Coupon Lingo

SO. . . . you’re thinkin’ ‘bout doin’ this couponing thing. But, you just don’t know where to begin.
We’ve all been in that place at one time, so I want to help you understand what you are getting into and how great the savings can be.  We’ll start with the basics and work our way up to the specifics of each store.
Before we get started, I want to give you a crash course in “Coupon Lingo”.  These are abbreviations that you will find on Coupon Forums and Money Saving Sites:
BOGO or B1G1-Buy One Get One Free
Brick-Printable Coupon
CC-Competitors Coupons
CRT-Cash Register Tape
DND- Do Not Double
ECB-Extra Care Bucks (CVS Stores)
E-Coupons-Electronic Coupons downloaded to cell phones or Loyalty Card
E-VIC-Harris Teeter Internet Special
FAR-Free After Rebate
FLIP-Food Lion Internet Printed Coupon
GC-Gift Card
GM-General Mills
HT-Harris Teeter
IP-Internet Printed Coupon
IVC-Instant Value Coupon
MFR or MQ-Manufacturer’s Coupon
MIR-Mail In Rebate
OOP-Out of Pocket
OYNO- On Your Next Order
P&G- Proctor & Gamble insert
PDF-Coupons that do not require installation of a printer/No Print Limit
RA-Rite Aid Pharmacy
RP-Red Plum insert
RR-Register Reward
SCR-Single Check Rebate
SC-Store Coupon
SS-Smart Source insert
WYB-When You Buy
YMMV-Your Mileage May Vary (basically this means it depends on the cashier or manager)
$1/1- $1 off one item
$1/2-$1 off two items
4 off $20- $4 off a $20 purchase

If you are a beginner and would like additional help using coupons, be sure to check out Savvy Resouces:

How To Start Using Coupons by LuvABargain

Couponing For Beginners by Budget Saving Mom

Couponing Lingo by 3 Boys And A Dog Deals

How To Coupon by Sassy Saver

Printable Food Coupons by Little People Wealth

Coupon Terms And Abbreviations by  The Greenback Gals

Coupon Resources by Crystal & Co.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

emma July 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

Hi! While this list gives the full names of the abbreviations, it doesn’t actually tell you what anything is! For instance what does “cash register tape” mean? Or “smart source insert”? It would be helpful to beginners if you defined these mysterious names!

{for instance, I’ve never heard of something on a cash register called a “tape” – is that another word for receipt? and if so, what stores have coupons on their receipts? does everyone get these coupons? do you need to ask for them? And is smart source a magazine of some sort? Is it regional? }

ClipperGirl July 29, 2010 at 10:13 am

Yes a tape is a cash register receipt. Smart Source is an insert in newspapers (usually Sunday) that have coupons in them.
Currently the only stores that have CRT’s (coupons on a receipt) are CVS and Rite Aid Drug Stores.

ClipperGirl July 30, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I am going to be updating and expanding the Lingo section over the weekend. Being that I have couponed for some years, it did not occur to me that newbies might not know what a cash register tape or smartsource it. Thank you so much for your input. This will make the tutorial even better.

Carleen December 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Hello! What is a ‘stacked coupon’ ?

ClipperGirl December 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Stacked coupon ls when you use a store coupon and a manufacturers coupon on the same product. An example would be that you are buying excedrin at Walgreens. You use a coupon from the Red Plum insert and a coupon from the Walgreens coupon booklet to increase your savings

steve January 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

My wife and I just watched a show about extreme couponing where the people are buying 1k in groceries and after coupons they pay like 11 dollars, since that show we are all about it. The road block I am running into now is the only store that i know of that does coupon double days is pick n save but they have a limit of 5 coupons that can be doubled. Do you know of any other stores that do not have these types of restrictions.

Thank you,

ClipperGirl January 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

My stores in NC have restrictions of 20 doubled coupons per day. I use Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods and Kroger. I guess those extreme couponers are lucky that there are no limits. Don’t let that discourage you though. You can still save tons of money even with limits. I typically will do one “shop” per day in order to build my stockpile. It’s a little time consuming in the beginning, but once you have that stockpile built up, it’s smooth sailing. My stockpile got big enough that I did very little “stockpiling” in 2010. Now, it’s time to build that stockpile back up.

Crystal April 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

I just recently watched Extreme Couponing on TLC and noticed that they were able to use more than one coupon for the same item. For example, I have five $1 off for Hillshire Farms lunch meat; how can I use all five coupons in one transaction? I thought you couldnt use more than one of the same coupon in one transaction. I shop at my local Kroger and I have only had one coupon double and it was for .25 cents. Any suggestions or tips would help out immensely. Im a mom who lost her job and on a very tight budget.

Jennifer July 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

I have noticed when a coupon is listed it will have what insert to find it out of (i.e. SS 7/10/11). Some of them have an R after them (i.e. SS 7/10/11 R). I have noticed this a lot with the Red Plum inserts. When the R is after the coupon insert I have a hard time finding that coupon. What does the R mean?

Anne October 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I think that the R after the coupons mean that it is just a regional deal and only certain regions will receive this coupon. Unfortunately, i live in an area that hardly ever gets those R coupons.

ClipperGirl October 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

That is correct

Jennifer November 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for the info. That makes a lot of sense now! :)

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