Grocery Couponers Lingo and Abbreviations – Jargon for Couponing

Beginners Guide Coupon Lingo and Jargon

If you are new, then you are probably lost in all the lingo.  We <3 our lingo because it makes typing out long explanations of a deal so 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.  We have one of the most extensive Coupon Lingo Lists out there.  However, if you find one that is not on the list, please post a reply so we can add it as the Couponing World is ever changing 🙂

Sunday Paper Inserts

  • Inserts: Coupons packets usually found within the Sunday newspaper.  They could also be sold by Coupon Fairies or Insert Dealer’s / Providers online or through Facebook.  They will include RP’s, SS’s, RMN’s, P&G’s and GM’s.
  • SS:  Smart Source (weekly)
  • RP:  Red Plum (weekly)
  • RMN:  Retail Me Not
  • 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
  • AC: After Coupons
  • ALA:  As Low As – This is for a best case scenario 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.
  • CNP: Coupon Near Product
  • CO or C/O: Cents off
  • COUPON:  A form of currency that is either generated through inserts or printable’s that takes an amount off of a particular item(s).
  • Coupon Fairy / Fairy:  Someone who leaves coupons with products, gives or sells you a bunch of inserts
  • 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.
  • COUPON RESET:  Typically for printable coupons.  Means that a coupon that was recently out to print that is that is reset is not available to print again.
  • CPN: Same as a coupon.
  • CQ: Competitor Coupon
  • CRT: Coupon Register Tape.
  • CS: Costumer Service
  • 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
  • E/A – Early Activation:  This is when a sale goes into the computer system earlier than the intended date and time of the actual sale.  Like sale would start on Sunday but is in the system on Saturday.  Could also be known as Double Dipping D/D.
  • ECoupon / EQ:  ECoupon or Digital Coupons.  These are coupons that are typically electronic coupons.  They could be downloaded to a loyalty card or electronic device.
  • ETS: Excludes Trial Size
  • EX / Exp.: Expires, Expiration Date on coupon or deal
  • FAR: Free After Rebate.
  • FB:  Facebook
  • F/B:  Feedback rating for Trusted Approved Seller’s in TOO! Groups
  • 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
  • FP:  Full Price
  • FS: Free Shipping.
  • GANG CUTTING:  Refers to the practice of stacking multiple, like insert pages on top of one another, then cutting through the entire stack at the same time, either with a scissors or with a paper cutter.
  • GC:  Gift Card
  • GDA:  Good Deal Alert
  • GLITTERING:  The use of a coupon on another brand or item other than what it’s intended for.  This does not include items that are the same brand and within the same family line.  Examples of what is not allowed would be using of a Tide Laundry Detergent Coupon on a Dawn Dish Soap item.  Covergirl being used on a Crest Toothpaste.  Those are NOT allowed.  What is allowed would be considered Tide liquid laundry detergent on Tide Pods.  Another Example would be dog food box on a can.
  • HANG TAG / HT: Coupons that are attached to an item and hang off the product.
  • HBA: Health & Beauty, in reference to category of products at the store
  • HOT:  Hot Deal or Coupon, a deal or coupon that will not last long
  • In-Ad / IA: A coupon that can be found in a weekly store ad.
  • IP:  Internet Printable Coupon, a coupon that you can print online
  • ISN:  In Store Now
  • ISO:  In Search Of
  • 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
  • MIR:  Mail in Rebate.
  • MM:  Money Maker.
  • NED:  No Expiration Date, a coupon that has no expiration date.
  • Net Cost:  Final cost after all offers have been deducted, including coupons, rewards and cash back.
  • NCB:  No Cash Back or Credit
  • NCR: Not Coupon Related
  • NLA:  No Longer Available
  • NMP:  Not My Picture
  • NSL/NSR:  No Size Limit / Restrictions
  • 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.  A person who started the discussion, open thread or topic.
  • OOP: Out of Pocket
  • OOS:  Out of Stock, when an item is not available to purchase
  • OTC:  Over the Counter.  Medication that is in reference to products bought at the store without needing a prescription.
  • 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.  When a store will sell an item for another stores price.
  • PM’ing:  Private Messaging
  • POP:  Proof of purchase, used when remitting a MIR.
  • POTD:  Pennies On The Dollar
  • PP: Purchase Price.
  • PPFF:  PayPal Family & Friends
  • PPGS:  PayPal Goods & Services
  • Printable Coupon:  A coupon printed off the internet from a computer or device.
  • PSA: Prices Starting At
  • Q’s: slang for Coupons
  • Qpon: Coupon
  • QQ:  Coupon Queen
  • 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.
  • REWARD CARD / R/C:  A card that will offer you additional savings / discounted prices at a particular store.  Can also be referred to as a Reward Card / RC
  • Rolling: Roll your store “cash” over to your next transaction
  • RR: Register Rewards Walgreen’s reward system.
  • RUN:  Going or Went to the Grocery Store to use coupons.
  • SCO:  Self Checkout
  • 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.
  • SP / 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.
  • UFT: Up For Trade.
  • Unicorn:  A hard to find coupon or rarely seen coupon
  • UPC:  Universal Product Code, barcode on the product.  Can also be used in a MIR.
  • 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.
  • DG:  Dollar General
  • DT:  Dollar Tree
  • 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.
  • ES:  Easy Saver, Walgreens rebate booklet
  • FD:  Family Dollar
  • IVC: Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon found in their monthly savings booklet
  • Loyalty Card: A card that will offer you additional savings / discounted prices at a particular store.  Can also be referred to as a Reward Card / R/C
  • Kmart: A National Retail Store.
  • Kroger: A grocery store.
  • GAF: 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.
  • 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)
  • PQ: Publix coupon
  • Publix: A grocery store.
  • Rite Aid / RA: 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.
  • SYWR:  Shop Your Way Rewards Card – For when shopping at Kmart and Sears.
  • Target:  A National Retail Store.
  • +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.
  • WAGS: abbreviation for Walgreens.
  • Walgreens: A Pharmacy Store.
  • Walmart / WallyWorld:  A National Retail Store.

Common Abbreviations (Not just coupon related)

  • FS:  Free Shipping
  • IE:  Internet Exploer Browser
  • IG: Instagram.
  • IMO:  In My Opinion
  • 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.

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