Coupon Lingo

The Coupon Lingo!

So you’ve been bit by the “Couponing Bug” and decided to jump on the Couponing Bandwagon, but all those abbreviations  look Greek to you!

Well, you will be happy to know……YOU are NOT alone! This is why I have created this list of SOME abbreviations/terms that you might find while shopping or reading blogs the “coupon world.”

If you find one that is not listed here, please let me know and I’ll add it.


P and G = Procter and Gamble Sunday Coupon Insert

= Red Plum Sunday Coupon Insert, and ONLINE printables

= SmartSource Sunday Coupon Insert. This coupon source, not only sends out inserts in the Sunday papers but they also have an online site with coupon printables.

GM = General Mills Sunday Coupon Insert

= Coupon

B1G1 or BOGO=Buy One, Get One Free

B2G1 or B2GO = Buy Two items, Get one item Free

Blinkie: Find these coupons at the store, that prints out of a small machine, next to the product.

Catalina: A coupon that prints out at the register which is  either certain value off your next purchase or certain value off a certain product. These are generally used at the same store they printed, but some stores will accept these coupons, as “competitor’s” coupons. **NOTE** These coupons sometimes delayed in printing,  so make sure you wait a minute before walking away from the register. If you are certain you were supposed to receive one, and it did NOT print, notify the Cashier or Manager.

Competitors: This is the term meaning “of related chains.” For example, grocery stores will take other grocery store’s coupons and drug stores will take other drug store coupons. Always check with each store on what their couponing policy is and whom they consider to be a competitor.

Coupon Insert: These are packets of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed to you during the week. These are typically sent out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor and Gamble (PG)They are also refered to as inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.

CRT = Cash Register Tape, or your receipt

ECB = Extra Care Bucks. Exclusive to CVS. They work like cash on your next order. (Some restrictions do apply.)

EXP = Expires or Expiration Date

IP = Internet Printable Coupon. Also referred to as “Printable”

IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are found at Walgreens in their weekly ads.

MFR = Manufacturer MIR = Mail In Rebate. These are checks or coupons that the manufacturers/stores will send you if you meet the requirements on the rebate form.

OOP = Out-of-Pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after coupons, ECBs, RRs, Catalinas .

ETS: Excludes trial size

Peelie = Coupons found on products in the store. (Don’t forget to pull these off and hand them to your cashier when you check-out. Don’t rely on the cashier to notice them for you.

GC: Gift card Tearpad: Pad of coupons attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door, next to the product.

PG = Proctor and Gamble. A big chain of brands that also puts out a coupon insert.

Register Rewards = Exclusive to Walgreens. They work like cash on your next order. (Some restrictions do apply.) Also refered to as RRs.

Rolling Catalinas – This means that you can use a catalina (see definition) as payment on another transaction of equal merchandise and another catalina will still print. Example, if you buy 5 “name brand items,” a $5 catalina will print. If you then buy another set of those same 5 “name brand items,” you can use the previous catalina you received as payment towards the order and another $5 catalina will print.

Stacking Coupons = This is the term used when stores will let you use their own store coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item. Example: Most Targets would let you use their $ off “specific brand” product coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for that same “specific brand” product.

UPC = Universal Bar Code. This is the bar code that’s scanned on products for pricing/info at the stores. Several companies will ask you to mail these in on rebates

WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreens

$1/1, $1/2, etc. = One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.

WT = Wine Tag. These are coupons that you’ll find hanging on the wine bottles in the stores.

WYB = When You Buy

OYNO: On your next order

OOS: Out of stock

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