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Coupon Lingo

Here is the most common Coupon Lingo that is used by couponers. These terms are really important to know or you won’t understand what you’re looking at with coupon match ups.  I recommend that you print this list or save it so you can use it as a reference 🙂

Blinkie: A coupon that prints out at a machine in the store. They are located by the product associated with that particular coupon

B1G1 or BOGO: Buy one Get one free

Cash Register Tape: Your Receipt. Also referred to as CRT

Catalina: A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next
purchase or $$ off a certain product. They print out of that little machine next to
the register. Sometimes the cashier will forget to give them to you so make sure and keep an eye on that little machine and ask for them if they don’t give them to you. You typically have to use them at the store they’re printed at, but some stores will take “competitor” coupons. Note: These are sometimes delayed in printing so wait a minute before walking away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn’t, talk to the cashier/manager and explain.

Cellfire: A website that has electronic coupons that you can load onto your club card.

Coupon Insert – These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed to you during the week. These are typically sent out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) They are also referred to as inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.

CRT: Cash Register Tape, or your receipt

Double Coupon: This is the term used when stores will double a coupon’s value. Example, if you have a $1 off coupon, they’ll take $2 off. Stores vary on how often they do this ranging from never, always, on occasion or specific days of the week. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example, no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.

ECB: Extra Care Bucks. Exclusive to CVS. They work like cash on your next order. (Some restrictions do apply.)

EXP: Expires or Expiration Date

Internet Printable: A coupon that can be printed online. Also referred to as IP or Printable.

IVC: Instant Value Coupon. These are found at Walgreens in their weekly ads.

MFR: Manufacturer

OOP: Out-of-Pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after
coupons, ECBs, RRs, Catalina’s

OYNO: On Your Next Order. Used when referring to coupons that you can use on your next order at that store. (Sometimes Competitors will take them.)

OYNP:  On Your Next Purchase. Used when referring to coupons that you can use on your next purchase (order) at that store. (Sometimes Competitors will take them.)

Peelie: Coupons found on products in the store. You have to peel it off. (Don’t forget to pull these off and hand them to your cashier when you check-out. Don’t rely on the cashier to notice them for you. It will only aggravate you later when you come home to find it’s still there!)

PG: Proctor & Gamble. A big chain of brands that also puts out a coupon insert.

PG eSaver: A website that has electronic coupons that you can load onto your club card.

PSA: Prices starting at

Q: Coupon

Raincheck: A slip you can ask for in the store when an item is on sale and
out-of-stock. Some sales will specifically say “No rainchecks” and some stores will put an expiration date on their rainchecks

RP:  Red Plum. This is a coupon insert that you’ll find in your newspaper paper

Register Rewards: Exclusive to Walgreens. They work like cash on your next order. (Some restrictions do apply.) Also referred to as RRs.

Rolling Catalinas:  This means that you can use a catalina (see definition) as
payment on another transaction of equal merchandise and another catalina will still print. Example, if you buy 5 “name brand items,” a $5 catalina will print. If you then buy another set of those same 5 “name brand items,” you can use the previous
catalina you received as payment towards the order and another $5 catalina will print.

RR: Register Rewards. Exclusive to Walgreens. They work like cash on your next
order. (Some restrictions do apply.)

S or SS:  Smart Source. This is a big name coupon source. They not only send out inserts in the papers but they also have an online site with printables.

SCR: Single Check Rebate. This is program through Rite Aid when you purchase certain products.

Stacking Coupons:  This is the term used when stores will let you use their own store coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item. Example: Most Targets would let you use their $ off “specific brand” product coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for that same “specific brand” product.

TearPad: A pad of forms/coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

WAGS: Abbreviation for Walgreens

WT:  Wine Tag. These are coupons that you’ll find hanging on the wine bottles in the stores.

YMMV: Your Mileage (Manager) May Vary. This is what you’ll see when someone finds a deal but they want you to know that your store branch may not offer the same deal.

WYB:  When You Buy

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The next step is Understanding Coupon Match Ups

This is the 7th post in a series. Click this How to use Manufacturer Coupons link to read more posts in this series.

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April 18, 2012 @ 17:21

I wasn't familiar with a couple of them. Thanks!

Tricia Nightowlmama

April 18, 2012 @ 19:48

I can always use great tips thanks

Zippy Sandler

April 19, 2012 @ 05:30

I'm so not a coupon girl, but I want to learn - so, thank you for this.

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