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Great use of raincheck - $1 Planters peanut butter!

Posted July 26, 2012


Here's an example of why getting rainchecks makes good sense. If the store is out of a sale product that you use, don't get upset - get a raincheck! If you are not familiar with how rainchecks work, read on!

Last winter, when we all realized that peanut butter prices were about to increase substantially, I began to stock up it. My husband LOVES peanut butter and eats it every day!  At that time, with good use of sales and coupons, I could regularly find a 16 -18 oz jar of peanut butter for $1 or less.

Since the peanut butter price hikes began in December, we have been lucky to get it on sale for $1.50 these days (including generic brands). Actually, Food Lion has the Planters peanut butter, 16.3 oz.size on sale for $2.50 through 7/31. If you use the $1 coupon for any Planters product from 6/24 SS the total is $1.50 – a decent price.

I realized this week that we were down to our last couple jars of peanut butter and we had already run out of crunchy PB (oh the horror), so it was time to find a deal. 

The Food Lion deal was good, but I found a better one.

Months ago, Harris Teeter ran a sale that allowed you to get 5 participating products for $8 ($1.60 each). Planters peanut butter was included. When I went to the store, they were out of the peanut butter, so I asked for a raincheck at customer service.

If you are new to rainchecks, they are a piece of paper (as seen in the second picture above) that indicates the product name, size and sale price. It also indicates how many you can get at the sale price, which is usually around 3 or 4. In this case, the sale was 5 for $8 so I was able to get 5 at the sale price.

In addition to the raincheck, I had 3 of the $1 coupons for any Planters product from the 6/24 SS insert. That brought my total to 5 jars for $5, making them $1.00 each. As you can see from the picture above, the regular price of this peanut butter is $3.85, so paying $1 each is definitely a good score! Now we have crunchy peanut butter for my hubby and some for the food bank!

So, my point with that rather wordy story is that it pays to get rainchecks when items you use are on sale and out of stock. I get rainchecks for everything from chicken to strawberries to toothpaste.

Here is some additional information about rainchecks:

Rainchecks from Lowes Foods and Kroger expire in 30 days.

Rainchecks from Harris Teeter and Food Lion do not expire.

You can use rainchecks with coupons.

I recommend that you give any rainchecks to the cashier before she/he begins scanning your products. Most stores need to process the raincheck before they ring up the item.

Do you have any deals you have found lately using a raincheck?


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  • ctomblin Jul 26, 2012

    I frequently get rain checks for the buy 2 get 3 free items at Harris Teeter. Those items are usually marked at the highest price you can find them for when they are on sale B2G3. Then I use them later when the item is on sale and even if I don't have a coupon, I get a better deal.

  • soojmagooj Jul 26, 2012

    Jdouglas, I'm like you - sometimes, I'm actually disappointed when something is in stock, because then I can't get a rc for it! Case in point - Smart Balance milk, which my family loves. When it went down to $2.50 a carton a while back, I went to HT every day, hoping that it would be out of stock (I can walk to HT, so I got in some exercise, too - added bonus) and collected a bunch of rc's. Using coupons, I was able to buy SB milk for $1 a carton for months afterwards. The customer service manager got to know me pretty well :-) He didn't have a problem w me collecting rc's like that as long as I only picked up one rc per day.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 26, 2012

    My spouse and I joke that we need to go out shopping for rainchecks as there are a few stores we shop at that always run out of stock on the best deals. Sometimes I'd rather get the raincheck than the actual item at the time it's on sale so I can use it when I have a coupon to go with it.

    I'm not fond of RCs that have an expiration date, so I don't bother with those, but HT, FL, CVS, and Walgreens all have no expiration RCs.

    I think I've mentioned before my method of coupon organization includes a spreadsheet with the details of my coupon inventory. Included on this same spreadsheet is a list of all my rainchecks as well. Having this makes it easier for me to see what deals I can put together. My last RC/coupon deal got me 4 boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats (the only cereal my spouse likes) for $1 each. The other was for 2 of the 6 big roll pkgs of Sparkle paper towels which I got for $2.99 each. :)

  • Oxymoron02 Jul 26, 2012

    It is worth mentioning, also, that rainchecks at CVS and Walgreens do not expire either. Rite Aid rainchecks expire in 30 days.

    norriscarrie, CVS can force an ECB. Some Rite Aids will reduce the cost of a +UP RC item, some will issue a merchandise credit for the +UP, most don't really know what to do with them. Walgreens mostly you're out of luck.

  • norriscarrie22 Jul 26, 2012

    just remember, at CVS, WALGREENS, and RITE AID if you get a raincheck, the final price includes an ecb, rr or ups but YOU DON'T GET ANY TO ROLL FOR THE NEXT WEEK! :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 26, 2012

    Great job on using your rainchecks, everyone!

    chipper, I agree with YOLO that it is a 4 package limit (not 4 lbs). I guess you'll have to see how the store interprets it - but I would say they mean 4 packs.

    thrift - that's a great question and one I can't answer with certainty. I kind of hit and miss when it comes to when to use a coupon. If HT does triples the first week of August (as some rumors are indicating) then they will not have super doubles again in August and the coupon will expire. If I were you, I would wait to see what the August event is (triples or SD) and if it is triples, use the raincheck and coupons before 8/31 to get them for $1 each.

  • couponmom Jul 26, 2012

    I just used a rain check yesterday at CVS on the CVS Tissue for $0.88 two weeks ago.

  • LAXMom12 Jul 26, 2012

    I learn something all the time on the blog....I did not even connect that coupon with the peanut butter....Thanks Faye!

  • thrift Jul 26, 2012

    Thanks, Faye. I have this same raincheck! I just ordered planter's coupons off ebay (10 1.00 q's for 1.45 exp 8/31). I'm thinking of saving them for HT's next super doubles....what do you think? Or should I use them now? My hubby eats pb everyday, too!

  • promethazine codeine lover Jul 26, 2012

    @chipper, I think it meant to be for the (4) packs ... but wait for others to confirm it :P