Coupon Lingo: What Do All Those Crazy Abbreviations Mean?


This week there is a great deal for Ice Cream  B1G1. Your OOP will be $2. Oh did I mention, the CAT deal wyb 2, get $1 off OYNO. There may even be a MIR. but YMMV.  WHAT???

Couponing in itself is hard work.  If you don’t know the “language or lingo” it can make it a little bit harder.  Here is a list that I have compiled with the most frequently used acronyms and phrases.  Hope this helps!!!

Let’s Learn the Lingo!

*Coupon Inserts from the Sunday Newspaper*

SS-Smartsource Insert

RP-RedPlum Insert

P&G-Proctor & Gamble Insert

Coupon Lingo

Blinkies = In store coupn courtesy of smartsouce that you can pull from a flashing machine next to the product being sold

BOGO or B1G1 = Buy one, get one.  Many stores will regularly offer specials where you buy one product and get the next one free or half off.  These can be a couponing gold mine if you can match them with manufacturer’s coupons.

Catalina aka CAT = A coupon or deal printed at the cash register after a purchase.  These coupons are triggered by purchasing specific combinations of items and can be used on a future transaction or shopping trip. There are a number of different types of coupons.

CC Competitor Coupon. Is a store coupon that can be used in another store. For example, I could take a Hannaford Store coupon and use it at Price Chopper. You can also create a combination of mixing and matching MFRs, SCs, and CCs for an even larger savings! Right now, the only store in our area that accepts competitor coupons is Price Chopper.

Circular = A store’s weekly advertisement, typically available both in-store and in the newspaper.  Many stores send their circulars out on Sunday, although some of my local grocery stores have new ones on Monday.  You can also receive the paper on Saturday by buying the year edition Sunday paper.

CRT Cash Receipt Tape of Receipt

ECB Extra Care Bucks (CVS Store) Check out coupons for Store Credit.  Used as cash only at CVS.

EXP Expires

FAR Free after rebate.

HBA Health & Beauty Area

IP Printable Internet Coupon

Inserts = Coupon packets that come in the Sunday Paper.  The most common inserts are SmartSource and Redplum, which typically come every Sunday, and the P&G, which usually arrives around the first of the month.

Matchups = Deals that combine both a store sale and coupons to get the best price.  By checking the circulars for great deals pair them with coupons to get and even better deal.  Many couponing blogs post the weekly matchups, so you can just Google (or run a Swagbucks search!) for matchups at your favorite store to find weekly listings.

MIR Mail in Rebate.

MFC, MC, or MQ = Manufacturer’s coupon.  These are coupons that are provided by (and paid for) by the manufacturer.  Most internet coupons and insert coupons are manufacturer’s coupons, although you can check by reading the fine print.  It is important to know if you have manufacturer or store coupons, because some stores allow you to use one of each on the same item.

MM = Money Maker

OOP = Out of Pocket Expense

OOS Out of Stock

OYNO On your next order

Overage = When your coupons are worth more than the cost of the item.  Each store has a different policy for overages.  Many will apply that balance to other items you purchase, although some stores are starting to eliminate this practice.  This allows you to use your savings to purchase items like product and meat, where coupons are harder to come by. The only store that I know of that continues to use overage is Walmart.

Peelies = sticker like coupons found on products in the store.

Printable Coupons = Online coupons that you can print and use.  Common sources of printable coupons,, and  These are almost always manufacturers coupons.

RR Register Rewards. Check out coupons for Store Credit.  Used as cash only at Walgreens or WAGS.

Stacking Coupons or Stack = Using multiple coupons on the same item(s). (see couponing 101)

Store Coupon (SQ) or In-Ad Coupon = A coupon provided by the store, typically in their circular.  These coupons are not reimbursed by the manufacturer. They are paid for by the store.

Tear PadA pad of refund forms or coupons hanging on a shelf at the store.

Plenti = Rite Aid’s Reward Program

WAGS Another acronym for Walgreen.

WYB When you Buy. An example of when this phrase is used;  ”get $1 off product “B” wyb product “A”.

YMMV = “Your Mileage May Vary” or in other words, it may work differetnly in your situation or be different in your experience.

If you are a new couponer, you might enjoy reading our “Coupon Basics: The Beginner’s Guide to Coupons” section, or just start clicking around the site to see what kind of deals we have to help you save some money!



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