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Coupon Lingo and Abbreviations

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00ed9044c12000ee6e7772e784a35e18When you first start learning to coupon, reading posts and matchups can be confusing because of all the lingo and jargon. Here are some of the most commonly used couponing words and abbreviations that you will encounter on most couponing and deals websites. Learn the coupon lingo and you will be on your way of saving and livin’t the diva lifestyle on a dime!

$/#: amount taken off how many items. Ex. $1/2 or $2/1

Balance Rewards: The Balance Rewards program is Walgreen’s reward program. Earn points when making qualifying purchases then redeem them as a Walgreen’s gift card.

BOGO: Buy One, Get One. Will usually end with “free” or “half-off”. Meaning buy one at regular price, the 2nd one half off or free.

B1G1, B2G1: Another way to write Buy One, Get, One. The “B” stands for buy, the “G” stands for get. The numbers indicate how many of a product you must buy to and the number of products you redeem the coupon or offer.

Blinkie: Manufacturer coupons dispensed by coupon machines found in grocery aisles next t products. Recognize them by the blinking red light. The blinkie machine dispenses coupons one at a time in intervals. Manufacturer blinkie coupons may be redeemed at any store, not only in the store where you found them.

Catalina: Sometimes abbreviated “CAT”. Catalina coupon machines are located at the register. They dispense long receipt-like coupons that maybe used on a future purchase. Catalinas refer to the coupons themselves which may be manufacturer or store coupons. Some Catalina coupons are advertised and some are generated based on consumer behavior.

Coupon Insert: Coupon Circulars inserted into Sunday newspapers amongst other advertisements. Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP), and Proctor & Gamble (P&G) regularly put out coupon inserts, sometimes just called inserts. Divas Who Save recommends buying multiple Sunday papers in order to have enough coupons to stockpile.

CRT: Cash Register Tape. Usually used when talking about CVS Pharmacy. CRT’s print at the bottom of your receipt and are generated based on your purchasing history. CRT’s are specific to the store where they are printed.

ECB: Extra Car Buck. CVS Pharmacy Rewards Program, now named Extra Bucks,

eCoupons: Electronic coupons that may be downloaded onto your store loyalty card or cell phone. At Publix you enter your phone number into the touch pad.

Extra Bucks: CVS Rewards program, formerly called ECBs. Extra Bucks print according to the store’s weekly or monthly advertised deals. When you make a qualifying purchase, you receive the coordinating Extra Bucks value as advertised. Extra Bucks are similar to catalinas or register rewards, but they print directly onto the bottom of your receipt.

EXP: Expires or Expiration Date

Fuel Rewards/Perks: Several stores have a fuel perks/rewards program where you earn money off gas when you buy selected products or spend certain amounts.

GC: Gift card. Many stores have a buy $$ get $ Gift card back.

IVC: Instant Value Coupon, IVC’s are store coupons found in the weekly Walgreen’s and IVC’s may be stacked with a manufacturer coupon.

Match Up: A list or post on a blog that matches coupons with sales.

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.

MFR: Manufacturer abbreviation.

Manufacturer Coupon: A coupon created by a manufacturer, or by a marketing company on the manufacturer’s behalf. Manufacturers offer a discount to shoppers in order to entice them to buy their product. When a coupon is redeemed the manufacturer reimburses the store for teh entire value of the coupon, plus a handling fee.

OOP: Out of Pocket. Refers t the amount of money you will pay at a store to make your purchase. Does not include 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.

One Coupon Per Customer: Limits you to only using one “like” coupon per customer or person, per shopping trip.

One Coupon Per Day: Limits you to only using one “like” coupon in a 24 hours period.

One Coupon Per Purchase: refers to the ability to use one coupon per item. Meant to enforce that you may not use two of the same coupons for one item.

One Coupon Per Shopping Trip: Limits you to only one “like” coupon per shopping trip. If you change locations, then it is a new shopping trip and you can use another “like” coupon.

One Coupon Per Transaction: Limits you to only using one “like” coupon per transaction. You may request to separate into transactions. Example: If you have 5 coupons that read “one coupon per transaction” you may request to separate into 5 transactions and pay 5 times.

Peelie: Adhesive manufacturer coupons found on products in the store. Peelies are often good on a wider selection of products than the one stuck to. Be sure to read the fine print on the peelie to discover if the coupon may be used on a smaller size or different variety to maximize savings. Please do not steal peelies off of products you are not buying. Divas who save, do it ethically!

P&G: Proctor and Gamble manufacture a wide variety of consumer goods. Proctor and Gamble puts out a monthly coupon insert. Some of the brands include: Dawn, Olay, Pampers, and Tide.

PSA: Prices Starting At; when a group of items are on sale. Example: CVS may have Covergirl products 25% off, I will note that the prices start at $3.99.

Purchase: a purchase refers to buying any item. If I buy 20 items on a single shopping trip, I just made 20 purchases.

Purchased Based Coupon:Purchase-based coupons specify a dollar amount off a minimum dollar future purchase. Some common values” $2 off $10, $2 off $25, $4 off $20. Purchase based coupons may be used in addition to store and manufacturer coupons.

Printable: A printable coupon. Most printable can only be printed 2 times per computer.

Raincheck: A raincheck is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock. When the store restocks the item, after the sale is over, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price. Store may include an expiration date as well as quantity limits. Rain checks are usually issued at the customer service desk.

Rebate: A rebate is a refund of part or all of the amount paid. Rebates are sponsored by a store or manufacturer. Either clip and mail UPC barcodes or enter receipt proof of purchase online, then wait for your check in the mail.

 RR: Register Rewards. Walgreen’s drugstore rewards program , and a version of a catalina coupon. Look for the same machines located at register, dispensing ling receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase. RR’s cannot be rolled like catalinas.

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

SS: Smart Source. A marketing company, like RP, smart source coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers.

Sales Cycle: How often a particular item goes on sale. Sale cycles typically run 4-12 weeks. For example: pasta sauce will go on sale every 4 weeks.

SAL: Save a Lot Grocery Store

Stacking Coupons: Stacking coupons refers to using both a store coupon and manufacturer coupon on one product. Nearly all store will allow you to stack.

Stockpile (v.): to buy many items at a time in order to build you stockpile.

Stockpile (n.): a food storage or stash of food and non food items. Stockpiling is a key principle to Divas Who Save methods. Buy items when they’re on sale and when you have a coupon, Buy product before you need them and build up a stockpile of food and toiletries. When you run out of an item shop from your stockpile. No need to be excessive.

Store Coupon: A coupon created by the store to entice you to buy a certain product form their store. Stores receive no reimbursement from store coupons.

Transaction: a transaction refers to your entire purchase, especially the payment you make for that purchase.  If I buy 30 items and then pay the cashier, I just made one transaction.

Tear Pad: A pad of manufacturer coupons found near product on shopping isles. Tear pad manufacturer coupons may be used at any store, not just one where you found the coupon. Please only take what you need and leave some for others so there savings for all!

WAGS: Abbreviation for Walgreen’s Drugstore.

WD: Abbreviation for Winn-Dixie Supermarket

WYB: When You Buy.

WYS: When You Spend

YMMV: Your Mileage/Manager May Vary. A phrase to describe that an experience one shopper has may differ from your experience. One store may allow you to stack additional promos and another location may not.

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