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!
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 (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
*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.
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…