What Does That Mean? Confusing Coupon Terms Explained

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New to using coupons? If so, you may be confused by some of the terms and abbreviations you see! That's okay! In this post, I explain those confusing coupon terms for you so you can start saving up a storm!


How many times have you heard someone use a coupon term and have asked yourself “Wut?” If you’re like me, my first few weeks of couponing, were spent searching just so I could figure out what the other couponers were talking about. It can be so confusing! Below you’ll find some of the most commonly used coupon terms. Learn them because you’ll need them as you go on your couponing and money saving adventure.



AYOR-At your own risk

AR-After Rebate

BC/AC-Before coupons/after coupons

B1G1 or BOGO:  Buy one get one free

Balance Rewards or BRP – Walgreens Shopper Card program

Blinkie: Red Smartsource machine with a red blinking light on it. The coupons in it are refered to as Blinkies

BTFE: Box Tops for Education

C/O: Cents Off

Clipping Service:  A person or website that charges you for their time to clip coupons for you. You pay for their time and in return they send you the coupons you want free.

Catalina: Coupon that prints from a Catalina machine at the register.

CRT: Cash Register Tape (reciept)

DCRT: Dated cash register tape

DEAD: An offer is no longer valid

DND: Do Not Double

DBL: Stands for double..used when speaking of a specific store or coupon that’s value can be doubled.

ECB: Extra Care Buck (earned at CVS)

ES: Easy Saver Rebate booklet found at Walgreens

EX, EXP or X.: expires on

FAR: free after rebate

GDA: Good Deal Alert

GM-refers to a General Mills coupon insert. Comes every month or two in your Sunday paper

HBA: Health & Beauty Aids

HDA: Hot deal Alert

HT: hang tag

IP: Internet Printable Coupon (a coupon you print at home from the internet)

IVC: Instant value coupons – seen in Walgreens rebate booklet

MFR: manufacturer

MIR: Mail in Rebate

MRP: manufacturer’s retail price

NB: National Brand

NED: no expiration date

NFN: no form needed (usually used when speaking about rebates

NT WT: net weight

NWPR: no wine purchase required

NBPN: no beer purchase necessary

OAS: A coupon that is good on one purchase of any size

OOP: Out Of Pocket

OYNO: On Your Next Order

Peelie: Coupon found attached to a product. You have to peel it off.

POP: Proof of purchase

PP: purchase price of a product

P&G-Proctor and Gamble coupon book that comes once a month in your Sunday paper

Qualifier: The POP required for a refund offer that is physically taken from the package

RP: Red Plum (Sunday Insert)

RIB: Reinventing Beauty (magazine found at CVS with coupons in it)

RR: Register Reward from Walgreens – use as a $ off coupon on your next purchase

SMP: specially marked package

SRP: suggested retail price

SS: Smart Source Sunday insert

Stacking-To use 2 coupons together…i.e. a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon

Tear pad: A pad of forms/coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

TMF: Try Me Free–mail in rebate for full amount of product

Triple coupon: a coupon that a grocery store triples in value

UPC: Universal Product Code, barcode on the product

+Up-Catalina’s printed at Rite Aid for use only in their store as $$ off your next order.

WYB: When you buy

WT: Winetag

Wags-Short for Walgreens

WSL-While Supplies Last

WM-Short for Walmart

YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary (a generic term for “It worked for me, may not work for you”)

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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