Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Thrifty Thursday" ~ Couponing Glossary of Words and Abbreviations

Coupon Glossary

Coupon lingo can get pretty confusing! Here is a list of commonly used terms and abbreviations on Little Mom on the Prairie:
BLINKIES = In-store coupons near product, usually from a red blinking box.
BOGO or B1G1F or B1G1 Free = Buy One Get One Free.
CAT or CATALINA = Coupon that prints at the register after purchase.
CRT = Cash register tape, coupon that prints in store.
DOUBLE COUPON = Coupon that a grocery store doubles in value.
ECB = CVS Extra Care Bucks earned for purchases.
FREE ITEM COUPON = A coupon that allows you to get the product completely free.
IVC = Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon ( Found in the monthly Easy Saver Catalog).
IP = Internet Printable Coupon.
MFG = Manufacturer’s Coupon.
MIR = Mail In Rebate.
NED = No expiration date.
OOP = Out of Pocket, in reference to how much “real money” you will pay at the register.
OYNO = On your next order.
P&G = Proctor & Gamble Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
PEELIE = Coupon that you peel off the package.
PSA = Prices Starting At.
Q = Coupon.
RP = Red Plum Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
RR = Register Rewards.
SS = Smart Source coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
STACKING = Using a store specific coupon with a manufacturer coupon (most stores allow this).
TEARPAD = A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display.
TRIPLE COUPON = A coupon that a grocery store triples in value.
WYB = When You Buy.
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (success of the attempt may vary at your store).

**Coupon Locations in Deal Posts**
When I post deals for stores I post the location of the coupon you need to use. I post the coupon location in this format: (date, coupon insert). Example: (8/5 SS) = (August 5th SmartSource Insert)
So, if I post this deal:
Cereal $1
- $1/1 Cereal Coupon (8/5 SS)
= Free
That means you can find the coupon for $1 off 1 package of cereal in the August 5th issue of Smartsource Coupons. Coupons do vary by location. I might get $1/1 cereal and you might get $1/2 if you are in a different area.

Hopefully this will help you understand the things I post here on the blog, or anywhere else you may run into these abbreviations.

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