When I first dove into the world of couponing, I had no idea my research would lead to me to so many acronyms, abbreviations, and terms I was unfamiliar with. How was I going to understand how to coupon if I didn’t understand what couponers were saying?
I have scoured the internet for every list I could find, compiled them together, removed ones that are now irrelevant, and added some of my own to create for you the most comprehensive list of couponing terms and abbreviations out there. Whether you are a novice couponer or an old pro, chances are, you have come across a term you don’t recognize.
With this list in hand (FREE printable included!) you’ll never be in the dark again.
AC = After Coupon
BLINKIES = In-store coupons near product, usually from a red blinking box
BOGO or B1G1 FREE = Buy One Get One Free
CAT or CATALINA = Coupon that prints at the register after purchase
COUPON DATABASE = a searchable online resource to find specific coupons
CRT = Cash register tape, coupon that is on the back of your receipt
DOUBLE COUPON = Coupon that a grocery store doubles in value
eCoupons = Coupons that can be loaded onto a store rewards card
ECB = CVS Extra Care Bucks earned for purchases
EXP = Expiration
FREE ITEM COUPON = A coupon that allows you to get the product completely free.
IVC = Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon
INSERT = The coupon insert located in the Sunday paper
IP = Internet Printable Coupon
ISO = In Search Of
MFG or MQ = Manufacturer’s Coupon
MIR = Mail In Rebate
NED = No expiration date
NLA = No Longer Available
OOP = Out of Pocket, refers to the amount you actually pay after coupons
OYNO = On your next order
P&G = Proctor & Gamble Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper
PEELIE = Coupon that you peel off the package
PSA = Prices Starting At
Q = Coupon
RAIN CHECK = A Rain Check is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock. When the store restocks the item, after the sale period is over, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price. Store may include an expiration date as well as a quantity limit on your rain check.
REBATE = After you purchase an item you can fill out a form that will get you money back, usually from the manufacturer
RP = Red Plum Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper
RR = Register Rewards (Walgreen’s)
SS = Smart Source coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
STACKING = Using a store specific coupon with a manufacturer coupon
STOCKPILE = Food storage or stash of food and non-food items (especially toiletries) that you have bought rock-bottom prices resulting in a stockpile
STORE LOYALTY CARD = A free store specific card which you present at checkout to receive additional savings
TRANSACTION = A single order that results in one receipt
TEARPAD = A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
TRIPLE COUPON = A coupon that a grocery store will triple in value
UPC = Universal Product Code. Bar code printed on product packages that can be scanned electronically
WYB = When You Buy
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (also, YRMV – Your Results May Vary) often found in forums
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I hope this helps answer some questions you may have in regards to couponing.
If you feel I’ve missed anything, please feel free to add it in the comments section so I can update.
~ Miss Liz
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Ultimate List of Couponing Terms and Abbreviations misslizgooden