TELL ME HOW Tuesday – Coupon LINGO

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Last week we talked about Accumulating Coupons. So now what? There are so many things to cover – when to use them, how to organize them, store coupon policies and much, much, more. We will get to all of it, I PROMISE.

TOPIC #2 – Coupon LINGO

I know if you are new to couponing and new to these blogs, your head is probably spinning with all of the lingo!! I have posted the LINGO before, but will add it again on the end of this post. I am sure you have seen something like this before:

B1G1 w/ $2/1 from (3/15RP) & earn RR, then submit MIR (YMMV)

We will explain that in a minute. First you need to know that there are a few things consistant from blog to blog and that is the lingo and how deals are spelled out. First, the “standard” way a deal is posted:

Wrigleys Gum on sale BOGO or 2/$2.69
Use $1/1 coupon from 7/12 SS insert
Use $1/2 coupon in September Coupon booklet
Free plus $0.31 in overage after coupons
  • The first line always lists the item that is for sale, the size and sale price
  • The 2nd, 3rd, etc line lists the coupons to use. In the example above, it’s a coupon from the 7/12 Sunday paper Smartsource insert. There is also a STORE coupon from a flyer that can be used as well.
  • The last line is the Final Price after sale price and coupons are combined

Do not forget that if something is underlined or a different color it may be a link to a coupon or post about a deal.
Sometimes more than one coupon is listed – that is to give you options if you have already used that particular coupon or do not have that paper. Also, depending on who is posting the deal, some newspaper coupons are regional – the midwest may have $1/1 where the northeast may have gotten $0.75/1 etc. There will be insert coupons and printables. REMEMBER that most stores will accept one manufacturer coupon AND one store coupon per item, but not 2 manufacturer! We will cover more on that when we get to store policies.

(diagram from KrazyCouponLady)

NOW THE LINGO!! The de-coded meaning of the above is:
buy 1 get 1 free and use the $2 off of one coupon from the Red Plum newspaper insert on March 15th. You will earn a register reward from Walgreens and then you can also submit for a mail-in rebate. Your mileage may vary – meaning that some stores/managers may or may not allow you to do the deal as posted.
Now to type all that for every item would be impossible. That is why there is a code or LINGO we all use. Once you get it, it is really easy!

  • $/#, $1/2, etc. = One dollar off one item,etc.
  • 2/$1, 3/$2, etc. = Two items for one dollar etc.
  • $/$$ = $5 off when you spend $25, etc.
  • BOGO= Buy one item get one item free
  • B1G1 = Buy 1 get 1 free or B1G2 = buy 1 get 2 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.
  • Cat = Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints 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…
  • CRT = Cash register tape, ex-CVS coupons that print with receipt
  • EB = Extracare Bucks or Extra bucks CVS
  • ECBs = ExtraCare Bucks, CVS
  • EXP = Expires or Expiration Date
  • FAR = Free after rebate
  • IE = internet explorer printable
  • IPQ = Internet printable coupon
  • IVC = Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens’ found in ads
  • MFR = Manufacturer
  • MQ = Manufacturer Coupon
  • MIR = Mail-in rebate
  • OOP = Out of pocket
  • OYNO = on your next order
  • P&G = Procter&Gamble insert
  • Peelie = Peel-off coupon on product packaging
  • PSA = Prices starting at
  • Raincheck = A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock.
  • Register Rewards or RR = Exclusive to Walgreen’s. They work like cash on your next order.
  • 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.
  • Stacking Coupons = This is the term used when stores will let you use their own in store coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item.
  • Tear Pad = A pad of coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
  • RP = Red Plum insert
  • RRs = Register Rewards, Walgreens’ Catalina coupons
  • SCR = Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
  • SS = Smart Source insert
  • UPC = Universal Product Code, bar code on a product
  • WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreen’s
  • WYB = When you buy
  • YMMV = You mileage (or manager) may vary, some stores may allow you to do a deal, some may not.

I hope this helps clear things up a bit. I have the lingo posted on the side of my blog for you to refer to. I will also start to include a link in all my posts. If you are still confused, PLEASE post a question!! You can help others by letting me know where you are confused!!!


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  1. Are Prevacid printable coupons still available. Where do i find them?

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