Couponing for the Rest of Us

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!


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