Do you read couponing blogs and savings websites and become overwhelmed by the coupon terminology and abbreviations? Sometimes I think I need one of those secret decoder rings just to figure it out!
The list below should help translate this coupon “foreign language!”
Downloadable Coupon Lingo List
- $1.oo/1 = $1.00 off of one product, $2.o0/1 = $2.00 off of one product
- $1.oo/2 = $1.00 off two products, $2.00/2 = $2.00 off of two products
- B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One, Get One Free
- CAT – Catalina – coupon from the machine next to the cash register.
- CRT – Cash Register Tape, look for coupons especially at CVS
- DND – Do not double. The coupon value should not be doubled.
- EX, X or EXP – The date the coupon, promotion or offer expires
- FAR – Free after rebates
- GC – Gift card
- GM – General Mills
- IP – Internet printables
- MC or MQ – Manufacturers coupon
- MIR – Mail in Rebate
- MM – Money Maker
- NED – No expiration date
- OOP – Out of pocket, the amount of money you will have to pay at the end of your transaction
- P&G or PG – Procter and Gamble insert
- PSA – Prices starting at
- RP – Red Plum Insert
- SS – Smart Source insert
- TMF – Try me Free
- UPC – Universal Product Code – the black lines on the coupon and the numbers under them, cashier scan this code.
- WYB – When you buy
- YMMV – Your mileage may vary
- ECB – Extra Care Bucks / Extra Bucks (CVS) – Pay close attention these are found at the bottom of your receipt. Valuable CVS money good towards your next transaction. Check out their weekly ad for Extra Care Bucks Offers.
- IVC – Instant Value Coupon – Find these coupons in the monthly Walgreens Easy Saver coupon booklet. May be stacked with a manufacturers coupon for extra savings!
- RR – Register Rewards – Walgreens money good towards your next transaction. Printed on the paper similar to a Catalina.
- SCR – Single Check Rebate – Rite Aid’s monthly rebate program. Purchase certain products during the month and receive a rebate check. Rite Aid keeps track of your purchases and sends you a check.
- +Up Rewards - A coupon printed at bottom of Rite Aids receipt to use on next purchase at Rite Aid.
- VV: Video Values coupon found on Rite aids website. Watching videos allows you to receive coupons to print.
- WAGS – Walgreen
Lingo by Definition
- Blinkie – The machine found in front of a product at the grocery store that dispenses a manufacturers coupon and has a red blinking light.
- Catalina – This is a coupon that comes out of a machine located near the cash register. It’s similar to the receipt, but can either be a manufacturer or store coupon.
- Coupon – Money saving value certificate redeemable in store. May be a store or manufacturer coupon.
- Coupon Insert – Coupon circulars found in the Sunday paper, located with the other sales ads. Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) are examples of coupon inserts.
- Double coupon – When the value of a coupon doubles it’s value. For example a $0.50 coupon becomes $1.00 off.
- eCoupon – Electronic coupons that can be loaded onto your customer loyalty card or your mobile phone. The cashier scans your card or phone and the coupons are automatically deducted from your purchase.
- Filler – An item you have to purchase in order to reach the minimum total to get the deal!
- Handling Fee – The fee amount, usually $0.08, that a retailer will get back from the manufacturer for taking their coupons. Fee normally goes to a clearing house for sorting and billing the manufacturer.
- Manufacturer – The company that produces the product you are purchasing.
- Manufacturer Coupon – A coupon distributed by the manufacturer. This value of the coupon is returned to the store in addition to a handling fee.
- One Coupon Per Purchase – One coupon may be used on one item. You can not use one coupon on two of the same items. If you have three $1/1 Charmin Ultra coupons, you may purchase three and use three coupons.
- One Coupon Per Transaction – Limited to one coupon per transaction. You many not use more than one of the same coupons during one transaction. Split your items in to multiple transactions to use all coupons.
- Peelie – A manufacturer’s coupon found on the actual product. Make sure to read the exact wording on the coupon as you probably can use this coupon on other items in the product line.
- Proctor & Gamble – One of the largest corporations that manufacturers a wide range of products such as: Always, Bounty, Crest, Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers and Tide.
- Rain check – A certificate written by the store when an item is out of stock, that allows you to purchase the item at a later date at the sale price.
- Rebate – A check you will receive in the mail after you have purchased an item and turned in proof of purchase. You will most likely have to complete a form and mail in your receipt and a UPC code to the company. You may also be able to complete this online.
- “Rolling” – Refers to having multiple ECB or Catalinas and separating transactions in order to use them during one visit to the store. Use the ECB/Catalinas earned during the first transaction to pay for the second transaction and so on. This minimizes your out of pocket.
- Shannon’s Stockpile – A blog dedicated to passing on great money saving tips and offers!
- Stacking – Use of both a store and manufacturer’s coupon on one product to score and AWESOME deal!
- Stockpile – Accumulating products before you need them, at rock bottom prices and storing them for future use,
- Store Coupon – A coupon distributed by the store, they receive no reimbursement from the manufacturer.
- Transaction – Refers to your entire purchase, regardless of how many items you have.
- Tear Pad – The pad of manufacturers coupons found by the product you can tear off. These may be used at any store!
No worries, there will not be a test at a later date!