Coupon Lingo: Abbreviations and all!
$$/$$ – This means $ off when you spend $ amount.
Example: $5/$30 is $5 off your purchase when you spend $30. (Check to see if the amount has to be before or after coupons to apply.)
$/# – This means that you get $ off for every # you buy. Example: $5/2 would mean that you get $5 off every 2 that you buy.
$1/1 – One dollar off one item
$1/2 – One dollar off two items
2/$1 – Two items for one dollar
3/$2 – Three items for two dollars
B1G1 – Buy one item get one item free
B1G2 – Buy One Get Two Free
B2G1 – Buy two items get one item free
Beep – Sometimes the register will beep when a coupon is scanned to indicate that the cashier need to take an action, like entering a price.
Blinkies – Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights
BOGO – Buy One Get One Free
CAT – Catalina. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product. Note: These are sometimes
delayed in printing so wait a minute before walking away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn’t, talk to the
cashier/manager and explain. Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints.
CRT – Cash register tape, usually used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt.
Closeouts – These are typically greatly reduced items that the store does not plan on re-stocking.
Couponing Policy – This is the statement that each individual store abides by, in relation to coupons. What is typically included in their policy is whether
they: take competitor’s coupons, take coupons past expiration dates, “double” or “triple” coupons, accept Internet Printables or if they even accept
Coupon Insert – These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed to you during the week. These are
typically sent out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG)They are also referred to as inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.
Discontinued – This means that a store has depleted their inventory of an item and does not plan on re-stocking it.
Double Coupons = This is the term used when stores will double a coupon’s value. Example, if you have a $1 off coupon, they’ll take $2 off. Stores vary
on how often they do this ranging from never, always, on occasion or specific days of the week. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit.
Example, no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.
DND – Do not double
Ea. – Each
ECBs – Extra Care Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
ES =Easy Saver. This is Walgreens’ monthly rebate program. You can find the books by their ads in the store.
ETS – Excludes trial size
Exp. – Expires
FAR = Free After Rebate
FAE = Free after Extra Care Bucks
FARR = Free After Register Rewards
GC – Gift card
Inserts – These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed to you during the week. These are typically sent
out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) They are also referred to as coupon inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.
Internet Printable = A coupon that can be printed online. Also referred to as IP or Printable.
IP = Internet Printable Coupon. Also referred to as “printable.”
IVC – Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens’ store coupons found in ads and monthly booklet
MFR = Manufacturer
MIR – Mail-in rebate
OOP – Out of pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after coupons, ECBs, RRs, Catalina’s
OOS – Out of stock. This means that the store is temporarily out of an item but plans on getting in more inventory. Sometimes they will offer a rain check in
cases like these.
OYNO – On your next order, Used when referring to coupons that you can use on your next order at that store.
OYNP = On Your Next Purchase. Used when referring to coupons that you can use on your next purchase (order) at that store.
Peelie – Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
Printables – These are coupons that you can print online. Also referred to as IP or Internet Printables..
PSA – Prices starting at
Q – Coupon
Rain check = A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock. Some sales will specifically say “No rainchecks” and some
stores will put an expiration date on their rain checks.
RRs – Register Rewards, Walgreens’ Catalina coupons
Rolling Catalinas – This means that you can use a catalina (see definition) as payment on another transaction of equal merchandise and another catalina
will still print. Example, if you buy 5 “name brand items,” a $5 catalina will print. If you then buy another set of those same 5 “name brand items,” you can
use the previous catalina you received as payment towards the order and another $5 catalina will print.
SCR – Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
Stacking – Using both a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon on one item
Tearpad – Pad of coupons attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door.
Triple Coupons = This is the term used when stores will triple a coupon’s value. Example, if you have a $1 off coupon, they’ll take $3 off. Stores vary on
how often they do this ranging from never, always, on occasion or specific days of the week. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example,
no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.
UPC = Universal Bar Code. This is the bar code that’s scanned on products for pricing/info at the stores. Several companies will ask you to mail these in
+UP Reward – Rite Aid reward program
WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreens
WT = Wine Tag. These are coupons that you’ll find hanging on the wine bottles in the stores.
WYB – When you buy
YMMV – Your mileage (or manager) may vary, meaning some stores might give you a deal but others might not This is what you’ll see when someone
finds a deal but they want you to know that your store branch may not offer the same deal.