Extreme Couponing Guide: Coupon Acronyms, Abbreviations and Lingo

by ThePrudentPatron on November 3, 2011


We have many expert couponers in our Prudent Patron community, but at least once a week I get an email from a new couponer who is completely overwhelmed by it all, and it’s no wonder when we regularly say things like:

“I used a CRT at CVS to get an ECB.”

“There is a CAT printing at WD, and you can use the MQ in SS 10/30, but YMMV.”

Even the coupon experts occasionally stumble upon an abbreviation that looks like gibberish. Just this week, a fellow coupon blogger asked me what a IVC stood for in the Walgreens post.

Today I will hopefully demystify some of those acronyms, abbreviations and lingo that you have seen on coupon sites. Have a look, and be sure to bookmark this page until you can easily recognize them. Also, if there is an abbreviation you’ve read on The Prudent Patron or on another site that isn’t listed here, please let me know and I will add it!

Coupon Acronyms, Abbreviations and Lingo:

B1G1 (or BOGO), B2G1 = Buy One Get One Free, Buy Two Get One Free
Blinkie = Coupon that a little machine near a product spits out in the store.
CAT = Catalina. Store Money or Coupons that print off with your receipt.
CRT = Cash Register Tape, aka, your receipt. This abrevaition is also used for the coupons that print out at the CVS coupon machine near the front of the sotre.
ECB = Extra Care Buck. This is a coupon that prints at CVS at the bottom of your receipt. You can use these like cash.
FAR = Free After Rebate
FF = Fire Fox
GC = Gift Card
GM= General Mills coupon insert that comes in your weekly paper.
IE = Internet Explorer
IVC= Instant Value Coupon – The store coupons in the Walgreens monthly coupon booklets that are located near the front of the store.
MFR = Manufacturer
MIR = Mail In Rebate
MQ = Manufacturer Coupon
ONYO = On Your Next Order
OoP = Out of Pocket. The amount in cash that you spend.
PDF = This is a coupon that opens up through adobe.
Peelie = This is a coupon found on the package of a product.
PG = Proctor and Gamble coupon insert that comes in your local paper.
PSA = Prices Start At
PoP = Proof of purchase, like a UPC.
Q = Coupon
Rain Check = When your store is out of a sale item you would get a rain check to secure the sale price.
Rolling = Permanent Link to a coupon that is periodically refreshed
RP = Redplum. This is a coupon insert that comes in your local paper.
RR = Register Rewards. Walgreens’ catalina type coupon that can be used like cash (with some restrictions).
SCR- Single Check Rebate (rebate system at Rite Aid)
SS = Smart Source. This is a coupon insert that comes in your local paper.
Stacking = Using a manufacturer and store coupon together on one item.
Tearpad = A pad of coupons or rebates near a product you can tear off.
UPC = Bar Code of an Item
WAGS = Walgreens
WT = Wine Tag. Coupon found around the neck of a wine bottle.
WYB – When You Buy
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary – Deal may vary from store to store.

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