Coupon Lingo

As you enter the world of couponing you might ask..."What in the world are all those abbreviations?" Read on to find out!

General ones:

$/$ = money off, for example $5/$20 is $5 off a $20 purchase

b1g1 or bogo = buy 1, get one (as in buy 1, get another free or a certain % off)

Cat. cpn = Catalina coupon.  These are the coupons that print out at special machine at the registers.

cpn (or Qpon and sometimes just Q) = coupon

CRT = cash register tape (receipt)

exp. = expiration date

FAR = free after rebate

IP cpn (or just IP) = internet printable coupon

manuf. or mfr cpn (or just MQ) = manufacturer's coupon

MIR = mail-in rebate

OOP = out of pocket

OYNO or OYNP = on your next order / purchase

psa = prices start at

UPC = universal product code (those bars with numbers on products)

TMF = try me free rebate

wyb = when you buy

YMMV = your mileage may vary (i.e. this may or may not work for you)

For the Drug Stores:

CVS cpn = coupon that prints on your CRT or at price scanner, can also be in magazines, handouts, etc. (CVS), considered a store coupon

ECB's (EB's) = Extra Care Bucks (for CVS)

IVC = instant value coupon (Walgreens store coupon)

RR's = Register Rewards (Walgreens).  RR's are Catalina coupons that are geared for Walgreens' sales.  

Don't go by the picture but what is actually written on the coupon!  I should also note how to read details on the coupons that I mention. 

an example (totally made up!) - $1.00/2  2-liters of any Coke product, exp. 02/01/10 (RP 01/03/10)

This means that the coupon is $1.00 off two 2-liters of any Coke product (i.e. Coke, diet Coke, Sprite, etc.).  It expires 02/01/10 and can be found in the Red Plum insert that came out 01/03/10.

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