A deal site is just not a real deal site unless it has some informational posts along with the deals, freebies, and printable coupons. So, it is probably time for me to get this list of coupon lingo typed up and put on Deals_3BD, huh?
$1/1, $1/2 – This means you save the first amount off the second number of items. So, you save 1 dollar off one item or 1 dollar off two items, etc
2/$1, 3/$2 – This means the first number of items will only cost this much money. So, for example: 2 items only cost 1 dollar, or 3 items cost 2 dollars, etc
B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one, Get one – sometimes free, something for a percent off the price.
B2G1 or B2GO – See above, but in this case you have to buy 2 to get one.
Blinkie – The (usually) red machines with a flashing (err, blinking) light that spits out coupons. Typically found in grocery stores, but I have seen them in a few discount super stores and drug stores on occasion.
CAT – A coupon that prints from a Catalina machine. These coupons are good on your next purchase. Most commonly found at Walgreens and grocery stores.
Catalina Machine – A Marketing tool that manufacturers use as an incentive to shop.
Coupon Policy – Every store has a coupon policy and some are easier to find than others. My next project is to get them written and linked up. The policy says what their procedure is concerning coupons. It is suggested that you take a copy of each policy with you when shopping.
CPN (also see Q): Coupon
CRT – Cash Register Tape. At CVS (as well as many other stores) you get coupons on the bottom of you cash register tape.
DND – Do Not Double. Some coupons will not allow you to double them, no matter what the store’s policy is
Double – Meaning the coupon can be double (according to store policy)
Ea. – Each
ECB or ECBs – Extra Care Bucks can be earned at CVS
ES – Easy Saver is a rebate booklet put out my Walgreen’s.
ETS: Excludes Trial Sizes
EX or Exp. Expiration date or date the coupon expires
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FAR: Free after rebate
Food and Family – Recipe and Kitchen tip magazine published by Kraft Foods
GC – Gift Card or Gift Certificate
GM – General Mills coupon insert found in most Sunday papers
HBA – Health and Beauty products
Home Made Simple: A free tips and tricks booklet from big brands like Cascade, Olay, Mr. Clean, Swiffer, Febreze, and more that is full of coupons. You can order a new one every 31 days!
HOT – Meaning hot deal or hot coupon that you better grab quickly as it won’t last long
Inserts – Loose coupon booklets found in the Sunday paper
IP – Internet Printable Coupon
IVC – Instant Value Coupons (found in Walgreen’s rebate booklet
Manager’s Discretion – The store’s manager often has the ability to set set limits on coupons and number of items you can purchase.
MFC or MFR: Manufacturer’s Coupon
MIR – Mail in Rebate. You typically have to mail in proof of purchase as well as the UPC code and they send you a check back.
MQ – Manufacturer’s Coupon. These are provided by the manufacturer.
NED – No expiration date. Meaning the coupon never expires (be very careful with these! they are not always valid coupons)
NT WT – Net Weight. Some coupons are only good on products with a specific net weight
OAS: On any size – some coupons specify the size product to buy and some are perfectly happy as long as you buy something.
OOP – Out of Pocket. Typically used in store match up posts to explain how much you will have to actually pay.
OOS – Out of Stock. Means the item is not available in that store at this time because they have sold out.
OTC – Over the Counter. Drugs and Medicines that are available without a prescription.
Overage: This means you save more than the item actually costs! Depending on the store policy, you may or may not actually get the overage, but it is fun to know it was there regardless.
OYNO: On Your Next Order. Sometimes you order from a website an item that gives you a discount on your next order
OYNP: On Your Next Purchase. Sometimes you buy an item that gives you a discount on your next purchase
P&G: Proctor and Gamble insert found in the Sunday Paper
Peelie or Peelies: Coupons that are on the front of a product and can be peeled to use on your current shopping trip.
POP: Proof of Purchase – used when sending in a MIR
PSA: Prices starting at
Q – Coupon
QQ – Coupon Queen… are you a QQ?
RC: Rain Check. Some stores offer a rain check on OOS items. Meaning, you can purchase it at the sale price when they get more in store.
Rebate: A deduction from an amount to be paid or a return of part of an amount given in payment. Staples always has MIR sales
Rouge – Free beauty magazine from P & G that has coupons.
RP – Red Plum: An insert in your Sunday paper – you can also request to have these mailed directly to your home!
RR – Register Reward: these money off coupons can be found at Walgreen’s
SCR – Single Check Rebate is an incentive program from Rite Aid that offers you an MIR when you make a qualifying purchase
SS – Smart Source is a coupon insert found in the Sunday paper.
Stacking – Refers to using a store coupon and an manufacturer’s coupon on the same product (please read the store coupon policy first)
Stockpile – The place where you keep all of your bulk or extra items
Stockpiling -To build up lots of extra items
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
+UP Reward: Rite Aid reward program
WYB – When You Buy (example: get 1 gallon of free milk WYB 4 GM cereals)
YMMV – Your Mileage May Very. Meaning that each store and location may have different rules.
** I checked the following sites to be sure I wasn’t forgetting any of the popular coupon lingo!
- Crystal and Comp’s Coupon Resources Page
- Luv a Bargain: Coupon Lingo Quick Reference Guide
- Deal Seeking Mom: Quick Reference Guide
- The Greenbacks Gal has a pretty impressive Coupon Terms and Abbreviations page, too!