Coupon Lingo: What Do All Those Crazy Abbreviations Mean?

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Coupon Lingo: What do all those crazy abbreviations mean?

If you have ever read a coupon blog, you probably have seen all kinds of abbreviations that didn’t make a lot of sense: OOP, SS, RP, YMMV, RR, +UP, and the list goes on! Are you ready to learn what all that means?

Let’s Learn the Lingo!

*Coupon Inserts from the Sunday Newspaper*

SS-Smartsource Insert

RP-RedPlum Insert

P&G-Proctor & Gamble Insert

GM-General Mills Insert

A lot of times when you see these abbreviations, there is a date with them. That tells you what date that particular insert came in.

So if you see this in a match up -$2/2 Old Spice 07/01/2012 P&G Insert (exp 07/31/2012)”, what that means is there is a coupon for $2.00 off of two Old Spice products that came in the Proctor & Gamble Insert in the Sunday newspaper on July 1st, 2012.

*Coupon Talk*

OOP: -Out of Pocket-This is the actual price you will pay Out of Your Pocket up front for an item before any rewards you may get back for buying it.

Cat or Catalina: These are coupons that will print at the registers when you are checking out. Sometimes these are coupons for a specific product like $1.00/5 General Mills Cereals, but usually they are for a certain dollar amount off of your next purchase in that store.

CRT-Cash Register Tape-Sometimes coupons will print right on your receipt. This is called your Cash Register Tape.

ETS-Excluding Trial Size

OYNO-On Your Next Order-Often times when we are talking about Catalinas, we will say OYNO, which means the catalina can be used on your next shopping order or purchase in the store.

YMMV-Your Mileage May Vary-This means that the situation could vary a little based on your store.

WYB-When You Buy-Used when you need to buy a certain number of items  for a coupon or promo

MF, MQ, or MC-These are all different ways of abbreviating manufacturer coupon

BOGO, B1G1-Buy One Get One Free

B2G1– Buy Two Get One Free

MIR-Mail In Rebate

FAR-Free After Rebate

Peelies-Coupons that are attached to products that you peel off for redemption

Blinkies-Coupons that are in boxes with blinking lights near products on the shelf

IP-Internet Printable Coupon-These are printed off of your computer to be redeemed in the store. You are usually allowed 2 prints per computer. NEVER photocopy internet printable coupons. They are printed with unique codes for one-time only use.

Stack or Coupon Stack-This is when you use a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same item.

Bricks-Internet Printable Coupons that are commonly used by manufacturers.

IE or FF-Internet Explorer or Fire Fox Internet Browsers

Digital Coupon or eCoupon-Coupons that are loaded onto your Club Card

*The Stores*

RA-Rite Aid


Freds, Freddies, FM-Fred Meyer


RR-Register Rewards-This is a catalina that prints at Walgreens for a dollar amount off your next purchase when you buy certain items and is usually advertised.

UP Reward, UPR, or +UP- Rite Aid’s version of the Register Reward

VV-Video Value Coupons-Rite Aid Store Coupons

In-ad Coupon-Store Coupon that you will need to cut out of the ad and present to the cashier to get the sale price

Now that you know the lingo, you are ready to start Raking In The Savings!

If you are a new couponer, you might enjoy reading our “Coupon Basics: The Beginner’s Guide to Coupons” section, or just start clicking around the site to see what kind of deals we have to help you save some money!


  1. kyla whitley says

    Thank you for sharing “coupon lingo” with me. I often wondered what all the abbreviations stood for when talking about couponing, especially OOP. Good Stuff! :)

  2. Amy says

    I’m looking at couponing instructions that says $1.5/1 Crest rinse (PG 3/31). Does the PG mean Proctor & Gamble? According to your site, it should say P&G if that’s what it is.

    • says

      Yes Amy, that would be the same thing. Most coupon blogging sites, databases (our database included) and pretty much everything else you see will use P&G because Proctor & Gamble uses the & sign themselves. Some places might cut corners and just use PG, but we very rarely see that. Hope that helps! :)

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