Learn the Coupon Lingo

When traveling, it is helpful to understand the local lingo to communicate and find your way around. Likewise, in extreme couponing, there is a list of terminology that beginners should be aware of in order to understand how to make the most of their coupons for maximize savings prior to putting them to practice.

I’ve listed common coupon terms and abbreviations in alphabetical order for easy reference:

BOGO or B1G1: Buy One Get One Free

B2G1 or B2GO: Buy 2 to get one free

Blinkie: Machine with a flashing light that spits out coupons

Brick: Printable Coupon

Catalina Machine: A marketing tool that manufacturers use as an incentive to shop

CAT: A coupon that prints from a Catalina machine.  These coupons are good on your next purchase.  Mostly found at Walgreens and grocery stores.

CC: Competitors Coupons

CPN: Coupon

CRT: Cash Register Tape CRT (You get coupons on the bottom of you cash register tape in some stores)

Double: When the store doubles the face value of the coupon

DND: Do Not Double

DNT: Do Not Triple

ECB: Extra Care Bucks (CVS Stores)

E-Coupons: Electronic Coupons downloaded to cell phones or Loyalty Card

ES: Easy Saver (a rebate booklet)

EX or Exp: Expiration date

FAR: Free After Rebate

Free Item Coupon: Coupon that makes the item absolutely FREE

GM: General Mills coupon insert found in most Sunday papers

HOT: Hot deal or hot coupon

Inserts: Loose coupon booklets found in the Sunday paper

IP: Internet Printable Coupon

IVC: Instant Value Coupons (found in Walgreen’s rebate booklet)

MIR: Mail In Rebate (For a check to be sent, you need to mail proof of purchase and the UPC code)

MFR or MQ: Manufacturer’s Coupon

NED: No expiration date

OAS: On any size (Some coupons specify the size product to Buy, e.g. 200g packet, while some don’t)

OOP: Out of Pocket

OOS: Out of Stock

OTC: Over the Counter (Refers to drugs and medicines that are available without a prescription)

OYNO: On Your Next Order (You can enjoy a discount on your next online order)

OYNP: On Your Next Purchase (You can enjoy a discount on your next purchase)

Overage: When the face value of the coupon is more than the purchase price you save more than the item actually costs

P&G: Proctor & Gamble insert

PDF: Coupons that do not require installation of a printer/No Print Limit

Peelie / Peelies: Coupons that are on the front of a product and can be peeled to be used on your current shopping trip

POP: Proof of Purchase – used when sending in a MIR

PSA: Prices starting at

Q: Coupon

RA: Rite Aid Pharmacy

Rain Check: A written slip of paper that entitles you to purchase restock items that has run out at sale price

Rebate: A deduction from an amount to be paid or a return of part of an amount given in payment

RP: Red Plum insert

RR: Register Reward

SCR: Single Check Rebate

SC: Store Coupon

SS: Smart Source insert

Stacking: Refers to using a store coupon and an manufacturer’s coupon on the same product

Stockpile: The place where you keep all of your bulk or extra items

Stockpiling: To store lots of extra items not needed immediately

Store Coupon: Coupons that must be used in a specific store

Tearpad: A pad of coupons that is found on a store shelf or hanging in front of a store shelf

UPC: The Universal Product Code is found on the product packaging and is typically needed for MIRs

WAGS: Walgreens

WYB: When You Buy (Ex: Get 1 gallon of free milk WYB 4 GM  cereals)

YMMV: Your Mileage May Very (This means that each store and location may have different rules)

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