Coupon Lingo

Throughout the coupon world you will encounter various acronyms. While there are tons of acronyms you may see, I’ve included the most common acronyms you will find. Keep in mind that each website may have their own acronyms, so be sure to check the website if you see an acronym you aren’t familiar with.

Common Coupon Acronyms

AR – After Rebate

B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One Get One Free   

Blinkie – SmartSource machine with a red blinking light on it. Coupons are thus referred to as ‘ Blinkies’

CAT – Coupon that prints from a Catalina machine at the register.

C/O – Cents Off

DND – Do Not Double

ECB – Extra Care Buck (earned at CVS)

ES – Easy Saver, seen at Walgreens rebate booklet

FS – Free Shipping

GC – Gift Card

GM – General Mills Insert, a booklet of coupons that appears in newspapers every month or two.

INSERTS – Coupon booklets found in the Sunday paper

IP – Internet Printable coupon

IVC – Instant value coupons – seen in Walgreens rebate booklet

MFR – Manufacturer

MIR – Mail In Rebate

MQ – Manufacturer coupon

MRP – Manufacturer’s retail price

OOP – Out Of Pocket

P&G – Proctor & Gamble (Sunday Booklet Coupons)

Peelie – Coupon found attached to a product. You have to peel it off.

POP – Proof of purchase

Q – Coupon

RC – Rain-check

RP – Red Plum (Sunday Booklet Coupons) (formerly Valassis)

RR – Register Reward from Walgreens – use as a $ off coupon on your next purchase

SCR – Rite Aid Single Check Rebate

SRP – Suggested retail price

SS – Smart Source (Sunday Booklet Coupons)

STACKING – Often stores will allow the use of more than one coupon per item, IF the coupon itself does not restrict such usage. (Usually store Q + mfr Q)

SUPER DOUBLES or DOUBLES – coupons that are doubled $1 + in value (IE, a $1 coupon – $2, etc)

TEARPAD – A pad of forms/coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

TRIPLE COUPON – A coupon that a grocery store triples in value

TRU – Toys R Us

UPC – Universal Product Code, barcode on the product

WAGS – Walgreens

WM – Walmart


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