Couponing in California: Learn the Language


I use many different acronyms here on SCS. This guide is a reference to help you understand the lingo associated with couponing. Once you start seeing it on a regular basis..it becomes natural!

If you are like me–you will start saying it to your family and friends..they will look at you like you are crazy but that is normal 🙂

* $1.00/1, $2.00/1, etc: One dollar off one product, two dollars off one product, etc.

* Blinkie: A machine found at grocery stores that spits out coupons.

* BOGO: Buy one, get one.  Will usually end with “free” or “half off” meaning buy one, get one half off, or buy one get one free.

* B1G1, B2G1: Another way to write ‘buy one, get one’.  The “B” stands for “buy”, the G stands for “get”. B1G1= Buy one, get one. B2G1= Buy two, get one B2G2= Buy two, get two

* Catalina Machine / Coupon: A machine located at most registers that produces long receipt like coupons that can be used on a future purchase.

* ECB:  Extra Care Buck CVS pharmacy program.

* EXP: Expires or Expiration Date.

* Hangtag: A coupon found hanging from the neck of an item.

* IP: Internet Printable coupons may be printed right from your home computer.  Usually limited to 2 prints per computer.

* MIR: Mail in Rebate, refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail.  These are the traditional rebates that require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes.

* MM: Money Maker.

* MFR: Manufacturer abbreviation.

* OOP: Out-of-Pocket; refers to the amount of money you will pay a store to make your purchase.  Does not include and after-purchase savings, coupons or rebates.

* OYNO: On Your Next Order.  Store promos such as Spend $25, save $10 on your next shopping order.  OYNO refers to savings that you will not see on your first transaction, but that may be applied to your next purchase.

* Peelie: A peelable coupon found on a product.

* P&G:Proctor and Gamble manufacture a wide range of consumer goods and are one of the largest corporations in the world.  Proctor and Gamble puts out monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of Proctor and Gamble produced brands, just a few of which include: Always, Bounty, Crest, Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers and Tide.

* RR: Register Rewards.  Walgreens drugstore rewards program, and version of the catalina coupon.

* RP: Red Plum. Red Plum coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers.

* SCR:  Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid Drugstore monthly rebate program.

* SS: Smart Source. A marketing company, like RP, Smart Source coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers. Smart Source coupon inserts can be found in most Sunday papers.

* Tearpad: these are coupons that are on a tearpad usually located on a display or shelf near the item.

* WYB: When You Buy

* YMMV: Your mileage may vary.

* UP Reward = Rite Aid “money” prints at the end of your receipt

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  • Celia says:

    What is MQ ?

  • Patricia says:

    What does NLA mean after the kraft block Cheese coupon? I was not able to get the coupon. the link took me to a coupon site and I searched all 368 coupons but did not find the Kraft.

  • Patricia says:

    I asked what NLA was and you replied. Thank you.

    You also sent me a link to the above page Learn the Lingo.

    Please be advised that NLA is NOT IN THE ABOVE LIST ON LEARN THE LINGO, which I diligently read before sending the comment. Thought you might want to know.

  • Carrie says:

    What does that “R” after a computer insert date mean? For example: (SS 08/24/14 R). Also, if I check my insert with that date on it, but the coupon isn’t there . . . what am I doing wrong?

  • Laura says:

    What does ETS mean? Don’t see it listed here, but its at the end of many of this week’s Target deals. Thanks!

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