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Decoding Crazy Coupon Lingo

August 11, 2010

I’ve been reading coupon blogs and lists for a while now, so I tend to forget how confused I was in the beginning about things like what the heck “RP” and “wyb” meant.  On this post, I will keep a running list of common couponing acronyms and other language.  If I ever post something that looks like gibberish to you, please comment and I will decode some of the crazy coupon lingo for you!

First, coupon insert acronyms (these are really just like brand names of coupon inserts that come in your Sunday paper)…
SS: Smart Source
RP: Red Plum
PG: Procter & Gamble
GM: General Mills

Common acronyms…
B1G1: buy 1, get 1 free
B2G1: buy 2, get 1 free (and so on)
OYNO: off your next order
WYB: when you buy
Q: coupon
MQ: manufacturer’s coupon
OOP: out of pocket
MIR: mail-in rebate
ECB: extra care bucks (CVS)

Other lingo…
Blinky: a coupon found in one of the little blinking machines in the grocery store.  Grab them when you see them, but you usually will just want to hold on to them until you see a good sale price on that item.
Peelie: a coupon that is stuck to an item that you peel off
Catalina: a coupon that prints at the register, based on what you purchased.  It can be a coupon for a specific item or, more commonly when we’re talking about them, for a dollar amount off your next shopping order.  (For example, if you buy 10 Kelloggs products, a coupon will print for $10 off your next order.)  Catalina is just the name of the company who makes the machines – They also have fabulous customer service if you ever need to contact them for a coupon not printing (888-322-3814).  These change often and could really use a whole post to explain, but that’s the basic idea.
Rolling: when you get a catalina coupon that you use to do that same transaction again, receiving yet another catalina coupon and so on… For example, if you bought 5 cottage cheeses for $5 and a $5 oyno catalina printed which you then used to buy 5 more cottage cheeses for $5 and so on.
Stacking: using a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon on the same item.  For example, a CVS coupon from the coupon machine and a manufacturer’s coupon.

That should get you started!


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