Becoming Debt Free in 2009

December 8, 2008

Leftovers, Rainchecks, CVS

Filed under: Food,Frugal,Shopping — ambercouric @ 9:34 am
Tags: ,


As  I have said before, I’m not much of a leftover eater.  Neither are my boys.  My husband doesn’t  mind leftovers so what he doesn’t eat usually gets trashed.  Well, after looking in the fridge Friday, I decided I wasn’t going to cook until the leftovers were all gone.  So I have had a cook free weekend.  And after tonight there will be no more leftovers in the fridge.


I am probably the only person who had never asked for a raincheck at the grocery store.  If they are out of something I want then I just think I’ll get back in before the sale is over.  Usually I don’t remember when I’m back in the store.  Saturday, I asked for a raincheck for Birdseye Viola Pasta.  They were buy one get one free and these are easy to make when it is just the boys.  When the cashier asked how many I wanted I said 10.  I think it shocked her but I thought why not get extra.  This raincheck will save me $25 when they have it in stock.  I think I am going to try to take advantage of rainchecks more often.


At the beginning of this year I did the CVS Extra Care thing.  I was able to get a lot of stuff for free or nearly free.  I stopped in the summer because I had enough stuff.  When I was buying, I tried to stock up for a year.  I realized over the weekend a couple of the items that I stocked up on are running out.  So I will starting up with CVS again.  One thing I will not do this time is buy tons of candy even if it is free or nearly free.  The boys only need so many bags of M&M’s.  I’ll limit the toothpaste – I still have a ton left and have donated several bags.  So I am going to start shopping CVS again but will limit to what is needed.  Once I reach my year stockpile – I’ll probably stop again for several months.



  1. I also try to take advantage of rainchecks for sale items. In the past couple of years though, I have noticed a trend at the stores where I shop (in Canada). If the store is out of a sale item and I go to the customer service desk requesting a raincheck, they refuse to issue me a raincheck until the last day of the sale as there is a chance they may get more stock. This puts the onus on me to keep checking with the store (time and energy consuming) and then going back if the get more in.

    I suspect this is their way of trying to get away from issuing rainchecks without actually ceasing to issue them.

    Comment by Money Minder — December 8, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  2. I have never asked for a raincheck either. I’m proud you finally got one, maybe I should start too.

    I love leftovers, means I don’t have to cook.

    I haven’t stopped CVS’ing since March, but I try to limit my trips to once a week now and I’m leaning off anymore toothpaste too.

    Comment by cheryl — December 8, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  3. Hi there-I love the sound of rainchecks-I don’t think the UK supermarkets do this, mores the pity!

    Comment by sharon rose — December 8, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  4. I know what you mean about rainchecks, I’m one of the few that every asks for them. If they are out of something I usually just say ‘oh well’ and never think about asking for a raincheck.

    Comment by Budget Mama — December 8, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

  5. I’ve only asked for a raincheck once and they said no, you have to come back at the end of the sale. This was at costco, only a masochist goes to costco more than once a month. Needless to say I didn’t get back in time, err. We don’t have too many leftovers, with 4 dogs anything left on my plate rarely even makes it back to the kitchen.

    Comment by Miss M — December 8, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  6. I love leftovers. I ask for rainchecks but don’t always remember to use them before they expire. I’ve never done CVS, partially because I don’t use many “care” products but maybe there are more things to be had for free than that sort of thing. I mean, if I could get laundry detergent free, or cat litter, paper towels, tissue, that would be great. I wish I had more time to look into this.

    Comment by Mrs. Accountability — December 9, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  7. @Miss M: That’s horrible customer service, and from Costco!? I’m quite impressed with their customer service, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a bad experience with them. I also don’t shop there more than once a month. I would definitely have complained to the manager on that one!! My husband always tells them a number like 50. LOL. He will also ask them why they have to make a limit when there isn’t one while product is on sale. I don’t know why they have to put a limit it’s not like I’ve ever seen them keeping track of how many rainchecks they give out.

    Comment by Mrs. Accountability — December 9, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  8. Thanks for a reminder on this. I think the supermarket I use here in the UK does this and I never think to ask.

    Comment by Laura @ no more spending — December 10, 2008 @ 4:39 am

  9. I never even thought about rainchecks! And I always go out of my way to go to the stores with the best sales, only to find they are out of the products I want! Thanks for the reminder!

    Comment by Saver Queen — December 10, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  10. I’m totally into rainchecks. I get a bit irritated when I go to a store for a certain sale item and alas, it is out of stock.

    The major grocery chains where I live do rainchecks gladly and easily – regardless of how many more days of the sale are left. All except for one store have no expiration date on the rain cks.

    I admit though, I dont do this for items I dont need right then and will be going on sale again within the month. For superduper sales I definitely make the effort to obtain one (like large boxes of name brand cereal being 2/$4 – that is a HUGE sale).

    Oh, I didnt notice though, drug stores like CVS and whatnot take way too much effort in obtaining a rain check so I dont bother (the cashier has to call the manager from the back and he/she carefully anaylzes what the advertised sale is then painstakeningly write up a long detailed rain ck….)

    Comment by FW — January 6, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: