Coupon Lingo


As I mentioned in Couponing 101, you should expect a definite learning curve as you begin to coupon.  I use a lot of “coupon lingo” to save time typing, so I thought it might be helpful for you to have a key to these coupon terms.

Coupon Types:

$1/1; $1/2: One dollar off one item; one dollar off two items, etc.

2/$1: Two items for one dollar

Blinkies: Coupons that come from a little box with a blinking light near a product in the store

Catalina: The coupons that print at the checkout register

eCoupon: Coupons you load onto your shopper’s card

IP: Internet Printable Coupon

MFR: Manufacturer

MIR: Mail-in rebate

Peelie: Coupons that peel off an item you purchased

Q: Coupon

Tear Pad: Coupons you can tear off and use in the store



Misc Coupon Lingo

AC: After coupon

AR: After rebate

BOGO/ B1G1F: Buy one get one free

CRT: Cash register tape (used when referring to coupons that print on your receipt, like at CVS)

DND: Do not double

Ea: Each

ETS: Excludes trial size

Exp: Expires

FAR: Free after rebate

GM: General Mills Sunday coupon insert

GC: Gift card

NED: No expiration date  (very rare coupons)

OYNO: On your next order

OOP: Out of pocket (what you paid after using your coupons, ECBs, RRs, etc.)

OOS: Out of stock

PG or P&G: Proctor and Gamble (their coupon insert is often included in the Sunday paper)

RC: Raincheck (use these when couponing!)

RP: Red Plum Sunday coupon insert

S or SS: Smart Source Sunday coupon insert

Stacking: Using a store coupon AND a MFR coupon for one item (allowed at Target, Walgreens, CVS, and some grocery stores)

Tg: Target

UPC: Univeral product code (bar code)

WAGS: Walgreens

WYB: When you buy

WSL: While supplies last (no rainchecks)

YMMV: Your mileage may vary (depending on your location, the deal may or may not work at your store)



Store Specific Coupon Terms

ECBs or EBR: Extra Care Bucks or Extra Buck Rewards (CVS loyalty program: good toward next purchase)

IVC: Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens’ store coupons found in their paper or monthly savings booklets)

RRs: Walgreens’ Register Rewards (good toward next purchase)

SCR: Rite Aid’s Single Check Rebate (monthly rebates program)

+UP Reward: Rite Aid reward program (good toward next purchase)


  1. tamie palmer says:

    I am interested in your couponing classes and was wondering when you next class will be. If you could please let me know where and when that would be great.

    Also, are there couponing groups in the pittsburgh area to join?

  2. Brenda McCarrell says:

    Dear Andria,

    First, let me say Thank You so very much for figuring out the coupons for Kuhn’s!!! I try and shop there as often as I can, but don’t get a flyer for them in the mail so it’s kind of hit and miss for me.

    I did just have one questions regarding your couponing lingo, I do coupon and understand what most of it means, but haven’t been able to figure out what “ala” means. I was just curious.

    Thanks again for all that you do, I greatly appreciate it!


    • Thank you, and great question: it means as low as. So, the final cost is as low as xyz depending on the value of the coupon you use. Hope that helps!

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