Learn the Lingo (Couponing 101)

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Couponers use a special language (think, the overuse of abbreviations with a twist of crazy). If you’re new to the couponing world, it can be overwhelming when you visit your favorite bargain website and see a deal scenario that looks something like this:

Buy (4) Scrubbing Bubble Cleaners @ $2.49
Use (4) $1/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Product
Use (1) FREE $5 Target GC wyb Scrubbing Bubbles Products (9/10 RP)
Pay $6.96 OOP & get $5 Target GC
$0.24 ea. after coupons and GC!

What the what???

You may ask yourself, “How do I learn how to coupon if I don’t understand these the terms and acronyms?”

Well, we’ve compiled a list of the most common jargon you’ll run across to help you get started couponing:

BLINKIES = In Store Smart Source Coupons

BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One

CATALINA = Coupon printed at register after purchase

CRT = Customer Receipt Tape (CVS receipt coupons)

DND = Do not Double (Some coupons have this languge)

DOUBLE COUPON = Coupon that grocery store doubles in value

EB/ECB = ExtraCare Bucks (CVS)

FAR = Free After Rebate

GC = Gift Card

GM = General Mills (Newspaper insert)

IVC = Instant Value Coupons (Walgreens)

MIR = Mail in Rebate

NLA = No longer Available

OOP = Out of Pocket

P&G = Proctor & Gamble (Newspaper Insert)

Peelie = Coupon you peel off package

RP= Red Plum (Newspaper Insert)

RR = Register Rewards (Walgreens)

SS= Smart Source (Newspaper Insert)

STACKING = Some stores allow you to use both a manufacturer’s & store coupons in conjunction

TEAR PAD = A pad of coupons or MIR near a product or on display

WYB= When You Buy

OYNO = On your next order

YMMV = Your Market May Vary (Depends on certain store policies/factors whether the deal will work.)