September 7, 2012
First, let’s talk about Publix rain checks. Remember, Publix will gladly issue you a rain check if the product advertised is not in stock when you shop. This is great as it helps to make sure you get your deal without having to constantly keep checking the store.
Many folks want to know about coupons and rain checks. You can use a coupon on a rain check. If you get a rain check and the coupon you had wanted to use expires by the time Publix gets the items back in stock, you can still use that manufacturer’s coupon.
From the Publix coupon policy Q&A page:
Q: What if I have a rain check and a coupon for an item, but the coupon is now expired, though it was valid on the date the rain check was issued. Can I still use the coupon on the item?
A: Yes, Publix will accept the coupon that was valid on the date the rain check was issued.
Now, you will have to ask your store about using store coupons that have expired. At my store they only allow expired manufacturer’s coupons to be used with the raincheck. I know some folks are not thrilled by this – but there is so much abuse of rain checks that they have to draw the line somewhere. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use rain checks to ‘extend’ a sale in case a better coupon comes along…Publix offers rain checks as a courtesy and we don’t want to knowingly abuse their policies.
Even though your local Target may not enforce this policy, you should abide by the wording at Publix. Again, Publix accepts competitor coupons as a courtesy. Abuse of the privilege could at some point lead to it being taken away…and none of us wants that- right?
I happened to run into a Publix that was not my usual store. I sat and watched a woman use at least 10 Target Lunchable coupons in one transaction and I just wanted to scream!! It was quite clear the woman was attempting to be devious as she did not stack the coupons together. She interspersed the coupons throughout the pile to avoid drawing attention to the fact that she had so many.
Now, I know many will say that the cashier should have stopped her. I believe that we are responsible for making sure we use the coupons correctly. Had that cashier stopped to match every coupon to every item, the customer would have been irate as would all of the customers behind the couponer. Purposely doing something that is against the policy is cheating. Whether the cashier allowed it, or if the register allowed it or whatever –it is still wrong!
We all make mistakes and errors happen. Purposely trying to cheat the system or bend the rules may not impact you today, but it just might down the road.
I would love to hear what you guys think. I know some of you will have other things to add – let’s hear it. (Just keep it nice )