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.

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

Albertsons Doublers or Twice the Value Coupons- Store coupons you find in the Sunday newspaper a couple times a month. Each one will double the value of a manufacturer coupon up to $1.00 in value. Limit 3 per transaction.

Round-ups: Albertsons promotion that rounds the value of coupons that are under $1.00 up to $1.00 in value. There is no limit on how many coupons you can “round up” to $1.00.

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!