Coupon Lingo List

February 26, 2009


For those of you that are new to couponing, I’ve compiled a list of some of the abbreviations/terms that you might find while shopping/blogging in the “coupon world.” If you see one that I missed, please let me know and I’ll add it. Thanks!

$$/$$ – This means $ off when you spend $ amount. Example: $5/$30 is $5 off your purchase when you spend $30. (Check to see if the amount has to be before or after coupons to apply.)

$/# – This means that you get $ off for every # you buy. Example: $5/2 would mean that you get $5 off every 2 that you buy.

B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free (B1G2 is Buy One Get Two Free etc.)

Blinkie = A coupon that prints out at a machine in the store. They are located by the product associated with that particular coupon.

BOGO = Buy One Get One Free

Cash Register Tape = Your Receipt. Also refered to as CRT.

CAT = Catalina. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product. You typically have to use them at the store they printed, but some stores will take “competitor’s” coupons. Note: These are sometimes delayed in printing so wait a minute before walking away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn’t, talk to the cashier/manager and explain.

Catalina = Also refered to as CAT. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product. You typically have to use them at the store they printed, but some stores will take “competitor’s” coupons. Note: These are sometimes delayed in printing so wait a minute before walking away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn’t, talk to the cashier/manager and explain.

Closeouts – These are typically greatly reduced items that the store does not plan on re-stocking.

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.

Couponing Policy – This is the statement that each individual store abides by, in relation to coupons. What is typically included in their policy is whether they: take competitor’s coupons, take coupons past expiration dates, “double” or “triple” coupons, accept Internet Printables or if they even accept coupons.

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 & Gamble (PG)They are also refered to as inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.

CRT = Cash Register Tape, or your receipt

Discontinued – This means that a store has depleted their inventory of an item and does not plan on re-stocking it.

Double Coupons = This is the term used when stores will double a coupon’s value. Example, if you have a $1 off coupon, they’ll take $2 off. Stores vary on how often they do this ranging from never, always, on occasion or specific days of the week. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example, no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.

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

ES =Easy Saver. This is Walgreens’ monthly rebate program. You can find the books by their ads in the store.

EXP = Expires or Expiration Date

FAR = Free After Rebate (See Rebate for explation)

FAE = Free after Extra Care Bucks (See ECB or Extra Care Bucks for explanation)

FARR = Free After Register Rewards (See RR or Register Rewards for explanation)

Inserts = 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 & Gamble (PG) They are also refered to as coupon inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.

Internet Printable = A coupon that can be printed online. Also refered to as IP or Printable.

IP = Internet Printable Coupon. Also refered 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 (See terms for explanations)

OOS = Out-of-Stock. This means that the store is temporarily out of an item but plans on getting in more inventory. Sometimes they will offer a raincheck in cases like these.

OYNO = On Your Next Order. Used when refering to coupons that you can use on your next order at that store. (Sometimes Competitors will take them.)

OYNP = On Your Next Purchase. Used when refering to coupons that you can use on your next purchase (order) at that store. (Sometimes Competitors will take them.)

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. It will only aggravate you later when you come home to find it’s still there!) :)

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

Prinables - These are coupons that you can print online. Also refered to as IP or Internet Printables.

Q = Coupon

Raincheck = A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock. Some sales will specifically say “No rainchecks” and some stores will put an expiration date on their rainchecks

RP = Red Plum. This is a coupon insert that you’ll either find in your paper or the mail.

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.

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

S or SS = Smart Source. This is a big name coupon source. They not only send out inserts in the papers but they also have an online site with printables.

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.

Triple Coupons = This is the term used when stores will triple a coupon’s value. Example, if you have a $1 off coupon, they’ll take $3 off. Stores vary on how often they do this ranging from never, always, on occasion or specific days of the week. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example, no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.

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

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

YMMV = Your Mileage (Manager) May Vary. This is what you’ll see when someone finds a deal but they want you to know that your store branch may not offer the same deal.

WYB = When You Buy

OK, now you can put on your job applications/resumes that you speak a foreign language – Coupon Lingo! :)

{ 76 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Edith January 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

hello my name is Edith a friend of mine show us how to use the coupons, but she has to move out to Kentucky we are on Texas (Houston) we are group of 8 hispanic ladies we speak spanish, but we really like to learn more about all this tips, or ideas your have and I worked at a non-profit community center and I would like to educate our hispanid ladies.
thank you!

2 coupongeek January 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Edith, Krystal, Tiffany, Trish, Hope, Kristie, Amanda and Lenora,

I’ve emailed all of you the coupon class document. My apologies that it was delayed in getting to a few of you. I bought a new computer and forgot to transfer the document into my document queue. :)

Good luck to all of you with your classes!

Jaycie

3 Cindi Owens February 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I would like information on class materials as well. We are forming a club called Courthouse Clippers. Courthouse employees meeting twice a month to share and learn about couponing.
Thanks!

4 Emily March 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I would love the info as well. My husband has roped me into teaching his students all about couponing and it’s a little overwhelming to get started. Thanks for all your hard work!

5 Carole C. March 29, 2011 at 12:49 am

I would love any info on how to coupon you could e-mail that I could print. I am going to try to help teach a coupon class at my YMCA branch mainly for senior citizens. We have large population of seniors who, of course, are on fixed incomes, as I am so I want to help them stretch their dollars. Our branch of the Y serves mainly a lower socio-economic group that could really use the help in learning how to save money. Thank you for any help you can give me. The class will be on April 14th and I’m still trying to figure out the best approach.

6 Amanda April 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I am new to coupons. just starting out. i seen you sent these ladies a coupon class document, i was wondering if you could also send one to me to share. i would appreciate it much :) anymore helpful hints/tips? thanks!!

7 Donna April 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

I just started and found your site through stockpilingmom.. I work with a large group of women at the local bus barn and we need you help.. We already clip and keep coupons in a basket for others to use what they need, but we need to go one step further.. Can you please send me th edocument as well>?

8 coupongeek April 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hi Donna,

Welcome to Coupon Geek! :) I sent you an email with the class materials. Good luck with your class! The best advice I can give you is to bring visual aids (such as manufacturer and store coupons you can stack, coupon organizing methods, etc.)

Jaycie

9 Andrea May 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I just barely got started and i know a bunch of people have already asked but could you email me a printable list as well. I am getting my binder together as we speak!!! CAN NOT WAIT!!! thank you so very much!!!

10 Danielle May 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

I am brand new to couponing, I just got my first news paper in the mail today to start getting coupons ready, I feel so lost in how to actually start and get things rolling. If you could send me anything that might be helpful, please please do so! I’d appreciate it soooo much!

11 dawn May 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

ditto andrea. just started, a bit overwhelmed by the ENORMITY of it all. but oh sooo excited to start saving $$$$$$$$$$$!

12 AMY RILEY May 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

PLEASE EMAIL ME PRINTABLE MATERALS AS WELL? AM PLANNING ON HAVING A COUPONING CLASS AT MY COUSINS HOUSE IN A FEW WEEKS. THANKS!

13 Anna Palmares May 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I’m new to couponing and have some questions. When a coupon says $1.00 off of 2…does that mean that you get $1.00 off of each item or $1.00 off, but you have to buy 2 in order to get the deal??? Confused.

14 coupongeek May 25, 2011 at 7:32 am

You have to buy 2 and you get a $1 Off total. So it’s like $.50 off each.

15 Kevin D. May 26, 2011 at 4:50 am

Hi Jaycie (Coupon Geek), I just found out about this couponing concept and I was wondering if I could receive the class materials/documents as well. I’m a struggling college student that is definitely in NEED of saving. I’ve maxed out my credit card for my first time within 1 semester. Im tired of eating instant noodles and scraping for pennies for gas. I would truly appreciate it if you could send me information on how to achieve these great savings. Thank You!

16 Kelly June 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I would love to have the class materials, too. I am planning a coupon class for my local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group.

17 kennah June 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Can i also possibly get the class materials sent to my email? Would love to share with my church family, thank you!

18 Naomi Bissell June 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

is it possible to still get some information on the coupon classes? my church has asked me to do a small class on couponing but i’m only good with the couponing part, not the teaching. lol thanks

19 Patty June 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Hello,
I have been couponing for a couple of months now and I’m totally addicted. My family and friends laugh at me when I tell them I go out at 7:00 in the morning on Sundays to get my papers. I actually wake up thinking about all the coupons I’m going to be getting. My husband started a new job and is not making the money he use to make and I only work part time. Well actually I work full time raising my boys and have a few part time jobs from home. So technically I work a lot. I’m sure you know what I mean. Anyway I don’t think I’m utilizing my coupons correctly and was wondering if you could send me the class information, so I can make sure getting the most for my money. I get a bit confused when I’m looking at the weekly blogs on what you can save at certain stores. If I’m doing this right I wouldn’t mind holding a class for my friends and family who laugh at me but is now getting sucked into the coupon world. Thanks so much!

20 coupongeek July 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

Patty, Kelly, Tammy, Aimee, Amee, Edie, Alison, Laura, Allie,

Just sent you the coupon class info via email. Good luck with your classes or learning more about couponing yourself.

Jaycie

21 Amber July 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

Teaching my first class this weekend, after being an avid coupon shopper for almost two years. Would love your handouts/assistance!

22 Alisha July 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Hi, I am interested in teaching a coupon class at my church have no idea where to start and think that i would be blessed if you would email me your word document or any helpful hints. i am definately not a speaker and can use all the help possible. Thanks

23 coupongeek July 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

Hi Alisha,

I emailed you a copy of the materials. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

24 jodi chamberlain July 19, 2011 at 5:57 am

Hi I am new to couponing and would love 2 know the ins and outs could I please get a copy of your materials? Much appreciated..Jodi

25 Connie August 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Hi Jaycie
I am working on teaching a free coupon class at my local library and need help. Would you be kind enough to email me the word document and any tips.
Bless you for all you do.

26 coupongeek August 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Hi Connie,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

27 april August 12, 2011 at 3:33 am

Hi, I just had a quick question…I have seen people get 100 bucks worth of groceries for around ten bucks. My question is how do they do that when most coupons say one coupon per person, do not duplicate, etc. And the majority of the time you only get a few cents off from the coupon… I’m fairly new at learning the coupon experience and would love to master it! Happy shopping, April

28 coupongeek August 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

They probably have stores that double coupons. When you see them get it for $10, a lot of times they also have $$ Off coupons they’ve earned from running other deals.

29 Rozalynn September 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hello i would like info for teaching coupon classes as well

30 Lillie September 20, 2011 at 7:59 am

I, too, would love to have the word document. This is great information!! Thanks

31 coupongeek September 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

Hi Rozalynn,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

32 coupongeek September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hi Lillie,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

33 reba September 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

would love really appreciate the word document. My church has asked me to teach a coupon class. thanks!

34 Charmaine October 6, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hi I just started couponing and I came across this abreviation (DFSI), could you tell me what it is. Also if you have any tips on how to obtain coupons or anything dealing with coupons I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks
Charmaine

35 Anna October 6, 2011 at 6:52 am

Hi, I’m from Orange Texas, the last lill city before u gt n2 Louisiana. I hv always couponed but not to the EXTREME that I am now. I hv learned quite a bit about couponing but I would still like to read your class material that you r emailing to others. I want to learn as much as I can so that I can become a master @ couponing. Also I want to b able to help r teach others. Thanx & God bless.

36 coupongeek October 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

I don’t think I’ve ever seen DFSI before. So Sorry I couldn’t help more.

The best advice I can give is to start off small when you are just beginning to coupon. Don’t try to do too much or it will become overwhelming.

You can look at my “Where to Find Coupons” link to see a lot of places of where to get them.

37 coupongeek October 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

Hi Reba,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

38 coupongeek October 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

Hi Anna,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Jaycie

39 Sue October 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

Very detailed coupon lingo list; a must read for all new comers to couponing.

40 Brenda October 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Hi, I just came across your site while searching for coupon lingo. I’m getting ready to teach classes in Maine & was wondering if you could send me your handout, to see if I have forgotten anything. Thank you & God bless you for all that you do. <

41 christina October 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

Hello, could you please send me a copy of your class materials as well.

42 Angela October 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Could you please e-mail me your coupon class doc? Thanks so much! This is all so helpful:)

43 coupongeek October 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hi Brenda,

Just sent it to you via email Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

44 coupongeek October 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hi Angela,

Just sent it to you via email. Good luck with your class!

Blessings,
Jaycie

45 Julie November 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

What does this mean? It’s from a target web coupon: limit one coupon or offer per transaction my interpretation is that I can only use one of these coupons per transaction. Does it mean I can’t combine this target coupon with a mfr coupon? Help?

46 coupongeek November 3, 2011 at 7:50 am

Some Target stores will only let you use one of the same Target Coupon per transaction. You can still stack manufacturer coupons with it. But you can only use one.

Check at your Customer Service Counter if they let you use more than one or not. Mine does. A lot of my readers’ stores don’t.

47 Missy Helms January 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

I am new to couponing and I’m not sure on where to start and how its supposed to work! If someone could guide me into being a couponer that would be a major help! I am living with 6 people in a 2 bedroom apartment, and I am pregnant! As you can see things are very tough on food and supplies! So I believe starting this will help all of us a ton!
I have many questions and need help!

48 coupongeek January 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

Missy, first I recommend that you start by reading the materials under Coupons in the footer of my website. There’s info on Coupon Basics, How to Find Coupons, How to Organize them, How to roll ECBs at CVS, etc.

I’d start there. Check back with me on any questions as I love to help new couponers get started!

Very best to you!!!

49 Mikki January 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Hi there,

50 Michelle January 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I’m sorry, it didn’t let me finish. My sister asked me to do a free coupon class at her church and I wanted to know if you would be kind enough to send me the info too? I don’t have a website, so I’ll be sure to have them visit yours! Thank so much and I hope to hear from you very soon.

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