Saturday, March 28, 2009
Coupon 101 - Coupon Lingo
There are a lot of terms and abbreviations specifically related to couponing. Use this as a reference as you view my blog and others that use this lingo.
Couponing - the "game/art" of using coupons
Couponer - a person who uses coupons
Stacking/Stack - using a sale, store coupon, and/or manufacturer coupon together to maximize savings (or make money) on an item. Example: Item is on sale for $2.99 and you have a store coupon for $2 off and a manufacturer coupon for $1 off - you get the item free plus "make" $.01
SS - Smart Source insert found in your sunday paper
RP - Red Plum insert found in your sunday paper
V - Valassis insert found in your sunday paper
P&G - Proctor & Gamble insert found in you sunday paper
Types of Coupons
MFR, MQ, Q - Manufacturer's coupon
Peelies - coupons directly on the item that can be peeled off. These also are sometimes around the "neck" of the products
Tear pad - pad of coupons on the shelf or display
Blinkies - coupon dispenser (usually red and blinking) near the product
Catalina, Cat - coupon that prints from the register after a purchase
IP - Internet printable
MIR - Mail-in Rebate
ECB - Extra Care Buck - rebates printed at bottom of receipt
ESB - Easy Saver Book - book found at front of store near weekly ad - this is monthly, full of coupons and rebates
ES or ESC - Easy Saver Coupon - coupon found in ESB
ESR - Easy Saver Rebate - rebate found in ESB
IVC - Instant Value Coupon - coupon found in ad or ESB
RR - Register Rewards - coupons/rebates that print out at register
Directly on Coupon
One per purchase - coupon applies to one item - this does not mean you must do separate transactions, but simply means if you have one coupon and buy two of the item the discount is only applied to one of them.
One per order/transaction - you may only use one of these coupons per transaction, but you may do multiple transactions as you check out or come back another day and use another of that coupon for that item.
Once per customer - one per time you enter the store (you are a new customer when you come in the store again). If you get a nice cashier they may let you just do multiple transactions, but if they are alert and sticklers to the rules you may want to go out and come back in or come back another day or just make your husband or child do the transaction for you in a separate order.
BOGO or B1G1 - Buy One, Get One Free
B2G2/B2G1 - Buy 2, Get 2 or Buy 2, Get 1
$1/1, $1/2 - $1 off one item, $1 off two items
CRT - Cash Register Tape - coupon prints at end of receipt or at register
FAR - Free after Rebate
OYNO - On your next order
OOP - Out of pocket
PSA - Prices starting at
WYB - When you buy
Overage - when an item is more than free or gives you a "profit"
Filler - inexpensive item that gives you an expense so that you can use all your coupons to get items free or more than free (the stores will not literally pay you to take their things)
YMMV - Your mileage may vary - basically saying this is the deal at my store, but may not be the same at yours - usually for items that aren't in the ad, but were on clearance or unadvertised special.
I know this list may be a bit overwhelming, but it pretty much covers everything that you may see in your ads, coupon inserts, on coupons, and used on blogs. This should help you interpret what people are referring to so you can get the best deals too!