Thursday, October 14, 2010

Coupon Lingo

Even as someone who’s been couponing for a little while now, I even run across terms other bloggers use that leave me thinking, “…Whaat?” So this post is here for you to refer back to – and I will try my best to link back to it when I use crazy abbreviations and what not – whenever I use a term or abbreviation you’ve never seen. Hopefully I cover everything, but if I think of something I missed, I will add it here!

Manufacturer coupon: A coupon distributed by the manufacturer of the product and can be used at any store which takes coupons

Store coupon: A coupon distributed by the store at which it is found and can sometimes only be used at that store (but possibly at different locations)

Redplum (RP): A coupon insert located in the Sunday newspaper; when you see something like RP 8/15/10, this means that a specific coupon can be found in the Redplum insert from the August 15, 2010 Sunday newspaper

Smartsource (SM): A coupon insert located in the Sunday newspaper; when you see something like SM 8/15/10, this means that a specific coupon can be found in the Smartsource insert from the August 15, 2010 Sunday newspaper

General Mills (GM): A manufacturer of many grocery and household items; publishes coupon inserts every month in the Sunday newspaper; when you see something like GM 8/15/10, this means that a specific coupon can be found in the General Mills insert from the August 15, 2010 Sunday newspaper

Procter and Gamble (P&G): A manufacturer of many grocery and household items; publishes coupon inserts every month in the Sunday newspaper; when you see something like P&G 8/15/10, this means that a specific coupon can be found in the Procter and Gamble insert from the August 15, 2010 Sunday newspaper

Register Reward (RR): A manufacturer coupon found at Walgreens that prints out after buying a certain product or amount of products; can be used on your next transaction that is equal or less than the face value of the coupon; can be used in transactions during which you use other manufacturer and store coupons, as long as the number of coupons does not exceed the number of items being purchased

Instant Value Coupon (IVC): A Walgreens store coupon distributed in a booklet monthly

Extra Care Buck (ECB): A CVS store coupon, like a Register Reward, that prints out after you have made a specific purchase; prints on the end of your receipt and can be used on your next purchase that is equal or less than the face value of the coupon; can be used in transactions during which you use other manufacturer and store coupons, as long as the number of coupons does not exceed the number of items being purchased

BOGO: Buy one get one free

IP: Internet printable coupon

WYB: When you buy

MIR: Mail in rebate

ONYO: On your next order

OOP: Out of pocket

If there’s anything I missed, please let me know! Also, if anything seems confusing, please don’t hesitate to tell me and I will clear things up as best as I can.

2 comments:

  1. Is there lingo for those fake coupons?

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  2. @Damien M.
    As far as I know, there's no nickname for fraudulent coupons. They don't pop up a whole lot unless a manufacturer or store sends out a press release notifying the public of one.

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