Coupon Abbreviations and Lingo ~ Welcome to the Language of Couponing

Coupon AbbreviationsThere are so many coupon abbreviations and slang words used in the world of couponing that it can get quite overwhelming and confusing, especially if you’re just starting out.  What does it all mean?

We’ve put together an alphabetical list of many of the common terms and abbreviations associated with couponing.  

Click on the letter to take you to that section or simply scroll through the page!


If you have any suggestions or questions on a coupon term that we have not covered, please feel free to add them in the comments




  • $0.50/1, $1/1  – Fifty cents off one item, one dollar off one item, etc
  • $1/2, $2/2 – One dollar off 2 items, Two dollars off two items, etc
  • 2/$1, 3/$1 – Two for a dollar, three for a dollar, etc


letter a

  • AC – after coupon
  • ALA – As Low As – Best case scenario, depending on which coupon you use and what the sale price is the price will be as low as…
  • Aldi – a global discount supermarket chain – more

all You

  •   ALL YOU  – ALL YOU MAGAZINE full of Manufacturer coupons and great articles. This magazine comes out monthly and even has a list of the coupons with the page numbers they are on!
  • Amazon Amazon is the worlds largest online retailer headquartered in Seattle – more
  • AR – after rebate – the cost of the item after you receive your rebate



letter b

  • B&M – Brick and Mortar meaning a physical store/building (as opposed to online shopping) 
  • B1G1 – Buy one get one. Usually stands for buy one get one FREE but sometimes followed by other wording such as B1G1 50% off which means buy one get another at the 50% discount 
  • B2G1 – Buy 2 get 1. Same idea as the B1G1 
  • Beep – Sometimes the register will beep when a coupon is scanned indicating that the computer is not auto deducting that amount. This indicates that the cashier may need to take action such as entering in the price. 
  • Berry CartBerry Cart is a free smart phone app – users earn cash for products purchased. Offers tend to be healthy offers


  • Blinkie – Coupons dispensed from a small box strategically placed on store shelves near products. These dispensers usually having blinking lights, hence their name. Once you remove a coupon it then spits out another. 
  • BOGO – Buy one get one. Another way of writing the B1G1 as stated above 
  • Boost – Term made popular by the Hopster coupon site. Boosting a coupon means to increase the value of the coupon. (see Hopster below)


  • Bricks – in the coupon world this refers to a certain internet printable coupon that can be printed twice. The word “bricks” will be in the web address. Once you print, you can hit the back arrow on your browser and refresh to print your second coupon. Some bricks coupons are available by mail. Click help at the bottom of the bricks page and it will bring up a form if it is available to be mailed. 

box tops

  • BTFE Box Tops for Education is a program to earn money for our schools, most popularly by collecting a small pink label from participating products. Schools can earn money by submitting these. The site also offers printable coupons .
  • BTW – By the way – Chat language usually used on comments and message board posts




letter c

  • Cartwheel – Target Discounts in the form of % off certain items.  This can be used via Smartphone app or printing the list and barcode on paper. This can be used at Target stores as a discount in addition to both a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon. The % is calculated on the item price less any Target coupon but before the price is discounted by the manufacturer coupon.


  • Catalina/CAT – refers to a coupon from a machine next to the cash register that dispenses coupons after your cash register receipt prints. These can usually be used like cash on your next purchase. If they say “manufacturer’s coupon” you can usually use them at other stores.
  • Checkout 51 –  checkout 51 is a free cash back program. Earn cash back for purchasing certain products. Learn more
  • Check your binders – Usually used in conjunction with NLA, meaning that the coupon was offered at one time but is not available now so check the coupons you have in case you printed it in the past.
  • CNP – Coupon near product – similar to a blinkie but not from a machine
  • CO or C/O  – cents off
  • Coupon – a document that can be exchanged for a financial discount, usually off a particular product
  • – Privately held company founded in 1998, offering printable coupons and other promotions.
  • Savings Club – In addition to the free coupons available, had this paid service offering additional coupons for products we normally don’t see coupons for or higher value coupons than those available for free. Cost is approx $3/mo but they often have a 30 day free trial to try it out. They ended this program after only a little over a year.
  • CPN – coupon – A voucher entitling the holder to a discount off a particular product.
  • CRT – Cash register tape, usually used when discussing CVS coupons that print with receipt
  • CS – Customer Service
  • CVS – CVS Pharmacy – Largest pharmacy store chain in the US – more

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letter d

  • DD – Dear daughter –  Chat slang used on comments/message boards
  • DH – Dear husband/Darling husband – Chat slang used on comments/message boards
  • DIL – Daughter in Law – Chat slang used on comments/message boards
  • DND – Do not double/Does not double – Sometimes found on specific manufacturers coupons.
  • Doubled/Double coupon – a coupon redeemed for double the face value, depends on store policy.  Many stores will double coupons for $0.50 or less giving you a deduction of double that amount.
  • DS – Dear son – Chat slang used on comments/message boards



letter e

  • EA – Each
  • E-Coupons – Electronic coupons that can be loaded directly on to your store loyalty card or cell phone
  • ECBs – Extra Care Bucks – CVS buyers reward program. CVS cash coupons that print at bottom of receipts that you can then use as cash in your next purchase at any CVS store

Extra Care Bucks

  • ETS – Excludes trial/travel size
  • EversaveEversave is one of the top savings websites in America. They negotiate low prices with businesses to bring limited time offers to consumers.
  • Exp – Expires/Expiration date





letter f

  • FAR – Free After Rebate – The item will be free after you receive the rebate.
  • Filler – Refers to an item purchased to comply with a coupon policy or a specific coupon.  Some stores may require the count of individual purchased items to meet or exceed the number of coupons used.  Also, filler items may be used to get the total up to a certain amount in order to use a dollar/percentage off coupon requiring a minimum purchase. 

(i.e. $5 off your $50 purchase. If your total is $49, you need a filler item for at least a dollar)

(i.e. At Walgeen’s, you need to have as many items as you have manufacturer’s coupons and register rewards that you are going to be using to pay for the  items. This means if you are buying 5 items and have 5 coupons and 1 register rewards that you want to use to pay for the transaction, you’ll need one filler item to get the total items up to 6. You can buy something as small as a piece of bubble gum as long as it rings up as a separate item.)

  • FS – Free Shipping – Refers to online store orders




letter g

  • GC – Gift Card or Gift Certificate
  • GDA – Good Deal Alert
  • GM – General Mills, usually  referring  to the General Mills insert in the Sunday paper.
  • Groupon – Discount site that features daily bargains on things to do, see, eat, or buy





letter h

  • Hopster or Hopster coupon – Hopster offers printable manufacturer coupons.  Coupons are available to print at the original offered value or you can “boost” the value higher by using points you earn on the site when performing small tasks (liking on Facebook, taking a poll, subscribing to newsletters, etc)
  • HTHangtag – a tag hanging from an item that includes information and/or a coupon.  Also sometimes referred to as a wine tag.
  • HTH – Hope that helps!  Chat slang usually used on comments and message boards.




letter i


  • Ibotta Ibotta is a Free smart phone app – users earn cash for products purchased. Learn more.
  • IE – Internet Explorer browser
  • IMHO – In my humble opinion – Chat lingo usually used in comments and message boards
  • IMO – In my opinion – Chat lingo usually used in comments and message boards
  • In-Ad / IA – Coupons that come in the weekly store ad, most likely found by the entrance of that particular store.
  • Inserts Coupons packets found in Sunday newspapers  , generally RedPlum and SmartSource but  occasionally  P&G, GM or others. 
  • IP / IPQ – Internet printable coupon
  • ISO = In Search Of – Chat lingo usually used in comments and message boards
  • IVC – Instant Value Coupon – Walgreens’ store coupons found in monthly booklets and ads




letter J

  • JIT – Just in time – Chat lingo used in comments/message boards
  • JK – Just kidding –   Chat lingo used in comments/message boards



letter k

  • K – Kellogg’s
  • KFRKellogg’s Family Rewards – Enter codes from products you buy to earn points. Redeem points for prizes such as high value coupons, gift cards, and more.
  • Kroger – Grocery stores located throughout the Midwestern and Southern US. It is also the parent to other stores such as Ralph’s in CA. – more




  • Like – Refers to a Facebook feature that allows users to show their support of an article, comment, or post without having to make a written comment.
  • LMAO – Laugh(ing) my *ss off – Chat lingo usually used in comments/message boards
  • LOL – Laugh(ing) out loud – Chat lingo usually used in comments/message boards
  • Lowes – Refers to either Lowes Foods grocery store chain or Lowe’s Home Improvement stores
  • Loyalty Card –  A card you sign up for at the particular store where you shop, usually offering you additional discount prices/savings.





  • Matchups – A listing of available coupons that “match” the specific items listed, usually in a store sales ad, that can further reduce the purchase price. 
  • MF / MFG / MFR – Manufacturer – Usually refering to a coupon offered by the product manufacturer as opposed to a coupon offered by the store
  • MIR – Mail in Rebate – Offer that requires you to mail a completed form and usually a receipt and UPC proving you purchased a specific item in return for some amount of money back.
  • MM – Money Maker – Refers to the total coupon value credit at register for a particular item being more than the original cost of the item. 
  • MQ – Manufacturer coupon




letter n

  • NAZ – Name, Address, Zipcode
  • NED – No expiration date
  • Net Cost – Final cost after sale, discounts, coupons, rewards and cash back offers have been deducted
  • NLA – No longer available – Usually  referring  to an IP coupon that was available at one time but has reached the limit of prints specified by the manufacturer
  • NSL or NSR – No size limit/restriction




letter o

  •   OOP – Out of pocket – The cash you actually pay to the cashier after coupons/discounts
  • OOS – Out of stock – none of that item currently in the store (sold out)
  • OYNO / OYNP – On your next order / On your next purchase 




letter p

  • Peelie  – Coupons found on actual products that you “peel” off to use
  • PG or P&G  – Proctor and Gamble Company or usually refering to the Proctor & Gamble Sunday newpaper insert


  • PITA – Chat lingo/slang for someone that was being difficult, stands for “pain in the a** (behind  Wink )
  • POP – Proof of Purchase – bar code located on product
  • PP – Purchase price
  • Printable  – Internet printable coupon – print from your computer
  • PSA  – Price starting at – the lowest priced product
  • Publix – American supermarket chain founded in 1930 with stored operating in AL, FL, GA, SC, NC, and TN – more
  • PQ – Publix coupon or sometimes short for printable coupon. Depends on the context.




letter q

  •   Q or Qs – Coupons – lazy way to write it!



letter r

  • R – Regional – denoting a coupon or deal available in only a specific area
  • RC – Rain Check – signed slip from store allowing an item to be purchased at sale prices in the future when item is no longer on sale. Received from store when the particular sale item is sold out at the time of your visit. raincheck_angelsoft
  • Rebate – An offer by the manufacturer to try a product and then submit the proof (usually the UPC and/or receipt) to get all or some of the purchase price back. These can be MIR’s or or sometimes submitted online or via email.
  • RedPlum – see “RP” below
  • Rite Aid – Drugstore chain – largest on the East Coast and third largest in the US – more
  • ROFL – Rolling on floor laughing – chat lingo usually used in comments or message boards
  • Rolling – usually refers to the expiration date on a printable coupon that corresponds to a number of days after you print it. ( ie: If you print it today, the expiration will be sooner than if you print it tomorrow)
  • RP – RedPlum – coupon insert found in Sunday paper
  • RP Printable Printable coupons from RedPlum website

Walgreens Register Rewards

  • RR or RRs – Register Rewards  –  Walgreens catalina rewards that print with receipt.



letter s

  • Safeway – American Fortune 500 company, second largest supermarket chain in North America – more
  • SAHM – Stay at home mom – chat lingo usually used in comments or on message boards
  • SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope
  • Savings Catcher – see ‘Walmart Savings catcher’ below
  • SavingStar – The SavingStar digital e-coupons and cash back mall gives you cash back for grocery purchases (at participating stores) or online purchases made
  • SCR – Single Check Rebate – Rite Aid monthly rebates program – no longer available.   Rite Aid ended this in December of 2012
  • Shelf Clearer – Term used to describe a person/couponer that buys all the products on the shelf.  Not meant toward a person that buys the last several items but more for those that buy a very large quantity.
  • ShopKickShopKick is a smart phone app for additional store discounts
  • Shopmium – Free app – users earn cash back for products purchased. Learn More
  • SIL – Son in Law – Abbreviation usually used in comments or message boards
  • Smartsource – see “SS” below
  • SMH – Shaking my head – Chat lingo usually used in comments or message boards
  • SMP – specially marked package
  • SNAP -  Snap is a free smart phone app – users earn cash for products purchased
  • SQ – Store Coupon
  • SS – SmartSource – coupon insert in Sunday newspaper




letter t

  • Target – Second largest discount retailer in the US behind Walmart.
  • Target Cartwheel - see Cartwheel above
  • Tearpad – A pad of coupons or rebate near a product or on display
  • TIA – Thanks in advance – Chat lingo usually used in comments or message boards
  • TMF – Try me free – some products have a mail in rebate that refunds the money you spent on the purchase to get you to try the product
  • TQShort form of writing Target Coupon



letter u

  • UFT - Up for trade, used by someone wanting to trade specific coupons they have for some they don’t have.
  • UPC – Universal product code, bar code on product. Usually required to send with MIR or scan for Ibotta cash
  • UpromiseUpromise is an online cash back program that   partners with many online and local retailers rewarding you for your purchases at stores, restaurants and gas stations.  It also has monthly ecoupons for groceries and personal items to load to your store loyalty cards for which you will received deposits when redeeming at your store.
  • UPs or +UP Rewards – Rite Aid reward program


letter v

  • Vlassis – Marketing company that distributes the RedPlum coupons
  • VV – Video Value, printable Rite Aid coupon that becomes available for you to print after watching a short video about products


letter w

  • WAGS – Short for Walgreens Pharmacy Store
  • Walgreens – Largest drug retailing chain in the US, operating in all 50 states, DC, PR and Guam – more
  • Walmart – Multinational retail corporation, running discount department stores and warehouse stores – more
  • Walmart Savings Catcher – Part of the Walmart APP or use from your desktop. Scan Walmart receipts after purchase and it compares paid prices to competitor ads and gives you the difference on a store e-gift card. (check out our test trip and explanation here)
  • WSL – While supplies last
  • WT – Winetag – Coupon hanging from a product
  • WYB – When you buy


letter x

X – Sometimes used in place of the word expiration or could mean multiples as in 2 times (X2)


letter y

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary, which means you may or may not get the same results at your store, depending on the coupon policy, your coupon value or how they interpret the coupon.


letter z





  • Denise Taylor-Dennis

    Thanks I love this and have Pinned it for reference!

    • Mich_TCC

      Thanks for pinning, Denise!

  • Nora Driskel

    Thanks for this reference I get frustrated as a new couponner trying to figure out the match-ups.

    • Mich_TCC

      You’re welcome, Nora. I remember that frustration well! I’m glad you found this helpful!

  • Cole Norma McKinnon

    I too get frustrated with all of the coupon abbreviations. Your info. helps. tks.

    • Mich_TCC

      I’m glad we could help!

  • Carole Ingram

    Finally, someone that has clarified a lot of the confusing lingo….much appreciative!

    • Mich_TCC

      And we appreciate you appreciating them! :)

  • kathy j

    This is great information for those beginning to coupon or those that rarely use them like me. Thank you. I shared it on Pinterest

    • Tommy_TCC

      Thanks Kathy… Glad you found it helpful and thanks for Pinning it!

  • Am Hengst

    Wow thanks so much for all this coupon lingo. So of them I know but so many I didnt know . This is going to be a great help for me when I go to the grocery store. There is one I use my own abbreviation for and that is buy one get one free instead of BOGO I use B1G1 instead.

    • Mich_TCC

      The B1G1 is in there.. just up a little highter in the B’s. :)

  • Tina

    Thank you for sharing this. This is so helpful in learning the different lingo for couponing. Thanks again.

  • neasnuttiness

    OMGosh – I had no idea that there was so much to learn!

  • Tim

    I love this post — I’m new to couponing and I learned a lot from the info on here — thanks!

  • Arlene M Whitfield

    Awesome post! I needed this! Thanks!