Saturday, October 9, 2010

Couponing 101 - Cracking the Coupon Code

Couponing 101 - Cracking the Coupon Code

Again, I need to tape a note to my forehead... never assume...

In most of my posts, particularly posts relating to store sales and coupon matchups, I use a lot of coupon jargon. This jargon has become part of my everyday language, so sometimes I forget that some of my readers may not have a clue as to what some of it means. 



Here's the coupon code - cracked!

Acronyms

Coupon inserts/places to print
  • P&G - Procter & Gamble
  • RP - Red Plum
  • SS - SmartSource
  • GM - General Mills
  • BC - Betty Crocker
Coupon Matchups

If I list a coupon matchup as 10/3 SS (exp 12/31/10), this means you can find the coupon in the SmartSource insert that was published on 10/3 and the coupon expires 12/31/10.

Coupon Lingo 

  • $1/1,  $3/2, etc. - One dollar off one item, three dollars off two items, etc.
  • BOGO - Buy one item get one item free
  • B1G1 - Buy one item get one item free
  • B2GO - Buy two items get one item free
  • B2G1 - Buy two items get one free
  • ECB - ExtraCare Bucks, "money" you can use only at CVS; earned by purchasing specific products
    SCR - Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid's rebate program
  • RR - Register Rewards, Walgreens’s "money" you can use only at Walgreens; earned by purchasing specific products
  • MFR - Manufacturer
  • OOP - Out of pocket
  • OYNO - On your next order
  • WYB - When you buy
  • MIR - Mail-in rebate
  • PSA - Prices starting at
  • UPC  - Universal Product Code, scannable bar code on a product
  • GC  - Gift certificate/gift card
  • Blinkies - Store coupon dispenser with blinking lights
  • Cat - Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints (common at Shaws & Stop&Shop)
  • Peelie - Peel-off coupon you find on the package
  • IE - Printable coupon link can be accessed using Internet Explorer
  • FF - Printable coupon link can be accessed using Mozilla Firefox
Happy Couponing! -Coupon Mama
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