Understanding Coupon Lingo: a functional glossary

by on September 1, 2011 in Coupon Education,Recommended Articles & Series

As you learn more about using coupons and visit deal match up sites, you will notice that many coupon users have their own language! You might see words, phrases or abbreviations that confuse you, so I’ve put together a list of some common ones I’ve run into on coupon match-up & deal sites.

2/$1 = 2 items for $1. You will see many variations of this, all indicating how many of the item for what price, such as 5/$10 or $3/5.

BOGO or B1G1 = Buy one, Get one free – you will also see B2G1 for buy two, get one free or B3G1, etc.

Blinkie = a coupon box in an aisle or on a display, usually with a red, blinking light on top. These dispense coupons that can be used at any store that accepts coupons.

BTFE – Box Tops For Education

Catalina (sometimes called Cat) = these are coupons that print out at the register after you buy qualifying items or amounts of items, and can be used on future purchases.

CRT = Cash register tape – these are coupons (like at CVS) that print on the actual cash register receipt “tape”.

Double coupon = some stores will double the face value of coupons up to a certain point. For instance, my Kroger store doubles coupons up to $.50.

DND – Do not double

ECB = Extra Care Bucks from CVS. These print at the bottom of your receipt when you purchase certain items, and can be redeemed like cash at CVS.

ETS = Excludes trial size

Exp = Expires/expiration date

FAR = Free after rebate

Filler = items added to your shopping trip to “fill in” when you have more coupons than items for your transaction.

FS = Free shipping

GC = gift card

GM = General Mills

Insert = the coupon “magazine” that typically comes in the Sunday paper. RedPlum, SmartSource and Procter & Gamble are insert providers.

IR = Instant rebate

IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are in-store coupons from the weekly Walgreens ad or monthly Walgreens coupon booklets. They can be stacked with paper manufacturer coupons.

K = Kellogg’s

MFG = Manufacturer

MIR = Mail in Rebate

MQ = Manufacturer coupon

OOP = Out of Pocket. This is the price you pay “out of your pocket” after coupons and discounts.

OOS = Out of stock

One Coupon per Purchase = Limits you to using only one coupon per item, not one coupon for the whole shopping trip.

One Coupon per Transaction = Limits you to using one of that specific coupon per transaction (total purchase)

OYNO = on your next order

P&G = Procter & Gamble

Peelie = adhesive coupons that are affixed to product packaging

Q or Qs = coupons

Rain Check = a document provided by a store when they sell out of an advertised sale item. You can take the slip back and get the sale price when the item is back in stock, even if the sale is over.

RP = RedPlum coupon provider

RR = Register Rewards that print after specific transactions at Walgreens

SS = SmartSource coupon provider

Stacking = pairing a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon, and using them both on one item

Tear Pad = a manufacturer coupon pad found in an aisle or on a display where you can tear off a coupon. They can usually be used at any store accepting coupons.

Transaction = your entire purchase. Sometimes shoppers will split up their items and do multiple transactions to use more coupons in one shopping trip.

UPC = Universal Product Code. This is the bar code on packages.

V = Valassis – same as RedPlum, it is the coupon insert provider for RedPlum

Wags = Walgreens

WSL = While supplies last

WT = Winetag – coupons that hang around the neck of bottles or off of the packages of products

WYB = when you buy

YMMV = Your mileage may vary. This is a phrase you will see people use that means you may or may not get the same results they did at your store. It’s not related to gas! :)

If you have others you think I should add, leave a comment and let me know!

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