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Coupon Lingo Quick Reference Guide

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 27, 2008 · 143 comments

Probably one of the most frequent emails I receive is in regards to all those abbreviations that we "couponistas" use when posting store deals, so this list has been a long time in the making.

Sunday inserts:

P&G = Procter & Gamble Sunday insert
RP = RedPlum Sunday insert
SS = SmartSource Sunday insert

:: 2011 Coupon Insert Schedule

When I list the store deals and refer to a coupon from a Sunday insert, the information on where to find the coupon is in parentheses. For example, (SS 12/14/08) would indicate that a coupon came from a SmartSource insert that was distributed in the 12/14/08 Sunday newspaper.

Coupon lingo:

$1/1, $1/2: One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
2/$1, 3/$2: Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.
B1G1: Buy one item get one item free
B2G1: Buy two items get one item free
Beep: Sometimes the register will beep when a coupon is scanned to indicate that the cashier need to take an action, like entering a price.
Blinkies: Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights
Catalina: Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints
CRT: Cash register tape, usually used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt
DND: Do not double
Ea.: Each
ECBs: ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
ETS: Excludes trial size
Exp.: Expires
GC: Gift card
IVC: Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens' store coupons found in ads and monthly booklet
MIR: Mail-in rebate
NLA: No longer available
OYNO: On your next order
OOP: Out of pocket
OOS: Out of stock
Peelie: Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
PSA: Prices starting at
R: Regional coupon, will be listed after insert date as applicable
RRs: Register Rewards, Walgreens' Catalina coupons
Q: Coupon
SCR: Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
Stacking: Using both a manufacturer's coupon and a store coupon on one item
UPC: Universal product code, bar code
Tearpad: Pad of coupons attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door.
+UP Reward: Rite Aid reward program
WYB: When you buy
YMMV: Your mileage (or manager) may vary, meaning some stores might give you a deal but others might not

{ 143 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amber September 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hello! I am new to this whole coupon thing! Can you tell me if you use a coupon at Target (printed off Target website) can you also use a manufacture coupon on top of that? Thank you so much for your help!!!


2 Yen October 9, 2013 at 1:55 am

Yes, you can! You can even use it with the coupon on the target mobile app as well as their "cartwheel" app.


3 angela November 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I belong to a coupon group..what does a rack mean??


4 kiasha December 16, 2013 at 12:53 am

Hello was wondering i live in stockton and wanted go know who does double coupons here. Im new to this and really trying to save money i have 5 kids that live at home with me


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Where do I find the Charmin insert?


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