Coupon Terminology

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There are several abbreviations that many coupon and deal sites use. Here is a list of popular abbreviations for coupons and coupon matchups to help you get started. For more information on getting started with coupons, make sure you check out my coupons 101 page.

BOGO, B1G1F, B1G1: Buy one, get one free

Blinkies: coupons found in the little red boxes with blinking lights near the products in the grocery store

BTFE: Box Tops for Education

Catalinas: these coupons are typically generated at check-out for specific items, or to be used as cash on your next purchase.

CPN: coupon

ECB or ECBs: Extra Care Bucks, these are printed on your receipt and can be used like cash at CVS, must be used with your CVS card, and other rules apply

FAR: Free after rebate

IVC, Instant Value Coupon: another name for an Easy Saver Catalog coupon from Walgreens

IP: Internet printable coupon

MFC, MFR : manufacturer’s coupon

MIR: Mail in Rebate

Peelie: coupons found stuck on product packaging that you peel off

P&G: Proctor and Gamble coupon insert from newspaper

PSA: Price Starting At

OAS: “on any size” Some coupons specifically state on them that they can be used on any size product.

OOP: out of pocket expense, how much you actually paid for something

Overage: when you save more than the items costs, store policies vary and you may or may not get to “keep” your overage

RP: Red Plum coupon insert from newspaper

RR: Register Rewards: Walgreens version of the ECB (see above) spendable like cash at Walgreens, earned by purchasing specific products

SS: Smart Source coupon insert from newspaper

Stacking: Using a manufacturers coupon with a store coupon (do able at CVS, Walgreens, and Target quite easily)

Store coupons : Store specific coupons

Tear Pad: pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

+UP or UP: Prints on the bottom of your receipt at Rite Aid when you buy specific products. The +UP is like Rite Aid money, it can be used on many items in the store like cash.

V, Valassis: Same as Red Plum

WSL: while supply last

WYB: when you buy

Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV): Basically means that your savings may be different then what is posted because of regional variances such as sale prices and coupon availability.


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