Coupon Lingo

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As soon as you discover couponing you quickly realize that couponing has a language all its own. This coupon lingo can be very confusing. We commonly shorten down a lot of the terms of couponing for ease and convenience, but this can be frustrating for newcomers. This is a list of terms and acronyms commonly used in couponing to help you out. If you encounter any that aren’t listed post in the comments and I’ll get them added.


$$/$$ – This means $ off when you spend $ amount. Example: $5/$25 is $5 off your purchase when you spend $25.

$/# – 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.

B1G1, BOGO – Buy one get one free

BOG50% – Buy one get 50% off a second

Blinkie – Red Smartsource machine with a red blinking light on it. They are located by the product associated with that particular coupon.

BTFE – Box Tops for Education

C/O – Cents Off

CH – Clearing House

CAT – Catalina. Coupon that prints from a Catalina machine at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product.

CRT – Cash register tape (receipt)

CVS – Name of one of the three main drugstores.

DEAD – An offer is no longer valid or the coupon is no longer available

DND – Do Not Double. The coupon wording prevents stores

Double – 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.

EC – Extreme Couponing. Referring to the TLC tv show.

ECB – Extra Care Buck. Exclusive to CVS. They work like cash on your next order.

ES – Easy Saver. This is Walgreens’ monthly rebate program. You can find the books by their ads in the store.

EX, X, exp – expires on, expiration date

FAR – free after rebate

FB – Facebook

FSOT – For Sale or Trade

GDA – Good Deal Alert

HBA – Health & Beauty Aids. General category for drugstore-type items

HT – hang tag

HTH – hope that helps

IDSO – In desperate search of

IMHO – in my humble/honest opinion

In Ad Q – coupon that is found in a store’s weekly add. You can cut it out and use it that week.

Inserts – These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers. These are typically sent out by Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG)

IP – Internet Printable. A coupon that can be printed online. Also referred to as “printable.”

ISO – in search of (basically you need it)

IVC – Instant value coupons – seen in Walgreens rebate booklet and ads

IVDSO – In very desperate search of

ITA – I totally agree

KWIM – Know What I Mean

MFR – manufacturer

MIR – Mail In Rebate. These are checks or coupons that the manufacturers/stores will send you if you meet the requirements on the rebate form.

MRP – manufacturer’s retail price

NAZ – Name, address, zip code

NAZP – name, address, zip code, phone number

NED – no expiration date

NFN – no form needed. Usually referring to rebates.

NT WT – net weight

NWPR – no wine purchase required. Found often on coupons and rebates offered by wine companies.

NBPN – no beer purchase necessary. Found often on coupons and rebates offered by beer companies.

OOP – Out Of Pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after coupons, ECBs, RRs, Catalinas. The amount you actually pay out in cash.

OOS – Out of Stock. When a store is temporarily out of an item but plans on getting in more inventory. Sometimes they will offer a raincheck in cases like these.

OP – Original poster. This is the person who first posted the information.

OYNO – On Your Next Order. Used when referring to coupons that you can use on your next order at that store.

Peelie – Coupon found attached to a product. You have to peel it off.

PG – Proctor & Gamble. This is one of the Sunday insert companies found in your newspaper.

POP – Proof of purchase

PP – purchase price of a product

PP – Paypal

Printables – These are coupons that you can print online. Also referred to as IP or Internet Printables.

PSA – Prices Starting At

Raincheck – A slip of paper you can ask for in the store when an item is on sale and out-of-stock.

Q – Coupon

RA – Rite Aid. One of the three main drugstores.

RAOK – random act of kindness (means you will give the coupons away free)

Rebate – coupon offering something back for purchasing an item. Generally mailed in post-purchase

RP – Red Plum. This is one of the Sunday insert companies found in your newspaper.

RIB – Reinventing Beauty. A magazine found at CVS with coupons in it

RR – Register Reward. Exclusive to Walgreens. They work like cash on your next order.

SF – Store form

SMP – specially marked package

SRP – suggested retail price

SS – Smart Source. This is one of the Sunday insert companies found in your newspaper.

Stacking Coupons – This is the term used when stores will let you use their own store coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item.

Tear pad – A pad of forms/coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

TIA – thanks in advance

TMF – Try Me Free. mail in rebate for full amount of product

Triple – This is the term used when stores will triple a coupon’s value.

UPC – Universal Product 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 on rebates

VV – Video Value. Specific to Rite Aid. A coupon you earn for watching videos on the Rite Aid website

WAGS – Walgreens. One of the three main drugstores.

WYB – When you buy

WSL – while supplies last

WT –Winetag. These are coupons that you’ll find hanging on the wine bottles in the stores.

YMMV -Your Mileage May Vary (a generic term for “It worked for me, may not work for you”)

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