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