Coupon Lingo and Abbreviations

Coupon Acronyms and Abbreviations:

do not double coupon lingoIf you want to save money using grocery coupons, you need to learn the lingo to maximize your savings. Below is a list of common acronyms and abbreviations used in the world of coupons.

Coupon Lingo:

$1/1, $1/2 – One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.

3/$1, 5/$2 – Three items for one dollar, five items for two dollars, etc.

BOGO, B1G1 – Buy One Get One (free)

B2G1F – Buy 2 Get 1 Free.

Blinkie – A box that issues a coupon for the product that is displayed next to dispensor. The early coupon dispensers had a small LED light that “blinked” and the boxes came to be called “blinkies.”

Bricks – Internet printable coupons. Usually only one copy of the coupon is allowed per printer/computer.

Catalina or CATCoupons that are printed by a machine next to the cash register after your purchase is completed and given to you along with your receipt. The coupons can usually be used on your next purchase. Not all stores will print these coupons.

CRTCash Register Tape

Coupon Insert, Insert – Coupons inserted in the Sunday newspapers.

DNDDo Not Double. Some manufacturers print “DND” or “Do Not Double” on their coupons, usually at the top of the coupon by the expiration date, telling the grocers not to double the amount of discount.

ETS – Excludes trial size

EX or EXP – Expires or Expiration Date. Coupons with expiration dates are not honored by grocers after the stated date.

E-Coupons – Coupons that are electronic loaded directly on to your store loyalty card or cell phone.  

FARFree After Rebate

Filler – An item or items you buy to get your total purchase/bill to meet a required amount to be able to use a percentage off coupon.

GM General Mills

In-Ad – Coupons that are in the store’s weekly sales circular. These are not manufacturer coupons. 

IPQ or IP Internet Printable Coupon

MFR – Manufacturer

Manufacturer Coupon – A coupon issued by a manufacturer. Manufacturers use coupons as part of their marketing to promote their products.

MIR – Mail In Rebate

MM – Money Maker

MQ – Manufacturer Coupon  

NEDNo Expiration Date. “No Expiration Date” is usually printed where the expiration date is located on a coupon.

OOPOut Of Pocket. The amount you pay for your purchase after savings from coupons and rebates.   

OYNO – On Your Next Order. A discount good toward your next purchase, usually no minimum purchase is required.  

One Coupon per Customer – A policy that limits a customer to the use of just one coupon per purchase.

One Coupon per Day – A policy that limits a customer to using only coupon within a 24 hour period.

One Coupon per Purchase – A policy that limits a customer from using more that one coupon for one purchase. The rule usually refer to using multiple coupons for one item.  See Stacking.

One Coupon per Shopping Trip – A policy that limits a customer to using one coupon per shopping trip to the same store.  If you shop at another store of the chain, then it’s considered a new shopping trip and you are allowed to use another “like” coupon.

One Coupon per Transaction – A policy that limits a customer to only using one coupon per transaction.  For example, if you have three coupons for the same product, you must pay three different times for three different transactions.

PG or P&G – Proctor & Gamble.

POPProof Of Purchase – usually a bar code.

PSA Prices Starting At. When a group of items on sale are advertised together, the lowest price of the item in that group is listed.

Peelie – Coupon attached to an item’s packaging which can be peeled off

Purchase – Buying any item.  If you buy ten items on one trip, you have made ten purchases.

Q or Q’s – Coupons

RPRedPlum. A coupon company.

Raincheck – A Rain Check is a written I.O.U. issued by the store on out of stock sales items. Rain checks are usually issued at the customer service desk.

Regional – A coupon or deal available in only a specific area

SSSmart Source is a marketing company that prints out coupons.

Stacking – Using a combination of one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon on the same item. Usually manufacturers’ coupons and stores disallow stacking of more than one of the same coupons for one item. 

Store Coupons – Coupons created by the store to entice you into the store to buy a particular product at their store.  These coupons are usually printed in the store’s own circulars.

Store Loyalty Card – A free card issued by the store that keeps track of the amount of all your purchases at that store. Some stores also automatically adjust price for items on sale without you having to clip store coupons.

Tear pad – A pad of rebate forms or coupons attached to a store shelf next to the product being promoted. Blinkies serve the same function – except for rebate forms.

Triple Coupon – A coupon which can be tripled in its face value.

UPC – Universal Product Code or bar code

WSL – While Supplies Last

WT, Winetag – A coupon hanging on the packaging of a product

WYB – When You Buy


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