Coles supermarket grocery hack: TikTok star shares tip to save big bucks at checkout in new viral video
A money expert has shared a little-known hack for saving big bucks on your weekly shop at Coles supermarkets.
Appearing on the The Australian Finance Podcast, TikTok savings guru Queenie Tan revealed how you can take hundreds off your checkout bill each year.
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Tan says using Coles’ “rainchecks” policy is a great way of taking advantage of specials all year round.
Coles offers rainchecks to customers if a reduced catalogue special is out of stock or unavailable.
Shoppers can then buy that item at the same low advertised price within 30 days of receiving the raincheck.
This service is only offered by Coles, with Woolworths abandoning the popular shopping service in 2020.
But while some customers may be aware of rainchecks, many others are not.
“Oh my gosh, I found the best hack the other day – I didn’t know about it before,” Tan said on the podcast, which was shared on the Rask Invest TikTok page.
“So Coles does this thing called rainchecks. Essentially what happens is it you see something that’s on sale – let’s say you buy almond milk and it’s on sale and it’s really cheap.
“And it’s so cheap that it’s completely sold out. And you’re like damn, you ran out of the almond milk and that’s a really great price.
“You can ask the staff for a rain cheque and so they’ll write on this little slip of paper what you’re looking to buy, the price it’s on same for. And the next time it’s in stock, you can actually bring in that little slip of paper and then buy it for that discounted price.
“So that’s a good hack if something’s run out and you need to get something on sale.”
TikTok fans were excited about the hack.
“This is the first time I’ve actually been taught what a raincheck is,” said one.
Another said: “I worked at Coles for five years and completely forgot about rainchecks!”
How Coles rainchecks work
A Coles spokesperson has explained how rainchecks work in a new statement.
“If a product is advertised in our weekly catalogue but unavailable, customers may ask for a raincheck,” the spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au.
“The raincheck then lets customers buy the item at the same advertised price within 30 days of receiving the rain check.
“Raincheck vouchers cannot be redeemed on tobacco and smoking products, gift cards (including third party), mobile phones, mobile phone accessories and pre-paid mobile phone services.
“In instances where the item is marked ‘while stocks last’ or ‘no rain checks’ we do not offer a rain check.”
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