Monday, June 8, 2009

Coupon Lingo

Like with most other hobbies, there is a certain "lingo" that goes with couponing. I thought I'd take just a minute to define some of these terms used in HCW and other frugal living blogs. Couponing and stockpiling can be a little overwhelming at first, but I promise you'll get the hang of it!

Most of these terms I use, some I do not - but it always helps to know them if you are looking at other websites that may use them.

Blinkies = coupon from a "blinking" red box near the product
BOGO/B1G1=Buy One, Get One Free
Catalina/Cat= a coupon that prints from a catalina (the register) machine after your purchase
CRT=Cash Register Tape from CVS refers to the coupon that prints from the scanner machines or at the end of your receipt
EB or ECB= Extra Bucks (formerly known as Extra Care Bucks)
FAR=Free After Rebate
Filler=item bought to bring your purchase total to a certain amount (to lower your OOP) or to make your item:coupon ratio work
IP=Internet Printable Coupon
MMB = Meijer Mealbox Coupon
MQ=Manufacturer Coupon (coupons from newspaper inserts, magazines, etc...IP's are considered manufacturing coupons as well, but this is a way to separate the two)
MIR=Mail In Rebate
OYNO = On/Off your next order
OOP=Out of Pocket
Overage= when an item is more than free
Peelie = coupon peeled off the package
Q= Coupon
RR=Register Reward, catalina that prints at Walgreens when you purchase specific items
Stacking= when you combine a store coupon with a manufacturers coupon
Tear Pad = Coupons you see hanging at the store
YMMV=Your Mileage/Manager May Vary
Wags= Walgreens
Wyb=When You Buy

In the newspapers, there are three types of coupon inserts: RedPlum (RP), Smartsource (SS) and Proctor & Gamble (P&G) - you will often see coupon matchups with these initials next to them, as well.

Hope that helps in understanding the coupon world a little bit better!

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