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					For those of you that are new to couponing, here is a list of some of the abbreviations/terms that you
might find while in the “coupon world.”

$$/$$ – This means $ off when you spend $ amount. Example: $5/$30 is $5 off your purchase when you
spend $30. (Check to see if the amount has to be before or after coupons to apply.)

$/# – This means that you get $ off for every # you buy. Example: $5/2 would mean that you get $5 off
every 2 that you buy.

B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free (B1G2 is Buy One Get Two Free etc.)

Blinkie = A coupon that prints out at a machine in the store. They are located by the product associated
with that particular coupon.

BOGO = Buy One Get One Free

CAT = Catalina. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off
a certain product. You typically have to use them at the store they printed, but some stores will take
“competitor’s” coupons. Note: These are sometimes delayed in printing so wait a minute before walking
away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn’t, talk to the cashier/manager
and explain.

Catalina = Also referred to as CAT. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your
next purchase or $$ off a certain product. You typically have to use them at the store they printed, but
some stores will take “competitor’s” coupons. Note: These are sometimes delayed in printing so wait a
minute before walking away from the register. If you think you were supposed to get one and didn’t, talk
to the cashier/manager and explain.

Competitors – This is the term meaning “of related chains.” For example, grocery stores will take other
grocery store’s coupons and drug stores will take other drug store coupons. Always check with each
store on what their couponing policy is and whom they consider to be a competitor.

Couponing Policy – This is the statement that each individual store abides by, in relation to coupons.
What is typically included in their policy is whether they: take competitor’s coupons, take coupons past
expiration dates, “double” or “triple” coupons, accept Internet Printables or if they even accept coupons.
Coupon Insert – These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads
mailed to you during the week. These are typically sent out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP)
and Proctor & Gamble (PG). They are also referred to as inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.

CRT = Cash Register Tape, or your receipt

ECB = Extra Care Bucks. Exclusive to CVS. They work like cash on your next order. (Some restrictions
do apply.)

EXP = Expires or Expiration Date

FAR = Free After Rebate (See Rebate for explanation)

FAE = Free after Extra Care Bucks (See ECB or Extra Care Bucks for explanation)

Inserts = These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers and also sometimes in the ads mailed
to you during the week. These are typically sent out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and
Proctor & Gamble (PG) They are also referred to as coupon inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.

Internet Printable = A coupon that can be printed online. Also referred to as IP or Printable.

IP = Internet Printable Coupon. Also referred to as “printable.”

IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are found at Walgreens in their weekly ads.

MFR = Manufacturer

MIR = Mail In Rebate. These are checks or coupons that the manufacturers/stores will send you if you
meet the requirements on the rebate form.

OOP = Out-of-Pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after coupons, ECBs, RRs,
Catalinas (See terms for explanations)

Peelie = Coupons found on products in the store. (Don’t forget to pull these off and hand them to your
cashier when you check-out. Don’t rely on the cashier to notice them for you. It will only aggravate you
later when you come home to find it’s still there!)

Q = Coupon

Raincheck = A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock. Some sales
will specifically say “No rainchecks” and some stores will put an expiration date on their rainchecks

Stacking Coupons = This is the term used when stores will let you use their own store coupons along
with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item. Example: Most Targets would let you use their $ off
“specific brand” product coupons with a manufacturer’s coupon for that same “specific brand” product.

YMMV = Your Mileage (Manager) May Vary. This is what you’ll see when someone finds a deal but
they want you to know that your store branch may not offer the same deal.

WYB = When You Buy

				
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