Welcome to the world of couponing, an elite community where we speak our own language! What does it all mean? We've put together a list for you, so that you'll be speaking the lingo in no time!
$$/$$ – You receive a certain dollar amount off when you spend a certain amount. Example: $5/$25 is $5 off of your purchase when you spend $25.
$/# – You receive a certain amount off for every specified number of products that you purchase. Example: $1/2 is $1 off of every 2 items purchased.
B1G1 or BOGO = Buy One Get One Free (B1G2 is Buy One Get Two Free, etc.)
Blinkie – In-store coupons that are dispensed from a small promotional ‘blinking’ box located near the associated product.
CRT (Cash Register Tape) – Your receipt.
CAT or Catalina – A coupon that prints out at the register after a purchase is made.
Coupon Clipping Service – A company that provides coupon inserts or ‘clipped’ coupons for a nominal fee. Shop our whole, uncut inserts or visit our partner site, The Coupon Marketplace, for clipped coupons.
Coupon Policy – The terms and conditions set forth by an individual store or chain of stores in regards to their acceptance of coupons. It is always a good idea to print and have your store’s coupon policy handy in case a problem arises at the register.
Coupon Insert – Coupon booklets filled with manufacturer’s coupons. Coupon inserts are found in the Sunday newspaper and are published by marketing companies such as News America (SmartSource), RetailMeNot, and Proctor & Gamble (P&G).
Digital Coupons – Virtual or online coupons that can be loaded to your store’s loyalty card for redemption at checkout.
Double Coupon – A promotion offered by a store and applied at the register that allows the value of certain coupons to be ‘doubled’ – meaning that the store will match the value of the coupon up to a certain amount. Example: if you have a coupon for $1 off, the store will deduct $2 off your purchase. Not all stores offer this promotion and rules widely vary.
DND (Do Not Double) – An abbreviation or term found on a coupon prohibiting it from being doubled.
DNT (Do Not Triple) – An abbreviation or term found on a coupon prohibiting it from being tripled.
ECB (Extra Care Bucks) – Coupons exclusive to CVS which are printed at the register and are redeemable like cash on your next purchase.
EXP (Expiration) – A coupon’s expiration date
FAR (Free After Rebate) – A promotion offered by a store or manufacturer that allows the purchaser to be fully reimbursed for a product after submitting a mail-in or online rebate.
Hangtag – In-store coupons and/or rebate forms that are displayed ‘hanging’ on the corresponding product (usually found on bottled products).
Haul - All of the products that you scored at the store by using coupons.
IP (Internet Printable) – A coupon that you print at home from the internet.
IVC (Instant Value Coupon) – Coupons exclusive to Walgreens which are found in the weekly Walgreen’s circular and in the monthly EasySaver catalog located at the front of each store.
MFG or MQ (Manufacturer’s coupon) – A coupon redeemable for a certain amount off of a particular product issued by its manufacturer.
MIR (Mail-In Rebate) – The form that you submit for a promotion offered by a store or manufacturer that allows the purchaser to be reimbursed or incentivized for a product after meeting the eligibility guidelines.
NED (No Expiration Date) – A coupon that never expires.
OOP (Out-of-Pocket) – This is the dollar amount that you owe AFTER coupons have been deducted.
OYNO (On Your Next Order) – A coupon or promotion redeemable on your next order or purchase.
OYNP (On Your Next Purchase) – A coupon or promotion redeemable on your next purchase or order.
Peelie – An in-store coupon found on a corresponding product that you must ‘peel’ off or remove and redeem at checkout.
PG (Proctor & Gamble) – A manufacturer of popular brands that publishes a monthly coupon insert that can be found in the Sunday newspaper.
Q – Coupon
Raincheck – A paper slip that you can request from the customer service counter in the event that a particular product that is on sale is out of stock. This raincheck allows you to purchase the product at the sale price once the product is back in stock (even if the sale is over).
RMN (RetailMeNot) – A coupon insert published by RetailMeNot that can be found in the Sunday newspaper (or the mail for some).
RR (Register Rewards) – Coupons exclusive to Walgreens which are printed at the register and are redeemable like cash on your next purchase.
S or SS (Smart Source) – A coupon insert published by NewsAmerica that can be found in the Sunday newspaper (or the mail for some). You can also print SmartSource coupons here.
Stacking – A term used when you use a manufacturer’s coupon AND a store coupon on one specific product.
Stockpile - All of the free or cheap products that you scored using coupons that you keep on hand in a dedicated cabinet, closet, basement, etc.
Tearpad – In-store coupons and/or rebate forms that are displayed near the corresponding product on a gummed pad that you must be ‘tear’ off one at a time.
Triple Coupons – A promotion offered by a store and applied at the register that allows the value of certain coupons to be ‘tripled’ – meaning that the store will triple the value of the coupon up to a certain amount.Example: if you have a coupon for $1 off, the store will deduct $3 off your purchase. Not all stores offer this promotion and rules widely vary.
TQ – Target Coupon. These can be printables, in the Target Cartwheel app, or mailers.
UP Rewards – Coupons exclusive to Rite Aid which are printed at the register and are redeemable like cash on your next purchase.
UPC (Universal Product Code) – A product’s bar code.
WAGS – An abbreviation for Walgreens.
YMMV (Your Mileage/Manager May Vary) – A term that refers to the success of a specific deal based on the particular store or manager near you.
WYB (When You Buy) – Savings applied after a required number of items are purchased. Example: Receive $2 off WYB 3 participating products.