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78 Coupon Acronyms Every Couponer Should Know

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April 28, 2016 · 2.7k Views

Coupons aren't exactly a new trend. Shoppers have been using them to save money for decades. However, couponing as we know it today – the modern form where folks spend hours putting folders together and then stock up on massive amounts of free items – that's a practice that's recently grown in popularity. Considering how much there is to be saved, however, there's no surprise as to why. Couponing is no longer a simply hobby that lets us save here and there – it's an entirely new way of life. Those who are big in the game even have their own lingo, and they sprout off acronyms and industry terms.

After you're done reading through this list, test out your coupon vocabulary by checking out today's hottest coupons and promo codes!

coupon lingo

In order to keep up with the best of them, and to save as much as possible, check out these industry terms. (In alphabetical order!)

  1. AC (after coupon): the price you'll get after you apply this coupon. So don't use it on that item assuming the price will be even lower!
  2. Albies: Short for the grocery store Albertsons 
  3. AR (after rebate): Refers to the price you will have paid when all savings are had and rebate is received.
  4. ASAV (any size, any variety): coupons that work on all offer choices!
  5. B&M (brick and mortar): Actual physical stores, not online shops.
  6. Blinkie (a cat coupon that's given at SS): gets its name from the red blinking box it is dispersed from.
  7. BOGO (buy one get one free): This term was widely brought to popularity (to the non-couponing community) by Payless Shoes. But whether you're looking for bargain shoes or stocking up at the grocery store, it's now a common acronym that let's shoppers know when to gain more bang for their buck.
  8. B1G1, B2G1 (buy one, get one and buy two, get one free): multiple ways to say BOGO, often providing a more detailed list of what's needed and what patrons will "get." The list goes on - it can even be B3G2, B5G3, etc.
  9. BTFE (box tops for education): You've seen them, you've saved them. They're points that you save off the tops of cereal boxes, breakfast foods, snacks, etc. that can be turned back in to give donations to local schools.
  10. CAT (as in Catalina, a couponer's BFF): This is the name of a machine that prints out coupons to be used on a later shopping date. These are often generated by rewards programs and will dispense coupons based on past shopping history. (Though some print coupons at random.)
  11. CBAD (Chef Boyardee)
  12. CLFE (Campbell's Labels for Education)
  13. CO (cents off): A coupon that offers a set price off the cost, not a percentage.
  14. CRT (cash register tape): A receipt.
  15. DD (dumpster dive/diving): Refers to those who check dumpsters or recycling for coupons (or other goodies) that might have been thrown out.
  16. DCRT (dated cash register tape receipt): Often required to receive a rebate or additional savings.
  17. DND (do not double): Coupon is stand-alone and cannot be doubled.
  18. DNT (do not triple): Same as DND, but can't be tripled
  19. ECB (extra care buck): Now named EB or Extra Bucks, this is the rewards program put into place by CVS. And even though the name's changed, it's still often called by its original moniker.
  20. EXP (Short for expiration date): Shows shopper the timeline for which their coupon is still eligible. So if a coupon says "exp: April 1st" that means it'll be valid until 11:59pm on April 1st.
  21. FAC (free after coupon): these aren't very common, but if you see this type of coupon, you better take advantage of it!
  22. FAR (free after rebate): That is, aside from your postage spent.
  23. FARew (free after rewards)
  24. FL (Food Lion): a chain of grocery stores.
  25. FLIP (Food Lion Internet printable): coupons sharted online that can be used in-store
  26. FSI (free standing insert): booklet or insert of coupon savings.
  27. GDA (good deal alert): this can apply to both coupons and deals.  
  28. GM (General Mills)
  29. HBA (health and beauty aid)
  30. HGT/HT (hangtag coupon): a coupon that's found attached to the item in-store, supplied directly by the manufacturer.
  31. HT (Harris Teeter): rocery store.
  32. IP (Internet printable)
  33. IVC (instant value coupon) – generally put out by Walgreens monthly.
  34. KG (Kroger) – A chain of grocery stores, also has several other brands under its reach such a s. Kroger coupons are redeemable at all locations.
  35. KM (K-Mart)
  36. LFE (labels for education)
  37. MFR – Short for manufacturer. This often means a coupon came straight from the company/manufacturer itself.
  38. MIR (mail-in rebate) – Money back after the fact. Common with brands who give out discounts, while still profiting from those who don't take the time to send in their refunds. Just don't forget to mail the rebate form back in to get your money back!
  39. MM (money maker) – Allowing you to actually make money on a purchase. At DealsPlus, that just might mean something extra.
  40. MQ (manufacturer coupon)
  41. NBPN (no beer purchase necessary) NBPR (no beer purchase required)
  42. NED (no expiration date): while there might not be a specific date, make sure you take advantage of the coupon/offer earlier than later.
  43. NLA (no longer available): shucks! When this happens, see if you can get a rain check or ask when the item will be back in stock.
  44. NSA (no sales restrictions)
  45. NWPN (no wine purchase necessary)
  46. OAS (on any size)
  47. OOP (out-of pocket): This describes the amount that was paid at the time of purchase. Used as a total of in-movement cash and does not refer to dollars saved, nor those that will be returned later.
  48. OOS (out of stock): another version of NLA (no longer available). Again, when you see this, ask for a rain check (refer to #56) or wait list the item so you're the first to know when it's back in stock.
  49. OSI (on a single item)
  50. OYNO (on your next order): Stores often use this tactic to create repeat shoppers. It provides consumers will dollars to be saved on their next visit, usually based on how much they spent on the initial visit.
  51. PG/P&G (Procter and Gamble) – A huge company in the coupon market, PG compiles coupon booklets that are distributed on a monthly basis. Savings are included for all of their brands, including Always, Bounty, Crest, Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers, Tide, among others.)
  52. POP (proof of purchase): often used in conjunction with rebates or free gifts with purchase
  53. PP (purchase price)
  54. PSA (prices starting at): so if it says PSA $5 that means prices will be at least $5.
  55. Q (coupon) – Q as in "cue" - short for coupon. Yeah it starts with a c, but q offers a more direct nickname that also takes up less space when printing or typing. It's also not accepted by all couponers due to its crossover letter structure.
  56. RA (Rite-Aid) – A drugstore.
  57. RC (rain check) – A print out that allows you to get a deal at that same sale price once the store has the item back in stock. 
  58. RIB (reinventing beauty) – A quarterly coupon book released by CVS.
  59. RP (Red Plum) – Another company that puts together coupon flyers. RP's pages include sales on all types of brands and products.
  60. RR (register rewards) – A rewards program put together by Walgreens. This utilizes the above mentioned Catalina machine print outs and offers individualized savings.
  61. SCO (self check-out)
  62. SCR (single check rebate) – This rebate program is used by Rite Aid and is released monthly. Much better than older rebate types that force you to mail in a rebate form and proof of purchase with every single item!
  63. SD (store display): 
  64. SMP (specially marked packages)
  65. SS (SmartSource) – One more coupon marketing company that helps out shoppers by releasing ads full of savings.
  66. STG (Super Target)
  67. SW (Safeway) – a grocery store
  68. SWM (Super Walmart)
  69. TG (Target)
  70. TMF (try me free)
  71. UPC (universal product code) – The bar code that sits on every product and is scanned with purchase. Codes must match in order to receive discount.
  72. WAG/WAGS (Walgreens Drug Store) – Because Walgreens is too short, and let's face it, "WAGS" is just fun to say.
  73. WD (Winn Dixie) – Grocery store.
  74. WM (Wal-Mart)
  75. WPN/WPR (wine purchase necessary/required)
  76. WSL (while supplies last)
  77. WYB (when you buy) – Used with deals that offer savings after purchase, oftentimes when multiple items must be bought in order to receive the entire discount.
  78. YMMV (your mileage may vary) – This is a couponing phrase that expresses various experiences among shoppers – what happens with one purchase (or at one store) might differ from the next. So give the coupon a try, but understand that it may not work for you.


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Bethaney Wallace is a full-time freelance writer and avid deal finder located in the Midwest. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found looking for a new project, including anything knitted or DIY, which she outlines in her humorous personal blog, Earl & Other Greys. (bethaneywallace.com)