What the heck are they saying???

Do you ever wonder what a “OOP” is or what someone means when they say “YMMV”?

We have compiled a list of SOME of the abbreviations/terms that you might find while JOINING the “coupon world”.

If you see one that We missed, please let us know in the comments.

  • SS Smart Source Coupon Inserts found in Sunday paper
  • PG or P&G – Proctor and Gamble Coupon Inserts found in Sunday paper
  • RMN or RetailMeNot  Formally Red Plum ( RP ) – RMN Coupon Inserts found in Sunday paper

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  • B2G1 – Buy Two Get One Free.
  • Blinkies – Coupons that are in boxes with blinking lights near products on the shelf.
  • Bump – To comment or reply on a thread or post in order to move it to the top of the social group.
  • BOGO, B1G1 – Buy One Get One Free.


  • Cat or Catalina – These are coupons that will print at the registers when you are checking out. Sometimes these are coupons for a specific product like $1.00/5 General Mills Cereals, but usually they are for a certain dollar amount off of your next purchase in that store.
  • Closeouts – These are typically greatly reduced items that the store does not plan on re-stocking.
  • Competitors – This is the term meaning “of related chains.” For example, grocery stores will take other grocery store’s coupons and drug stores will take other drug store coupons. Always check with each store on what their couponing policy is and whom they consider to be a competitor.
  • Coupon Fairy – A person who leaves coupons in the store near products.
  • Coupon Insert – These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed to you during the week. These are typically sent out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) They are also referred to as inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.
  • Couponing Policy – This is the statement that each individual store abides by, in relation to coupons. What is typically included in their policy is whether they: take competitor’s coupons, take coupons past expiration dates, “double” or “triple” coupons, accept Internet Printables or if they even accept coupons.
  • CRT – Cash Register Tape, or your receipt


  • Digital Coupon or Ecoupon-Coupons – that are loaded onto your Club Card.
  • Discontinued – This means that a store has depleted their inventory of an item and does not plan on re-stocking it.
  • Double Coupons – This is the term used when stores will double a coupon’s value. Example, if you have a $1 off coupon, they’ll take $2 off. Stores vary on how often they do this ranging from never, always, on occasion or specific days of the week. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example, no coupons over $2 and only 5 per transaction/day.


  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks, rewards earned at CVS for purchases made.
  • ETS – Excluding Trial Size.


  • FAR – Free After Rebate.


  • GC – Gift Card.


  • HT – Hangtag a tag hanging from an item that includes information and/or a coupon.


  • IE or FF – Internet Explorer or Fire Fox Internet Browsers.
  • IP – Internet Printable Coupon-These are printed off of your computer to be redeemed in the store. You are usually allowed 2 prints per computer. NEVER photocopy internet printable coupons. They are printed with unique codes for one-time only use.
  • ISO – In Search of….
  • IVC – Instant Value Coupon. These are found at Walgreens in their weekly ads.


  • MIR – Mail In Rebate.
  • MF, MQ, Q or MC – These are all different ways of abbreviating manufacturer coupon.
  • MM – Money-Maker- refers to the total coupon value credit at register for a particular item being more than the original cost of the item.


  • NLA – No longer available.


  • OOP – Out of Pocket – This is the actual price you will pay Out of Your Pocket up front for an item before any rewards you may get back for buying it.
  • OYNO – On Your Next Order-Often times when we are talking about Catalina’s, we will say OYNO, which means the Catalina can be used on your next shopping order or purchase in the store.


  • Peelies – Coupons that are attached to products that you peel off for redemption.


  • (R) – This means that the coupon may have only been distributed in select regions. Maybe the manufacturer is trying to get more sales in a certain part of the country or the coupon is not permitted in others. Whatever the reason, it means that the coupon may not be in your newspaper.
  • Raincheck – A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock. Some sales will specifically say “No rainchecks” and some stores will put an expiration date on their rainchecks.
  • RR – Register Reward, the name of the Catalina coupon promotion at Walgreens.


  • Stack or Stacking – This is when you use a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same item.


  • TP – A pad of coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display.
  • TQ – Target coupon.


  • WAGS – Abbreviation for Walgreens.
  • WYB – When you buy- Used when you need to buy a certain number f items for a coupon or promo.


  • YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary-This means that the situation could vary a little based on your store.


So now you can put on your job resumes that you speak a foreign language

 Coupon Lingo!!!!