How To Read Coupon Lingo

How To Read Coupon Lingo

How To Read Coupon Lingo

This page is dedicated to all of the Coupon “Lingo” you might see here or other places online when referring to coupons and things having to do with couponing.

ALA:  As Low As – depending on which coupon you use and what the sale price is the price will be as low as…

AR:  AR or After Rebate is the cost of an item after you receive your rebate.

Blinky(ies):  Blinky or Blinkies are a coupon found in a box on the shelf next to an item with a blinking light.  Once you remove the coupon it “spits” out another.

BOGO:  BOGO refers to a Buy One Get One FREE  Sale or Coupon

B1G1F:  B1G1F refers to a Buy 1 Get 1 FREE sale or coupon!!

Bricks:  Brick or Bricks are internet printed coupon(s) that can only be printed twice. You print the first one and then hit the back button on your browser to print a second and usually it won’t let you print any more.

BTFE:  BTFE refers to Box Tops For Education Go here for more info on these.

Catalina:  Catalina refers to a machine next to the cash register that dispenses coupons after your cash register receipt prints.

CRT:  CRT refers to Cash Register Tape

DH:  DH refers to Darling Husband

DND:  Means Do Not Double or Does Not Double, Sometimes found on specific manufacturer coupons.

ECB:  Refers to Extra Care Bucks, a CVS Pharmacy Buyer Rewards Program.  Learn more here.

ETS:  Excludes Trial Size

FAR:  Means FREE After Rebate, meaning this item will be FREE after you get your rebate.

FF:  Refers to the internet browser FireFox

GM:  General Mills

IE:  Refers to the internet browser Internet Explorer

IP:  Refers to an Internet Printed Coupon

ISO:  In Search Of

K or KB:  Refers to the Kellogg’s Sunday Newspaper Insert

MIR:  Means Mail-In Rebate

NAZ:  NAZ means Name Address and Zip Code

NED:  NED means No Expiration Date

OOP:  OOP means Out Of Pocket, meaning the actual cash you will pay after any discounts or coupons you redeem.

OOS:  OOS means Out Of Stock

OYNO:  OYNO means On Your Next Order

PG:  PG refers to Proctor & Gamble Company, or Proctor & Gamble Sunday Newspaper Insert

Peelie:  A Peelie or Peelies are coupons found on the actual product you purchase that you “peel” off.

POP:  POP means Proof of Purchase

PP:  PP means Purchase Price

Q:  Q or Q’s are Coupons

RC:  RC means a Rain Check

RP:  RP refers to the Red Plum Sunday Newspaper Insert

RR:  RR means Register Reward what Walgreen’s calls their Catalina’s

SMP:  SMP means a Specially Marked Package

SS:  SS Refers to the Smart Source Sunday Newspaper Insert

TMF:  TMP refers to Try Me FREE, some products have a mail-in rebate that refunds the money you spent to purchase an item, so you can “Try It Out”.

UFT:  Up For Trade

V:  V or Valassis also known as Red Plum (see above)

WYB:  WYB means When You Buy

YMMV:  YMMV means Your Mileage May Vary, which means you may or may not get the same results at a store in your area.

If you come across any more or think we should add something, just email us and we will continue to update the list!  This will get you going for now though!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen February 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

Hi! One term I see you use periodically is “bricks” but that’s not listed here. What does it mean?


Dian February 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

Thanks for pointing that out! I will fix it! Bricks is a term for an internet printed coupon that can only be printed twice. You print the first one and then hit the back button on your browser to print a second and usually it won’t let you print any more. I try anyway, just to be sure. Where the term bricks came from, I don’t know…
Thanks again,


Ellen March 4, 2010 at 12:18 am

Thanks! This is a great website – I’ve been clipping coupons for ages but am saving much more now with the help of your site.


Dian March 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Thanks! I appreciate the kind words!


Kathleen March 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I see Q’s sometimes. example: $1.50/1 Q’s – Final FREE.


Jamie April 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm

If catalinas are actually manufacturer’s coupons, can you use them at any store or do they have to be used at the store where they were printed?


Dian April 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

@Jamie: In theory, yes but YMMV! Sometimes when the cashier sees another store name…they just won’t take it. It should run without beeping, but occassionally you get a cashier that wants to challenge every Q they see!


sheila January 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Just read GM after a coupon. What’s that?


Dian January 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

@sheila: General Mills I will add it thanks!


Johanna May 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

if the sale says $10 for 10, does that mean you need ten coupons to get for free, or can you use on coupon?


Johanna May 5, 2011 at 12:26 am

$1.25 off on any two packages of LEAN POCKETS® Brand Sandwiches, Does this mean you have to buy two in order to get the discount off? How is that a savings? Sorry, still learning. thanks


Dian May 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

$1.25 off of any 2 means you have to purchase 2 to get the savings.
That’s over $.60 per item.
You have to choose the best coupon for the best sale to make your savings the best. So, sometimes a coupon will look good, but you may find another one that makes it a better deal.
I am always here if you have questions!


Amanda June 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

What does HEB mean on all these websites? also what does DH mean?
Thanks :-)


Dian June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

H-E-B is the name of a particular Grocery Store chain in Texas.
DH means – Darling Husband
DS – Darling Son
DD – Darling Daughter!

Hope that helps!


Melissa July 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

I am new to couponing and have a question. I have a coupon for $0.75 off a Dole salad blend or salad kit. My local grocery store (Winn- Dixie) is currently running a buy one get one free on this item. Am I allowed to use a coupon for each item even though one is for free? The coupon says: one per purchase, and not valid in combination with other offers.


Dian July 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

Melissa » Nope, you can’t take $ off FREE – just keep that in mind. Now some drug stores will allow you to use a buy one get one free coupon with a buy one get one free sale to get both free but, you can’t take $ off FREE.
Hope that helps!


Sue October 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

Great list of coupon lingo. Very helpful to those new to couponing – I’m sure.


Dian October 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

Sue » Thanks!


Nora October 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm

What’s the definition +ups on the Rite Ain page?


Dian October 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Nora » I don’t have a Rite Aid here. So, I don’t know alot about their stuff, but Ann of Coupons, Deals and More knows more about Rite Aid than anyone! Trust me! You can email her, here:
She will definitely answer all your Rite Aid questions – it is her favorite store!


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