Thursday, October 30, 2008

Common Abbreviations for Couponers

If you are reading money saving blogs or forums and some things they are typing reads like Greek to you, they are probably using some of the common abbreviations for couponers. I thought I'd compile a list of the most widely used abbreviations and use it as a reference for the future. If you run across some I have missed, please e-mail me or leave a comment and I will add them to the list for future reference. Someone had to explain these to me once so I want to explain them to someone else. Just paying it forward, coupon style!

  • Blinkie - coupon dispensed near product, usually from red blinking box

  • BOGO – Buy One, Get One- assume free unless otherwise stated

  • CAT or Catalina - coupon dispensed at register after purchase

  • ECB - Extra Care Bucks – These are from CVS, basically paper version of store credit

  • ESR - EasySaver Rebate- Walgreens Monthy Rebate Program

  • FAR - Free After Rebate

  • HBA - Health and Beauty Aid

  • IMO - In My Opinion

  • IP - Internet Printable Coupon

  • IVC - Walgreen's Instant Value Coupon (Found in the monthly EasySaver Catalog)

  • MIR - Mail In Rebate

  • MQ - manufacturer coupon

  • OOP - Out of Pocket

  • OYNO - On your next order

  • P&G - Proctor & Gamble usually referring to coupons insert found in the Sunday paper

  • Peelie - coupon that you peel off the package. Can be used immediately or at a later time.

  • Q - Coupon

  • RC - Rain Check

  • RP - Red Plum- coupon insert found in the Sunday paper

  • RR - Register Rewards - Walgreen’s paper version of store credits

  • SS - Smart Source of Sunday Supplement coupons

  • Tear Pad - Coupons hanging from a store shelf or display

  • V - Valassis- coupon insert found in the Sunday paper

  • YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary- meaning it might work, it might not

Happy Savings!