Coupon Abbreviations: What do they all mean?

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coupon abbreviationsCoupon Abbreviations: What do they all mean?

As you read the various store matchups and posts you will see lots of Coupon Abbreviations. This is all very confusing at first but before you know it, you will be a pro! I’ve compiled a list of abbreviations that you will see all around couponing. Let me know if you don’t see something listed here, and I’ll add it to the list.

BACQ = Become A Coupon Queen. This refers to becomeacouponqueen.com

B1G1 or B2G1 = Buy 1, Get 1 or Buy 2, Get 1. This is when you can purchase one item and you can purchase another of the same product (same size or smaller) for free, 50% off, etc. The B1G1 will be followed with Free, 50%, etc. The numbers indicate how many of a product you must buy to qualify and the number of products you get when you redeem the coupon or offer. B1G1= Buy one, get one. B2G1= Buy two, get one B2G2= Buy two, get two

CAT = Catalina Coupon. These are the coupons that are printed at the register and handed to you along with your receipt. Not all stores have catalinas and a true catalina is a coupon for X dollars off of your next order.

ECB = Extra Care Bucks. These are the reward dollars given based upon total purchases over a period or for particular items purchased. Given only at CVS and only redeemable there as well.

RR = Register Rewards. This is the Walgreens rewards program and a version of the catalina coupon. Look for the same machines located at register, dispensing long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase. RRs cannot be ‘rolled’ and are technically a coupon but can be used on any item. Read more about Walgreens shopping here.

WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreens Drugstore

EXP = Expires or Expiration Date

$1/1, $2/1, etc = One dollar off one product, two dollars off one product, etc.

PSA = Prices starting at; when a group of items are on sale, such as Secret Deodorant products 25% off. I might write “PSA $2.99″ and list a group of Secret coupons. This means that the cheapest Secret product is $2.99 and prices go up from there.

ETS = Excludes Trial Size. This means that you cannot use the coupon on trial size product.

OYNO = On Your Next Order. Store promos such as Spend $25, Save $10 on your next shopping order. OYNO refers to savings that you will not see on your first transaction, but that may be applied to your next purchase. Most OYNO coupons have no minimum purchase. If you spend $25 and receive a coupon worth $10 off your next order, there is no minimum purchase on that next order. If you spend over $10, you may redeem your coupon. If you spend under $10, you may use your coupon, but will forfeit the difference.

MIR = Mail in Rebate. These are available in packages, store fliers or sometimes online. You may need the UPC label and your receipt in many instances, in order to claim your rebate.

MM = Money Maker, means after everything is said and done you will actually make money by purchasing this item.

MQ = Manufacturer Coupon.

OOP = Out of Pocket. This is the amount you will actually spend to complete your purchase.

Q = Coupon

PG = Proctor & Gamble. This is both an insert found in the Sunday newspaper and also a manufacturer.

SS = SmartSource. An insert found in the Sunday newspaper.

GM = General Mills. An insert found in the Sunday newspaper.

RP = Red Plum. An insert found in the Sunday newspaper.

YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary. A phrase used to describe that an experience one shopper has may differ from your experience. One store may allow you to stack additional promos and another location may not do the same. Some stores do not have a universally enforced coupon policy and will often let one customer do one thing and another do something completely different.

WYB = When You Buy. Some sales or coupons require purchase of multiple items. When reporting a deal, I always include a final price. Example: Buy 2 oreo cookies $2.00 each, use 1 $1.00/2 coupons, Final Price: $1.50 each, WYB 2. You must buy 2 in order to use the $1.00/2 coupon, so the final price states “WYB 2″.

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