Coupon Lingo Cheat Sheet

Coupon Lingo Cheat Sheet

Ever wondered what all of those coupon terms and codes meant?  When I first began trying to decipher all of those codes and terms, I scratched my head in confusion a lot and left many of the  coupon forums out there.  Because I couldn’t understand what they were talking about.  I was just getting the hang of texting  shorthand and now, there’s another lingo just for couponing?  I was nervous, I didn’t want to make a mistake when it came time to do my shopping transactions.  Don’t be nervous, you can Stretch Your $s Mile High with coupons.  So for you newbies out there I created a cheat sheet of coupon lingo for you to understand.  I hope this helps.


  • AC – After Coupon – Generally refers to the price after the coupon is deducted)
  • AR – After Rebate – Generally refers to the price after the rebate is deducted)
  • Blinkies – Blinkies (Smart Source Coupon Machines) are small red dispensers that blink in order to attract shoppers. They contain coupons and are usually located on store shelves in front of the promoted product. The coupons can be used in any store which accepts coupons. That means if you find a blinkie at Albertsons you can use it at Kroger, WalMart or any other store that accepts manufacturer’s coupons.
  • BOGO, B1G1 – Buy One Get One. If all you see is BOGO, it generally means if you buy one item, then 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.
  • B1G1F – Buy One Get One Free.
  • CATALINA or CAT – These coupons printed separately from the grocery store receipt although they are printed on receipt-like paper and handed to the customer. The coupons can be used at the store where you received them.
  • CRT – Cash Register Tape
  • DND – Do not Double  These coupons typically don’t start with a number 5.
  • DOUBLE COUPON – Value of the coupon can be doubled. Often times grocery stores will have days where the value of a coupon is doubled. For example, if you had a coupon for dog food for .50 cents off, on a double coupon day the coupon would be redeemed for $1.00 off or double of face value of the coupon.
  • EB/ECB – ExtraCare Bucks you can use at CVS/pharmacy only.
  • ES, ESR – Easy Saver Rebate program from Walgreens.
  • ETA – Edited to Add
  • EXP – Expires
  • FAR – Free After Rebate
  • FIC – Fresh Idea Card
  • GC – Gift Card, Gift Certificate
  • GM – General Mills (Coupon Insert you will find in the Sunday Papers. These seem to come out every month or so.)
  • HBA – The health and beauty aid section in the grocery store
  • HT OR HGT – Hang tags for refunds or coupons hanging on a product
  • IVC – Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon
  • IP, IPQ – Internet Printable Coupon
  • IVC – Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens Store coupon found in monthly Easy Saver Booklet)
  • K – Kellogg’s – Sunday paper coupon insert.
  • MFR – Manufacturer or Manufacturer’s Coupon
  • MIR – Mail in Rebate
  • NED – No Expiration Date
  • OOP – Out of Pocket
  • OOS – Out of Stock
  • OYNO – On Your Next Order
  • P&G – Proctor & Gamble
  • Peelie – Peelies are coupons attached directly to the product. Tip: Remove the coupon stickers from the item and hand it to the cashier when you check out. Generally cashiers will not deduct the price unless you hand them the peelie coupon. Peelies (for the most part) can only be used in the store where you found it.
  • PSA – Prices Starting At
  • Q – Coupon
  • RC – Raincheck
  • P&G – Proctor & Gamble  (Usually only printed once a month, towards the end of the month.)
  • RP – Red Plum Sunday Supplement Coupons
  • RR – Register Rewards (Walgreens)
  • SS – Smart Source coupons insert
  • STACKING – Using more than one coupon for one product. Also, using a coupon on a marked down item.   See below for more information on stacking.
  • TEAR PAD, TP – Tear Pads are pads with coupons or rebate forms attached and are usually located on the shelf or displayed near the advertised product. The coupons/rebates can be used in any store that accepts manufacturer’s coupons.
  • UPC – Universal Product Code
  • WT – Winetag – These are coupon cards or rebate cards which are placed over the neck of wine bottles or other products packaged in bottles and jars. Many times the coupons are for related food products and do not specify that a purchase of the bottled item is required. Example – A bottle of Kaluha might have a collar coupon for a specific brand of ice cream.
  • WYB – When You Buy
  • YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary – This is often seen in a couponers post on a forum and it means that depending on your store’s policies, the deal posted may or may not work.


  • DiGiornos Frozen Pizza – B2G1 FREE, EXP 12-30-14-This means buy two pizzas, get one for FREE!
  • For stacking coupons with manufacturers coupon and store coupons.  It may look like, Buy Bird Seed with .30 off Q with a .30 cents off Target Q. 

Stacking coupons:

The only place that you will be able to stack Q’s for maximum savings is if the store offers their own Q’s.  For example…Target, Walgreens, RiteAid, Kmart.  Or stores that put out there own coupons. 

The best way to tell if the Q you want to use is from a manufacturer or a store.  Right click on the link to the coupon to see if it says the stores name or a manufacturer in the coupon code. 

I hope this list helps you somewhat.  Trust me, once you get the hang of it is really easy to decipher all of those deals out there.  You will really see the savings start rolling in.

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