Couponing Abbreviations And Lingo

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Couponing Abbreviations And Lingo Who knew that couponing could be so complicated?? It’s not really, but there are lots of terms that you’re going to want to learn in order to make the most of the deals. Here are the most common abbreviations that you will see in the couponing world:

B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One, Get One Free. You may also see B2G1 or B1G2, etc. (which would mean Buy Two, Get One Free or Buy One, Get Two Free respectively.)

CAT – Catalina Coupon. This is a coupon that you receive from a Catalina machine after you make a purchase at a participating store, thus the name. Stores include Walgreens, Target, Jewel-Osco and various other stores that you may have in your area. At Walgreens, the Catalina machine is the machine from which you’ll get your Register Rewards. Catalina is a third party company that works with specific stores and brands to produce coupons. These coupons can be either manufacturer’s coupons or store coupons, so be sure to look at each individual coupon. You can stack additional manufacturer’s coupons with the store coupons produced from the CAT machine, so this would be an ideal opportunity for extra savings.

ECB – Extra Care Bucks. This is a CVS store coupon that prints out at the end of your receipt during participating CVS purchases. This coupon is good for one month and valid on any future purchase at CVS (other than restrictions: lottery tickets, milk, money order, gift cards, stamps, pseudoephedrine and alcohol). You may use as many ECB as you have available toward the same transaction.

ETS – Excludes Trial Size. Verbiage that is typically found printed on coupons.

EXP – Expires. You may see this in reference to when coupons expire (i.e. Use $1 Colgate coupon from 2/11 RP (exp 3/31)

GC – Gift Card

GM – General Mills. This is a coupon insert that is distributed in the Sunday newspaper on the occasional weekend.

MIR – Mail In Rebate

OOP – Out Of Pocket

OYNO – On Your Next Order

P&G – Procter & Gamble. This is a coupon insert that is distributed in the Sunday newspaper on various weekends.

PSA – Prices Start At

Reset – This means that a coupon that was previously released is now available to be printed again by everyone. (It can once again be considered brand new.)

RP – Red Plum insert. This is a coupon insert that is distributed in the Sunday newspaper on various weekends.

RR – Register Reward. This is a CAT coupon (see above) that is printed out at the end of participating deals at Walgreens. It is a manufacturer’s coupon that is good for two weeks, but it is redeemable only at Walgreens. This coupon is good on any future purchase EXCEPT for the purchase of the same brand you received it from should you be expecting another RR to print. (i.e. You cannot use a RR to pay for a Colgate Toothpaste if you received it when purchasing Colgate Mouthwash. The RR that you are expecting from the second purchase will not print.)

SS – Smart Source insert. This is a coupon insert that is distributed in the Sunday newspaper on various weekends.

Stack – This means that you can use multiple coupons on top of each other (i.e. a Target store coupon, a Target Cartwheel coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon may be stacked to save on the same item.)

WYB – When You Buy (I use this one A LOT)

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary. This means that the deal or coupon will work at some stores, but may not at others. It will all depend on your store and that specific manager/cashier.

Have a couponing specific abbreviation that I forgot to post here? Please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list!

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EL April 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

I see that you keep mentioning newspaper coupon inserts. Is there any way to get the inserts without buying newspapers?



Amy April 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

EL, the best way to find Sunday Paper coupons is to find a local coupon trading group (like at your local library) where people typically leave coupons they don’t need and they are free for other browsers. Otherwise ask you neighbors or family if you can have their coupon insert leftovers. Good luck!


EL April 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Thanks for answering!

If that doesn’t work out, which newspapers have these coupons in them?


Andrea Crite July 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

What does bump mean Tia


Amy July 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Andrea, where have you seen “Bump” in coupon posts?


Goddessoflubbock November 16, 2015 at 7:28 am

If you’re reading it in a thread it means someone wanted to bump it back to the top.


chavonna t Stephens July 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm

I found this website its called they sell inserts for about .85 cents hope that helps


Goddessoflubbock November 16, 2015 at 7:26 am

Sometimes RRs “roll” meaning you can use the RR on the same product and another RR will print.

I’ve never heard of PSA before.


Amy November 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

The rolling of RRs is very few and far between anymore. Typically if it happens it is a computer glitch and as soon as the company realizes it happens, they fix it. So this is completely a YMMV situation.


Sandra November 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Why can’t companies just give you (everyone) a true price at the register?
It is a rip off for those that don’t use coupons.
NOTHING is free, someone pays!


Ashley December 18, 2015 at 2:45 am

I am also from Chicago, what newspapers do you buy?


Amy December 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Ashley, I get the Chicago Tribune delivered on Sundays… lots of great coup0ns in that paper!


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