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Coupon language

If you cannot understand the coupon language that is often used on coupon websites, then this article is for you. I’m going to provide you every acronyms and terminology you need to know to understand the language people usually use on those websites. Thus, you can find and use coupon more effectively and quickly.

The most effective way to remember all these coupon phrases is to use them frequently. But first, you need to take a look at this article.

Most frequently used coupon acronyms and terminology

AC

After Coupon

   Refers to the price of an item after the coupon is deducted.

ALA

As Low As

  Refers to the lowest price possible, depending on the coupon that is used.

ALL YOU

Magazine

  All You is a magazine known for having a lot of manufacturer coupons and money-saving articles.

ALDI

 

  Aldi is the name of a discount grocery store chain.

AR

After Rebate

  Refers to the price of an item after the rebate amount is deducted.

ASAV

Any Size, Any Variety

  Refers to the qualifying items on a coupon offer.

B&M

Brick & Mortar

  It is the physical store vs. an online store. For example, B&M coupons refer to coupons for local stores.

BIGI or BOGO

Buy One, Get One

  If all you see is BOGO or BIGI, it means if you buy one item, you get one (usually the same item) for free. But it is also used to promote other "Buy One" promotions, such as BOGO1/2P - which means if you buy one you will get the second one at half price.

B2G0 or B2G1

Buy Two, Get One

  Usually refers to Buy Two (items) and Get One (item) Free

B1G1F

 

  Always refers to Buy One, Get One Free

Beep

Register Alert

  When a coupon that is scanned at the register is rejected, the register will sometimes beep. It is an alert for the cashier to take additional action such as inspecting the coupon or entering it by hand.

Berry Cart

Smart Phone App

  App where users can earn cash for free products.

Blinkie

Coupon Dispensers

  Coupon dispensers (Smart Source Coupon Machines) that are placed in grocery stores near the items on the coupon and that blink to attract shoppers.

BOLO

Be on the Look Out

  Is used on forums as a way to tell other couponers to watch out for a coupon or other money-saving offer.

Boost

Hopster Term

  Hopster is a coupon site where visitors can (boost) increase the value of a coupon by performing certain tasks, like taking a poll or small survey.

Bricks

Type of Internet Coupon

  Bricks is a printable internet coupon that is available by downloading a small program that controls how many times the coupon is printed. Most Bricks coupons can be printed twice.

BRP

Balance Reward Points

  Walgreens rewards program gives points when certain items are purchased and can be used towards the amount owed on a future purchase.

BTFE

Box Tops for Education

  A school reward program. Small pink coupons located on product packaging are removed and turned in to schools. The schools earn money by submitting the coupons in bulk.

B&M

Brick & Mortar

Refers to the physical building of a store, vs. an online store.

Cartwheel

Target Discount

A savings program offered by Target that offers up to 50 percent off select items. There is a Cartwheel app that can be used on Smartphones, or you can access it from your computer and print the list and barcode. The barcode is then scanned during checkout, and the savings is deducted from your purchase total.

CAT

Catalina

Refers to a coupon machine that is near the cash register and that prints out a coupon.

CBAD

Chef Boyardee

Usually used about a coupon offer on a Chef Boyardee product.

Checkout 51

Cash Back Website

Checkout 51 is a free cashback website where members earn cash back for purchasing select products.

Check Your Binders

 

Refers to a coupon that is no longer available, but a couponer may have previously printed and stored with their coupons.

CLFE

Campbell's Labels for Education

A school rewards program.

CNP

Coupon Near Product

A coupon that is distributed at the grocery store and that is placed near the product on the coupon. Similar to a blinkie.

CO or C/0

 

Refers to "cents off."

Coupon Fairy

 

Refers to a person that leaves coupons near the products in a retail store or who gives coupons to other people.

CPN

Coupon

Often used on forums to describe the type of offer being discussed. (printable cpn, cpn vs. a rebate offer, etc.)

CRT

Cash Register Tape

Most often referred to when discussing CVS drugstore coupons that print on the customers' receipts.

CS

Customer Service

Often used on forums in discussions about having to go to customer service to get some kind of savings.

DD

Dead Deal

Refers to an expired coupon or one that is no longer available.

DND

Do Not Double

Refers to coupons that cannot be doubled and must be redeemed for the face value only.

Doubled

 

Refers to a coupon that was (or can be) redeemed for double the face value.

DQ

Digital Coupon

Often refers to coupons that are loaded onto a store card.

EA

Each

 

E-Coupons

Electronic Coupons

Coupons that can be loaded onto store cards or cellphones.

ECB

ExtraCare Bucks

Part of the CVS rewards program. ECBs are like cash coupons that print out on the receipt and can be redeemed and used towards a future purchase.

ETS

Exclusions

Refers to a coupon that cannot be used towards the purchase of the trial/travel sizes of the product.

EXP

Expired

Usually refers to the date that a coupon or a rebate expires.

FAR

Rebate Term

Refers to a product that is free after a rebate is received.

FB

Facebook

The social media website. FB coupons mean a coupon that is on the Facebook page.

Filler

 

Refers to items that are purchased in order to meet the requirements of a coupon offer. It can refer to the quantity or dollar amount, depending on the terms of the coupon. For example, if you have a coupon for $10 off when you spend $50 and you only have $48 worth, you need a $2 item (filler) to qualify for the offer.

GC

Gift Card

Often used on forums when discussing Target deals, but is used in reference to other offers, too.

GDA

Good Deal Alert

Used to alert everyone that there is an exceptional deal.

GM

General Mills

Often refers to the General Mills inserts in the Sunday papers.

Groupon

Daily Deal Site

Website that offers daily deals both online and locally.

HBA

Health and Beauty Aids

Used to categorize coupon offers or products.

Hopster

Coupon Site

Offers printable coupons for original amounts, or the amount can be increased (boosted) by performing tasks.

HT

Hangtag

A hanging tag that is looped around the neck of products including wine. It often includes a coupon or rebate.

Ibotta

Cashback App

Smartphone app that allows users to earn cash on select products that are purchased.

IDSO

Chat Term

Means, in desperate search of...

IE

Browser

Refers to Internet Explorer

IG

Social Network

Instagram

In-Ad

Also - IA

Refers to coupons that come in a store's weekly ad.

Inserts

Newspaper Ads

Coupons that come in the Sunday newspaper. Can be Redplum, Smartsource, P&G, GM, restaurants, or others.

IP

Also - IPQ

Refers to a coupon that can be printed off the internet.

ISO

In Search Of

Often used on forums when someone is looking for a coupon or some other savings.

IVC

Instant Value Coupon

Refers to coupons found in the Walgreens monthly coupon book or weekly ads.

JFY

Just For You

1) CVS "Just for You" coupons that members receive in an email. 2) Safeway coupons that are loaded to cardholders' cards.

K

Kellogg's

Usually referenced when describing a coupon or rebate offer from Kellogg's.

KFR

Kellogg’s Family Rewards

Rewards program offered by Kellogg's. Shoppers can earn points by entering product codes, then redeem the points for coupons, gift certificates, samples and more.

LC

Loyalty Card

Shoppers sign up for cards for retailers and in return earn access to discounts, rewards points, etc.

Like

Facebook term

The Facebook feature used to show your approval or support of a post.

MANU

Also MF/MFG/MFR

Refers to manufacturer coupons as opposed to store generated coupons.

Matchups

Savings tool.

Lists that have stores' weekly sales and coupons that correspond with the sales. Used to get further price reductions.

MCR

My Coke Rewards

Enter points inside Coke packaging and earn rewards that can be used towards prizes and coupons.

MIR

Mail in Rebate

Money saver that requires a form, receipt of purchase, UPC from packaging to mailed in return for a check, free product coupon, or some other money saver.

MM

Money Maker

Is used when a coupon offer is stacked with a product on sale and results in the shopper making money from the purchase.

MobiSave

Cash Back App

Refers to a cash back phone app that users select from available offers, submit a picture of the receipt showing purchase of offers, and then they get cash deposited into their PayPal account.

MRP

Manufacturer's Retail Price

Refers to the manufacturer's retail price. Caution - This price is often higher than the price ever found in the stores. It is often used to make an item look like it has received a deep discount when in reality it never sold for the amount shown.

NAZ

Name, Address, Zip

Referenced when personal information is required.

NED

No Expiration Date

Often used when discussing a coupon or rebate that has no expiration date.

NLA

No Longer Available

Usually referenced when an internet coupon is no longer available.

NSL

Also - NSR

Refers to a coupon or rebate terms that has no size limitation. Great for using towards trial or travel sizes.

OOP

Out of Pocket

Refers to the actual amount of a purchase after all discounts, coupons, or other perks are deducted.

OOS

Out of Stock

Referenced when a product has sold out in the stores.

OP

Original Poster

Used in forums or on social media sites to reference the person who originally started a discussion, post or forum thread.

OTC

Over the Counter

Refers to medicines that can be purchased without a prescription.

OYNO

Also - OYNP

Refers to "your next order" and is generally referred to savings (coupon, etc.) that can be used on your next order.

Overage

Also - MM

Is used when a coupon offer is stacked with a product on sale and results in the shopper making money from the purchase.

PAF

Also - PAB

Refers to Purple Advantage Flyer or Purple Advantage Buy Flyer which is Publix's Healthy & Beauty flyer that has coupon offers.

Peelie

Package Coupons

Coupons that you have to peel off of packaging on products.

PG or P&G

Proctor and Gamble

Often referenced when mentioning coupons from Proctor and Gamble.

PM

Price Match

Refers to stores that adjust prices to match competitor's prices.

PM

Private Message

Refers to a private message sent between two forum members.

POP

Proof of Purchase

Usually referenced when discussing rebate requirements. The POP is the barcode on the product packaging.

PP

Purchase Price

Refers to the price that a particular product will cost.

PSA

Prices Start At...

Refers to the lowest priced products.

PQ

Publix Coupon

Referenced when a coupon from the Publix grocery store chain.

R

Regional

Usually used when a coupon or sale is only available in specific regions of the country.

RC

Rain Check

A voucher that a store gives to shoppers when an advertised sale item has sold out.

Rolling

Coupon Expire Date

1) Refers to the expiration date of a coupon that is based on when the coupon is printed. 2) Also refers to using rewards points earned in one transaction to pay for another transaction.

RP

Red Plum

Refers to the coupons found in the weekly Red Plum sales ads in newspapers or on the Red Plum website.

RRs

Register Rewards

Refers to Walgreen's Catalina coupons that print out on the receipt.

SASE

Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

Usually referenced when discussing coupon requests or submitting rebates.

Savings Catcher

Walmart Savings Program

A price match program offered by Walmart that can be used with an app or from a desktop that scans the receipt (or enter receipt #) and all items are checked against competitor's prices. Any difference is held in an account until shopper requests it. The amount is then issued as an e-gift card.

SCO

Self Check Out

Refers to registers in stores where the customer processes the sale (rings up items, processes coupons, pays, bags items)

Shelf Clearer

Coupon Term

Used when describing a shopper or couponer who buys an excessive amount of products, thus "clearing the shelf" and not leaving any products for other shoppers.

ShopKick

Discount App

An app that offers users additional discounts at select stores.

Shopmium

Cash Back App

Free app that offers users cash back on select products that are purchased.

SMP

Specially Marked Package

Refers to coupons, premiums or other money savers on packages that are specially marked.

SNAP

Cash Back App

Free app that offers users cash back on select products that are purchased.

SQ

Store Coupon

Refers to coupons offered for a specific store opposed to manufacturer coupons.

SS

Smart Source

Refers to coupons distributed in newspapers from the company Smart Source. Also coupons that can be printed from the Smart Source website.

Stack

Coupon Strategy

Refers to maximizing the savings on a product by using a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon on a single product.

Tearpad

Coupons

Coupons or rebates that are in stores, on a pad located near the referring product.

TMF

Try Me Free

Usually refers to a rebate that offers shoppers an opportunity to try a product for free by refunding the amount of the product via a rebate check.

TQ

Target Coupon

Usually used on coupon matchup sites when referring to a Target coupon.

UFT

Up for Trade

Generally used on forums when a couponer has coupons that they want to trade for coupons that they need.

UPC

Universal Product
Code

Refers to the barcode found on packaging that has numbers that identify various information about the product. Often referenced on forums when discussing rebate requirements or when cashback sites require a scan of the UPC.

+UP Reward

Rite Aid Reward Program

Store "cash" received which is shown on the bottom of the Rite Aid receipts.

Vlassis

Red Plum Coupons

The company that distributes Red Plum coupons.

VV

Video Value

Printable Rite Aid coupons that are available for shoppers to print, after watching a short product video on the Rite Aid website.

WAGS

Walgreens Pharmacy Store

The abbreviation for Walgreens Pharmacy Store.

WSL

While Supplies Last

Often referred to when discussing sales going on in stores.

WT

Winetag

Refers to a coupon that hangs from the neck of a wine bottle or other non-wine related products.

WYB

When You Buy

Often referred to on match up lists when a coupon or sale is valid based on specific items that you buy.

X

Multiplier

Used as a multiplier or in reference to the expiration of a coupon or offer.

YMMV

Your Mileage May Vary

Is referenced when discussing coupon offers or deals. It means that your results may or may not be the same as what someone else has listed.

Knowing all these coupon terminology above will make it easier for you to look for coupons and discounts since you understand the coupon language. To remember this language faster, you can make yourself some flash cards of need-to-know lingo on couponing and start talking like a pro.

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