Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Intro to Couponing Part 6

Part 6
Coupon Lingo

I have had a lot of people asking about couponing lingo, so here's a guide to all the jibberish that is couponing.


$/# - This means that you get $ off for every # you buy. Example: $1/2 would mean that you get $1 off every 2 that you buy. You will see this a lot on KCL when we are breaking down Store Ad's.

B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free (B1G2 is Buy One Get Two Free etc.)

Blinkie = A coupon that prints out at a machine in the store. They are located by the product associated with that particular coupon.

BOGO = Buy One Get One Free

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.


Coupon Insert - These are "packets" of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed to you during the week. The companies that put them out include Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) They are also refered to as just inserts.


Double Coupons = This is the term used 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. In Idaho, Albertsons and Kmart are the stores that will double occasionally. Some stores may also set a maximum value limit. Example, no coupons over $2 and only 10 per transaction/day.

ES or ESR =Easy Saver. This is Walgreens' monthly rebate program. You can find the books by their ads in the front of their store.

EXP = Expires or Expiration Date

FAR = Free After Rebate

Internet Printable = A coupon that can be printed online.

IP = Internet Printable Coupon

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

MFR = Manufacturer


MQ = Manufacturer Coupon


OOP = Out-of-Pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after all coupons.

OYNO = On Your Next Order. Often, Albertson's will run a promo where you spend $25 (or some amount) and then you get a Catalina for $10 Off On Your Next Order.

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 Walgreens. 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 Walgreens

WYB = When You Buy


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