Coupon Lingo Explained

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by on April 22, 2009

As I was working on putting together the grocery deals for this week, I realized that I should do a post explaining many of the terms used in couponing for those of you that are new to couponing. I hope these help and if I missed anything, please leave me a comment so I can add it to the list.

2/$5: This means 2 items are $5 (or $2.50 each). Of course there can be different amounts, this just gives you an idea.

$1/2: This means that the coupon will take $1 off 2 items

B1G1: Buy One, Get One Free

ECB: Extra Care Bucks used at CVS, which is printed on your receipt when you check out. Use these on your next transaction as “money”.

exp: Expires, listed with date to indicate how long the coupon is valid

IVC: Walgreens Instant Value Coupon

MFG: Manufacturer’s Coupon

MIR: Mail in Rebate

OOP: Out of Pocket, what is actually paid

OYNO: On Your Next Order

P&G: Proctor & Gamble coupon insert in newspaper (usually only comes once a month)

RR: Register Reward used at Walgreens, which is printed on your receipt when you check out. Use these on your next transaction as “money”. (Note: RR are considered coupons at Walgreens.)

RP: RedPlum coupon insert in newspaper

SCR: Single check rebates offered at Rite Aid (monthly). You must sign up for the SCR program first, make the purchases, then enter information from your receipt to receive the rebate. It can take 5-7 days to receive your rebate. View Rite Aid SCR list.

SS: Smart Source coupon insert in newspaper

STACK: Using a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon

WYB: When you Buy

YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. This deal may vary from store to store

If you are new to using coupons, you’ll want to check out Couponing: Where to Begin.


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  • Kim

    What is the abbreviation UP?

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  • DeeDee

    Thank you Melissa for explaining the different terms that each store uses, because all stores use different terminology and unless you shop at every one of them you wouldn’t know them all.

  • DeeDee

    Melissa – Quick question: I really don’t get or cant find a lot of coupons that are useful for my family. I wanted to know if coupon clipping service a good investment to use? If so, do you have one you could recommend? Thank you, Dee Dee

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