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Common Beginner Coupon Lingo – What Does That Mean?

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Common Beginner Coupon Lingo - What Does That Mean?

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.


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.



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


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

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