The majority of the time I am shopping, the sale item I want is on the shelf or another store has it so its a rarity that I request a rain check. When an item is sold out at the store, you can oftentimes request a rain check which is a slip that promises you the sale price when it is restocked. I have never redeemed the few rain checks that I have requested, except for today.
Last month, Target had Oral-B replacement heads on sale for $3.00. That is a phenomenal deal since the store sells it regularly for $31.29. Yes, you read that correct. That's an enormous price difference. The deal was too good to be true so it was sold out everywhere. I gave up and requested a rain check.
They finally restocked the shelves this week so I used my rain check to cash in on my deal. It was such a cinch. Purchase the item, show them your rain check receipt, instant savings!
I had a rain check for 5 3-packs. Instead of spending $169.36 (cost with tax), I only paid $15.43. I ended up paying only $2.75 for each pack since I have a Target Visa card. This is a perfect example of how a rain check can save you a whole lotta money.
Now you must be thinking the replacement heads price is insane. I generally do not buy them at Target, but rather at Costco since they are about $36.99 for a 7 pack. Generally twice a year, they'll also have a $7 coupon bringing it down to $29.99. Each toothbrush head comes out to about $4.28 which is a lot cheaper than Target's price of $10.43, but it certainly doesn't top my rain check price of only 92 cents each. Crazy huh? Let's just say I'll be smiling every time I brush my teeth now :)