Coupon Lingo

Coupon Lingo

  • $5/$30This means $5 off when you spend $30.  You will need to check to see if the amount needs to be before the coupons or after. (For instance – on Thursday’s Shop ‘N Save stores give you $10 off your purchase of $50+. The $50 is BEFORE coupons. Meaning, you can still use all your coupons to bring the total down. (a great day for some extreme couponing!!)
  • $1/1, $1/2 = One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, and so on.
  • 2/$1, 3/$2 = Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, and so on.
  • ALA = As Low As – a term used to describe the final price of an item after using coupons. The reason for “ALA” is because sometimes you will have a different coupon than others.
  • AY= All You – a magazine that is known for it’s awesome coupons
  • Blinkie – Coupons found in stores next to the item in a small blinking dispenser.
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One (or Buy Two Get 1 (B2G1) and so on – When you purchase an item, you get the same item for free.
  • BOGO = Buy One Get One – When you purchase an item, you get the same item for free.
  • BRICKS = “Bricks”  are internet printable coupons. If you see a picture of a computer/printer with a small blinking dot as it sends the information to your printer, you are printing a bricks coupon. Most of these will only allow you to print 1 of these coupons. While I have not tested it, there is a rumor that you if you hit your back button 3 times after it is sent to the printer, you will be able to print a second copy. Supposedly after the second printing, if you want anymore – you will need to use another computer.
  • Catalina or Cat = A coupon triggered from your purchase that prints out at checkout.
  • Closeouts = Greatly reduced items that the store does not plan on re-stocking again.
  • Competitors = Other stores of the same type. Many 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.
  • Couponing Policy = This is the policy held by each individual store regarding the use of coupons and the rules that must be applied to said coupon usage. It is strongly recommended that you always carry a copy of the stores coupon policy when shopping.
  • Coupon Inserts = The packets of coupons found in the Sunday paper. They can sometimes be found in mail and ads.  Common coupon inserts are Red Plum (RP),  Smart Source (SS), and Proctor & Gamble (PG).
  • CRT = Cash register tape, usually used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt. Also refers to your receipt.
  • Discontinued = a product that the store no longer plans to carry.
  • DND = Do not double – Do not double this coupon. Stores can decide if they want to double it or not.
  • Ea. = Each
  • ECBs = ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
  • ES = Easy Saver. These books can be found by their ads in the store. This is where any advertised rebates are found.
  • ETS = Excludes trial size
  • EXP = Expiration Date
  • FAR = Free After Rebate
  • FAE = Free after Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
  • FARR = Free After Register Rewards (Walgreens)
  • FP = Final Price – What you paid AFTER sales and coupons.
  • GC = Gift Card
  • GE = Giant Eagle – Grocery Store
  • IN-AD = Found in flyers tucked into Sunday papers (Walgreens & Rite Aid). These are also found inside the stores, usually right at the entrance.
  • 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, Walgreens’ store coupons found in ads and monthly booklet
  • MFR = Manufacturer
  • MIR = Mail-in rebate (can sometimes be done online)
  • NLA = No Longer Available (some bloggers will strikeout the words instead so you know the deal isn’t available anymore)
  • MQ = Manufacturer Coupon
  • OOP = Out of Pocket – The amount you spent after coupons
  • OOS = Out of Stock – Item is not available anymore, and may or may not be replenished.
  • OYNO = On Your Next Order
  • OYNP = On Your Next Purchase
  • P & G or PG = Proctor and Gamble – Coupon Insert found once a month inside Sunday papers.
  • Peelie = A coupon found on the product like a sticker that peels off.
  • Printables = Coupons that can be printed online.
  • PSA = Prices Starting At
  • Q = Coupon
  • RA = Rite Aid – Pharmacy/Drugstore
  • Raincheck = You can ask for a raincheck when an item on sale and is out-of-stock. Most stores will issue a raincheck, however they may or may not honor the deal for the item. Great if you have coupons that don’t expire for awhile that you are using, and not trying to use an in store deal.
  • RP = Red Plum – Coupon Insert usually found in Sunday Papers
  • RR = Register Reward – Walgreens – You get these typically for buying certain products or combinations of products  - printed at the register.
  • SS = Smart Source – Coupon Insert usually found in Sunday Papers.
  • SCR = Single Check Rebate – Rite Aids Monthly rebates program
  • Stacking = A term used to describe when a store will let you use their own store coupon along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item. Example: At Walgreens they have $4 shampoo on sale for $2.99. The store offers a store coupon for $1.00 off. You have a manufacturers coupon for $1.00 off. You will pay .99. (many stores do not allow stacking – check coupon policies)
  • Tearpad = Pad of coupons attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door.
  • TQ = Target Coupon – A Coupon put out by Target to be used at Target.
  • +UP = Rite Aid’s reward’s that print after your transaction. You use them on your next order.
  • UPC = Universal product code – refers to the bar code
  • VV = Rite Aid Video Value Coupon
  • Wags = Walgreens – Pharmacy/Drugstore
  • WC = Wellness Card (Rite Aid)
  • WT = Wine Tag. Coupons that you’ll find hanging on various bottles in the stores. I have seen some refer to the fact that these are only found on wine, but this is not true. I got one off a syrup bottle and one off a bottle of ketchup. Depends on brand, and they are rare.
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • YMMV = Your Manager May Vary – All managers are different, so some may or may not do things the way described.

Please let me know if I forgot any in the comments field. Also, if you have a special term for your local grocery store, I’d love to know so I can add it to the list.

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