When you first start to coupon and refund (and even if you’re a seasoned veteran), you may be faced with a large number of abbreviations, acronyms and terms which your can’t make heads or tails of. Whether or not you are new to couponing, sorting through forums, blogs, and articles filled with abbreviations and text messaging formats can be confusing, and even frustrating. Add in deal- and coupon-specific terms and jargon, and even the most experienced shopper may be feel lost in translation.
Here is a quick reference guide of some of the most common abbreviations and terms used by couponers and deal-seekers:
AC: After Coupon, usually the price after a coupon is applied
Actuals: The actual item as opposed to a coupon for it (an item from your stockpile)
AR: After Rebate, usually the final cost after the rebate is received
B&M: Brick & Mortar, a store you physically enter to purchase products, as opposed to an online store
Blinkies: A type of coupon found in stores, distributed by SmartSource, and dispensed from a small box with a red blinking light
BOGO: Buy one, get one xxx (the second item might be free, half price, a free gift, etc)
B1G1F: Buy one get one free
BOLO: Be On the Lookout
B&M: Brick and Mortar (supermarket, etc.), as opposed to an online or “virtual” store
BTFE: Box Tops for Education, a promotion
BTW: By the way
C&P: cut & paste, copy
Catalina: A type of coupon dispensed at the cash register after purchase, often in response to a specific purchase. Catalina is the marketing company that distributes and manages this coupon program. These coupons are also known as Register Rewards, Check Out Coupons, Checkout Rewards, Extra Care Bucks, etc..
Check out Coupon: A type of coupon dispensed at the cash register after purchase, often in response to a specific purchase.
Check out Reward: A type of coupon dispensed at the cash register after purchase, often in response to a specific purchase.
C/O: A cents off coupon
CRT: Cash register tape
CYE: Check your email
DCRT: Dated cash register tape, generally required for rebates as proof of purchase
DCRTC: Dated cash register tape with the price circled, generally required for rebates as proof of purchase
DH: Dear husband
DND: Do Not Double, a term printed by manufacturers on some coupons. This term allows the store discretion in doubling the value of the coupon under the store-specific coupon policies
Double coupon: Some stores match the manufacturers value on a coupon, which “doubles” the value of the coupon for the consumer. For example, a coupon printed as 50 cents off of one item may be “doubled” by the store to become $1 off the item. The store covers the cost of the additional discount, and each store sets their own policy on whether they double coupons, how many coupons may be doubled at once, etc. Please check your store for their specific policies.
DS: Dear Son
DW: Dear Wife
ECB: CVS Extra Care Bucks earned for purchases, these are similar to Catalina coupons, but are store- and member-specific
ETA: Edited to add
FAR: Free After Rebate, meaning the cost of the item is free after the rebate is received
GDA: Good Deal Alert, meaning a great price for an item has been identified and posted
HABA: Health and Beauty Aides found in stores, such as aspirin and cosmetics
HBA: Health and Beauty Aides found in stores, such as aspirin and cosmetics
HT: Hang tags for refunds or coupons hanging on a product
HTH: Hope that helps
IDSO: In Desperate Search Of
IMO: In My Opinion
IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
IP: Internet Printable coupon, printed on a home computer
IRL: In Real Life (instead of the internet world )
ISO: In Search Of
IVDSO: In Very Desperate Search Of
j/k: just kidding
JM2C: Just my two cents, just my opinion
KWIM: Know what I mean?
LFE: Campbell’s Labels for Education program
LMK: Let Me Know
LOL: Laughing Out Loud
MIR: Mail In Rebate
NAZ: Name, address, zip code; the mailing information needed to send and receive mail
NBPN/NBPR: No beer purchase necessary/required to use the coupon or rebate. This term is specific to offers provided by beer, wine, and alcohol manufacturers, and varies from state to state. See the coupon section for more information.
NED: No expiration date
n/m: never mind
NP: No problem
NWPN/NWPR: No wine purchase necessary/required to use the coupon or rebate. This term is specific to offers provided by beer, wine, and alcohol manufacturers, and varies from state to state. See the coupon section for more information.
OAS: on any size, a coupon or other offer that is valid on any size of the product
OBE: overtaken by events
OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCI: organizational conflict of interest
OOP: Out of Pocket, usually referring to the final cost after coupons and discounts have been applied
OOS: Out of Stock
OSI: On a single item
OYNO: On your next order/purchase, usually referring to Catalina type coupons that provide discount on your next purchase.
P&G: Proctor & Gamble, also referring to the PGBrandsaver coupon insert
Peelie: a coupon that you peel off the package
PLMK: Please Let Me Know
POP: Proof of purchase
PP: purchase price
PPHF: Paypal handling fee
PSA: Prices Starting At or Public Service Announcement
Q or Qualifier: The POP required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package
RAOK: Random act of kindness, often a set of coupons sent to another member with no expectations in return
RC, or R/C: Raincheck
RR: Register Rewards, a type of “catalina” coupon received at check out and good on your next order. This phrase is typically used at Walgreens
SASE: Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
SCR: Rite Aid Single Check Rebate
SD: store display
SF: store form
SMP: Specially Marked Packages
SS: Smart Source, also referring to the SmartSource coupon insert package
Stacking: Using a store and manufacturers coupon together on one purchase is referred to as stacking. Some stores provide additional discounts through “store” coupons, usually found in their sales flyer or other store brochure. These “store” discount coupons can be used in addition to a manufacturers coupon on an item.
Tear pad: A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
TMF: Try Me Free, usually a mail-in rebate refunding the purchase price of an item to encourage consumers to try the product.
Triple coupon: Occasionally a store will offer a promotional period where the consumer receives triple the manufacturers value on a coupon. For example, a coupon printed as 50 cents off of one item may be “triple” by the store to become $1.50 off the item. The store covers the cost of the additional discount, and each store sets their own policy on whether they double coupons, how many coupons may be doubled at once, etc. Please check your store for their specific policies.
TYVM: Thank you very much
Wine Tag/WT: A coupon hanging from a bottle of wine, or any coupon discount provided by alcohol manufacturers. These coupons are typically good on any brand of a specific item, such as $1 off of any meat, or $1 off any white item.
WPN: Wine purchase necessary
WSL: while supplies last
WTH: What the Heck?
WYB: When You Buy
YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary; meaning that the results may vary, or the offer may not be available in all areas, etc.
YVW: You’re very welcome