Coupon Lingo

*Coupon Lingo
Learning the “Coupon Language” Can Sometimes be confusing. I have listed below most of the acronyms that we couponers use and you will soon be using as well!
  • AC – After Coupon
    Actual – Physical items you hold in your hand meaning a box of hamburger helper rather than a hamburger helper coupon
    Addy – Address
    AR – After Rebate
    BLINKIES – These are found in stores in a box most offten the box will have a red blinking light on it
    BOGO or B1G1F – Buy one get one free
    BTFE – Box Tops for Education – special markings on products that schools can redeem for free or discounted items
    B&M – Brick & Mortar means a physical, not online store
    Cat or Catalina – Coupons that come from a box next to the CRT machine
    CLFE – Campbell’s Labels for Education – lables from products that schools redeem for free or discounted items
    COH – Cut Out Hunger
    CRT – Cash register tape
    CW –
    DCRT – Dated/Detailed cash register tape
    DCRTC – Dated/detailed cash register tape with the price circled
    DND – Do Not Double – Not a problem in my area!
    Double Coupon – Means the value of the coupon is doubled at the register
    ECB – Extra Care Bucks ECB’s are a CVS exclusive
    Envie – Envelope used for mailing items
    ESR – EasySaver Rebate – Reabtes found in the monthly rebate booklet in stores
    FAR – Free After Rebate
    FREE ITEM COUPON – GOLD! You get a free product at the store at no cost or just tax
    FSOT – For Sale or Trade – meaning I want cash or other item in return for something I have
    GDA – Good Deal Alert – heads up to a deal you should go get
    HBA – The health and beauty aid section – my cvs has H on one side and the store BA on the other but most stores put them closer together
    HT – refunds or coupons that are found on the necks of product bottles
    IMHO – In My Honest Opinion
    ISO – In Search Of – looking for an item/coupon
    IDSO – In Desperate Search Of – looking hard for an item/coupon
    IVC – Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon- coupons from the weekly ad or ESR booklet
    IVDSO – In Very Desperate Search Of – major need to find something
    IP – Internet printable coupon
    MANU – Coupon issued from the manufacture
    MIR – Mail In Rebate – you have to mail it to a clearing house to redeem
    NAZ – Name, address, zip code – used for trades
    NED – No expiration date – rare coupons that never expire
    NBPN – No Beer Purchase Needed – sometimes beer reabtes won’t require a beer purchase
    NWPN – No wine purchase needed – sometimes wine rebates won’t require a wine purchase
    OOP – Out of Pocket – money paid after coupon
  • OOS – Out of Stock – get a rain check for these items!
    OYNO – On your next order – a lot of catalinas fall under this, meaning you need to make an additional purchase to redeem
    P&G – Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupons
    PEELIE – coupon’s found on product that are sticky unless removed carefully
    PITA – Pain in the ass
    POP – Proof of purchase found on actual item
    PPHF – Paypal handling fee – money used to trade coupons
    PSA – Public Service Announcement – not as cheesy as the ones from childhood!
    QUALIFIER – The items needed to complete a reabte
    RAOK – Random act of kindness – offers of coupons/actuals at no expense, given out of the love in your heart
    RC – Raincheck – your best friend if you coupon!
    RP – Red Plum Sunday Insert Coupons
    RR – Register Rewards – These come from Wags, a lot like ECB’s
    SASE – Self Addressed Stamped Envelope some freebies require them
    SF – Store form, forms found in the store good only at that store
    SMP – Specially Marked Packages – some reabtes require you buy products with special advertising on them
    SS – Smart Source or Sunday Insert coupons
    STACKING – Wags and CVS allow you to use a store coupon and a manu coupon on the same item
    TEAR PAD – A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
    TMF – Try Me Free – rebates for the full price of the item when it first is new to the market
    WINE TAG – coupons found on the necks of wine bottles
    WL – wishlist
    WPN – Wine purchase needed
    WSL – while supplies last usually no rainchecks issued
    WT – winetag
    WYB – When You Buy – additional purcahse is required to redeem
    YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary – sometimes deals work well for others and not some. It comes from each person has a different distance to the store so each person has a different expierince
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