Couponing 101 – Coupon Lingo

If you missed the last posts in the Couponing 101 series, I covered Coupon Organization, Where to Get Coupons, and Shopping with Coupons. I know I said I was going to write about using the Coupon Database next, but I have had some questions about coupon lingo.

When you are reading my posts about coupons, you will most likely find abbreviations that can seem confusing if you are unfamiliar with them. Here is a list of common coupon lingo that you might find here at Nifty Mom or on other coupon blogs:

$1/2 – $1 off two items
B1G1– Buy One, Get One
Catalina – Coupon that prints at the register
ECB – Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
EXP – Expires
GM – General Mills Insert
IVC – Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens store coupons)
IP – Internet Printable Coupon
MFR – Manufacturer Coupon
MIR – Mail in Rebate
OOP – Out of Pocket
PG – Procter & Gamble Insert
Peelie – Coupon that is attached to a product
Q – Coupon
RP – Red Plum Insert
RR – Register Reward (Walgreens, coupon prints at register)
SC – Store Coupon
SS – Smart Source Insert
Stacking – Using a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon
WYB – When You Buy
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary (the deal might not be as good for you)

When reading one of my Store Weekly Ad Top Deals (coupon match up) you will see something like this:

Garnier Fructis Hair Care 4/$14
-$1/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner 6/5 RP or
-$1/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner IP
-Receive $4 RR wyb 4
=$1.50 each wyb 4 with 4 coupons

Without coupon lingo this means:

Garnier Fructis Hair Care 4 for $14
$1 off 1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner Coupon from 6/5 Red Plum Insert
$1 off 1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner Internet Printable Coupon
-Receive $4 Register Rewards coupon printed at the register at checkout when you buy 4
=$1.50 each when you buy 4 with 4 coupons

I hope you understand the coupon lingo better!

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