Couponers Language Translated - Learn It

Monday, April 06, 2009 Hand-posted by Jennifer

If you’re thinking about using coupons whether it is just a little bit or a whole lot you’ll need to know the language. So, here’s some of the most code words that couponers use. Enjoy the list and learn it!

Translations for Learning Coupon Language and all the funny Coupon Codes.

  • ALA = As Low As (used in cost breakdown to show the least amount a product might cost)
  • BLINKIES = In-Store Smart Source Coupons called “blinkies” because of the little blinking box near products.
  • BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One
  • BTFE - Box Tops for Education (School reward program)
  • CATALINA = Coupon printed at register after purchased qualifying items. These are mostly to use on other items or may have promotional messages.
  • CLFE = Campbell’s Labels for Education (School reward program)
  • CNP = Coupon Near Product (similar to BLINKIES)
  • Coloring/Activity Booklet = Walgreens has these in their kids coloring isle. It has jungle animals on the front and 1 sheet of small coupons on the inside when you open the front cover.
  • CPN = Coupon
  • CRT = Customer Receipt Tape. CVS receipt coupons to be used at CVS/pharmacy stores only.
  • DBL= Coupon that a store doubles in value
  • DND = Do not Double (Some coupons have this language)
  • EB/ECB = ExtraCare Bucks you can use at CVS/pharmacy only.
  • ESC = Easy Saver Coupons from the savings booklets from Walgreens.
  • FAR = Free After Rebate
  • GC= Gift Card
  • GM = General Mills
  • IP or IPQ = Internet Printable coupons
  • IVC = Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens Store coupon found in monthly Easy Saver Booklet)
  • J&J = Johnson & Johnson Products
  • K = Kellogg’s (Coupon Insert you will find in the Sunday Papers. These are rare but usually 1-2x a year you will find these.)
  • MFG = Manufacturer
  • Mailer = These are coupons that are sent directly from the manufacturer to your mailbox.
  • MIR = Mail in Rebate
  • OOP = Out of Pocket
  • OOS = Out of Stock
  • Parade = Parade Magazine that comes out in the Sunday paper. This has coupons occasionally.
  • P&G = Proctor & Gamble (Coupon Insert you will find in the Sunday Papers at least once a month.)
  • Peelie = Coupon you peel off package.
  • PSA = Prices Starting At
  • Q = coupon
  • RC = Rain Check
  • RP= Red Plum (Coupon Insert in your mailbox or Sunday paper depending on your area.)
  • RR = Register Rewards at Walgreens (Similar to Catalinas)
  • SS= Smart Source (Coupon Insert you will find in the Sunday Papers almost every week.)
  • STACKING = Using a store coupon plus a manufacturer coupons for one product.
  • TC = Target in store coupon.
  • TGC = Target Gift Card.
  • TEAR PAD = A pad of coupons or MIR near a product or on display. These are usually manufacturer’s coupons that you can use at any store which accepts manufacturer’s coupons.
  • TS = Trial Size
  • UPC = Universal Product Code
  • WG, WAG, WAGS = Walgreens
  • WYB= When You Buy
  • YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (Depends on certain store policies/factors whether the deal will work.)
  • $X/X = Means you will get a X amount of X items. Like $1 off 1, $2 off 1, $2 off 2, etc.
  • X/$X = Means you will get X items for X amount. Like 2 items for $1 (.50/each). This is sometimes confusing because you don’t always need to buy the full X amount to get the discounted price unless the offer specifically states you must buy X amount. A good example is with a 10/$10 sale. You are basically paying $1 for X amount that you want to buy and not being required to have to buy all 10.

I hope everyone enjoys all the translated couponer language and if you see anything that needs added to the list just leave a comment. Happy couponing!


  1. ModernMom said...

    I had no idea couponers had their own language! Im really trying to be better with coupons. Trutfully doesn't seem the Canadian grocery stores are as good as offering these deals as the States.

  2. Kristofor said...

    whats onoyo, or something like that?

  3. Jennifer said...

    OYNO ~ Sorry that wasn't on here. It means "On Your Next Order" and is referring to Catalina's that are for X amount off OYNO (On Your Next Order).

    I'll update the post. Thanks for the catch!

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