If you spend any time at all reading coupon blogs or forums, you might feel like the posts are written in another language. After three months of total immersion into the world of extreme couponing, I still run into an acronym or a tip that doesn't make sense to me. Let me see if I can explain some of the most confusing bits of couponing lingo for you.
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General Coupon Acronyms
- BOGO or BOGOF or BOGO1/2 stands for Buy One Get One Free or Buy One Get One at Half Price. You might also find a B2GO acronym or something similar. I love the BOG2 deal, too bad we see it so rarely.
- OOP means Out of Pocket. This is how much you actually handed the cashier.
- YMMV stands for Your Mileage May Vary and is most often used when discussing a deal that may or may not work, depending on your store's policies.
- RP, SS, or P&G are short for the three types of coupon inserts most commonly seen in the Sunday paper. Red Plum, SmartSource, Proctor & Gamble. So if you see RP5/8 that means the coupon was in the Red Plum supplement that came out on 5/8.
- OYNO or Catalina are generally the same thing. Catalina is a marketing company that provides those cash register receipt coupons many stores give you when you check out. The coupons are good On Your Next Order. They can be coupons to use on specific items or generic $X.XX off your next grocery purchase.
- MIR stands for Mail-in Rebate. They usually require you to send the original cash register tape (or CRT) and the UPC or Proof of Purchase in order to receive the rebate.
- FARR means this item is Free After Rebate.
- .50/3 is something you'll see a lot, just with different numbers. This means you'll get .50 off the purchase of 3. (No, you won't get .16 off if you purchase 1.)
- Blinkie, Tearpad, Hang Tag, Peelie are all places where coupons are found. Blinkies are the little red machines in grocery stores that have coupons in them, they often have a blinking light on the machine. Tear pads are often found hanging on shelves in front of specific products. Hang tag coupons and peelies are found on the products themselves.
- IP stands for Internet printable coupon.
- DND and DND5 means Do Not Double and indicates the company that issued the coupon does not want a store to double this coupon. A DND5 coupon says Do Not Double but the coupon code begins with a five, and most registers will automatically double the coupon anyway (if you have a doubling store.)
- MFR stands for Manufacturer's Coupon
- WYB means When You Buy.
- Rolling, as in "this deal is rolling," means you can use the Catalina/OYNO to buy more of the same offer and receive another Catalina/OYNO for the next set of purchases. For instance: Get a $5 OYNO WYB $20 worth of X brand product. You'd buy $20 worth of X brand in one transaction, receive your $5 OYNO and turn around and use it to help pay for the next $20 worth of X brand and receive another OYNO coupon (or gift card). Not all deals roll!
Store Specific Acronyms or Phrases
- RR is a Walgreen's term for Register Rewards. These are Catalina-type coupons that are given at check-out when you meet the terms of the deal. You can use those OYNO.
- IVC is what we call Walgreen's instant value coupons. They're found in the small booklets found in Walgreen's -- generally in front by the weekly ad but sometimes on the pharmacy and beauty counters, as well.
- ECB is CVS's version of the OYNO. A cash register tape (CT) coupon given when you check out that will take money off of your next purchase.
- Red Machine, or some version there of ,is what we call the magic machine just inside the CVS door where you can scan your Extra Care card (every time you go in ... twice, actually) and get CVS store coupons.
- Bag Tag is another CVS money saving opportunity. Buy a bag tag for $1.99 and take it with you every time you shop. If you bring your own bags, or decline their bags, the cashier will scan your bag tag and every fourth scan you'll receive $1 in ECB.
- UPS stands for Rite-Aid's Plus Up Reward program. (I really wish I had a Rite-Aid.)
- SRC means Single Rebate Check and is another Rite-Aid term.
- Web Coupon is what I generally see people call the Target printable coupons available on the Target website.
Those are the phrases and acronyms that I most often see (and use) but there are probably many more -- especially when you are talking about offers at specific stores. If you've seen one that you're confused about, share it here, and we'll help you figure it out. If you notice one that I left out, post it in the comments, and I'll add it.
Why don't you watch TLC's Extreme Couponing with me on Wednesday night at 9:30pm ET and see how many of these phrases are used? I'll be live Chattering/Tweeting and will certainly use many of these abbreviations during the show. When it's over, I'll be posting the sixth week of tips for the Extreme Couponing Challenge. Read the first five week's of tips and then join in. Post your questions and your weekly savings (as well as any great deals you've found) in the Coupon Lovers Group. It's a lot of fun to see just how much everyone is saving!
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