Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coupon Abbreviations & Terms

New to couponing? And not sure what all the letters and terms mean? Well, hopefully we can help!

These are abbreviations for inserts that come in the Sunday paper:

  • P&G - Proctor & Gamble
  • RP - Red Plum
  • SS - Smartsource
  • GM - General Mills
  • V - Valassis (usually combined with Red Plum)

If you follow us when putting together your deals we put what coupons you should have and which insert it came in. It will look something like this:        
Chex Mix $1
-$0.50/1 Chex Mix  (RP 6/12/11, expires 8/6/11 )
As low as free, if your store doubles

The RP 6/12/11, means it came from the Red Plum insert that came out on June 12, 2011.

**Sometimes you may see an R, which means it was a regional coupon and only some areas recieved it! Will look like this: (RP 6/12/11 R)

Here are a list of other abbreviations & terms:
  • Q - Coupon
  • Blinkie - in store coupon dispensers near certain products, usually have a blinking light
  • CAT or Catalinas - Coupons that print off at the register
  • Peelie - Coupons that are on the outside of products
  • RR - Register Rewards (Reward program at Walgreens)
  • R - Regional Coupon
  • BOGO, B1G1 - Buy One Get One free
  • MFC or MQ - Manufacturer Coupon
  • OOP - Out of much money you actually pay
  • UPC - Universal Product Code/bar code
  • ECBs - CVS Extra Care Bucks (Reward program at CVS)
  • Stacking - Using a Manufacturer Coupon & a Store Coupon together for bigger savings (not all stores allow this so check your stores coupon policy...some also allow stacking a Competitor Coupon and a Manufacturer Coupon) 
  • $1/1 - one dollar off one item
  • $1/2 - one dollar off two items
  • 2/$1 - two items for one dollar
  • IPs - Internet Printables (online printable coupons)
  • MIR - Mail-In Rebate
  • NED - No Expiration Date
  • PSA - Price Starts At
  • Tearpad - Pads of coupons found in store
  • WSL - While Supplies Last
  • WYB - When You Buy

Stacking Example: Cottonelle Toilet Paper is $6.49, you have a MFC for $1/1 & you have a Store or Competitor Coupon for $0.75/1 that you stack on top of your will end up costing you $4.74 because you stacked both coupons for that one item.

Those are the basics! Hopefully not too confusing or overwhelming! Let me know if there are anymore you can't figure out!

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