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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Coupon Terminology and Basics

Here is a great list of couponing terminology I got from

BLINKIES = In-store coupons near product, usually from a red blinking box.
BOGO or B1G1F or B1G1 Free = Buy One Get One Free.
CAT or CATALINA = Coupon that prints at the register after purchase.
CRT = Cash register tape, coupon that prints in store.
DOUBLE COUPON = Coupon that a grocery store doubles in value. ECB = CVS Extra Care Bucks earned for purchases. FREE ITEM COUPON = A coupon that allows you to get the product completely free. IVC = Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon ( Found in the monthy EasySaver Catalog ). IP = Internet Printable Coupon.
MQ = Manufacturer’s Coupon.
MIR = Mail In Rebate.
NED = No expiration date.
OOP = Out of Pocket, in reference to how much “real money” you will pay at the register.
OYNO = On your next order.
P&G = Proctor & Gamble Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
PEELIE = Coupon that you peel off the package.
PSA = Prices Starting At.
Q = Coupon.
RP = Red Plum Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper.  
RR = Register Rewards (Walgreens)  
SS = Smart Source coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper. STACKING = Using a store specific coupon with a manufacturer coupon (most stores allow this).
TEARPAD = A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display.
TRIPLE COUPON = A coupon that a grocery store triples in value. ( I haven't seen this yet!)
WYB = When You Buy.
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (success of the attempt may vary at your store)

Confusing yet? Just wait til the rules come in.

I few more that I've seen is as follows:

WAGS = Walgreens
Target Q = Target only coupon that you can stack with MQ
ISO = In search of
UTF = Up for trade
Balance Pts = Pts rewards at Walgreens

When you see a dollar amount a forward slash then a number this means the dollar amount of the coupon off of number of items per coupon. For example: ($3/2) means $3 off of 2 items.

You can also get coupons directly from manufacturers either through mail or IP. Sometimes they offer deals through facebook or twitter so I suggest following your favorite companies for the items you love to use. You can get access before others that don't follow and print high value coupons. Sometimes companies only allow a certain number of prints or coupons before the close the link. Some companies want you to sign up for their newsletter or give an email. I suggest creating an email just for coupons and using this email for websites to those companies as users. That way you are not bombed with junk mail. You can use this email for your freebies also.

Remember when printing internet coupons, you will usually have to install java and script aps. These are applications used to print your coupons. I have them downloaded on all my computers and laptops and have not yet to have a problem. You have to watch when you print red plum coupons as it will ask your permission and if it's not working depending on the browser you are using you may be to give permission but clicking "allow" if there is a pop up if you have pop ups blocked. Having a printer is an essential or access to one at least. Since each ap only allows 2 prints per computer I do use multiple computers to print. I have found that sometimes I can use multiple users on my laptop to print multiple times for several users. If I take my laptop to work, sometimes it will allow to print there in addition to at home. Be motivated to get your deal! FYI It is against federal law to copy coupons and even if it gives you the option to print multiple copies, you will notice each coupon has a different number in the corner with its own special identifying bar code. Other types of coupons are pdf files that can be printed several times. Know the difference! If it doesn't seem right, then it probably isn't.

Confused? Ask questions!! Next will be stores and rules then on to STACKING!!!

Good luck!
- Bay N