I’ve had a few questions asked about various abbreviations seen here and on other coupon sites, so I wanted to post a “guide” to couponing lingo. Below is a quick overview of basic abbreviations and their intended meaning adapted from HCW lists and other couponing blogs. I hope this helps everyone!
Inserts in the Sunday Paper:
P&G = Procter & Gamble
RP = Red Plum
SS = SmartSource
GM= General Mills (these are rare!)
What you will see on sites such as Hot Coupon World (HCW) are the insert abbreviation and date of the paper that they came in. “SS 2/1/09″ refers to a Smart Source coupon insert that was in the paper on 2/1/09.
$1/1, $1/2, etc. = One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
2/$1, 3/$2, etc. = Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.
BOGO = Buy one item get one item free
Blinkies = Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights
Cat = Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints. They have these at Walgreens, and some other stores as well.
CRT = Cash register tape. CVS store coupons print on these occasionally for various items.
ECBs = ExtraCare Bucks. It is a CVS system where you receive ECB’s good towards your next purchase when you buy certain items. More on that later. They print off on the same sheet as the CRT’s.
IP = Internet printable coupon
MFR = Manufacturer
MIR = Mail-in rebate
OOP = Out of pocket
Peelie = Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
PSA = Prices starting at (you will see this in CVS and Walgreens ads, but it isn’t always correct!)
RRs = Register Rewards; basically the Walgreens equivalent to CVS ECB’s
UPC = Universal Product Code, bar code on a product
WT = Wine tag, no alcohol purchase necessary to use these coupons
WYB = When you buy
YMMV = You mileage (or manager) may vary, some stores may allow you to do a deal, some may not.
Any more questions on lingo? Ask them below, and I will be happy to answer them!