usually have plenty of stock!

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10 Cathy July 6, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I'm in the Bexley area. We have several great stores near me. I have never asked for a rain check though. Thankfully, not many people play the game around here . . .I usually have plenty of stock!

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11 Mary December 26, 2008 at 2:51 am

The won't let me get the item for free only the price prior to the ECB. I asked at 2 locations. I wonder what the corporate policy is....

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12 Mary December 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm

The won't let me get the item for free only the price prior to the ECB. I asked at 2 locations. I wonder what the corporate policy is....

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13 Shannon February 13, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I am still waiting for the Throat Coolers to come in since I have a raincheck.

Shannon´s last blog post..Free Onesie w/Free Shipping From Pampers Gifts to Grow

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14 Shannon February 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I am still waiting for the Throat Coolers to come in since I have a raincheck.

Shannon´s last blog post..Free Onesie w/Free Shipping From Pampers Gifts to Grow

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15 Jennifer March 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I am new to the drugstore thing but i was reading on CVS website and it said ECB's will print out every 3 months. Can I go sign up for ECB's and begin receiving them that day?

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16 Jennifer March 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I am new to the drugstore thing but i was reading on CVS website and it said ECB's will print out every 3 months. Can I go sign up for ECB's and begin receiving them that day?

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17 Deal Seeking Mom March 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Jennifer, that's for the quarterly ECBs. The weekly and monthly ECB offerings will print out immediately when you purchase the required items.

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18 Deal Seeking Mom March 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Jennifer, that's for the quarterly ECBs. The weekly and monthly ECB offerings will print out immediately when you purchase the required items.

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19 Randy June 4, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Not only women use this, I am 48, male and just quite my job to go back to school so every item I can get a deal on I'm there.

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20 Randy June 4, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Not only women use this, I am 48, male and just quite my job to go back to school so every item I can get a deal on I'm there.

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21 Tara Kuczykowski June 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm

You are so right, Randy. I'm always pleasantly surprised by the number of male readers I have that coupon. Good for you! Now I need to work on my husband a little more . . .

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22 Tara Kuczykowski June 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

You are so right, Randy. I'm always pleasantly surprised by the number of male readers I have that coupon. Good for you! Now I need to work on my husband a little more . . .

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23 Lisa June 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

There are new rainchecks now. They can enter in a code to manually print Extra Bucks after the sale. So, there is a spot on the raincheck for the ECB code so that they can charge you the sale price when you turn in the raincheck and then print you your ECB coupon.

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24 Lisa June 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

There are new rainchecks now. They can enter in a code to manually print Extra Bucks after the sale. So, there is a spot on the raincheck for the ECB code so that they can charge you the sale price when you turn in the raincheck and then print you your ECB coupon.

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25 Laura July 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Love the rain checks! Both stores in my area were out of the tape and pencils/sharpeners that are free after ECBs this week. I got a raincheck for the tape at the first store and a raincheck for the pencils/sharpeners at the second store. The rainchecks were two different versions of the same form... it looks like one form was created back in 2007 and another was created in 01/2009. Both have spots to write in the current price and the sale price, but only the 01/2009 form has a spot for the ECB code that Lisa is referring to. The store with the older form simply wrote "FREE after ECBs" under the sale price, so I'm curious to see if that store will simply give me the items for free, or if they will have me pay the $1.49 for the tape first and then either load a CVS gift card or manually print out the ECBs. Will post again when I redeem them!

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26 Laura July 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Love the rain checks! Both stores in my area were out of the tape and pencils/sharpeners that are free after ECBs this week. I got a raincheck for the tape at the first store and a raincheck for the pencils/sharpeners at the second store. The rainchecks were two different versions of the same form... it looks like one form was created back in 2007 and another was created in 01/2009. Both have spots to write in the current price and the sale price, but only the 01/2009 form has a spot for the ECB code that Lisa is referring to. The store with the older form simply wrote "FREE after ECBs" under the sale price, so I'm curious to see if that store will simply give me the items for free, or if they will have me pay the $1.49 for the tape first and then either load a CVS gift card or manually print out the ECBs. Will post again when I redeem them!

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27 Char July 12, 2009 at 1:55 am

Hello. What exactly is a raincheck? How does it work?? Could someone email me this info? froggy6983@yahoo.com

I am new to this great website an dnot sure I will be able to find this section again!

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28 Char July 12, 2009 at 1:55 am

Thanks to anyone who replies!

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29 Char July 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Hello. What exactly is a raincheck? How does it work?? Could someone email me this info? froggy6983@yahoo.com

I am new to this great website an dnot sure I will be able to find this section again!

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30 Char July 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Thanks to anyone who replies!

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31 Fran August 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I found out that 1 Kroger Store in the Perrysburg, Ohio area super doubles coupons all the time. They have been doing this for over a year. Where was I? Just that store only, because of all the grocery stores in a row. Their prices are not great, but if you watch the sale items and with super double, you can make out!

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32 Fran August 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I found out that 1 Kroger Store in the Perrysburg, Ohio area super doubles coupons all the time. They have been doing this for over a year. Where was I? Just that store only, because of all the grocery stores in a row. Their prices are not great, but if you watch the sale items and with super double, you can make out!

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33 carol lehman August 19, 2009 at 9:11 pm

My CVs store in Indiana told me they could not give raincheck for the free items I could just buy them at the end of the week when they came in on the truck but I would not get any extra bucks on them. Has anyone else been told this?

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34 carol lehman August 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm

My CVs store in Indiana told me they could not give raincheck for the free items I could just buy them at the end of the week when they came in on the truck but I would not get any extra bucks on them. Has anyone else been told this?

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35 Char August 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Carol- I have had multiple rainchecks fo rfree items, never had a problem EXCEPT this week with the bathrobes. Other than that, I never had a problem :) Call corporate office, maybe they can send you a letter or somehting saying they need ot do it and bring it into teh store. Worth a sdhot!!

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36 Char August 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Carol- I have had multiple rainchecks fo rfree items, never had a problem EXCEPT this week with the bathrobes. Other than that, I never had a problem :) Call corporate office, maybe they can send you a letter or somehting saying they need ot do it and bring it into teh store. Worth a sdhot!!

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37 Donnainohio October 28, 2009 at 9:39 am

Hi Tara, what's a raincheck?

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38 Donnainohio October 28, 2009 at 5:39 am

Hi Tara, what's a raincheck?

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39 Tara Kuczykowski October 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

It's a ticket that they fill out that will allow you to get the sale/promotional price of an item when it's back in stock if the sale/promotion has already ended.

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40 Tara Kuczykowski October 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

It's a ticket that they fill out that will allow you to get the sale/promotional price of an item when it's back in stock if the sale/promotion has already ended.

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41 Jennifer November 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

How can I get an ad from Kmart to pricematch?

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42 Jennifer November 11, 2009 at 9:30 am

How can I get an ad from Kmart to pricematch?

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43 Regina Clark December 4, 2009 at 1:50 am

Not only will the ECB's now print off a raincheck, but they never expire! So you can keep them until the price and coupon make the best deal!

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44 Regina Clark December 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Not only will the ECB's now print off a raincheck, but they never expire! So you can keep them until the price and coupon make the best deal!

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45 mandie April 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

i found this out just last night when i went to pick up my Huggies diapers! wow! amazing! truely amazing!!!!!!

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46 mandie April 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm

i found this out just last night when i went to pick up my Huggies diapers! wow! amazing! truely amazing!!!!!!

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47 Georgina April 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

What if ur coupon expires and u get a raincheck for the item? Example; Dove Deo is on sale 2morrow for .99 I have a coupon for $1 off but my coupon expires 2morrow. So what should I do in this situation?? Should I go 2 walmart and c if they will price match for the same item I have 30 coupons and I'm new 2 all this but I want 2 start my stockpile..lol...Help please...

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