What Does That Mean? Coupon Vocabulary

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  • $1/1, $2/1, etc – One dollar off one product, two dollars off one product, etc.
  • $1/2, $2/2, etc – One dollar off two products, two dollars off two products, etc. You must buy 2 items to receive any savings; you cannot redeem the coupon on one product for half the value.
  • BOGO/B1G1/B2G1 – The numbers indicate how many of a product you must buy to qualify and the number of products you get when you redeem the coupon or offer. B1G1= Buy one, get one. B2G1= Buy two, get one B2G2= Buy two, get two These descriptions will usually end with “free” or “half off” meaning buy one, get one free, or buy one get one half off.
  • Blinkie – Coupons dispensed by machines found in grocery aisles next to products. Recognize them by the blinking red light. Manufacturer blinkie coupons may be redeemed at any store, not necessarily the store in which you found them. Blinkies do not double.
  • Catalina – Sometimes abbreviated as “CAT”, broad description of coupons printed out of a special machine that dispenses long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase. These can be classified as item specific, a specific dollar amount off your order, or a Register Reward from Walgreens.
  • Coupon – a note from a store or manufacturer that entitles shopper to a discount on specific product. Coupons may be clipped form the newspaper, printed from the internet or even downloaded to your store loyalty card. There are also different types of coupons as follows:
  • Manufacturers Coupons – coupons that is most readily available from the Sunday newspaper and companies websites. These are coupons put out by companies for their products to entice consumers to buy those products. These coupons can be stacked with in- store coupons to increase your savings.
  • Store Coupons – Most stores offer coupons for items they sell in their stores. These coupons can be found in store flyers, company websites such as Target, or a store coupon book such as Walgreens. These coupons can be used at the designated store only. It can be “stacked” with a manufacturer coupon for greater savings.
  • E-Coupons – Electronic coupons may be downloaded onto your store loyalty card or cell phone. Grocery coupons must be downloaded to your loyalty card and will be deducted automatically when you swipe your card at checkout. These can be downloaded directly from your grocer’s website.
  • Coupon Database- a searchable online resource to find specific coupons (find one at thecrazycouponchick.com)
  • Doubling Coupons – Select stores will double coupons up to a certain value, usually $0.99. If your store doubles coupons up to $0.99, any coupon $0.99 or under will be doubled in value. Coupons $1.00 or greater will be worth face value, no doubling. For example, a .50 cent coupon is worth $1, a .75 cent coupon is worth $1.50. The registers are coded to automatically double. Check with your grocery store to find out about their doubling policies. Stores will occasionally have special coupons in their flyers to make a coupon worth double the value.
  • Extra Care Bucks (ECB) – CVS rewards program, ECBs print according the store’s weekly or monthly advertised deals. When you make a qualifying purchase, you receive the coordinating ECBs value as advertised. ECBs print directly on the bottom of your receipt.
  • Handling Fee – Refers to an amount, usually $0.08, paid by the manufacturer to reimburse the store for the trouble of accepting a coupon. The handling fee is usually used to pay a clearing house to sort, organize and bill the manufacturer. If a store chose to sort its own coupons, they will keep the handling fee
  • IP – Internet Printable coupons may be printed right from your home computer. Limited to only 2 prints per computer. Download quick and safe printing software to be able to print securely from home. It is illegal to photocopy a printable coupon. You can face a hefty fine or even jail time!
  • ISO- In Search Of
  • IVC – Instant Value Coupon. IVCs are store coupons found in the weekly Walgreens ad. IVCs are store coupons that can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon.
  • MIR – Mail in Rebate, refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail. These are the traditional rebates that require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes. Rebates will contain specific instructions on what is required to be mailed (i.e. barcodes, receipts etc.) and when it must be postmarked by. Consumers are responsible for reading the fine print and following the instructions provided.
  • NLA– No longer available
  • OOP – Out-of-Pocket; refers to the amount of money you will pay a store to make your purchase.
  • OYNO – On Your Next Order. Store promotions such as Spend $25, save $10 on your next shopping order. OYNO refers to savings that you will not see on your first transaction, but that may be applied to your next transaction.
  • One Coupon per Purchase – Refers to your ability to use one coupon per item
  • One Coupon per Transaction – Limits you to only using one of this coupon per transaction. You may request to do separate transactions.*Example: If you have 5 coupons that read “one coupon per transaction” you may request to separate into 5 transactions and pay 5 times.
  • Peelie – Coupons found on products in the store.
  • PSA – Prices starting at
  • Purchase-Based Coupon – Purchase- Based coupons specify a dollar amount off a minimum dollar future purchase. Some common values: $2 off $10, $3 off $15, $4 off $20, $5 off $30.Purchase based coupons may be used in addition to store and manufacturer coupons.
  • Q – Coupon abbreviation
  • Rain check – A Rain Check is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock. When the store restocks the item, after the sale period is over, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price. Store may include an expiration date as well as a quantity limit on your rain check.
  • RR – Register Rewards is Walgreens drugstore rewards program. Look for the same machines located at register, dispensing long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase. RRs cannot be “rolled” like Catalina
  • Rolling Catalina’s – refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use Catalina coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction. Another Catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.
  • SavingStar – Join SavingStar for free and register your grocery and drug store loyalty cards on SavingStar. (For example, your CVS ExtraCare card, your Stop & Shop card, etc.) Then, click the eCoupons you want and they will be linked to all of your registered store cards. When you use your card at checkout like you normally do, your savings are automatically added to your SavingStar account within 2-30 days depending on when the store sends the purchase data.(Note: the savings are not given at checkout in the store and they are not printed on your receipt). Once your accumulated savings in your SavingStar account reach $5, you can pick your payout from a deposit into your bank or PayPal account, or a donation to American Forests.
  • Stacking Coupons – Stacking coupons refers to using both a store and a manufacturer coupon on one product. Nearly all stores will allow you to “stack”. Only one manufacturer coupon may be used per item.
  • Stockpile – food storage or stash of food and non-food items. Buy items when they’re on sale and you have a coupon. Buy products before you need them and build up a stockpile of food and toiletries. When you run out of an item shop from your stockpile.
  • Store Loyalty Card – A free card which you present at checkout to receive additional savings. Fill out a short application to receive a loyalty card at your local grocer.
  • Tear Pad – A pad of manufacturer coupons found near products on shopping aisles. Tear pad manufacturer coupons may be used at any store, not just the one where you found the coupon.
  • UPC – Universal Product Code. Bar code printed on product packages that can be scanned electronically.
  • +Up Rewards – Rite Aids rewards program that works similar to ECBs from CVS. You buy certain items marked in the flyer and +UP Reward will print at the bottom of your receipt for use on your next purchase.
  • WYB – When You Buy. Some sales or coupons require purchase of multiple items.
  • YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary. A phrase used to describe that an experience one shopper has may differ from your experience. One store may allow you to stack additional promos and another location may not.