Confused by all the acronyms, abbreviations, and terminology relating to coupons? I was too, but you can learn the coupon language. I’ve done my best to compile a list of all the terms I get asked about most frequently, to help you better understand coupons, how they work, and how to save the most money.
BOGO: Buy one, get one. Sometimes BOGO “free” or BOGO “50%” meaning buy one, get one free or buy one get one half off.
B1G1, B2G1: Also buy one get one. The numbers indicate how many of a product you must buy to qualify and the number of products you get when you redeem the coupon or offer. B1G1= Buy one, get one. B2G1= Buy two, get one B2G2= Buy two, get two, etc.
Blinkie: Manufacturer coupons found in coupon machines in the grocery store, usually next to the product they are for. Called blinkies because there is usually a little red blinking light on the machine. These are manufacturer’s couponsand can be redeemed in any store.
Catalina: Catalina coupon machines are located at the cash register and printcoupons that can be used on future purpchases. These can be both manufacturers and store coupons. Some catalinas print based on an advertised promo, i.e. “buy 4 General Mills Cereals, get cataline for one free gallon of milk”.
Coupon Insert: Booklets of coupons found in the Sunday paper, usually Smart Source, Red Plum, General Mills, or Proctor & Gamble,
CRT: Most frequently found at CVS, these are coupons that print on the bottom of your receipt (or at a coupon machine in the store). CRTs can be used only at the store where they were printed.
Double Coupons: Some stores, usually grocery stores, double coupons up to a certain value. If a store doubles coupons up to $0.50 off, any coupon $0.50 or under will be doubled in value. Coupons $0.51 or greater will be worth face value and will not double. Some stores double coupons up to $0.99 off, meaning and coupon $0.99 or under will be doubled in value. A $0.75 coupon will double to $1.50, etc. A VERY limited number of stores double $1 coupons (I wish I could find one near me!).
EX or EXP: Expiration Date
IP: Internet Printable coupons may be printed right from your home computer. Usually limited to 2 prints per computer, download quick and safe printing software to be able to print securely from home.
MIR: Mail in Rebate – A rebate that is submitted by mail, usually by submitting your receipt, proof of purchase, and completed rebate form. A check will typically be mailed to you after submission.
Manufacturer Coupon: Coupons provided by the manufacturer of a specific item. These coupons can be used at any store, and often can be combined with store coupons.
OOP: Out of Pocket – The price you will have to pay for a purchase. Price does not include coupons or other savings.
OYNO: On Your Next Order. Stores often feature promotions where you will receive a coupon for a specific dollar amount off of you next order when you purchase a specific item or satisfy the purchase requirements for a promotion.
Peelie: Manufacturer coupons that are found “stuck” on products in the store (you have to “peel” them off – thus the name peelie). Peelies are not always for the item they are on, so make sure you read the wording carefully!
P&G: Proctor and Gamble, typically referring to the P&G coupon insert that is distributed once a month in the Sunday paper. Some of their products include Pampers, Dawn, Gillette, Downy, Tide, etc.
Rebate: A reimbursement of the amount paid for an item. Sometimes you will be reimbursed all of the purchsae price, and sometimes only a portion (i.e. $5 rebate).
RP: Red Plum, coupon insert in the Sunday paper.
SS: Smart Source, coupon insert in the Sunday paper.
Stacking: Using two promotions or coupons together.
Store Coupon: A store specific coupon that can be used only at the store that provided it. Sometimes these are in newsletters, online, emailed, or found in the weekly circular.
Tear Pad: A pad of manufacturer coupons where you can “tear” off a coupon. These are usually manufactuer’s coupons that can be used at any store.
WYB: When You Buy, for example save $2 wyb 3 means you will save $2 when you purchase 3 of the specified item.
$0.50/1, $1.00/2, etc: fifty cents off one product, one dollar off two products, etc. Indicates the savings you will recieve when you purchase the specified number of products.
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