If you find yourself having trouble discerning all the coupon lingo (and there’s a TON of it!) then you’re in the right place! Here is a list of the most common terms in the wonderful world of couponing…
Insert coupons can be:
SS = Smart Source
PG = Proctor Gamble
RP = Red Plum
GM = General Mills
You will usually only see these in matchups and/or on a GDA (Good Deal Alert) post. It will always be preceeded by the date of the insert. Example:
$1/1 Friskies Cat Treats 9/12 RP
This means that it was in the September 12th edition if the Red Plum. I use the filing whole insert method, so I would go to the 9/12 folder and pull out the Red Plum insert, clip and go
AC = After Coupon
AR = After Rebate
BOGO = Buy One Get One FREE
B2G1 = Buy Two Get One FREE
Blinkie = A coupon in the little box in the aisle. Named for the little light that blinks on the side of the box. These are SmartSource coupons, and most of the time are DND’s and sometimes 9’s, explained later.
Catalina = Coupon that prints out after a qualifying purchase. Usually you have to buy X amount of one item and the Catalina Printer (hence the name) prints out a coupon good on your next purchase.
DND = Some coupons have “Do Not Double” stated on them. It is up to the store whether or not they let these double. Manufacturer coupons start with either of two numbers, 5 or 9. If it starts with a 5 it WILL double, as long as the cashier doesn’t stop it from doubling. If the coupon bar-code starts with a 9, it will NOT double, no matter what.
DNT = Same as above, except “Do Not Triple” (too bad I don’t have any stores that would triple anyway)
Envie = Envelope (usually used when trading coupons)
FAC = Free After Coupon
FAR = Free After Rebate
GDA = Good Deal Alert, used to grab attention
Hangtag = A coupon that hangs on the neck of a bottle
HBA = Health and Beauty Aid
HL = Homeland, the best store in my area for coupons
HTH = Hope That Helps
IMO = In My Opinion
IP = Internet Printable (coupon you print from your computer, typically allows 2 prints per computer)
MIR = Mail In Rebate
MM = Money Maker, somehow the coupon exceeds the value of the item (usually by doubling), giving you overage
MQ = Manufacturer Coupon (essentially any coupon that is not a store coupon, it should state “Manfacturer Coupon” at the top)
NED = No Expiration Date (I wish I saw this more!)
OOP = Out of Pocket, refers to the price you actually pay. If there’s a catalina on the deal, then it would be the amount after you get the catalina.
OYNO = On Your Next Order (typically a catalina)
Peelie = A coupon that you find on the actual package. Gets it’s name from the way you peel it off the package.
POP = Proof Of Purchase (UPC)
RC = Rain Check
RR = Register Reward (only at Walgreens)
SC = Store Coupon – a coupon that the store puts out for an item… I think of it as a sale price, as store coupons do not typically count in your coupon total
Stacking = When — and only if allowed — you use 2 coupons on one item. You can never use 2 manufacturer coupons on one item, but if the store has a coupon out for the product, then most times, you are able to “stack” them by using a MQ and a SC on one item… usually gets you a great deal. Make sure that you are meeting the requirements of both coupons.
Tearpad = Tearpad Coupons, found often at gas stations, near the soda, but also at regular stores. These vary greatly by location
TIA = Thanks In Advance
Wags = Walgreens
WQ = Walgreens Store Coupon
WYB = When You Buy
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (it’s up to the cashier or the store. In other words, it’s iffy)