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Extreme Couponing: Common Coupon Abbreviations

Alecia Stanley By   Alecia Stanley
07.21.11
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Extreme Couponing: Common Coupon Abbreviations

Before we go any further in our efforts towards extreme couponing, I thought it would be important to talk about some common coupon and store abbreviations.  Now that we’ve created a family budget, ascertained where to find coupons, and figured out a coupon organization technique that works for us, we’re almost ready to start hunting deals and shopping for bargains.  In the future weeks, though, we’re going to be talking about couponing forums and deal blogs, which often use confusing terms and abbreviations that could easily frustrate a reader if they don’t have the “key”.

So, here is a list of common couponing abbreviations and shortcuts –

  • $X/X = X amount of money off of X amount of products (ie $1/1 = $1 off 1)
  • X/$X = X amount of products for X amount of money (ie 2/$2 = 2 for $2)
  • B1G1 or BOGO = Buy One, Get One
  • Stack = using two (or more) coupons on 1 item
  • wyb = when you buy
  • Coupon Matchups – listing store sales with available coupons (aka Matchups)
  • Printable = coupon that you print online (aka internet coupon)
  • Insert = coupons found in the Sunday newspaper
  • Blinkie = coupon found in the store aisles, located in little “blinkie” machines that spit out the coupons
  • Catalina = a coupon that prints at the register with your receipt (Target, for example, has these)
  • Hang Tag = a coupon found hanging around the neck of a product
  • Peelie – a coupon found on a product, which you peel off
  • MFR = manufacturer’s coupon
  • OOP = out of pocket (the amount of money you spend at the register)
  • MIR = Mail in Rebate
  • RP = RedPlum coupon
  • SS = SmartSource coupon
  • P&G = Proctor & Gamble coupon
  • GM = General Mills coupon
  • YMMV = “your mileage may vary” – marketing term that means it is up to your specific store manager
  • ECB = ExtraCare Bucks; coupon reward from CVS
  • RR = Register Rewards; coupon reward from Walgreens
  • SCR = Single Check Rebate; rebate rewards from Rite Aid

You may want to consider printing out this list and including it in your coupon binder, or bookmarking this post for future reference.

  • By TurningtheClockBack
    07.21.11  

    I am a HUGE fan of couponing! Couldn't afford organic without it!

  • By eparisher
    08.19.11  

    Thanks for this list! I have been meaning to add something like this to my website for a while.

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