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Coupon Lingo

What does SS or RP mean?

If you are unfamiliar with couponing lingo, you have come to the right place!  Here is the scoop:

Definitions, Abbreviations and More!

  • SS – SmartSource – This is the coupon inserts that you find in your Sunday Newspaper.  These generally come every week except major holiday weekends.
  • RP – RedPlum – This is a coupon insert that is found in your Sunday Newspaper or perhaps in your mailbox (some areas.)  Some people will refer to this as Valassis or V, but I will always refer to it as RP in my blog posts.
  • PG or P&G – Proctor and Gamble – This is a coupon insert that is found in your Sunday Newspaper, typically once per month.
  • Q – Coupon – This is shorthand for Coupon.
  • MFC – Manufacturer Coupon – These coupons are either found in the coupon inserts or printed online.  They are directly from the manufacturer and can typically be used at any store (unless a specific store is specified on the coupon.)
  • Store Coupons – These coupons are sponsored by a specific store and may only be used at that store or a store that accepts competitor’s coupons.
  • Blinkies – These are coupons that you will find when you are walking the aisles of your store.  They are usually found in a red blinking box.
  • CAT or Catalina – These are coupons that will print out with your receipt at the register.
  • CRT – Cash Register Tape – This refers to Coupons that are printed on the back of your register receipt.
  • IPC – Internet Printable Coupon – These are coupons that you can print from your computer.  You can find these HERE
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks – These are CVS only offers that are found in their weekly ads.  You must have a Free CVS Card to take advantage of these offers.  ECB’s are earned by purchasing qualifying items each week.  Once you purchase and pay for your items, you will receive ECB’s on your receipt.  These work similar to giftcards and can be used on your next purchase at CVS.  For more information on ECB and Shopping at CVS, see CVS 101
  • RR – Register Rewards –  These are Walgreens only offers that are found in their weekly ads.  RR’s are earned by purchasing qualifying items each week.  Once you purchaswe and pay for your items, you will receive a Catalina coupon printed at the register that can be used on your next purchase.  For more information on RR and Shopping at Walgreens, see Walgreens 101
  • ESR – Easy Saver Rebate – This is Walgreen’s monthly rebate.
  • BOGO or B1G1 – Buy One Get One – Depending on the sale, you can receive the items either half off or sometimes FREE!
  • $1/1 – This means that the coupon is for $1.00 when you purchase ONE specified item.
  • $1/2 – This means that the coupon is for $1.00 when you purchase TWO specified items.
  • WYB – When You Buy – This is when a coupon requires the purchase of another item.  For example, a coupon may say: $1.00 off the purchase of pasta When You Buy (WYB) pasta sauce.  It is also used in matchups to mean that you must purchase that number of items to get the total discount.  For example, Product A is $1.33 each When You Buy (WYB) 2
  • MIR – Mail-in-Rebate  or AF – After Rebate – These are offers from a manufacturer or a store that require you to mail a form along with the required documents, i.e. UPC, Register Receipt etc. to receive a rebate check or giftcard in the mail.
  • STACK or STACKING – This refers to using both a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon on the same product.  For more information on STACKING, please see How to Shop
  • OOP – Out of Pocket or Final Price – This is the amount that you will pay once all of the rewards and coupons are taken off.  Sometimes this will refer to the price that you will pay once you redeem your ECB’s or RR’s etc.
  • Single Check Rebate – This refers to a promotion where you purchase a product and receive a check in the mail for a specified amount.
  • One Coupon Per Purchase – This is printed on most coupons.  It means that you may only use one “like” coupon per item that you purchase.  For example, if you have two manufacturer coupons for pasta, you will have to purchase two boxes of pasta to use both coupons.  You may still STACK a store coupon if you have one.
  • One Coupon Per Transaction – This refers to a coupon that will only allow you to use one like coupon for your entire transaction at the register.  These are usually found on coupons such as $5.00 off a $20.00 purchase etc.  If you have two of these coupons, you will have to use them in separate transactions and pay for the items separately.
  • Overage or Money Maker – This is when the coupon value is greater than the price of the item.  Some stores will reduce the value of the coupon, but some will allow the “extra” amount to be applied to the rest of your purchase.  So, the item is free and you have an “overage” to spend on your other items.   Overage depends on the store.  For example, CVS and Walmart allow the overage to be applied to your purchase, but Target does not allow overage.  At Target, the cashier will reduce the coupon value to the price of the item.  You still receive the item free, but will not receive any money for the transaction.
  • OYNO – On Your Next Order – This is when you receive a coupon that is valid for your next purchase.
  • RC – Raincheck – These are for when your store is out of a product and you wish to purchase the item at a sale or discounted price in the future.  Your store will issue you a raincheck with the sale price.  Note:  Expired coupons will not be accepted with a raincheck.



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