Yes even couponers have their own slang and phrases. Life will be easier if you have this cheat sheet.
$1/1: One dollar off one product
$1/2: One dollar off when you buy two products. You must buy 2 items.
+UP: These refer to Rite Aid’s +UP Wellness Rewards program
AY: All You magazine, a magazine sold online and at Walmart which sometimes has coupons in it.
BOGO (read more!): BOGO or B1G1: Both mean “Buy one, Get one” and will usually be followed by
“free” or” “50%”. BOGO Free means “Buy one, get one free” and BOGO 50% off means “Buy one, get
one 50% off.” If you read my “B” is for BOGO post, you are a BOGO pro!
Blinkie: This is a manufacturer coupon found in-store. It is usually in a dispenser that is close to the
product the coupon is for.
Catalina: This is a coupon that prints after you have purchased your items. It prints on what looks like
cash register tape. So it won’t look like a normal coupon. Sometimes it will say “$xx off your next purchase” and you can use the coupon on any item in the store on your next transaction or shopping trip. Other times, for example at Kmart, the coupon will be triggered based off items you have bought and will be a coupon for similar items. Often when I buy Huggies, coupons for Pampers will print out of the catalina machine.
Circular: Weekly or monthly ad released by stores to let customers know of their current sales. Clipless Coupons: See “e-Coupons” below
Coupon Insert: These come in the Sunday newspaper. Deidre recommends buying multiple Sunday newspapers to get your coupon inserts. These are the bread-and-butter of couponing. Coupon inserts are one of the biggest weapons in a good couponer’s arsenal.
Coupon: Entitles the holder to a discount, as specified on the coupon.
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Couponing: The art of redeeming discount coupons in order to save money.
Couponer: A person who collects and saves coupons to redeem them on products, such as groceries.
CRT: Cash Register Tape. Usually used when talking about CVS pharmacy, CRTs print at the bottom of your receipt and are generated based on your purchasing history (seemingly random). CRTs are specific to the store where they were printed. They are usually product specific coupons, example: $1.00 off any deodorant purchase.
Do Not Double (full explanation HERE): This is on some coupons, sometimes it says “DND” or “No Doubling” it is meant to communicate to the retailer that the manufacturer will not reimburse for any greater value than that of the coupon. A store may or may not double your coupon that reads “do not double” as part of a store doubling promotion. The wording is there to protect the manufacturer.
Double Coupons (full explanation HERE): Only certain stores will double a coupon. When a store “doubles a coupon”, the store still only gets refunded the value of the coupon from the manufacturer.
They take the extra amount they doubled out of their own pockets, as an advertising expense.
ECB: Extra Care Bucks, This coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly circulars.
E-Coupons (full explanation HERE): Also known as Clipless or Loadable coupons. Instead of printing the coupon, you load it onto your store loyalty card. When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register, or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase!
ETS: What does ETS stand for on a coupon? Excludes Trial Size!
Extra Bucks: Extra Care Bucks. This coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly circulars.
EXP: Expires or Expiration Date
FAR: Free After Rebate. You will pay cash for the item, but receive a full rebate back, essentially making the item free minus sales tax.
FF: Firefox. When a printable coupon specifies IE or FF, you must click the link that coordinates with the browser you’re using.
Handling Fee: Refers to an amount, usually $0.08, paid by the manufacturer to a store in addition to the price on the coupon. This is to compensate them for handling the coupon.
IE: Internet Explorer. When a printable coupon specifies IE or FF, you must click the link that coordinates with the browser you’re using.
Inserts in the Sunday paper: SS= Smart Source, RP= Red Plum, P&G= Proctor & Gamble (once per month). Insert coupons can be used at any store that accepts manufacturer’s coupons. Almost all grocery and drug stores do. Order your Sunday Coupon Inserts here.
IP: Internet Printable coupons may be printed right from your home computer. Usually limited to 2 prints per computer, download quick and safe printing software to be able to print securely from home.
IVC: Instant Value Coupon. IVCs are store coupons found in the weekly Walgreens ad. IVCs may be stacked with a manufacturer coupon.
Loadable Coupons: See “e-Coupons” above.
MIR (full explanation HERE): Mail in Rebate, refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail. These are the traditional rebates that require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes.
Manufacturer: The Company who produces the brand items: Dove soap manufacturer, Pace Salsa manufacturer, etc.
MFR: Some people save time by typing this instead of “manufacturer”
Manufacturer Coupon: A coupon created by the manufacturer, or by a marketing company on the manufacturer’s behalf. Manufacturer offers a discount to shoppers in order to entice them to buy their product. When a coupon is redeemed the manufacturer reimburses the store for the entire value of the coupon, plus a handling fee, approx. $0.08.
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OOP: Out of pocket. This refers to the amount you pay for an item, not factoring in rebates, ECB’s, +Ups,
RR’s or any other Catalina.
OYNO: On Your Next Order. OYNSO: On Your Next Shopping Order. This refers to offers where you will not see the savings on that order, but on your next shopping trip or transaction. For example, spend $25 and save $10 on your next order. You would spend $25 (usually before coupons) and a Catalina would print giving you $10 off your next order.
One Coupon per Purchase: You can only use one coupon per item purchased. Usually you can buy multiple items and use multiple coupons in one transaction with this type of coupon. As long as you buy multiple items, you can use multiple coupons of the same type per transaction.
One Coupon per Transaction: This one means you can only use one coupon per transaction, even if you have multiple items and multiple coupons. Your store may let you do multiple transactions.
Peelie: Manufacturer coupons that look like stickers and are stuck on products in-store. I personally don’t remove these and only use these if I am buying that product at that store.
P&G: Proctor and Gamble manufacture a wide range of consumer goods and are one of the largest corporations in the world. Proctor and Gamble puts out monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of Proctor and Gamble produced brands, just a few of which include: Always, Bounty, Crest,
Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers and Tide.
PSA: Prices starting at; when a group of items are on sale, such as Fiber One products 25% off. We might write “PSA $2.09? and list a group of Fiber One coupons. This means that the cheapest Fiber One product is $2.09 and prices go up from there.
Purchase: a purchase refers to buying any item. If I buy 30 items on a single shopping trip, I just made 30 purchases.
Purchase-Based Coupon: Purchase-Based coupons specify a dollar amount off a minimum dollar future purchase. Some common values: $2 off $10, $3 off $15, $4 off $20. Purchase based coupons may be used in addition to store and manufacturer coupons.
Q: Coupon abbreviation – also used, Q-pon.
Rain check (full explanation HERE): A Rain Check is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock. When the store restocks the item, after the sale period is over, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price. Store may include an expiration date as well as a quantity limit on your rain check. Rain checks are usually issued at the customer service desk.
Rebate (full explanation HERE): Virtually all rebates are limit one per household, and P.O. boxes are never accepted. Make sure to read the fine print- don’t waste time or money sending in multiple rebates for the same deal, since you’ll only get one back. Keep this in mind if you find tear-pad rebates at stores- there is no reason to take the whole stack, since you can only use one rebate. Most of the best grocery rebates are found in the beer aisle. I have a full post about those in “R” is for “Rebates”.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Virtually all rebates are limit one per household, and P.O. boxes are never accepted.
Make sure to read the fine print- don’t waste time or money sending in multiple rebates for the same deal, since you’ll only get one back. Keep this in mind if you find tear-pad rebates at stores- there is no reason to take the whole stack, since you can only use one rebate.
RR: Register Reward. These are triggered at Walgreens for buying certain products.
Rolling Catalina’s: refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use register Catalina coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction. Another
Catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on. This doesn’t work so well at Walgreen’s and you’ll need to read their store training guide full details.
RP: Red Plum. Formerly known as Vallasis, Red Plum coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers. Red Plum is part of Valassis Interactive.
SCR: Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid Drugstore monthly rebate program. Each month pick up your rebate booklet to see hundreds of dollars in possible rebate savings. Shop with coupons, save your receipts and enter quick information online. The SCR system stores all your rebates and totals them each month.
Request your monthly check be mailed to you and cash it like any other check! No clipping barcodes or UPCs, no mailing or stamping an envelope.
Stacking Coupons: Stacking coupons refers to using both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one product. Nearly all stores will allow you to “stack”. Only one manufacturer coupon may be used per item.
Store Coupon: A coupon created by the store to entice you to buy a certain product at their store.
Stores receive no reimbursement from store coupons. Store coupons may be found in the weekly ad, printed online or downloaded as e-coupons.
Store Loyalty Card: A free card which you present at checkout to receive additional savings. Fill out a short application to receive a loyalty card at your local grocer. If you don’t want to carry the card, the cashier can look up your preferred card by entering your ten digit phone number.
Sunday Coupon Inserts: In many of my posts, you’ll see references to use Sunday coupon inserts; look at the picture above to see what Sunday Coupon Inserts look like. Here is an example of how I tell you which insert a coupon is in when I post a deal:
Buy Olay Lotion $2.99
Use the $1/2 Select Olay Products, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/31/10)
Final Price= $1.99
$1/2 = $1 off when you buy 2.
Exp. 11-30-10 means the coupon will expire on 11-30-10 and will no longer be useable.
(SS 10/31/10) means a coupon came from the Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper on 10/31/10.
Transaction: a transaction refers to your entire purchase, especially the payment you make for that purchase. If I buy 30 items and then pay the cashier, I just made one transaction.
Tear-Pad: At many locations in supermarkets there are tear pads with rebates or coupons on them.
These are often found in the beer aisle or at the customer service desk. Remember, almost all mail-in rebates say “one per household, no P.O. boxes allowed” so don’t bother taking all the tear-pads. Leave some for other shoppers.
Stockpile: Buy items when they are at their lowest prices and buy enough to get you through to the next big sale, so you never have to pay full price.
SS: Smart Source. A marketing company, like RP, Smart Source coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers. Smart Source is part of News America Marketing Co.
WAGS: Abbreviation for Walgreens Drugstore
UPC: Universal Product Code. Bar code printed on product packages that can be scanned electronically.
WYB: When you buy. ”Save $10 wyb 3 items” would mean: Save $10 when you buy 3 items.
YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. Usually means a deal is for clearance items and since it’s not advertised in the circular, there is no guarantee that your store will have the same deal.