Coupon Lingo

If you are new to couponing and wondering what all of these abbreviations are, here’s a handy dandy list for ya!

BOGO – Buy one get one free

RP Kmart

SS – Smart Source

PG – Procter and Gamble

{Sometimes you will see 3/21 SS which would mean it came from the March 21st Smart Source insert}

$1/1 – $1 off when you buy 1

$1/ 2 – $1 off when you buy 2

CAT = Catalina. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product They are usually manufacturer coupons, not store coupons. Note: These are sometimes delayed in printing so wait a minute before walking away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn’t, talk to the cashier/manager and explain…

Double Coupons = When stores will double a coupon’s value. Some stores do this every coupon months, some never do it, and in some regions stores will pick a day a week to double.  Kmart will double occasionally. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example, no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.  Ask your local stores if and when they double.

EXP = Expires or Expiration Date

FAR = Free After Rebate

IP = Internet Printable Coupon

IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are found at Walgreen s in their weekly ads.

MIR= Mail in Rebate

MFR = Manufacturer

MQ = Manufacturer Coupon

OOP = Out-of-Pocket. This is the amount of money that you pay for with cash- so after instant coupons- but before Catalina’s received and Mail in Rebates.

Peelie = Coupons found on products in the store. Often, there are good on a range of products, not just what it is stuck to.

Q = Coupon

Raincheck = A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock.

Register Rewards or RR = Exclusive to Walgreen’s. They work like cash on your next order.

Rolling Catalinas – This means that you can use a Catalina as payment on another transaction of equal merchandise and another Catalina will still print. Example, if you buy 4 “Kraft Cheese Bricks,” a $5 Catalina will print. If you then buy another 4 Kraft Cheese Bricks you can use the previous Catalina you received as payment towards the order and another $5 Catalina will print.

Stacking Coupons = This is the term used when stores will let you use their own in store coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item. Example: Most Albertson’s will let you do this.

Tear Pad = A pad of coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreen’s

WYB = When You Buy

YMMV= Your Mileage May Vary (because of regional sales and how stores treat coupons)


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