Extreme Couponing: Learn the Language

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I use many different acronyms here on SCS. This guide is a reference to help you understand the lingo associated with couponing. Once you start seeing it on a regular basis..it becomes natural!

If you are like me–you will start saying it to your family and friends..they will look at you like you are crazy but that is normal :)

* $1.00/1, $2.00/1, etc: One dollar off one product, two dollars off one product, etc.
* Blinkie: A machine found at grocery stores that spits out coupons.
* BOGO: Buy one, get one.  Will usually end with “free” or “half off” meaning buy one, get one half off, or buy one get one free.
* B1G1, B2G1: Another way to write ‘buy one, get one’.  The “B” stands for “buy”, the G stands for “get”. B1G1= Buy one, get one.    B2G1= Buy two, get one B2G2= Buy two, get two
* Catalina Machine / Coupon: A machine located at most registers that produces long receipt like coupons that can be used on a future purchase.
* ECB:  Extra Care Buck CVS pharmacy program.
* EXP: Expires or Expiration Date.
* Hangtag: A coupon found hanging from the neck of an item.
* IP: Internet Printable coupons may be printed right from your home computer.  Usually limited to 2 prints per computer.
* MIR: Mail in Rebate, refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail.  These are the traditional rebates that require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes.
* MM: Money Maker.
* MFR: Manufacturer abbreviation.
* OOP: Out-of-Pocket; refers to the amount of money you will pay a store to make your purchase.  Does not include and after-purchase savings, coupons or rebates.
* OYNO: On Your Next Order.  Store promos such as Spend $25, save $10 on your next shopping order.  OYNO refers to savings that you will not see on your first transaction, but that may be applied to your next purchase.
* Peelie: A peelable coupon found on a product.
* P&G:Proctor and Gamble manufacture a wide range of consumer goods and are one of the largest corporations in the world.  Proctor and Gamble puts out monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of Proctor and Gamble produced brands, just a few of which include: Always, Bounty, Crest, Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers and Tide.
* RR: Register Rewards.  Walgreens drugstore rewards program, and version of the catalina coupon.
* RP: Red Plum. Red Plum coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers. 
* SCR:  Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid Drugstore monthly rebate program. 
* SS: Smart Source. A marketing company, like RP, Smart Source coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers. Smart Source coupon inserts can be found in most Sunday papers.
* Tearpad: these are coupons that are on a tearpad usually located on a display or shelf near the item.
* YMMV: Your mileage may vary.
* UP Reward = Rite Aid “money” prints at the end of your receipt

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  1. Tiffany says

    What is “GM”? General Mills? On your Vons match-ups for this week, there is a deal for Yoplait Yogurt 4-pack for $2.59. The coupon you mention is “GM 09/11/11”.

  2. Carmela says

    This is great! I am devouring your other articles as well ans came across two terms I don’t know–stacking and MQ. What are these?

    • Kara says

      Hi Erika, this means “In Search Of”. This usually precedes a list of what coupons someone is looking for. Hope that helps!

  3. Rick says

    someone put that there is a deal at rite aid. Free colgate toothpaste and the source where they got it from was “s”. I know that is not smart source so i dont know what that is. Anyone know? This deal is for the month of june

  4. Amber says

    I have a question from the Drug Store Senerio’s you mentioned filler. I wasn’t sure what you meant by that.
    “Transaction #2:
    Buy (2) Irish Spring Body Wash 15oz – 2/$7
    Buy (1) filler
    Use (2) $1/1 Irish Spring Body Wash, exp. 6/8/13 (SS 05/19/13)
    Use $5 ECB from Transaction #1
    = Pay $0.00 + cost of filler / Get back $3 ECB”

    • Nida says

      One “receipt” is considered a transaction (summary of all items purchased). If you decide to purchase something else and get another receipt, that is considered another transaction, thus Transaction 2. and so forth…

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