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Couponing Abbreviations and Terms

Posted March 1, 2012

 

Couponing has a language of its own. If you don't know the abbreviations and terms, you won't understand how to get the best deals. Here's a list of the most commonly used couponing abbreviations. Please share any others you use in the comments section below.

 

$/$$ - this means dollar off your total order. For instance, you may receive a coupon for $3 off a $30 purchase

All You — All You Magazine sold at Walmart with coupons in it each month

BOGO — buy one get one free

B1G1 — buy one get one free

B1G1F – buy one get one free

B2G1F — buy two get one free

B & M - Brick and Morter (as in an actual storefront and not an online store)

Blinkies - Smartsource in-store coupon containers that are on the shelves. They are red and sometimes have a blinking light to draw attention. Most don't blink anymore, but we still call them blinkies.

BTFE - Box Tops for Education

CSM - customer service manager

CSR - customer service representative

Double coupons - store will double the face value of the coupon (usually up to the price of the product)

EB - Extra Care Bucks at CVS. This is their instant rebate program where the reward prints out at the end of the transaction to be used on a different transaction.

ECB - Extra Care Bucks at CVS. This is their instant rebate program where the reward prints out at the end of the transaction to be used on a different transaction.

ETS - Excludes trial size

FAR - Free after rebate

Filler - Item used to make sure you have enough items (like at Walgreens) or enough money to use a specific coupons (like a $3 off $30 order)

FS - free shipping

GC - Gift card

GDA - Good deal alert

GM - General Mills insert found in Sunday paper some weeks

IP — Internet printable coupon

IVC - Instant Value Coupon. The Walgreens store coupons found in the month coupon book in Walgreens stores.

LFE - Labels for Education, Campbell's reward program, send your labels with school kids so schools can earn rewards

LOL - laughing out loud - you see this a lot in response to funny comments on the blog

MFG - manufacturer's coupon

MIR — mail in rebate

MQ — manufacturer coupon

MVP - Food Lion rewards program

NED - no expiration date (very rarely found on some coupons)

OOP - out of pocket. This is amount you actually pay at the register after all coupons and deductions.

OYNO - on your next order. This often refers to the Catalina coupons that you receive at the register that are for an amount off your next order. For example, there may be a deal that is you buy 3 packages of Old El Pase tortillas, you will get a Catalina coupon for $1 good on your next order (OYNO). 

P&G — Proctor & Gamble Sunday supplement coupons

Peelies — coupons found on outside of package that can be peeled off and used to buy that item

Penguin - The coupon display that is found in the frozen food section of some grocery stores 2 to 3 time a year. It is shaped like a giant penguin and has a number of tear pads with various manufacturer coupons.

PM - price match

PSA - prices starting at

Q - coupon

RP — Red Plum Sunday supplement coupons

RR — Register Rewards from Walgreens. This is their instant rebate program where the reward prints out at the end of the transaction to be used on a different transaction.

SCR — Single Check Rebate from Rite Aid. This is a traditional rebate program where you buy qualifying products and then send it (or go to riteaid.com to process online) the rebate form. You will then receive a check for the rebate in the mail.

SS— Smart Source Sunday supplement coupons

Stacking coupons - when you can use mroe than one coupon on the same item. Many stores will let you use a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon on the same product.

Super Doubles - when a store doubles the value of a coupon, often above and beyond the amount they normally double every day of the week. For instance, when Harris teeter offers Super Doubles, they double coupons that are $1.98 or less face value. On normal double days, they only double coupons worth .99 face value.

Tear pad coupons - pad of coupons or rebates on displays in stores.

TMF — try me free offer

Triples/Triple coupons - when a store triples the value of a coupon

WYB — when you buy

+UP - Rite Aid's instant rebate rewards. This is their instant rebate program where the reward prints out at the end of the transaction to be used on a different transaction.

UPC - Universal Product Code, also known as the bar code

YMMV - your mileage may vary (what happens at one store may not happen at the next or what happens at the same store may vary depending on the cashier or manager on duty)

ZVR or Zavers - these are the digital Harris Teeter coupons that can be added to your Harris teeter VIC card. They can be coupled with paper manufacturer's coupons for greater savings.

For more information on the grocery store and drug store reward programs, click the links in the box at the top of the page.
 

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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 1, 2012

    The Walgreens monthly coupon book is available in stores where teh weekly ads are kept. It is free and comes out at the beginning of each month. Sometimes it is available a few days before the month starts and the valid dates are on each book. You can couple them with manufacturer's coupons for even greater savings.

  • nakabi Mar 1, 2012

    when is the month coupon book availbe from Walgreens for the month and is it free?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 1, 2012

    List is updated with the missing terms. Please post any others you use regularly in couponing.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 1, 2012

    Something happened when the new document was saved to the blog because a bunch of the new terms I added are not on the list (fillers, BTFE. blinkies, Double coupons, super doubles). I am adding them now. The list will be updated soon.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 1, 2012

    Thanks for catching that Jessica! ECB's were on the original abbreviations list but I must have accidentally deleted it when working on the update. It's on there now! :-)

  • Oxymoron02 Mar 1, 2012

    Manufacturer's coupons are also sometimes called "mans"

    PM - price match

    BTFE - Box Tops For Education

  • JessicaWells Mar 1, 2012

    ECB - Extra Care Bucks at CVS. This is their instant rebate program where the reward prints out at the end of the transaction to be used on a different transaction.

  • theCouponDiva Mar 1, 2012

    thanks for sharing! some of those were very new to me :)