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Understanding the Coupon Lingo

Newspaper/Magazine Reference Info

  • P&G: Procter & Gamble
  • RP: Red Plum
  • SS: SmartSource
  • AY: All You Magazine
  • GM: General Mills

Coupon lingo:

  • $1/1, $1/2: One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
  • 2/$1, 3/$2: Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.
  • B1G1: Buy one item get one item free
  • B2G1: Buy two items get one item free
  • BOGO: Buy one get one
  • Beep: Sometimes the register will beep when a coupon is scanned to indicate that the cashier need to take an action, like entering a price.
  • Blinkies: Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights
  • Catalina: Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints
  • DND: Do not double
  • Ea.: Each
  • ECBs: ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
  • Exp.: Expires
  • FB: Facebook
  • GC: Gift card
  • MFG: Manufacturer coupon can be used wherever coupons are accepted (UPC code usually begins with a “5”)
  • MIR: Mail-in rebate
  • OYNO: On your next order
  • OOP: Out of pocket
  • Peelie: Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
  • RRs: Register Rewards, Walgreens’ Catalina coupons
  • SCR: Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
  • Stacking: Using both a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon on one item
  • Store Coupon – coupon that can only be used at the store referenced on the coupon; can often be stacked with mfg coupon
  • UPC: Universal product code, bar code
  • Tearpad: Pad of coupons attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door.
  • +UP Reward: Rite Aid reward program
  • WYB: When you buy
  • YMMV: Your mileage may vary, meaning some stores might give you a deal but others might not

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Tips for Printing Coupons

I’ve had at least one person contact me and seen several posts on other sites about how expensive it can be to print coupons! It doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money printing coupons just to save at the store. Ink can be expensive!

Here are some tips that I’ve used to help cut down on costs!

1. If you are able to, set your printer’s default to “draft”. I was able to do this by going to my control panel, choosing my printer, opening the “properties” box and changing the printer preferences. (I really don’t want to go into more detail than this as I’m not a computer guru and your printer software might be different!)

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Need More Coupons?

I had a reader, Christy C., contact me earlier this week asking where to get extra coupons. She wants to create a small stockpile in her home to help out friends and to make sure she doesn’t have to pay full price for an item.

There are Coupon Clipping Services that exist for these reasons & more!

I have used clipping services several times. These services are not charging for the coupons, but for the time it takes to clip the coupons, sorting, etc.

Here are a couple of my go-to favorites when it comes to Coupon Clipping Services:

Check them out and let me know what you think!! Did I miss a service you use? Leave them in the comments!

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Responsible Couponing!

I just posted an item about a “deal gone wrong” earlier today ( ) – it made me realize that I wanted to share some ideas on “Responsible Couponing.”

1. Know what the coupon is for:

  • is it for a particular item or for any item offered by the manufacturer. Sometime the coupon will show a picture of one item but it’s for ANY item (ex: ANY Crest toothpaste, but only a picture of one item is shown)
  • If the coupon says x-amount off of 1, then you only need to buy one. If it says x-amount off 2, then you need to buy two, etc.

2. Don’t try to use a coupon that specifies a particular item for something else. From what I understand, if the retailer doesn’t carry the item that’s listed on the coupon, they won’t get reimbursed.

3. Don’t copy coupons – it is considered fraud.

4. You may use one manufacturer coupon per item(s) purchased.  You may “stack” (use 2 or more coupons in one transaction) a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon, but the majority of the time you can’t stack two manufacturer coupons.

5. Try to find out the store’s coupon policy. Some stores accept internet printed manufacturer coupons and some don’t. It’s a good idea to print out their policy from their website and keep it with you.

6. You aren’t stealing from a store when you use a coupon. The manufacturer wil reimburse a retailer the value of the coupon plus $.08 for each coupon submitted. They will get their money back.

7. If you are going to print coupons from the internet, make sure that it’s from a reputable site.

  • coupons.com
  • smartsource.com
  • redplum.com
  • manufacturer’s sites

8.  Most internet coupons will print twice per computer. You will either have to use your back button and refresh the page or you might have to go through the whole process.  If you need more than 2 coupons, ask a friend to print them for you!

9. Don’t use expired coupons. You can ask individual stores if they accept them, but more often than not, they don’t.

10. Remember that the cashier is a person with feelings and he/she might be having a bad day! I always “warn” the cashier I have lots of coupons – this lets them know up front that I may be there for a while. Also – I always try to thank them for being so helpful!

Leave any comments you can think of about items that I missed!!

Blessings!

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Using Coupons – it’s NOT stealing!

I went to a store today to get a good deal on pens. Between the deal they were having in-store and the manufacturer coupons I had printed off of a manufacturer’s site, I should have gotten free pens.

Before I even looked for the pens, I thought I would check to make sure that this company accepted internet printed coupons. They do; however, they wouldn’t take more than one. In order for the deal to work out, I needed to use both.

I walked away from the store. By the time I left, I felt as though I had been accused of trying to rob their company.  Needless to say, I was a little frustrated.

Did you know that, according to the fine print on coupons, manufacturers will reimburse retailers for the amount of the coupon plus $.08? A lot of people don’t realize that when you are using a coupon, the store is going to get their money. You aren’t stealing from them!

It’s always a good idea to print out a copy of a store’s coupon policy from their website before you go to their store. If I had done that today, I would have saved myself a lot of trouble!

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Using Coupons – it's NOT stealing!

I went to a store today to get a good deal on pens. Between the deal they were having in-store and the manufacturer coupons I had printed off of a manufacturer’s site, I should have gotten free pens.

Before I even looked for the pens, I thought I would check to make sure that this company accepted internet printed coupons. They do; however, they wouldn’t take more than one. In order for the deal to work out, I needed to use both.

I walked away from the store. By the time I left, I felt as though I had been accused of trying to rob their company.  Needless to say, I was a little frustrated.

Did you know that, according to the fine print on coupons, manufacturers will reimburse retailers for the amount of the coupon plus $.08? A lot of people don’t realize that when you are using a coupon, the store is going to get their money. You aren’t stealing from them!

It’s always a good idea to print out a copy of a store’s coupon policy from their website before you go to their store. If I had done that today, I would have saved myself a lot of trouble!

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