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$1/1:  One dollar off one product

$1/2:  One dollar off when you buy two products.  You must buy 2 items.  If you buy two items, you can use that one coupon.

Basket Coupon:  Also called "Threshold Coupon."  This is a coupon used by many stores that gives a dollar amount off your entire purchase once a minimum purchase amount is met.  For example, Target often has basket coupons in their weekly sales ads that give $5 off a purchase of $20 in personal care products.  (i.e. haircare, deodorant, body wash...) (also see "Purchase-Based Coupon" below)

BD: Breakdown.  (see “Breakdown” below)

Blinkie:  This is a manufacturer coupon found in-store.  It is usually in a dispenser that is close to the product the coupon is for.

BOGO or B1G1:  Both mean “Buy one, Get one” and will usually be followed by “free” or ” “50%” or “1/2off.” BOGO Free means “Buy one, get one free,” and BOGO 50% or BOGO1/2off means“Buy one, get one half off.”

Breakdown: Refers to the brief explanation of what items were bought and what coupons were used in the transaction shown.  An acceptable breakdown includes the store name, item price, coupons used, and OOP (out-of-pocket) cost.

Bump: Used by group members to “bump” their posts to the top of the wall.  Also seen as just "B."

Cartwheel:  A mobile device app for Target that allows you to select offers for an additional percentage off item prices.  Cartwheel can be used in addition to any manufacturer and store coupons you have for maximum savings.  This is referred to as a "triple-stack" by some couponers (Manu, Store, & Cartwheel).  Please see "Stacking Coupons" for more details.

Catalina:  This is a coupon that prints after you have purchased your items.  It prints on a separate machine from the receipt; so, it won’t look like a normal coupon. Sometimes it will say “$x.xx off your next purchase,” and you can use the coupon on any item in the store on your next transaction or shopping trip. Other times, the coupon will be triggered based off items you have bought and will be a coupon for similar items.

CB: Coupon Buddy (see below)

Coupon Buddy:  Refers to a close friend that you share coupons and go couponing with.

Coupon Insert: These typically come in the Sunday newspaper.


Coupon:  Entitles the holder to a discount, as specified on the coupon.  It is a form of payment.

Couponing:  The art of redeeming discount coupons in order to save money.

Couponer:  A person who collects and saves coupons to redeem them on products, such as groceries, pet food, and toiletries.

CRT:  Cash Register Tape. Usually used when talking about CVS pharmacy, CRTs print at the bottom of your receipt and are generated based on your purchasing history (seemingly random).  CRTs are specific to the store where they were printed.

CW:  Cartwheel (see "Cartwheel" above)

DG: Dollar General

Do Not Double:  This is on some coupons, sometimes shown as “DND” or “No Doubling,” it is meant to communicate to the retailer that the manufacturer will not reimburse for any greater value than that of the coupon.  A store may or may not double your coupon that reads “do not double” as part of a store doubling promotion. The wording is there to protect the manufacturer.  No stores in the San Antonio double coupons.

DT: Dollar Tree

ECB:  Extra Care Bucks. These coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly sales ad.  You can use them on your next purchase of any item.

e-Coupons:  Also known as “Clipless,” “Loadable,” or “Digital coupons.”  Instead of printing the coupon, you load it onto your store loyalty card.  When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register,or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase.  Examples includeDollar General’s & Walgreens’s digital coupons.

ETS:  Excludes Trial Size

Extra Bucks:  Extra CareBucks.  These coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly sales ad.  You can use them on your next purchase of any item.

EXP: Expires or Expiration Date

FD: Family Dollar

GC: Gift Card

GM: General Mills.  GeneralMills is a manufacturer of cereals, snacks, and soups.  Examples include Cheerios, Trix, Mott’s, and Progresso.

Handling Fee:  Refers to an amount, usually $0.08, paid by the manufacturer to a store in addition to the price on the coupon.  This is to compensate them for handling the coupon.

Hangtags:  Refers to manufacturer coupons that are found “hanging” from products,usually by a string or elastic cord.

IP:  “Internet Printable”coupons may be printed right from your home computer.  Usually limited to2 prints per computer, you typically need to download printing software to be able to print securely from home.

ISO: In Search Of.  Used to indicate that you are looking for a particular coupon or insert.

IVC:  Instant ValueCoupon.  IVCs are store coupons found in the weekly Walgreens ad. IVCs may be stacked with a manufacturer coupon.

MIR:  Mail-In Rebate.  Refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail.  These are the traditional rebates that require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes.

Manufacturer:  Company who produces the brand items.

MFR:  Manufacturer

Manufacturer Coupon:  (MQ or MFC) A coupon created by the manufacturer, or by a marketing company on the manufacturer’s behalf.  The manufacturer offers a discount to shoppers in order to entice them to buy their product.  When a coupon is redeemed, the manufacturer reimburses the store for the entire value of the coupon, plus a handling fee (typically $0.08).

Mobile Coupon App:  An application you download on your phone that either has coupon offers on it or allows you to scan in your receipts to get instant rebates for purchases.  You can find popular mobile coupon apps in our group files under “Mobile Coupon Apps.”

NLA:  No Longer Available.  Refers to when an Internet coupon is no longer available to be printed.

One Coupon per Purchase:  You can only use one coupon per ITEM purchased. Usually you can buy multiple items and use multiple coupons in one transaction with this type of coupon.  As long as you buy multiple items,you can use multiple coupons of the same type per transaction.

One Coupon per Transaction:  You can only use one coupon TOTAL per TRANSACTION.  This means you can only use one coupon per transaction, even if you have multiple items and multiple coupons. However, your store may let you do multiple transactions.

OOP:  Out of pocket.  This refers to the amount you pay for an item, not factoring in anything you receive back including ECBs, Catalinas,RRs, or Points.

OYNO:  On Your NextOrder.  Also seen as “OYNSO: On Your Next Shopping Order.”  This refers to offers where you will not see the savings on the same order but on your next shopping trip or transaction.  For example, spend $30 and save $10 on your next order. You would spend $30 (usually before coupons), and a Catalina would print giving you $10 off your next order.

PayPal: A company that offers users the ability to pay other users online, much like a credit card.  Users must sign up and provide a form of payment, either bank or credit card, in order to use this service.  There is a fee associated with each transaction.

Peelie:  Manufacturer coupons that look like stickers and are stuck on products in-store.

P&G:  Proctor &Gamble.  This company manufactures a wide range of consumer goods and is one of the largest corporations in the world.  Proctor & Gamble puts out monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of brands including Always, Bounty, Crest, Dawn, Gillette,Olay, Pampers, and Tide.

Piggybacking:  “Piggybacking” refers to using manufacturer coupons in addition to H-E-B’s yellow in-store coupons for “BuyItem A, Get Item B Free” promotions. When piggybacking, you can use a manufacturer coupon on Item A that you are purchasing but not on Item B which is free using H-E-B’s yellow coupon.  For example, if H-E-B offers a yellow coupon to get chips free with the purchase of cheese dip, and you have a manufacturer coupon for $1 off 2 cheese dips. You can buy 2 cheese dips, use 1 manufacturer coupon for $1/2 cheese dips and 2 H-E-B yellow coupons to get 2 free chips!

PM: Price Match (see “PriceMatch” below)

PP: PayPal (see “PayPal” above)

PPU: Pending Pick Up.  Refers to when a coupon or item is being held for someone that has previously expressed interest and is picking it up shortly.

Price Match:  Price match refers to when you use a competitor’s ad at another store that will match the price of the item listed in the sales ad.  Stores in our area that price match include Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, Best Buy, and Toys-R-Us.

PSA:  Prices Starting At

Purchase:  A purchase refers to buying any item.  If you buy 30 items on a single shopping trip, you just made 30 purchases.

Purchase-Based Coupon:  Purchase-based coupons specify a dollar amount off a minimum dollar future purchase.  Some common values:  $2 off $10, $3off $15, $4 off $20.  Manufacturer purchase-based coupons may be used in addition to store coupons.  (also see "Basket Coupon" above)

Q: Coupon.  Also seen as “q-pon.”

Rain Check:  A rain check is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock.  After the sale period is over, when the store restocks the item, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price.  Stores may include an expiration date as well as a quantity limit on your rain check.  Rain checks are usually issued at the customer service desk.

RC: Rain Check (see above)

Rebate:  Usually mailed into the manufacturer, rebates give you money back in return for purchasing specified products.  Virtually all rebates are limit one per household, and P.O. boxes are never accepted. Make sure to read the fine print!  Don’t waste time or money sending in multiple rebates for the same deal, since you’ll only get one back per household.

Register Reward:  Similar to Catalinas.  These are triggered at Walgreens for buying certain products advertised in their weekly sales ad.

RR:  Register Reward (see above)

Rolling Catalinas:  Refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use Catalina coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction.  Another Catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.  This typically does NOT work at Walgreens.  At H-E-B, be mindful of the dates printed on the Catalina.  Most H-E-B Catalinas specify certain dates that the Catalina can be used, typically a later date,and you CANNOT use the Catalina right away.

RP:  Red Plum. Red Plum coupon inserts and its website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers. 

SQ:  Store Coupon (see "Store Coupon" below)

SS:  Smart Source.  SmartSource coupon inserts and its website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers.

Stacking Coupons:  “Stacking coupons” refers to using both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one product.  Nearly all stores will allow you to “stack.”  Only one manufacturer coupon may be used per item. The only exception to this is H-E-B where you CANNOT use manufacturer coupons in addition to their yellow in-store coupons.  However, you are allowed to “piggyback” coupons.  Please see “Piggybacking” for more details.

Store Coupon:  A coupon created by the store to entice you to buy a certain product at their store.  Stores receive no reimbursement from the manufacturer for store coupons.  Store coupons maybe found in in-store, in weekly sales ads, printed online, or downloaded as e-coupons.

Tearpads:  Refers to manufacturer coupons that can be “torn” from pads hanging near the products they are to be used on.

TIA:  Thanks in Advance

TP:  When used as “tpq” or “tp q,” it means “tearpad coupon.”  When used on its own, it means “toilet paper.”

TMQ:  Target Mobile Coupon.  Refers to Target's digital store coupons that can be found and redeemed on mobile devices by texting OFFERS to 827-438.  Please see "Store Coupon" for more details.

TQ:  Target Coupon.  Please see "Store Coupon" for more details.

TY:  Thank You

WAGS:  Walgreens

WYB:  When You Buy.  Refers to coupons or sales that indicate a discount when you purchase a certain item or amount.  For example, Target often runs sales that will give you a gift card “when you buy” a specified number of certain items.

YMMV:  Your mileage may vary.  Used to indicate that a particular deal may not be accepted at all stores.  It will depend on the cashier/manager you are dealing with for your transaction.

YQ:  H-E-B yellow coupons. Refers to H-E-B’s yellow in-store coupons.

YW:  You're Welcome

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