$1.00/1, $2.00/1, etc – Refers to one dollar off one product, two dollars off one product, etc.
$1.00/2, $2.00/2, etc – Refers to one dollar off two products, two dollars off two products, etc. You have to buy 2 items to receive any savings; you cannot redeem the coupon on one product for half the value.
BOGO – Buy one, get one. Will usually end with “free” or “half off” meaning buy one, get one half off, or buy one get one free. You may only use a BOGO coupon on 1 item. You may not use on 2 items in the BOGO deal, meaning you must purchase one item at full price to get the BOGO. You may not use any other manufacturer coupons on the full priced item.
B1G1, B2G1 – Another way to write ‘buy one, get one’. The “B” stands for “buy”, the G stands for “get”. The numbers indicate how many of a product you must buy to qualify and the number of products you get when you redeem the coupon or offer. B1G1= Buy one, get one. B2G1= Buy two, get one B2G2= Buy two, get two. Same rules apply for applying the coupon as BOGO.
Blinkie – Manufacturer coupons dispensed by coupon machines found in grocery aisles next to products. Recognize them by the blinking red light. Dispenses coupons one at a time in intervals. Manufacturer blinkie coupons may be redeemed at any store, not necessarily the store in which you found them.
Catalina – Sometimes abbreviated as “CAT”, Catalina coupon machines are located at the register and dispense long receipt-like coupons that may be used only on a FUTURE purchase. Catalinas, refer to the coupons themselves which may be manufacturer or store coupons.
Coupon Insert – Coupon circulars are inserted into Sunday newspapers along with the other advertisements. Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) put out coupon circulars and are sometimes just called “inserts”.
Coupon – A note from a store or manufacturer that entitles shoppers to a discount on a specific product. Coupons may be cut from the newspaper, printed from the internet or downloaded to your store loyalty card.
Double Coupons – Select stores always double coupons up to a certain value, usually $0.50. If your store doubles coupons up to $0.50 off, any coupon $0.50 or under will be doubled in value. Coupons $0.51 or greater will be worth face value, no doubling. You do not need to present two coupons for one item. Each coupon will be worth twice the value. The circumstances of stores doubling may vary. Some stores may double coupons on a particular week day, usually a slower day like Tuesday. Other stores may offer physical store ‘twice-the-value’ coupons. Even other stores may feature double coupons on a special promo week basis and will advertise this in their weekly ad. Check your store for their policy.
eCoupons – Electronic coupons may be downloaded onto your store loyalty card or cell phone. These may be downloaded from your computer or downloaded to your loyalty card through your cell phone. Grocery coupons must be downloaded to your loyalty card and will be deducted automatically when you swipe your card at checkout. E-coupons may be downloaded to your cell-phone for other retail items such as movie rentals. Download a coupon using the mobile app and show your discount code to your cashier. Please note that pictures of manufacturer coupons may not be scanned on your phone.
Extra Bucks – the CVS rewards program, formerly called ECBs. Extra Bucks print according to the store’s weekly or monthly advertised deals. When you make a qualifying purchase, you receive the coordinating Extra Bucks value as advertised. Extra Bucks are similar to catalinas or register rewards, but they print directly onto the bottom of your receipt and may be used for a FUTURE purchase. ECB’s may be “rolled”.
EXP – Expires or Expiration Date
Final Cost – The cost considered after any register rewards are applied to the out of pocket cost.
Handling Fee – Refers to an amount, usually $0.08, paid by the manufacturer to reimburse the store for the trouble of accepting a coupon. The handling fee is usually used to pay a clearing house to sort, organize and bill the manufacturer. If a store chooses to sort its own coupons, they will keep the handling fee.
Matchup – matching relevant coupons to be used in conjuction with the promotions listed in a store’s weekly advertisement.
MIR – 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 bar codes.
Manufacturer -The company who produces the brand items
MFR – Manufacturer abbreviation.
Manufacturer Coupon – A coupon created by the manufacturer, or by a marketing company on the manufacturer’s behalf. Manufacturers offer 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, approximately $0.08.
Moneymaker – using coupons and promotions so that your final total on an item will result in an overage.
One Coupon per Purchase – Refers to your ability to use one coupon per item. Meant to enforce the point that you may not use two of the exact same coupon for one item.
One Coupon per Transaction – Limits you to only using one of this coupon per transaction. You are allowed and may request to do separate transactions. For example, if you have 4 coupons that read “one coupon per transaction” you may request to separate into 4 transactions and pay 4 separate times.
Out of Pocket Cost – the price you will pay immediately at the end of your transaction at the register.
Peelie – Adhesive manufacturer coupons found on products in the store. Peelies are often good on a wider selection of products than the one it is stuck to. Be sure to read the fine print on the peelie to discover if the coupon may be used on a smaller size or different variety of the same product, to allow you to maximize savings. You may use the Peelie at the same time as your transaction in purchasing the product but typically cannot combine with another manufacturer coupon.
P&G – Proctor & Gamble manufacture a wide range of consumer goods and puts out a monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of Proctor & Gamble produced brands, some of which include Crest, Tide, Pamper, Gillette, and Tampax.
Purchase – A purchase refers to buying any one item. If I buy 25 items on a single shopping trip, I just made 25 purchases.
Purchase-Based Coupon – a coupon that specifies a dollar amount off a minimum dollar purchase. Some common values: $3 off $15, $4 off $20, $5 off $25. These coupons typically may be used in addition to store and manufacturer coupons.
Raincheck – a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock, so that after the sale period is over, you may redeem to purchase the item for the previous sale price assuming the item is restocked. The 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 – A rebate is a refund of part or all of the amount paid. Sometimes referred to as programs that offer you cash back for making a qualified purchase. Rebates are sponsored by a store or a manufacturer. Follow the instructions to redeem and your rebate check will be sent in the mail.
Register Reward – a coupon you may receive from the register after your transaction for making certain purchases.
RR – “Register Rewards,” a Walgreens drugstore rewards program similar to a catalina coupon. Look for the same machines located at the register, dispensing long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a FUTURE purchase. RRs cannot be “rolled” like catalinas, meaning you cannot use on a 2nd transaction at the same register.
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.
Rolling Transactions – Refers to the practice of separating your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use register reward coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction. Another register reward prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.
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.
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.
Stacking – Stacking may refer to using any two promotions together.
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, but stores may allow more than one type of store coupon per item – check the store policy.
Stockpile – also called “stash,” the cumulative of the physical items that have been attained from couponing.
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 usually tied to the store’s registered app. You may request a card in store or online. Cards typically may be used at the register by providing your phone number.
Transaction – A transaction refers to your entire purchase, especially the payment you make for that purchase. If I buy 25 items and then pay the cashier, I just made one transaction.
Tear Pad – A pad of manufacturer coupons found near product on shopping aisles.
WAGS – Abbreviation for Walgreens Drugstore
UPC – Universal Product Code. The bar code printed on product packages that can be scanned electronically.
WYB – When You Buy. Some sales or coupons require purchase of multiple items. For example: For a $1.00/2 coupon, you must buy 2 in order to use the coupon – so $1.00 off WYB 2.