Coupons 101: Learn the Language


Now that you know where to find coupons, we need to discuss the “language of couponing”.

The coupon blogs will post the deals assuming you already know the lingo.

Below are  the most common terms you will see in the couponing blogosphere.

  1. $/# = $1/2 would mean you get $1 off every 2 items you buy
  2. B1G1 (BOGO) = buy one get one free
  3. Blinkie = coupon that spits out of a machine at the store
  4. Catalina (cat) = coupons that print out at the register
  5. Coupon insert = packets of coupons in the Sunday paper; include Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP), General Mills (GM), and Procter & Gamble (PG or P & G)
  6. Double coupons = If your store doubles up to 50 cents, you will receive $1.00 off
  7. EB or ECB = Extra Bucks from CVS; coupons toward your next purchase that print on your receipt
  8. EXP = expiration date
  9. FAR = free after rebate
  10. IP (internet printable) = coupons printed online
  11. IVC (instant value coupon) = in Walgreens weekly ads
  12. MIR = mail in rebate
  13. MFR = manufacturer
  14. MM = money maker. Usually used when you pair a coupon with a sale, rebate, and/or store coupons to basically “make money” for buying an item.
  15. MQ = manufacturer coupon
  16. OOP (out of pocket) = the money you pay for with cash; after coupons, but before Cats or MIRs
  17. OYNO = on your next order
  18. Peelies = coupons stuck to products in the store
  19. Qs = coupons
  20. Raincheck = a slip you can ask for when a product on sale is out of stock
  21. RR (Register Rewards) = coupons toward your next purchase that print out at Walgreens
  22. Stacking coupons = using a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon together on the same item
  23. Tear pad = pad of coupons hanging from a store display or shelf
  24. + Up Rewards = coupons toward your next purchase that print out at Rite Aid
  25. Wags = Walgreens
  26. WYB = when you buy
  27. by Emily Browning

  28. YMMV = your mileage (or manager) may vary

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