When you are first learning to coupon, there is a lot of lingo that goes along with it that may be unfamiliar to you. I am going to share the definitions of the abbreviations and lingo I use here on the site, so you can understand and follow along. You will find a link to this post in the Coupon 101 tab at the top of the site.
BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One (used when items are buy one get one free)
BOGO 50% = Buy One Get One Half Off
MQ = Manufacturer’s coupon
OOP = Out of Pocket (actual money you will spend out of your pocket)
GC = Gift Card
OYNO = On Your Next Order
MIR = Mail in Rebate
TYPES OF COUPONS
Manufacturer’s Coupon (MQ) = Coupon that are for a specific product, supplied by the manufacturer.
Store Coupons = Coupons that are from certain stores. ex: Safeway, Target or Fred Meyer (You can use a store coupon and a MQ on the same item – the store is supplying you with a discount as well as getting reimbursed my the manufacturer)
Printable Coupon = Coupons you can print of the Internet (some store have policies regarding whether or not they will or will not take certain printable coupons).
Blinkie = Coupons found at the store in those little red machines with the blinking light. The are usually found directly by the products.
Catalina = These are coupons that print out after you purchase something. Sometimes they are for money off a product, or good for a certain amount of money off on your next order (OYNO).
eCoupons = coupons that can be loaded to your store loyaltly card.
Peelie = Coupons found on the actual product that you can peel off and use at checkout.
Tearpad = Coupons near products that are on a tearpad, you can tear them off and use at checkout.
Double Coupons = Some stores will double the value of any manufacturer’s coupon (MQ) up to a certain amount. Ex. $.50 off coupon will become worth $1.00 when doubled.
There are some people that file their coupons according to the date they came out, then when they need a certain coupon, they look up the date and insert type to find the coupon they want. This is why I list the coupons like this:
1.00 coupon from 3/28 SS insert
Here are the abbreviations for those insert that you see listed with the coupons:
SS = Smart Source
RP = Red Plum
P&G = Proctor and Gamble
GM = General Mills
STORE SPECIFIC LINGO
RR = Walgreens Register Rewards
ECB = CVS Extra Care Bucks
SCR = Rite Aid Single Check Rebate
Twice the Value Coupons = Albertson’s version of “double coupons”, you will need to have this coupon in order to double a coupon (up to $1.00). These are not available all the time, they show up in the ads a couple times a month. Usually there is a limit of 3 per trip.