Couponing Terms and Abbreviations

As you are learning how to coupon and reading through the various websites, you will encounter various terms commonly used by couponers that you may not know. Here are the terms and acronyms and what they mean.

+UPR refers to Plus Up Rewards and it’s the system of store credit that was once given to you at Rite Aid when you would complete a Plus Up Reward deal. You are now issued Plenti Points thru the Plenti program.

A dollar off of two. These types of coupons are self-explanatory. A dollar off of two, two dollars off of three, three dollars off of one, and the first number, the number next to the dollar sign, indicates how much money you will save with that coupon and the second number, the number following the slash, is the number of products that you need to purchase in order to fulfill the terms of the coupon.

Balance Rewards. This is the point system used at Walgreens, in conjunction with their Register Rewards.

BOGO, B1G1, B2G1. These are acronyms, buy one get one, buy one get one, buy two get one, and it refers to the number of products that you must purchase and then the number of products that you get free.

Blinkie. We looked at Blinkie coupons a little earlier. You might remember that these are the coupons that are issued at timed intervals from that little blinking automated machine in grocery stores or other types of stores.

Cat or Catalina: there is a national Catalina program that will print coupons for specific items in specific quantities that can be used on your next purchase. So, for example, there might be a “purchase five qualifying Campbell soups, get 75 cents off your next order” Catalina. These are issued at stores that accept their own Catalina coupons and sometimes other stores will accept other stores’ Catalina coupons. It all depends on the store.

Coupon inserts. We discussed these earlier: SS, Smart Source, RP, RedPLum, P&G or PG, Proctor and Gamble, another one a little less common is GM, and these are, once again, the inserts that you will receive in the Sunday newspapers.

EB or ECB refers to the store loyalty program at CVS.ExtraBucks, which used to be called ExtraCare Bucks, is the form of store credit that you’re issued when you complete an ExtraBuck deal.

Exp stands for expires or expiration.

Hangtag. You remember these. We talked about these also when we discussed blinkies. Hangtags are coupons that you find in the store that hang from the product.

IP: Internet Printables. We discussed Internet Printable Coupons a little earlier, these are coupons that you can print from the Internet directly through your printer.

IVC. This refers to Walgreens’ Instant Value Coupon. They can be found in Walgreens for use only at Walgreens.

Manufacturer coupons. These are what we’ve been discussing all along. These are the coupons issued by manufacturers for use on the product indicated, in the text on the face of the coupon.

MIR. Mail In Rebate. There are Mail in Rebates where, when you purchase specific products as indicated by the rebate, that you will be mailed some form of compensation. If it’s a check or if it’s like a VISA gift card or something, there are specific requirements; you meet those and you get the item or the amount ofmoney that is indicated in the rebate program.

MFR. Manufacturer.

OOP. Out of Pocket; this indicates how much money you might be spending out of pocket for a particular deal as opposed to, say, using store credit or something of that nature.

OYNO. On your next order. When we were discussing Catalina coupons we talked about how the coupon that would be printed by the Catalina machine could be used on your next order.

Peelie coupons. You might remember we discussed these earlier when we were also discussing Blinkies and Hangtags. They are coupons found in the store that you peel off of the product and then use on the product at the register.

PP. These are Plenti points, and they are Rite Aid’s form of store credit. Plenti points are available the following day, and can be spent at any store that is part of the Plenti program.

PSA. Prices Starting At. This helps if you’re looking at a deal at home and you were wondering how much the item might cost in the store. PSA indicates that they will be priced starting at a particular amount.

Q is an abbreviation for coupon. Sometimes people will say coupon [pronounced with a “q”] and so Q is a natural abbreviation when you are writing and referring to the term coupon.

RR. This is Walgreens’ other form of store credit. When you’re purchasing something on a particular deal you might receive register rewards back if it’s on a register rewards deal.

Rolling. This indicates that you’re using some form of store credit to receive some form of store credit. If you are, for example,purchasing something at CVS and you’re using ExtraBucks and you are going to be receivingExtraBucks back then you are rolling ExtraBucks into the next deal.

Stacking. This refers to the practice of stacking or combining a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon for the same item. Stores that issue store coupons will permit you to combine or stack a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon on that same item. We looked at these types of deals when we were looking at that Target transaction. We stacked, for example, an I can’t Believe It’s NotButter Target Coupon with an I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Manufacturer coupon.

Stockpile. We’ve been talking about stockpiling items that you get for little or nothing and being able to go to your stockpile and get the item when you run out of it in your kitchen, and so when you need it next you already have it on hand; you don’t have to worry about going out to pay full price for it.

Store coupon. We’ve discussed how some stores will issue coupons that you can combine with manufacturer coupons. Not all stores have them but some do.

SYWR. This refers to the store credit given by Kmart and Sears, they’re part of the same organization. You might purchase something on a Shop Your Way Rewards deal and so you’ll get back SWYR points.

Tearpad. As you probablyremember, we talked about these when we discussed blinkies and hangtags and Peelies, and these are coupons found in the stores that you tear off of a pad of coupons.

UPC. Universal Product Code. This is the barcode that cashiers scan on the coupon in order for you to get the value of that coupon in the transaction.

WIB. When you buy. We talked about, for example, Catalina coupons, and that you would receive one when you buy the specific items indicated for that particular program. We also talked about when we were looking at our Target transaction you’d get a five dollar gift card when you buy three qualifying Olay or Covergirl items.

YMMV. Your mileage may vary. Two people could go in the store, have the same transaction, same item, same coupons and their experiences will be different. YMMV, your mileage may vary, indicates that yes, you might have the same things but your experience will most likely be a little different than someone else’s.

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