Coupon Lingo

Lingo and Abbreviations
  • $1/2 (and the like) - One dollar off two items.  The first number represents the discount and the second number indicates the quantity required to obtain that discount.
  • BOGO (or B1G1) - Buy One Get One Free
  • B2G1 - Buy Two Get One Free
  • Blinkie - Coupon that you find on shelves in the SmartSource machine-usually has a blinking light.
  • Cat or Catalina. The coupons that print off with your receipt (usually from a machine directly beside the cash register)
  • CRT - Cash Register Tape (your receipt)
  • DND5 - Coupon says Do Not Double, but the bar code starts with a 5, most computers will still double it 
  • ECB - Extra Care Buck-(CVS cash)This coupon prints at the end of your receipts and can be used to pay like cash at CVS stores. Earned via a rewards card for specific purchases. Watch the expiration dates on these!
  • ES - Easy Saver. Monthly rebate and coupon book at Walgreens
  • FAR - Free After Rebate
  • Hangtag-coupon that is hanging from a tag around a bottle or jar.
  • IP - Internet Printable Coupon, printable (usually is hyper-linked)
  • IVC - Instant Value Coupon at Walgreens. Found in either the ES book and/or in the weekly ad.
  • MFR or MQ - manufacturer coupon
  • MIR - Mail In Rebate
  • MM-money maker…deal where you will make money after coupons are used
  • ONYO - On Your Next Order
  • OOP - Out of Pocket. The amount you actually spend.
  • Overage-This is money you earn when a coupon amount exceeded the purchase price of an item.  EX-a product is $0.75 and you have a $1 coupon…you now have $0.25 in overage.  Most stores will not give you this money in cash -but it can be absorbed to reduce the cost of other items you are purchasing. 
  • Peelie - Coupon found on the package of a product that can be peeled.
  • PG - Proctor and Gamble another insert that comes in your local paper.
  • Q - Coupon
  • (RC) Rain Check - When a store is out of a sale item, many stores offer a rain check that allows you to get the sale price whenever the item comes back in stock and at your convenience. Each store has different policies on expiration date-this will usually be listed ON the rain check!
  • RP - Redplum. Coupon insert that comes in your local paper.
  • RR - Register Rewards. Catalina from Walgreens. Watch the expiration dates-these often expire quickly!
  • SS - SmartSource. Coupon insert that comes in your local paper.
  • Tearpad -these are coupons that are on a tearpad usually located on a display or shelf near the item.
  • TMF-Try Me Free. Form that usually require you to mail in proof of purchase for a full refund.
  • UPC - The bar code that is scanned to determine pricing. Often needed to fulfill MIR’s.
  • YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary-this means that it may or may not be the case in all instances.

info from IHP, Coupon Saving game,Southern Savers