Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Coupon Lingo 101

Here are some terms I will be using when talking about deals. Ill try to explain as I use each new one, but if you feel lost just come back to this post and hopefully my little acronyms will soon make sense. :)

$/# - This means that you get $ off for every # you buy. Example: $1/2 would mean that you get $1 off every 2 that you buy.

AFC = Q website

B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free (B1G2 is Buy One Get Two Free etc.)

Blinkie = A coupon that prints out at a machine in the store. They are located by the product associated with that particular coupon.

BOGO = Buy One Get One Free

CAT = Catalina. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product. They can be manufacturer coupons OR store coupons. Note: These are sometimes delayed in printing so wait a minute before walking away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn't, talk to the cashier/manager and explain. If the Cat did not print b/c of the machine's error (offline, unpluggled, jammed paper etc) call them (they are very nice) at 1-888-8coupon, option 3.

CRT - Coupon that prints at the end of your reciept, CVS and occassionally Target have these. They are store coupons.

Inserts - These are "packets" of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed to you during the week.

Double Coupons = This is the term used when stores will double a coupon's value. Some stores do this every coupon months, some never do it, and in some regions stores will pick a day a week to double. In Washington, Albertsons and Kmart are the stores that will double occasionally. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example, no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.

Ex = Expires or Expiration Date

FAR = Free After Rebate

HCW = A great place for Q database and information.

IP = Internet Printable = A coupon that can be printed online.

MIR = Mail In Rebate

MFR = Manufacturer

OOP = Out-of-Pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after all coupons.

OYNO = On Your Next Order. Often, Albertson's will run a promo where you spend $25 (or some amount) and then you get a Catalina for $10 Off On Your Next Order.

Peelie = Coupons found on products in the store. Often, there are good on a range of products, not just what it is stuck to.

PG = Proctor & Gamble Insert, Usually comes once a month or so

Q = Coupon, any kind

RC = Rain Check = A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock.

RP = Red Plum Insert

RR = Register Rewards, Exclusive to Walgreens. They work like cash on your next order. There are some rules to them however.

Rolling Catalinas - This means that you can use a catalina as payment on another transaction of equal merchandise and another catalina will still print. Example, if you buy 4 "Kraft Cheese Bricks," a $5 catalina will print. If you then buy another 4 Kraft Cheese Bricks you can use the previous catalina you received as payment towards the order and another $5 catalina will print.

SS = Smart Sourse Insert (6/21 SS would mean to look in the Smart Source Couon Insert that came in your June 21st Newspaper)

Stacking Coupons = This is the term sometimes used when stores will let you use their own in store coupons along with a manufacturer's coupon for the same item. Example: Stacking a Target Q and a MFR Q on one item.

Tear Pad = A pad of coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

V = Valassis Insert (like Red Plum)

WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreens

WYB = When You Buy


  1. So funny. I thought I was going to a golden garden blog. Wish I had a photo of my expression of confusion. Then I got it.
    Do you garden too? The veggies from the garden are quite a bargain too.. :-/

  2. lol I definatly do NOT garden! My mom and dad are huge gardeners, corn, onions, broccolli, tomatoes, lettuce, you name it, they try and grow it! I can barely keep my houseplants alive!

    I trade them from my stockpile of things I get free/cheap from coupons (shampoo/conditioner, cleaning products etc)for their fresh veggies and fruit every year. It works out great!

    Its nice to see you, even if it was an accident! :)