If you are learning to coupon then you probably know just how confusing all of the abbreviations are. Here is a list of the most common coupon-related abbreviations and their meanings:
$1/2, $1/3 – The dollar amount of the coupon and the specific product amount needed for redemption.
AC – After coupon
AR – After rebate
ALA – As low as
B1G1 – Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
Blinkie – Coupon dispensers found in many grocery stores that commonly have a ‘blinking’ light.
BOGO – Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
Bricks – Coupons that have ‘brick’ in the web link. Most can be printed twice per user.
BTFE – Box Tops for Education
Cartwheel – A digital coupon program offered by Target retail stores.
Catalina (CAT) – Coupons that are printed during checkout and are valid towards a future purchase. Most are manufacturer coupons but have contain the logo of the issued store.
Coupon Fairies – Refers to people who leave coupons near a specific product so that others may redeem them.
CPN – Coupon
CRT – Cash Register Tape — Refers to coupons printed on the bottom or back of a store issued receipt.
DND – Do Not Double – Coupons with this designation cannot be ‘doubled’ (see below).
Double Coupon – Many grocery stores will ‘double’ the value of coupons under $1 in order to attract/retain customers.
ECB’s – Extra Care Bucks – CVS based program – these coupons print on receipts.
EXP – Expired or Expiration Date
ETS – Excludes Trial Size – Many coupon offers do not include trial sized products.
FAR – Free After Rebate
FS – Free shipping
FSOT – For Sale or Trade
GC – Gift card/gift certificate
GDA – Good Deal Alert
Glitches – Refers to an error that gives added value to a coupon that was not intended by the manufacturer or issuer.
HTH – Hope That Helps
In-Ad – Coupons that come in the weekly store ad.
Inserts – Coupons ‘bundles’ found in the Sunday Newspaper.
IP – Internet Printable Coupon
ISO – In search of
IVC – Instant Value Coupon
Matchups – When coupons are ‘matched up’ with corrisponding items that are on sale at a specific store.
MFG – Manufacturer
MQ – Manufacturer’s Coupon
MIR – Mail-In Rebate
Money Makers – Refers to situations when the value of used coupons exceeds the total purchase price of the items.
NED – No expiration date
OOP – Out of Pocket
OOS – Out of Stock
Overage – same a ‘Money Maker’
OYNO – On Your Next Order
Peelie – Coupons attached to an item’s packaging that can be peeled off and redeemed at checkout.
PSA – Prices Starting At
Q – Coupon
Regional – A coupon or deal available in only a specific area or region of the country
RP – Red Plum coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
RR – Register Rewards
SS – Smart Source coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
Stacking – Using a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon in the same transaction for the same product.
Tear pad – A pad of rebate forms or coupons found near a product or at customer service.
TMF – Try Me Free
UPC – Universal Product Code (bar code)
WSL – While Supplies Last
WYB – When You Buy