So youâ€™ve been bit by the “Couponing Bug” and decided to jump on the Couponing Bandwagon, but all those abbreviationsÂ 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 â€œcoupon world.â€
If you find one that is not listed here, please let me know and Iâ€™ll add it.
P and G = Procter and Gamble Sunday Coupon Insert
RP = Red Plum Sunday Coupon Insert, and ONLINE printables
SS = 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
Q = 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 isÂ 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 â€œcompetitorâ€™sâ€ coupons. **NOTE** These coupons sometimes delayed in printing,Â 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 â€œof related chains.â€ For example, grocery stores will take other grocery storeâ€™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 â€œPrintable”
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. (Donâ€™t forget to pull these off and hand them to your cashier when you check-out. Donâ€™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.
Rolling Catalinas â€“ 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 â€œname brand items,â€ a $5 catalina will print. If you then buy another set of those same 5 â€œname brand items,â€ 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 manufacturerâ€™s coupon for the same item. Example: Most Targets would let you use their $ off â€œspecific brandâ€ product coupons along with a manufacturerâ€™s coupon for that same â€œspecific brandâ€ product.
UPC = Universal Bar Code. This is the bar code thatâ€™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 youâ€™ll find hanging on the wine bottles in the stores.
WYB = When You Buy
OYNO: On your next order
OOS: Out of stock
PSA: Prices starting at