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.