Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Couponing Lingo

Here are some helpful acromyns/abbreviations for some common couponing terms!

Newspaper inserts – there are usually 2, sometimes 3, sometimes more inserts in the Sunday Paper. You are better off going with a paper with a larger circulation as some of the smaller papers don’t always have all of the inserts!  (I;ve found that while the Telegraph Forum is cheaper, the good coupons are usually only found in the Columbus Dispatch... not even in the Marion Star!!)

RP - Red Plum
P&G or PG - Procter & Gamble
SS - Smart Source
GM - General Mills

You will usually see a date before or after one of these – that’s the date the coupon came out in the paper. Coupon sites do this because many couponers file their inserts according to date.  (I am one of these. :)  I have my binder with a few of the coupons cut, but I don't carry every coupon I have in there.  I save the uncut inserts for a great sale!!)

A few more abbreviations:

OOP - Out of Pocket. This is the actual price paid before taking any rewards into account.

WYB - When You Buy. This is also called a qualifier – such as “get $2 off milk WYB Nabisco Cookies”. If you have to buy a qualifier many stores will also allow you to use a coupon on the thing you need to buy (in this case Nabisco cookies – if you have a $1 off nabisco and $2 off milk WYB nabisco you MAY be able to use both – but check the store’s coupon policy to be sure!)

BOGO or B1G1 - Buy one Get one Free or discounted
*Note:  There are also B2G1 coupons and I've even seen B3G1 coupons.  Make sure you are reading carefully!!*

Catalina or CAT – Store-specific coupons that print from the register

ECB - Extra care Bucks (CVS)

RR - Register Rewards (Walgreens)

Peelie – coupon on a package you peel off

Blinkie - device on a store shelf that holds coupons (usually has a blinking light)

Tearpad - a pad of coupons near a display or on a shelf

Stacking - Using a store couponing with a mfr coupon. Most stores DO allow this!  (Keep an eye on drugstore flyers and additional coupon booklets in the store.  These generally have great coupons that you can stack to make a good deal into a great one!)

DND - Do Not Double  (The barcode on the scanner will typically start with "9".  In my experience, however, Kroger will double these anyhow.  Meijer does not.)

MIR - Mail in rebate

NLA – No Longer Available

IP – Internet Printable (usually you can print 2 per computer)

OYNO – On Your Next Order (usually a catalina Printout for $ off total purchase)


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