Coupon Lingo

Couponing seems to have a language all its own. Here are the most frequently used acronyms in couponing:

Sunday Coupon Inserts:

  • GM – General Mills Insert
  • P&G – Procter & Gamble Insert
  • RP – Redplum Insert
  • SS – SmartSource insert
  • exp – when the coupon expires

When I list the store deals and refer to a coupon from a Sunday insert, I list in parentheses where you can find the coupon. For example, (RP 8/28/11 exp 12/31/11) means that the coupon came from the Redplum insert that was in the 8/28/11 Sunday newspaper and that the coupon expires 12/31/11.

Frequently used acronyms:

  • $/$$ – Save $ when you spend $$. For example, $5/$25 means $5 off your purchase of $25 or more.
  • $1/1, $1/2 – One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
  • ARV – Actual retail value
  • B1G1, BOGO – Buy one item, get one item free
  • Beep – Sometimes the register will beep when a coupon is scanned, indicating that the cashier needs to take an action, like entering a price.
  • Blinkies – Grocery store coupon dispensers with a blinking light.
  • Catalina – A type of coupon that prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints.
  • Coupon Policy – An individual statement for each store regarding their procedure in accepting coupons. It is important to contact your local stores for their coupon policies before you shop with coupons.
  • CRT – Cash register tape, usually referring to coupons that print at CVS at the bottom of your receipt.
  • DND – Do not double
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards program. Learn about ECB’s HERE.
  • ETS – Excludes trial size
  • GC – Gift card
  • IP – Internet printable coupon
  • IVC – Instant value coupon, Walgreen’s store coupons
  • MFR – Manufacturer coupon
  • MIR – Mail-in rebate
  • MM – Moneymaker, making a profit after coupons & sale
  • MQ – Manufacturer coupon
  • OOP – Out of pocket cost.
  • OYNO – On your next order, an incentive program where you make a qualifying purchase and then receive a coupon to use on your next purchase.
  • Peelie – Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
  • PSA – Prices starting at
  • Q – Coupons
  • Rain Check – A slip of paper you can get from the cashier when an item is out of stock. The rain check will have the current advertised price and you can use it later to get that same price when the item is back in stock. Not all stores write rain check, and some have an expiration date.
  • RR – Register Rewards, Walgreens loyalty rewards program. Learn about RR’s HERE.
  • Stacking – Using both a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon on one item.
  • Stockpile – A storage location for additional materials, such as groceries, personal care, and household products.
  • Tearpad – Pad of coupons that you can tear off, attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door
  • TQ – Target Coupon
  • UPC – Universal product code, the bar code
  • WAGS – Walgreens
  • WYB – When you buy
  • YMMV – Your mileage may vary, meaning you may get a better deal at Store A than Store B

Have you come across any abbreviations you are not familiar with?

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