Coupon Terminology – Know the Lingo

  • AR – After rebate (as in the price after you figure in the rebate savings).
  • ASAV – Any size, any variety.
  • B&M – Brick & mortar, a physical store, as opposed to an online store.
  • B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one get one free.
  • B2G1 – Buy two get one free.
  • Blinkie – In-store SmartSource coupon dispensed near product, usually from a red blinking box.
  • BTFE – Box Tops for Education, a promotional program run by several grocery product brands such as Kimberly-Clark and General Mills that offer points that you can clip from the package of certain products and many schools earn money by collecting these points.
  • Catalina or CAT – A Coupon dispensed at the cash register after purchase that is redeemable only at the store that it printed at or at stores that accept competitor store coupons.
  • CBAD – Chef Boyardee.
  • CLFE – Campbell’s Labels for Education, school promotion run by Campbell’s that allows schools to earn money by sending in labels from Campbell’s brand products.
  • CO – Cents off coupon.
  • CRT– Cash register tape (a store receipt)
  • CVS – Consumer Value Store, a drug store
  • DCRT – Dated cash register tape (receipt), usually required for a rebate.
  • DCRTC – Dated cash register tape with the price circled, usually required for a rebate.
  • DD – Dumpster dive or dumpster diving, some folks look through recycling bins or the trash dumpsters for coupons and other treasures.
  • DND – Do not double, a coupon with this wording is not supposed to be doubled at stores that offer double coupon promotions. However, coupons that have a UPC code that starts with the number 5 will often times still double, while ones that start with a 9 will not.
  • DNT – Do not triple, a coupon with this wording is not supposed to be tripled at stores that offer triple coupons promotions. However coupons that have a UPC code that starts with the number 5 will often time still triple, while ones that start with a 9 will not.
  • Double Coupon – Coupon that a grocery store doubles in value. Only certain stores double coupons, please check the coupon policy of your local stores.
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks, rewards earned at CVS for purchases made
  • FAR – Free after rebate
  • FARew – Free after rewards – used often in our office supply stores.
  • FAC – Free after coupon
  • FL – Food Lion, a grocery store
  • FLIP – Food Lion internet printable, coupons offered by Food Lion stores that you can print on your home computer to redeem in-store
  • Free item coupon – A coupon that is for a free product
  • FSI – Free standing insert, a booklet of coupons (also known as inserts) found in your Sunday newspaper. The majority of coupons are found in the inserts
  • GDA – Good deal alert
  • GM – General Mills
  • Hangtag – A coupon or form found hanging from a tag around the neck of a bottle or jar.
  • HBA – Health and beauty aid
  • HDA – Hot deal alert or home delivered ad
  • HGT or HT – Hangtag coupon, a coupon found in the store usually with a coupon attached to the neck of a bottle or jar
  • HT – Harris Teeter, a grocery store
  • Insert – Booklet of coupons found in the Sunday newspaper (also known as FSI or free standing inserts).
  • IP – Internet printable, a coupon or form you can print from the internet.
  • IVC – Instant value coupon, Walgreens coupon found in their monthly catalog in-store
  • KG – Kroger, a grocery store.
  • KM – Kmart, a national retailer.
  • LFE – Labels for education, see also CFLE above.
  • MIR – Mail in rebate.
  • MM – Money maker, a deal where after coupon or rebate you make money (versus just getting the item free), with overage of some sort.
  • MQ – Manufacturer Coupon, a coupon issued by a manufacture (as opposed to a store coupon, which is issued by a store).
  • NED – No expiration date, a coupon or form that never expires
  • NLA – No longer available
  • OAS – On any size, a coupon or form that is valid on any size product or has no size limitations
  • OOP – Out of pocket, the price of an item you will pay at the store, often used because you will earn rewards points, use a rebate or other additional savings to further lower your final price of the product being purchased.
  • OOS – Out of stock
  • OSI – On a single item
  • Overage – When you purchase an item with a coupon and the item costs less than the value of the coupon you may receive overage. Example: You purchase an item that costs .99 cents and you use a $1.00 off 1 coupon to purchase the item you will have .01 cent overage. Most stores do not actually give you cash back but some stores will allow you to put your overage towards the other items in your order. Overage is always nice but not to be expected. Some stores adjust the value of the coupon discount down to the price of the item, while some stores adjust the price of the product being purchased up to the price of the coupon.
  • OYNO – On your next order, wording on Catalina or register reward coupons for which you purchase an item and receive a coupon that is for money off your next order.
  • Peelie – A coupon that you peel off the package.
  • PG or P&G – Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupon.
  • Piggyback – The use of coupons for products in conjunction with one another in order to maximize savings. Each coupon is attached to a specific product, and if the purchase requirements are met, these coupons can be used together for the purchase of a group of items.
  • POP – Proof of purchase, required for a refund or other offer that is physically taken from a package, usually the UPC code on a product is the POP.
  • PP – Purchase price OR Previous Post (used when referring to a/the prior post in the thread)
  • Printable – A coupon that you print from the internet and your computer.
  • PSA – Prices starting at.
  • Q – Qualifier, the proof of purchase required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package OR short for the word “Coupon”
  • RA – Rite-Aid, a drug store
  • RC – Rain check a slip of paper that a store issues when an item is out of stock allowing you to purchase that item at a later date at the sale price.
  • Rebate – A mail in offer provided by the manufacture of a product or a store that will refund you back money you spent to purchase a specific item in whole or in part.
  • RIB – Reinventing Beauty, a special booklet of coupons issued about once quarterly that contains various coupons for products at CVS store locations. The cost of this booklet is $0.99.
  • RP – Red Plum Sunday supplement coupons
  • RR – Register Reward, the name of the Catalina coupon promotion at Walgreens
  • SCO – Self check out, checking yourself out at the grocery store versus having a cashier check you out.
  • SD – Store display.
  • SMP – Specially marked packages, a product package that tells you there is a coupon, form, or other prize inside the package.
  • SS – SmartSource, a company owned by News Marketing America that issues a Sunday insert, Blinkie coupons, printable coupons and other forms of coupons.
  • Stacking – Some stores allow the use of more than one coupon per item, if the coupon itself does not restrict such usage.
  • STG – Super Target, a bigger version of Target stores that include a full grocery store section of their store (a national retailer).
  • Super Doubles – Coupons that are doubled $1+ in value (Example: a $1.00 coupon is doubled to $2.00 value) offered by some stores.
  • SW – Safeway, a grocery store
  • SWM – Super Walmart, a bigger version of Walmart stores that include a full grocery store section of their store (a national retailer)
  • Tearpad – A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display.
  • TG – Target, a national retailer.
  • TMF – Try me free, a form that you mail in with required information to receive the full purchase price back via mail.
  • Triple Coupon – A coupon that a grocery store triples in value.
  • UPC – Universal Product Code, the bar code on a coupon or product.
  • WAG – Walgreens, a drug store.
  • WD – Winn Dixie, a grocery store
  • WM – Walmart, a national retailer.
  • WSL – While supplies last.

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