Posted: March 16, 2017

ABC’s of Couponing: “L” is for “Lingo”

How to Speak

This is part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide 

Coupon Jargan & Lingo on Cuckoo for Coupon Deals may be confusing:

Let’s learn what all that really means:

$1/1: One dollar off one product

$1/2: One dollar off when you buy two products. You must buy 2 items. If you buy two items, you can use that one coupon.

Plenti Points: These refer to Rite Aid’s new Plenti Program.

BOGO (read more!): BOGO or B1G1: Both mean “Buy one, Get one” and will usually be followed by “free” or ” “50%”.  BOGO Free means “Buy one, get one free” and BOGO 50% off means “Buy one, get one 50% off.”  If you read my “B” is for BOGO post, you are a BOGO pro!

Blinkie: This is a manufacturer coupon found in-store. It is usually in a dispenser that is close to the product the coupon is for.

Catalina: This is a coupon that prints after you have purchased your items.  It prints on a separate machine from the receipt.  So it won’t look like a normal coupon.  Sometimes it will say “$xx off your next purchase” and you can use the coupon on any item in the store on your next transaction or shopping trip.  Other times, for example at Kmart, the coupon will be triggered based off items you have bought and will be a coupon for similar items.   Often when I buy Huggies, coupons for Pampers will print out of the catalina machine. Here’s a picture of a catalina.

Circular: Weekly or monthly ad released by stores to let customers know of their current sales.

Clipless Coupons: See “e-Coupons” below

Coupon Insert: These come in the Sunday newspaper. Deidre recommends buying multiple Sunday newspapers to get your coupon inserts. These are the bread-and-butter of couponing. Coupon inserts are one of the biggest weapons in a good couponers arsenal.

Coupon: Entitles the holder to a discount, as specified on the coupon. Is a form of payment.

The art of redeeming discount coupons in order to save money.

Couponer: A person who collects and saves coupons to redeem them on products, such as groceries, pet food, and toiletries.

CRT:  Cash Register Tape. Usually used when talking about CVS pharmacy or Kmart, CRTs print at the bottom of your receipt and are generated based on your purchasing history (seemingly random).  CRTs are specific to the store where they were printed.  They are usually product specific coupons, example: $1.00 off any deodorant purchase. Here’s a picture of a CRT.

Cuckoo: A great deal is often referred to as a “cuckoo” deal and you should know it is a “stock up” price.

Do Not Double (full explanation HERE) : This is on some coupons, sometimes it says “DND” or “No Doubling” it is meant to communicate to the retailer that the manufacturer will not  reimburse for any greater value than that of the coupon. A store may or may not double your coupon that reads “do not double” as part of a store doubling promotion. The wording is there to protect the manufacturer.  Kmart will doubled DND coupons.

Double Coupons (full explanation HERE): Only certain stores will double a coupon. When a store “doubles a coupon”, the store still only gets refunded the value of the coupon from the manufacturer.   They take the extra amount they doubled out of their own pockets, as an advertising expense.

EB:  Extra Bucks. This coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly circulars.

E-Coupons (full explanation HERE): Also known as Clipless or Loadable coupons. Instead of printing the coupon, you load it onto your store loyalty card.  When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register, or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase!

ETS: What does ETS stand for on a coupon? Excludes Trial Size!

Extra Bucks: Extra Bucks. This coupons print at the bottom of your CVS receipt when you purchase items that are specially marked in their weekly circulars.

EXP: Expires or Expiration Date

: Free After Rebate.  You will pay cash for the item, but receive a full rebate back, essentially making the item free minus sales tax.

FF:  Firefox.  When a printable coupon specifies IE or FF, you must click the link that coordinates with the browser you’re using.

Handling Fee: Refers to an amount, usually $0.08, paid by the manufacturer to a store in addition to the price on the coupon.  This is to compensate them for handling the coupon.

IE:  Internet Explorer.  When a printable coupon specifies IE or FF, you must click the link that coordinates with the browser you’re using.

Inserts in the Sunday paper: SS= Smart Source, RP= Red Plum, P&G= Proctor & Gamble (once per month).  Insert coupons can be used at any store that accepts manufacturer’s coupons.  Almost all grocery and drug stores do. Order your Sunday Coupon Inserts here.

IP: Internet Printable coupons may be printed right from your home computer.  Usually limited to 2 prints per computer, download quick and safe printing software to be able to print securely from home.

IVC: Instant Value Coupon.  IVCs are store coupons found in the weekly Walgreens ad.  IVCs may be stacked with a manufacturer coupon.

Loadable Coupons: See “e-Coupons” above.

MIR (full explanation HERE): Mail in Rebate, refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail.  These are the traditional rebates that require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes.

The company who produces the brand items:  Dove soap manufacturer, Pace Salsa manufacturer, etc.

MFR: Some people save time by typing this instead of  “manufacturer”

Manufacturer Coupon: A coupon created by the manufacturer, or by a marketing company on the manufacturer’s behalf.  Manufacturer offers a discount to shoppers in order to entice them to buy their product.  When a coupon is redeemed the manufacturer reimburses the store for the entire value of the coupon, plus a handling fee, aprox $0.08.

Mobile Coupon App: An application you download on your phone which has coupon offers on it, or where you scan in your receipts to get instant rebates for purchases. I have a list of the top 8 mobile apps I recommend.

OOP: Out of pocket. This refers to the amount you pay for an item, not factoring in rebates, ECB’s, +Ups, RR’s or any other catalina.

OYNO: On Your Next Order.  OYNSO: On Your Next Shopping Order.  This refers to offers where you will not see the savings on that order, but on your next shopping trip or transaction.  For example, spend $25 and save $10 on your next order.  You would spend $25 (usually before coupons) and a catalina would print giving you $10 off your next order.

One Coupon per Purchase:  You can only use one coupon per item purchased.  Usually you can buy multiple items and use multiple coupons in one transaction with this type of coupon.  As long as you buy multiple items, you can use multiple coupons of the same type per transaction.

One Coupon per Transaction: This one means you can only use one coupon per transaction, even if you have multiple items and multiple coupons.  Your store may let you do multiple transactions.

Peelie:  Manufacturer coupons that look like stickers and are stuck on products in-store.  I personally don’t remove these and only use these if I am buying that product at that store.

P&G: Proctor and Gamble manufacture a wide range of consumer goods and are one of the largest corporations in the world.  Proctor and Gamble puts out monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of Proctor and Gamble produced brands, just a few of which include: Always, Bounty, Crest, Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers and Tide.

PSA: Prices starting at; when a group of items are on sale, such as Fiber One products 25% off.  We might write “PSA $2.09? and list a group of Fiber One coupons.  This means that the cheapest Fiber One product is $2.09 and prices go up from there.

Purchase: a purchase refers to buying any item.  If I buy 30 items on a single shopping trip, I just made 30 purchases.

Purchase-Based Coupon: Purchase-Based coupons specify a dollar amount off a minimum dollar future purchase.  Some common values:  $2 off $10, $3 off $15, $4 off $20.  Manufacturer purchase based coupons may be used in addition to store coupons.

Q: Coupon abbreviation – also used, Q-pon.

Raincheck (full explanation HERE): A Rain Check is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock.  When the store restocks the item, after the sale period is over, a rain check entitles you to purchase for the previous sale price.  Store may include an expiration date as well as a quantity limit on your rain check.  Rain checks are usually issued at the customer service desk.

Rebate (full explanation HERE):  Virtually all rebates are limit one per household, and P.O. boxes are never accepted.  Make sure to read the fine print- don’t waste time or money sending in multiple rebates for the same deal, since you’ll only get one back. Keep this in mind if you find tear-pad rebates at stores- there is no reason to take the whole stack, since you can only use one rebate.  Most of the best grocery rebates are found in the beer aisle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Virtually all rebates are limit one per household, and P.O. boxes are never accepted.  Make sure to read the fine print- don’t waste time or money sending in multiple rebates for the same deal, since you’ll only get one back. Keep this in mind if you find tear-pad rebates at stores- there is no reason to take the whole stack, since you can only use one rebate.

RR: Register Reward.  These are triggered at Walgreens for buying certain products.

Rolling Catalinas: refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use register catalina coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction.  Another catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.  This doesn’t work so well at Walgreen’s and you’ll need to read their store training guide full full details.

RP: Red Plum.  Formerly known as Vallasis, Red Plum coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers.  Red Plum is part of Valassis Interactiv.

Stacking Coupons:  Stacking coupons refers to using both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one product.  Nearly all stores will allow you to “stack”.  Only one manufacturer coupon may be used per item.

Store Coupon: A coupon created by the store to entice you to buy a certain product at their store.  Stores receive no reimbursement from store coupons.  Store coupons may be found in the weekly ad, printed online or downloaded as e-coupons.

Store Loyalty Card:  A free card which you present at checkout to receive additional savings.  Fill out a short application to receive a loyalty card at your local grocer.  If you don’t want to carry the card, the cashier can look up your preferred card by entering your ten digit phone number.

Sunday Coupon Inserts: In many of my posts, you’ll see references to use Sunday coupon inserts; order your Sunday Coupon Inserts here.Here is  an example of how I tell you which insert a coupon is in when I post a deal:

Buy Olay Lotion $2.99
Use the $1/2 Select Olay Products, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/31/10)
Final Price= $1.99

What does the pink coupon information in the deal above mean?

  • $1/2 = $1 off when you buy 2.
  • exp. 11-30-10 means the coupon will expire on 11-30-10 and will no longer be useable.
  • (SS 10/31/10) means a coupon came from the Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper on 10/31/10.

SYWR (full explanation here): Shop Your Way Rewards Kmart / Sears Loyalty program. 10,000 points = $10.

Transaction: a transaction refers to your entire purchase, especially the payment you make for that purchase.  If I buy 30 items and then pay the cashier, I just made one transaction.

Tear-Pad:At many locations in supermarkets there are tear pads with rebates or coupons on them.  These are often found in the beer aisle or at the customer service desk. Remember, almost all mail-in rebates say “one per household, no P.O. boxes allowed” so don’t bother taking all the tear-pads. Leave some for other shoppers.

Stockpile:   Buy items when they are at their lowest prices and buy enough to get you through to the next big sale, so you never have to pay full price.

SS: Smart Source. A marketing company, like RP, Smart Source coupon inserts and website feature coupons from a variety of manufacturers.  Smart Source is part of News America Marketing Co.

Tear Pad: At many locations in supermarkets there are tear pads with rebates or coupons on them.  These are often found in the beer aisle or at the customer service desk. Remember, almost all mail-in rebates say “one per household, no P.O. boxes allowed” so don’t bother taking all the tear-pads. Leave some for other shoppers.

WAGS: Abbreviation for Walgreens Drugstore

UPC: Universal Product Code. Bar code printed on product packages that can be scanned electronically.

WYB:  When you buy.  “Save $10 wyb 3 items” would mean: Save $10 when you buy 3 items.

YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary.  Usually means a deal is for clearance items and since it’s not advertised in the circular, there is no guarantee that your store will have the same deal.

Posted: August 12, 2010

Major sad day! I love modest clothing, and Shade is similar to Down East Basics, where I get most of my modest clothing especially layered clothes to go under shirts which are too low.   I just got an email saying they are closing down their stores and online shop.   They have a big ad on their site saying 75 % off, but when I looked around at prices they were marked down about 30-40%, not 75%. So maybe some discounts are still coming?  Let us know if any one goes in-store what the prices are!

Posted: August 10, 2010

Great way to use the Target Printable Coupons!

Merona Flip Flops on clearance for $3.24 (originally $12.99)
Use the $3/1 Target Printable Coupons
= 24¢

Note: clearance deals do vary from store to store. But it would be nice to carry these coupons with you just in case!!!

Thanks, Clever Couponing

Posted: August 4, 2010

I have a lot of stores on the cuckoo deals map, but not all stores.

I have time to do 2 more stores per week of full coupon match-ups.  I was thinking of doing Fresh Market and Albertsons.  Or maybe Smith’s.  What do you think would benefit you the most? What match-ups are hard to find?

Posted: August 2, 2010

Back-To-School deals for OfficeMax courtesy of Pocket Your Dollars:

Free After MaxPerks Rewards:
These items are only available in-store this week and while supplies last.

1-Subject Poly Notebooks (Limit 6)

Sharpie Black Fine Point Marker 12-pk (Limit 3)

Hammermill Copy Paper 500-sheet (Limit 6)

1” OfficeMax Ring Binder (Limit 3)

Uni-Ball Gel Pens 3-pk (Limit 3)

Other School Supply Deals
Items are available without limit, unless otherwise noted.

Buy 2 iTunes Gift Cards for $25 Each, Save $10 Instantly (While Supplies Last)
Final price: $20.00 each after sale

OfficeMax Jumbo Glue Stick 1-pk or Small Glue Sticks 4-pk $1.00 (Limit 3)

Zebra Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen 7-pk $2.00

PaperPro Nano Mini Stapler $3.00 (Limit 3)

Wescott 8” Scissors $2.00 (Limit 3)

Buy $30+ of any Bic products, Get $10 off next purchase at Finish Line**
Buy 4 qualifying Bic products and use two $1/2 from 8/9/09 or 8/1/10 Smart Source inserts (if OfficeMax accepts manufacturer-issued coupons)
Final price: Varies after coupons
**I am not sure whether the $30 you need for this promotion is calculated before or after sale prices are applied

All Clearance Priced Printers are an Additional 30% Off (in-store only)

Thanks couponingfor4

Posted: July 27, 2010

New printable coupon for $0.50/1 – Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips, 8.5 oz or larger – (  You just have to take a minute or two to create an account, then sign in and then get the button that says “Get Coupon”.

Today is the last day that you can use the Safeway In-Ad coupon to get these for $1.27/bag, or $0.77 per bag if your store doubles coupons.

The In-Ad coupon is valid through today 7/27.  Your store might no longer have these coupons out, since the Sunday mid-week ad has replaced it.

So if you have last week’s paper then get your ad from it, or ask customer service for a copy of the Wednesday ad and use that coupon.

See this:

Buy 1 Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips $1.77
with in-ad coupon, (no limit specified)
Use $0.50/1 – Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips, 8.5 oz or larger – (

Final Price: $1.27 (or less, if your store doubles coupons)

Posted: July 26, 2010

Hurry! The hot $3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (60 ct. or larger) coupon is on going to hit its limit quick!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the current coupon in my coupon database. The full coupon database has printables, Sunday circulars, coupons found in-store booklets, and more!

Posted: July 23, 2010

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

I just read a great article 10 Products to Always Buy Generic and I wanted to let you guys know how I feel about it.

They have a savings calculator to show how much you can save by buying generic vs. store brand. This is, of course, if you aren’t using coupons on the store brand items. Even the best couponers have those days when you need something and don’t have a coupon for it.

One of the best ways to save money, #1 on their list, was Generic Medications. Did you know they are required to have the same exact active ingredients in them? I didn’t know that. Well if that is the case, I say go generic on those!

The last on their list was Baby Formula. I know I have registered for Parent’s Choice, a Walmart store-brand formula before, and received coupons in the mail. With their low prices plus coupons, I was surprised this was last on their list. Unless I can get name-brand formula cheaper then store brand formula, I always buy store brand baby formula. I had no idea that the Infant Formula Act requires specific procedures be followed in making infant formulas; so you can rest assured generic or store brand formula are as good as the pricey ones that claim to be better for your baby. In fact, if you set the formulas side-by-side and compare ingredients, they are nearly identical.

I hope this helps you save money – medicine and formula can be a large part of your monthly budget. Remember, I always say to get what is cheapest after all sales and coupons are factored in, as long as the product is of high quality.

Visit my sponsor: 10 Products to Always Buy Generic

Posted: July 22, 2010

Drop by  The Limited and they will hand you $10 in Fashion Cash to use in-store only!  This excludes sale and clearance items, so look for jewelry and let us know if you score any freebies! July 22nd- July 25th.

Thanks coupon katarina

Posted: July 19, 2010

Print a coupon good for 20% off any single item at Gordmans. Available at in-store purchases only. Coupons expiry date: July 22, 2010.

It was posted at Gordmans Twitter page, so it should be accepted at your local store.

Thanks, Chrissy!

Posted: July 16, 2010

update: no more prints available. 🙁

This is awesome, $5 off $25 Walgreens printable coupon. Expiry is on date 7/23/10 and valid in store only. Make sure to read the fine print!

Thanks, Mojosavings.

Posted: July 12, 2010

Family Fresh Foods Deals July 12-18 Provided by Savvy Sister Shops

Key: *** Good Deals, **** Great Deals, ***** Cuckoo ( Stock Up!)

This list will be updated throughout the week as I find more deals.
Add the items you plan to buy to create a printable shopping list! Then click the “Create List” button below.

Add Buddig Meat Tubs Honey Ham and Ham $2.29 – July 12-18
Use $1/1 Buddig Meat printable coupon (Print 2)

Final Price = 19 cents!
Unadvertised deal
Add Act II popcorn 3 pk. Butter and Butter Lovers $1.67
Use $1/2 Act II popcorn printable coupon (Print 2)
Final Price = 67 cents!
Unadvertised deal
Add Shasta Pop 12 pk. 12 oz. Cans Asst. $1.50
With purchase of 2 and use in-ad coupon
Also use $1/1 Shasta Pop 12 pack printable coupon
Final Price = 1st one FREE (Select varieties), $1.50 for 2nd= 75 cents each!
Add Cantaloupe 3 lbs./$1!
Add Roma Tomatoes 59 cents/lb.
Add Post Cereal 11-20 oz. Select Varieties $2.00
Purchase 5 and use in-ad coupon
Also use $2/1 Post cereal printable coupon
Final Price = Final price: FREE with each coupon & $2 each
Add Breyers Ice Cream 48 oz. Asst. $2.39
Use .75/2 SS 6/27
Final Price = $1.64 each!
Add Milford Valley Farms Chicken Entrees Cordon Bleu or Broccoli Cheese 5 oz. $1.00
Final Price = FREE!
Add Cache Valley Shredded Cheese 32 oz. Asst. $4.99
Use .55/1 SS 5/23
Final Price = $3.89
Save your Cache Valley packages for FREE tickets
Add Oreo Fudge Cream Cookies 8.5 oz. $2.50
Use $1/1 May All You Magazine coupon
Final Price = 50 cents
Add Oscar Mayer Meat Bologna Regular, Thick or Thin 12 oz pkg. $1.19
Use $1/2 SS 5/16
Final Price = 19 cents
Add Dannon Danonino Yogurt 6 pk. Asst. $1.59
Use .75/1 SS 6/6

Final Price = 9 cents!
Add Western Family Dozen Grade AA Medium Eggs 59 cents!
Add Sobe Drinks 20 oz. $1.00
Use BOGO FREE Sobe printable coupon
(Play the game to print coupons, but BE SURE to turn off your pop-up blocker first.)
Final Price = 50 cents each
Add FREE 15 lb. bag Russett Potatoes with $25 purchase. Limit 1.
Add Ground Beef for 99 cents/lb. With additional $50 purchase. Limit 2 Family Packs.
Add Lloyd’s Cooked Meats Chicken, Beef or Pork 18 oz. Asst. $3.99
Use .75/1 SS 5/16 (Expires 7/12!)
Or use .75/1 SS 6/27

Final Price = $2.49
Add Jack Link’s Jerky 3.25 oz. Asst. $3.99
Use $1/1 July All You Magazine Coupon
Final Price = $1.99
Add Gold’N Plump Premium Ground Chicken 20 oz. pkg. $2.99
Use $1/1 SS 6/20 (DND)
Or use .75/1 Gold’N Plump Ground Chicken printable coupon (DND)
Final Price = $1.99-$2.24
Add Powerade Sports Drink 32 oz. 59 cents
Add Hot Pockets, Lean or Croissant Pockets 7.5-9 oz. Asst. $2.25
Use $1/3 RP 4/25

Final Price = $1.58 each
Add Maruchan Ramen Noodles 2.25 oz. Cup asst. 32 cents
Add Famous Dave’s BBQ Sauce Rich & Sassy or Sweet & Zesty 29 oz. $2.79
Use $1/1 SS 6/27 (regional coupon?)
Final Price = 79 cents
Add Hormel SPAM Luncheon Meat 12 oz. Asst. $2.37
Use .35/1 SPAM printable coupon
Final Price = $1.62

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