Grocery Couponers Lingo and Abbreviations – Jargon for Couponing

Beginners Guide Coupon Lingo and Jargon

If you are new, you are probably lost in all the lingo.  We <3 our lingo because it makes typing out long explanations of a deal much easier and shorter, we don’t do it just to frustrate or confuse you.  Since you found this page, you are well on your way to becoming an expert on these couponing abbreviations.  You can use this list of grocery coupon jargon to decipher your deals.  If you find one that is not on the list, please post a reply so we can add it 🙂

Sunday Paper Inserts

  • Inserts – Coupon packets usually found in Sunday paper.  They include Red Plum,  SmartSource and P&G.
  • SS:  Smart Source (weekly)
  • RP:  Red Plum (weekly)
  • P&G: Proctor & Gamble (monthly insert)
  • GM: General Mills (periodic)

Basic Coupon Abbreviations

  • $/$: Any example of money off purchase. For example:  $5/$30 ($5 off of a purchase of $30 or more)
  • $1/1: You will receive $1 off of just one item
  • $2/1:  Receive $2 off of one item
  • $1/2:  Receive $1 off when you buy 2 items
  • A RUN:  Going to the grocery store to use your coupons
  • AC: After Coupons
  • ALA:  As Low As – This is for a best case senerio based on which coupons are better to use over other coupons.
  • All You:  a magazine that can provide a high value coupon or a coupon not availabe anywhere else.
  • AR: After Rebate.
  • B&M – Brick and Mortar store. An actual / physical store.
  • Beep: What happens when a coupon will not scan at the register and that sometimes action may need to be taken either by the cashier / manager.
  • Blinkie:  The Coupon Machine that spits out coupons in the grocery aisle. (You know the one where your child grabs 20, and considers it “helping.”
  • Boost:  Increase the coupon’s value by liking or sharing on Facebook, taking a poll, turning in reward points.
  • BRICKS: “Bricks” coupons are internet printable coupons. The URL starts with the word BRICKS. You can normally only print 1 of these coupons.  However if you hit your back button 3 times after it is sent to the printer it will generally print a second copy of the coupon for you. If you want additional copies then you will need to use another computer.
  • BOGO/ B1G1 / B1GF:  Buy One, Get One Free
  • B1G2:  Buy One, Get Two Free
  • B2G1: Buy Two, Get One Free
  • BTFE – Box Top For Education.
  • Catalina (also referred to as CAT):  This is a coupon that prints out after you check out at the register. Don’t assume that these are all junk. Sometimes they will  spontaneously give free product, alert you to upcoming deals, as well as money off of your next purchase. Most stores require you to use them at the store they were printed, but there are stores that still allow competitors coupons.
  • COUPON POLICY: Each store has a coupon policy.  The policy stipulates what their procedure is in regards to using coupons.  It is important to know that policies change often and can vary from store to store based on manager’s discretion.  Some policies are corporate policies and some vary by store.  It is important to contact the store you shop and find out their coupon policy before you shop.
  • CPN: Same as a coupon.
  • CQ: Competitor Coupon
  • DD: Dead deal(s), or that an offer is no longer valid, this is often used in terms of a coupon that runs out of prints.
  • DND  / Do Not Double: in reference to coupons.  Some manufacturers place a DND at the top of the coupon by the expiration date, meaning that the coupon should not be doubled at the store.
  • Double Coupon / Doubling / Doubles: When stores double a manufacturer’s coupon value. For example. a $0.50 coupon doubles to $1.00
  • EA: Each
  • ECBs:  Extra Care Bucks – This term will only be used when referencing CVS’s rewards system. It’s CVS “cash” that you earn to be used on anything in the store. It is attached to the end of your receipt, so do not throw that away.
  • ECoupon: Found on the internet but different because it is uploaded to a card.
  • ETS: Excludes Trial Size
  • Exp.: Expires, Expiration Date on coupon or deal
  • Fairy:  Someone who leaves coupons with products or gives you a bunch of inserts
  • FAR: Free After Rebate.
  • Fillers: Misc. Items you need to purchase to get to a coupon savings amount, especially when using the $$/$$.
  • FOILS:  Coupons that have holograms on them
  • FS: Free Shipping.
  • GDA:  Good Deal Alert
  • GC: Gift Card
  • HANG TAG: Coupons that are attached to an item and hang off the product.
  • HBA: Health & Beauty, in reference to category of products at the store
  • HT: Hang Tag
  • In-Ad / IA: A coupon that can be found in a weekly store ad.
  • INSERTS:  Coupons found in the Sunday paper
  • IP:  Internet Printable Coupon, a coupon that you can print online
  • IVC: Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon found in their monthly savings booklet
  • MANAGER’S DISCRETION: A store manager often has the discretion to set limits on coupons used and items purchased.
  • Match-ups: stores weekly ad that is  matched up with a coupon(s)
  • MCR: My Coke Rewards.
  • MF/ MFG / MFR / MQ:  Manufacturer Coupon, provided by the manufacturer to use when making a purchase
  • MM:  Money Maker.
  • Net Cost:  Final cost afterall offers have been deducted, including coupons, rewards and cash back.
  • NCR: Not Coupon Related
  • NCB:  No Cash Back or Credit
  • OOP: Out of Pocket
  • OOS:  Out of Stock, when an item is not available to purchase
  • OYNO:  On Your Next Order, this is an incentive where you make a qualifying purchase and then receive an incentive to use on your next purchase.
  • ONYP:  On Your Next Purchase.
  • Overage: When a coupon is more than free, and will take additional $ off your final price.
  • Peelie: Peel-off Coupons found right on the packaging
  • PM:  Price Match
  • Price Match:  When a store will sell an item for another stores price.
  • POP:  Proof of purchase, used when remitting a MIR.
  • POTD:  Pennies On The Dollar
  • PP: Purchase Price.
  • Printable Coupon:  A coupon printed off the internet from a computer or device.
  • PSA: Prices Starting At
  • Q’s: slang for Coupons
  • Qpon: Coupon
  • RAOK:  Random Acts Of Kindness
  • RC:  Rain-Check, obtained when an item is OOS.  You can extend the price of the sale when you obtain a Rain Check from the store.  Not all stores write rain checks.
  • Rebate: An offer provided by a manufacture on a product where you have to submit proof of purchase to receive a monetary value back.
  • Regional: coupon value distributed only at a certain time.
  • Rolling: Roll your store “cash” over to your next transaction
  • RR: Register Rewards Walgreen’s reward system.
  • Shelf Clearer:  Someone who buys all the product on the shelf and does not leave any for another person.
  • SMP:  Specialty Marked Package.
  • SQ:  Store Coupon.
  • Stacking: When you pair or stack a manufacturer’s coupon with a specific store coupon. For example, a Smart Source coupon with a Target coupon. Not all stores allow this, so check store couponing policy.
  • STOCKPILE:  Is a pile or storage location for bulk materials, including groceries, personal care or household products.
  • Super Doubles: When a store doubles coupons up to $2.00 or more
  • TQ: Target Coupon
  • T/T:  Travel / Trial Size
  • Tabs: Tops of cans, i.e., soda cans, soup cans – to be turned into schools
  • TEARPAD: A pad found hanging from a store shelf or display.  This could be either coupons or MIR.
  • TMF: Try Me Free.
  • TOO! Groups:  The best and largest group so couponing groups on FB all run by the same admin team.
  • TRIPLE / Triples: A coupon that the store triples the face value of, if the coupon policy is to triple coupons.
  • Unicorn:  A hard to find coupon or rarely seen coupon
  • Winetag / WT:  A coupon hanging from a product.
  • WSL:  While Supplies Last.
  • WYB: When You Buy
  • WYD: WhatsYourDeal.com  (BEST webpage)
  • X: Can be used in place of the word “expiration” or is in multples of 2 (2X’s)
  • YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary

Store Name Abbreviations and Store Specific Lingo

  • Aldi:  German based / owned discounted grocery store.
  • BRP:  Balance Reward Points earned at Walgreens.
  • Cartwheel: An app to be used on Smartphones provided by Target to give a % off of certain items.
  • CVS: A Pharmacy store.
  • Loyalty Card: A card that will offer you additional savings / discounted prices at a particular store.
  • Kmart: A National Retail Store.
  • Kroger: A grocery store.
  • GAF: Green Advantage Flyer (Publix)
  • Green Grocery Flyer:  Green Advantage Flyer (Publix)
  • Groupon: An online site or app that allows you to purchase bargins listed daily could be based on people, places and things to do.
  • IG: Instagram.
  • Ibotta: An app that allows you to pick products you want and then redeem cash once your’ve purchased the product.
  • PAF: Purple Advantage Flyer (Publix)
  • Plenti:  Points program at Rite-Aid
  • PPFF:  PayPal Family & Friends
  • PQ: Publix coupon
  • Publix: A grocery store.
  • Rite Aid: A Drugstore chain.
  • Safeway: A grocery store
  • SCR:  Single Check Rebate (Rite Aid), an incentive program that offers you MIR when you make qualifying purchases.
  • Target:  A National Retail Store.
  • TQ: Target Coupon.
  • +UPs / Up Rewards:  Rite Aid reward program.
  • VV / Video Value: Available at Rite Aid.  A coupon that becomes availabe after you watch a short video about a particular product.
  • Walmart / WallyWorld:  A National Retail Store.
  • Walgreens: A Pharmacy Store.
  • WAGS: abbreviation for Walgreens.

Less Commonly Used Couponing Abbreviations

  • CNP: Coupon Near Product
  • CO or C/O: Cents off
  • CS: Costumer Service
  • CRT: Coupon Register Tape.
  • NED:  No Expiration Date, a coupon that has no expiration date.
  • NSL / NSR: No Size Limit / Restriction

Common Abbreviations (Not just coupon related)

  • FB: Facebook
  • HOT:  Hot Deal or Coupon, a deal or coupon that will not last long
  • IE:  Internet Exploer Browser
  • IMO:  In My Opinion
  • ISO:  In Search Of.
  • PITA: Slang for someone that is giving someone else a hard time or being difficult – Pain In the Ass.
  • SASE: Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.
  • TIA:  Thanks in Advance.
  • NT. WT.: Net Weight, in reference to coupons that stipulate based on the wording that you must purchase a product with a specific net weight.
  • OP:  Original Poster, The person who started a topic or thread in discussions.
  • OTC: Over the counter medication, in reference to products at the store
  • UFT: Up For Trade.
  • UPC:  Universal Product Code, barcode on the product, used for MIR.

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