“Couponers” have their own language of abbreviations and terms. Here is a “dictionary” of the lingo to make you fluent in the language of saving!
P&G: Procter & Gamble Sunday insert
RP: Red Plum
GM: General Mills
Each week the Sunday paper is a treasure chest for “couponistas”. In my postings, if I list (RP, 5/23/10) next to a coupon that means that particular coupon can be found in the Red Plum Insert of the 5/23/10 Sunday paper.
$1/1, $1/2: One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
2/$1, 3/$2: Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.
BOGO: Buy one, get one- sometimes the second is free or half off
B1G1: Buy one item get one item free
B2G1: Buy two items get one item free
Blinkies: Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers found right in the isles, sometimes with blinking lights
Cat: Catalina coupon, these print from a separate machine when your receipt prints
CRT: Cash register tape, usually used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt or at “Magic Coupon Machine” in store
DND: Do not double
ECBs: ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system, coupons can be used as “cash” on future purchases. Read CVS 101 for more details
FAR: Free after rebate
IVC: Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens’ store coupons found in ads, online and in store booklet, can be stacked with MQs (see below for definition)
MM: Money Maker
MQ: Manufacturers Coupon, found many places: newspaper inserts, printable coupon sites, magazines, at home mailers and more
MIR: Mail-in rebate
NLA: No available (usually pertaining to printable coupons that reach their print limit)
OYNO: On your next order, usually referring to a coupon that is earned on one purchase and used on a future purchase
OOP: Out of pocket
Peelie: Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
PSA: Prices starting at
TQ: Target store coupon that can be stacked with a MQ
RRs: Register Rewards, Walgreens’ Catalina coupons to use on future purchase. Read Walgreens 101 for more details
Stack/ing: Using both a Store Coupon and a Manufacturer’s coupon on one item
UPC: Universal product code, bar code
WYB: When you buy
YMMV: Your mileage (or manager) may vary, meaning some stores might give you the deal but others might not
Each week I will post a list of inserts you should receive in your Sunday newspaper. You can also visit Sunday Coupon Preview to see a list of the specific coupons included. Also, sure to check out the printable coupons sites: coupons.com, smartsource, coupon network, redplum, coolsavings and Target’s store coupons. There are also ecoupon sites that you can use to load paperless ecoupons onto your shopper reward cards: cellfire, shortcuts and Kroger. SavingStar is also a new eCoupon company which pays out via Amazon gift cards.
The internet (and Facebook) has opened up a whole new world to couponers. Be sure to read more in my Printable and eCoupons 101 post.
Once you have all the coupons cut, what do you do with them? Be sure to check out my post/video on coupon binder organization.