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If a sale item is out of stock, don't worry. Most stores will offer rain checks when items have run out, but you need to remember to ask. For those that aren't familiar with these, rain checks are a paper “promise” to honor a specific price on an item when the stock is replenished. A rain check normally lists your name, some personal information, the name of the item, the advertised price, quantity of items requested, and an expiration date.