Coupon Lingo

Coupon lingo can be confusing when you are just starting out. I could write everything out in every detail, but that would get redundant. Here is a master list so you can become professional at coupon-speak!

The majority of your coupon stockpile will come from the Sunday newspaper. There are three common coupon “inserts” that you will hear referenced.

P&G – Proctor and Gamble insert
RP – Red Plum insert
SS – Smartsource insert

For example: $1/2 Post cereals 11/2 RP (coupon will be found in November 2nd Red Plum insert)

$1/1, $1/2 – Dollar amount off number of items, for example: $1 off 2 boxes of Post cereal

Blinkie – Coupon found in small black box mounted on shelves in grocery store aisles. Pull out one coupon and another automatically pops up. Mounted by corresponding product.

BOGO – Buy one, get one free (or B1G1)

Catalina – Coupon that prints out at register after you have completed your transaction. Usually dollar amount off your next order, only to be used at that store.

Double coupon – Certain stores offer double coupons as a promotion.  They will double a manufacturer coupon up to a certain amount, as specified on coupon usually up to $1.

E-coupons – Electronic coupons that can be loaded onto your store loyalty card and should automatically be deducted at checkout (shortcuts.com, cellfire.com)

FF – Firefox browser

GC – gift card

IE – Internet Explorer browser

IP – Internet printable coupon

MIR – Mail in rebate

One coupon per purchase – One coupon can be used per qualifying item in a single transaction, multiples of the same coupon can be used.

One coupon per transaction – Only one coupon of a similar type can be used in a single transaction.

OOP – Out of pocket (cost out of pocket, usually before rebate)

Peelies – Coupon found on product itself, that you “peel” off

SCR – Single Check Rebate (Rite Aid’s online rebate program)

Stacking coupons – The practice of combining an in-store coupon with a manufacturer coupon to increase your savings.

Tear pad – Similar to blinkie coupon, but found on tear pad near corresponding item

WYB – When you buy

This is by no means a comprehensive list, just the acronyms I use most often on my site.  Check out Frugal Living NW or The Coupon Project for more ideas.

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