Couponing for the Rest of Us

New Couponing Questions | What’s a Catalina?

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Lately we’ve posted a couple Catalina deals – and while you “old timers” out there already know what these are, I thought it would be good to pause and explain for everyone else!

* You can also watch this video of me getting a Betty Crocker Fruit Snack Catalina.
* If more “Coupon Lingo” has you scratching your head – head over to Learning the Lingo!

What is a Catalina?

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Coupon Abbreviations, Slang & Lingo to Know!

We couponers use a lot of abbreviations and special “lingo” to talk about deals.  It’s a sort of shorthand that makes our lives easier and saves our fingers some typing – but when you’re new to the couponing world, it can be confusing and overwhelming!

Here is an extensive field-guide to coupon abbreviations and lingo you’ll find us using here on Time2Save (New couponers, you may want to bookmark this page for easy reference!)

Coupon Inserts:

  • SS – Smart Source
  • RP – Red Plum
  • PG – Proctor & Gamble
  • GM – General Mills

Other Abbreviations:

  • $1/1 – $1 dollar off when you buy 1 product
  • $2/2 – $2 dollars off when you buy 2 products
  • BOGO or B1G1 – Buy one Get one Free
  • B2G1 – Buy two get one free
  • Cat – Catalina Reward
  • CRT – Cash Register Tape (usually refers to coupons found on a receipt)
  • DND – Do Not Double (some coupons say this on the bottom)
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks, the CVS “store money” you earn on certain purchases
  • EXP – Expires on … (followed by date)
  • FAR – Free After Rebate
  • FLIP – Food Lion Internet Printable (Store coupons released weekly)
  • GC – Gift Card
  • HIPS – Harvey’s Internet Printable Coupons (Store coupons released weekly)
  • IP – Internet Printed coupon
  • IVC – Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens store coupons found in the ad or monthly booklet)
  • MFR – Manufacturer
  • MIR – Mail In Rebate
  • MM – Money Maker
  • MQ – Manufacturer Coupon
  • OOP – Out of Pocket
  • OOS – Out of Stock
  • OYNO – On Your Next Order
  • PSA – Prices Start At…
  • Q – Coupon
  • RIB – Reinventing Beauty Magazine found at CVS quarterly, full of store and mfr. coupons
  • RR – Register Reward printed at the end of a transaction at Walgreen’s in the form of a Catalina
  • SCR - Single Check Rebate (Rite-Aid rebate issued in the form of a check)
  • +UP – Rite-Aid “store money” (+ Up Rewards) earned on certain purchases
  • WAGS - Walgreens
  • WYB – When You Buy
  • YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary (in other words, this may vary from store to store)

Other Coupon Lingo:

  • Advantage Buy Flyer – Publix Coupon Flyers (Yellow-Grocery, Green-Health & Beauty)
  • Blinkie – A small box that dispenses coupons in a store, usually placed near the product
  • Catalina – Coupon that prints at the register when you buy a specific group of products
  • Double Coupon  - A coupon that a grocery store doubles in value
  • eCoupon – Electronic coupon that you load onto your store loyalty card
  • Filler – An inexpensive item used to bring your total up to a certain amount (mostly Walgreens)
  • Hangtag/Winetag - A coupon hanging from the neck of a product
  • Insert – Coupons that come in Sunday Newspaper
  • Overage -  The value of your coupons/rewards is greater than the cost of the item
  • Peelie – A coupon in the form of a sticker that has to be peeled off to redeem
  • Rain Check – Piece of paper given when a sale item is out of stock, guaranteeing the sale price valid for a later date
  • Rebate – Mail in offer for money or some other reward when certain items are purchased
  • Rolling – Separating orders to using one catalina or store reward to pay for the next transaction
  • Scanner Q – CVS Store Coupon that prints from the red machine when you scan your card
  • Stacking – Using a manufacturer coupon AND a store coupon together for more savings
  • Tearpad – A pad of coupons placed near a product

Slang you may hear in the Coupon Forums or Comments:

Some of this is just common internet slang – but I know when I first started reading the forums I was lost on some of these for a good long while!

  • BTW – By The Way
  • DD – Dear Daughter
  • DH – Dear Husband
  • DS – Dear Son
  • DIL – Daughter in Law
  • FS – Free Shipping
  • GDA – Good Deal Alert
  • HTH – Hope That Helps!
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
  • ISO – In Search Of
  • LOL – Laughing Out Loud
  • ROFL – Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • SAHM – Stay At Home Mom
  • SIL – Son in Law
  • TIA – Thanks In Advance

I hope this list helps you, but remember we’re always here to answer any questions you may have. Please leave us a comment and let us know if you have any that should be added to this list!

Fun Coupon Lingo (For the truly nerdy)

Well, after a long day of posting grocery deals and getting my kids backpacks fully stocked – it’s time for a little bit of fun!  You guys probably know already that we have a “Coupon Lingo” list to help you decipher the weird language we couponers use.

But I thought – you know, there are lots more terms I used amongst my couponing friends that we just make up on the spot.  Here are some that have snuck into my own coupon dictionary (or should be there) – what are some you think should join the list?  Do you have any silly lingo to describe part of the coupon world?  We wanna hear ‘em!

Un-Official Coupon Lingo:

“Coupon Fairy” – Those sweet souls who flit around leaving extra coupons on the shelves for others!

“Catalina Diving” – When you rifle through a trash can, pile of receipts, or inspect the cart corral for abandoned catalina coupons.

“Cashier Profiling” – Trying to decide which cashier looks like they’ll give you the least amount of deep sighs and dirty looks before advancing into a line.

“Stockpile Pride” - Getting a little secret joy as you put away the last of the extra groceries on into your stockpile shelving, glance at the results of your hard work, and note approvingly that not only do you have enough to last your family a good long while, but you have enough to give away!

“Beerpads” – Tearpads in the beer aisle involving a rebate or instant savings related to beer purchase (See more on this HERE, also about how you DON’T always need to buy the beer)

“Pealing” – Stealing a peelie from a package when you’re not buying it, leaving the sad shiny square that a coupon once called home :(

“Blinkie Bandit” – Couponer who holds a stake-out in front of a blinkie machine taking over and over and over (Shame on you!)

“A Raincheck Run” – When your well-planned grocery trip turns into an empty cart and a hand full of rainchecks – empty shelves are so often a fact of life!  But a raincheck makes it all more bearable :)

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If this is your first visit, we’d like to thank you for stopping by. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve you and hope the information we provide guide you as you enter the world of couponing.

Like most, the effects of our nations economy hit our family’s hard. As a result, we attempted to save our family money by eliminating family vacations, taking our children out of extra curricular activities and buying only store brand foods. However, the savings didn’t add up.  Out of great skepticism we started couponing. After hundreds of hours of research, months of practice, and many trials and errors our tenacity paid off. We began to see our grocery bill dwindle each week as we learned how to use coupons effectively.

Now, to keep this in perspective we don’t LOVE COUPONS. We don’t wake up every morning excited to cut up coupons or jump on every deal that we can find. Simply put – couponing just happened to be the tool that brought hope to our family’s finances. Most importantly it has afforded us the incredible opportunity to give into the lives of others in ways we never imagined.

You’ll see quickly that we want to offer our community much more than just grocery/drug store savings. Only a small part of our life is spent at the grocery store. We want to speak encouragement to each of you, bring you content that is relative to your life, introduce you to thousands of others in our community and have FUN all at the same time!

 

Couponing has to FIT into YOUR LIFE  ~ NOT become YOUR LIFE.

If you have thought about using coupons, or attempted without success, don’t quit now. Learning an entire new mindset to shopping doesn’t happen overnight. It will take time to understand the process, take one step at a time. I (Kasey) remember the first time I saved $12.00 on my grocery bill, I floated out to the parking lot to my car. We encourage you to celebrate those moments, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy how great it feels to save.

From our own experience, it’s important to keep couponing in perspective in our lives. We remind ourselves that couponing is a tool that helps our family’s finances not a tool that takes over our lives. For us that means that we don’t chase every deal and we don’t go to every store. Our goal is to shop one grocery store per week, and if time permits one quick drug store trip.

Below I have listed helpful tools to help you get started

Helpful Links:

  • How to use our site here.
  • Printable Grocery “Buy Price” List here
  • Learning the lingo short version here & detailed version here.
  • Links to Printable Coupon Sites here
  • Newest Printable Coupons here
  • Problems Printing Coupons here
  • 2011 Newspaper Insert Schedule here
  • Rainchecks – Don’t Pass them up! here
  • Catalina’s – What are they & what do I do if they don’t print here.
  • Freezer help printable list here.
  • How to work a Cataina here.

Don’t Miss These Hot Deals!

  • Photo Deals here
  • Freebies & More here
  • Hot Deals / Flutterbuys here
  • Two great ways to earn free gift cards and a quarterly check in the mail here.

Grocery and Drug Store Sale matched with Coupons
You can check out our grocery store and drug store match-ups – click here. You’ll see a list of grocery, drug and national retail stores – from here, click the store that you shop at and you’ll be directed to that stores weekly sale items matched with coupons. Don’t worry we walk you step by step through the process at a workshop.

Don’t Miss a Deal!
We update the blog all day long – you don’t want to miss out on the HOT deals we find. Some are very time sensitive – in that case twitter is a great way to be notified each time we update the site. Join our facebook community of over 20,900 and growing strong. It’s a great place to connect with other couponers, share your deals, ask each other questions, and of course see deals that we ONLY post on facebook. Of course you don’t want to miss our daily FREE newsletter that summarizes that days posting here.

 

 

Learning the Lingo

This post is LONG overdue!!
 
Short Version:
  *B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one Get one Free

   *B2G1 – Buy two get one free
   *Blinkie – A small box that dispenses coupons in a store placed near the product
   *CAT or Catalina – Coupon that prints at the register after your purchase is complete.
   *CRT – Cash Register Tape
   *CVS – Drug Store with their own rewards/coupon saving system.
   *DND - Do Not Double
   *Double Coupon  - A coupon that a grocery store doubles in value depending on policy.
   *ECB – Extra Care Bucks coinside with Extra Care Card at CVS
   *FLIP – Food Lion Internet Printable
   *HIPS – Harvey’s Internet Printable Coupons released weekly and posted on our website.
   *Insert – Coupons in Sunday Newspaper Smart Source (SS), Proctor & Gamble (PG), and Red Plum. (RP)
   *IP or Printable – Internet printed coupon
   *IVC – Instant Value Coupon – (Walgreens and CVS)
   *MIR – Mail In Rebate
   *MM – Money Maker
   *MQ or Manny Q – Manufacturer Coupon
   *OOP – Out of Pocket
   *OOS – Out of Stock
   *Overage -  This applies when the cost of an item is less than the coupon value. 
   *OYNO – On your next order
   *PG or P&G -  Proctor and Gamble Sunday Insert Booklet. 
   *Peelie – A coupon in the form of a sticker that has to be peeled off to redeem.
   *RC – Rain Check is a piece of paper that guarantees the sale price of an out of stock item.
   *Rebate – Mail in offer by a manufacturer or store that issues a refund based on predetermined criteria
   *RP – Red Plum Insert booklet in the Sunday Newspaper
   *RR – Register Reward printed at the end of a transaction at Walgreen’s in the form of a Catalina
   *SCR - Single Check Rebate issued in the form of one check at Rite Aid for various rebate offers.
   *SS – Smart Source booklet, blinkie, or printable coupon issued through News Marketing America.
   *WAGS - Walgreens
   *Wine tag / Ring tag / Hangtag - A coupon hanging from the neck of a product
   *WYB – When You Buy
   *YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary

 Still a little stumped?  Click HERE  for detailed explanations of each acronymn.

Learning the Lingo – Detailed Version

Detailed Version:
If you are looking for the short version of the acronyms below click HERE.

B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one Get one Free

B2G1 – Buy two get one free

Blinkie – In store coupon typically in a small box with a red flashing light near the product that the coupon is for.  (These are distributed by Smart Source not the Grocery Stores

CAT or Catalina – Coupon that prints at the register after your purchase is complete.  It can either be a store or manufacturer coupon.  Sometimes Catalina’s are triggered by your shopping habits, other times there is an in store promotion from the manufacturer.  When we find “formulas” for Catalina’s we post them on the website.

CRT – Cash Register Tape

CVS – Drug Store, typically high priced, but with their rewards system can be very profitable if you learn how.

DND - Do Not Double * A coupon that states do not double.  This wording applies to coupons redeemed at a grocery store that doubles coupons as part of their coupon policy.  If the UPC code of a coupon begins with the number 5 and the policy of the store is to double coupons the registers are programmed to double automatically.  In this case a cashier would have to manually suppress the register to prevent it each coupon with the wording DND from doubling.  If a coupon begins with the number 9 it won’t double regardless of the stores policy.  This is one of those YMMV (your mileage may double) and varies from store to store.

Double Coupon  - A coupon that a grocery store doubles in value.  Applies to coupons redeemed at a grocery store whose policy is to double coupons to entice shoppers to their store.  The face value of the coupon is reimbursed to the grocery store by the manufacturer; however the amount that doubled is absorbed by the grocery store as part of their marketing budget.

ECB – Extra Care Bucks are printed on the bottom of a receipt at CVS to be redeemed at a later time on merchandise in the store.  Value of ECB’s printed correspond with weekly/monthly sales.

FLIP – Food Lion Internet Printable Coupon that are released weekly and posted on our website.  They also have Baby and Pet Coupons that are issued quarterly

HIPS – Harvey’s Internet Printable Coupons released weekly and posted on our website.

Insert – Coupons in the Sunday Newspaper.  Booklets are labeled Smart Source (SS), Proctor and Gamble (PG), and Red Plum. (RP)

IP or Printable – Internet Printable Coupon printed from an online website.  Most coupons allow 2 prints per month per IP address, before resetting on the first of each month.  However, the reset schedule can vary.  Before printing you may be required to download software that enables your computer to print bar codes.  DO NOT COPY!!   Each coupon has their own barcode that is tied to your IP address.  The exception is when a manufacturer releases a coupon on their website in the form of a pdf file that allows multiple prints.  The bar code of this coupon is the same regardless of the number of prints or computers that it is printed from.

IVC – Instant Value Coupon – You will find these at Walgreens and CVS in their weekly and/or monthly ads.  In most cases these coupons do not need to be cut out rather the cashier will type once and the coupon will apply  to each item (as long as it is within limits).

MIR – Mail In Rebate

MM – Money Maker

MQ or Manny Q – Manufacturer Coupon

OOP – Out of Pocket

OOS – Out of Stock

Overage -  This applies when the cost of an item is less than the coupon value.  For example, if an item cost $0.75 and you use a coupon for $1.00 off the $0.25 difference is referred to as overage.  There are several options as to how the store will handle this situation. 
     1.  The amount of overage is applied to the balance of the remaining balance of the grocery bill.
     2.  The value of the coupon is reduced to the cost of the item, thus canceling overage.
     3.  The value of the item is increased to meet the value of the coupon, canceling overage.
    
OYNO – On your next order

PG or P&G -  Proctor and Gamble Sunday Insert Booklet. 

Peelie – A coupon in the form of a sticker that has to be peeled off to redeem.

RC – Rain Check is a piece of paper that guarantees the sale price of a product when it is out of stock that can be redeemed at a later time.

Rebate – Mail in offer by a manufacturer or store that issues a refund based on predetermined criteria

RP – Red Plum Insert booklet in the Sunday Newspaper

RR – Register Reward is a Catalina that prints at Walgreens at the end of a purchase based on specific sales.  A RR is considered a manufacturer coupon that can then be spent like cash on items in the store.

SCR – Single Check Rebate is a rebate check mailed to a Rite Aid customer who has entered purchases on sales made from the previous month that have been entered on their website.  The amount of SCR is based on advertised sales.

SS – Smart Source booklet, blinkie, or printable coupon issued through News Marketing America.

WAGS - Walgreens

Wine tag / Ring tag / Hangtag - A coupon generally found hanging from the bottle “neck” of the product. (Ketchup, syrup, salad dressing)

WYB – When You Buy

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary meaning what works at one store may or may not work at another.  Also applies to coupons, pricing of items, stock available, sales price, etc…