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Reducing chances of receiving a rain check

dfox • Nov 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM

In this column, I would like to give you some tips on how to minimize your chances of bringing home the rain check and increase your chances of bringing home the bargain.

More and more people are learning the value of the coupon and its ability to save the consumer thousands of dollars a year. Obviously, with this increased awareness we will see stores adjusting their inventory stockpile as well. However, this may take a little time. As couponers, we generally began to see the patterns of repetitive items razors, Ziploc bags, cereals, crackers, etc… Store managers will also begin to see these patterns as more couponers shop their stores. We must remember that stores want to be sure they will sell the item before they buy it. If it remains on their shelves, it often costs them money. Manufacturers do not generally buy back overstock. Returning products means postage and handling expense for the manufacturer. 

What generally happens is what we they call “markdown money.” Manufacturers will often pay the retailer to mark the product down as opposed to returning it. Generally the markdown allowance is a percent off the wholesale price. It is also a way of keeping a proper amount of inventory on the shelves. 

Many times the markdown money is credited to the retailers account toward future orders. This means it is not immediately received by the store until they place another order with that company. 

Now you can understand why the store cautiously regards their buying tendencies. However, as I stated before, as they become aware of the repetitive couponers’ buying patterns, they will increase their supply.

But, what is a couponer to do until that happens to get the deal? Let’s look at a few strategies that could prove to be helpful.

Shop early. This tip does not come with guarantees, but it does increase your chance of getting the deal before the shelves are empty. You will want to be sure and shop day one or two of the sale week.

“She ariseth also while it is yet night and giveth meat to her household,” Proverbs 31:15.

Now, I am not suggesting you go shopping in the middle of the night, in case you were wondering.

Ask the manager when they are expecting their next shipment. Most stores will receive another shipment of sale items mid week. Be sure and ask when it will be out on the shelves. Don’t just show up. It often is not unpacked until mid-day.

“Ye have not, because ye ask not,” James 4:26.

Ask the store manager if you can place an order. Some stores are happy to place orders for customers on coupon deal items. This often assures them you will not be clearing off the shelves and saves them the trouble of dealing with a rain check. You will need to ask to be sure they do this. Some stores do and some don’t.

“Ask and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find…” Matthew 7:7.

Remember to buy like you would want the person who arrived before you to buy. Easy does it. We are all part of the couponing family.

“Families don’t do this sort of thing…you can’t act this way with what God gave us. Share and share alike,” 1 Samuel 30:23-25.

Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children, including four entrepreneurs, ordained minister, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, television host, empowerment coach and bestselling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship,” “Single Steps In A Married World” and “Changing Your Life Through Couponing Financial Empowerment Series.” Contact Ann at ann@annhaney.com to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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