Coupon Basics: Coupon lingo!

Welcome to all my new readers who may also be new (or relatively new) to couponing!  I know one of the hardest things for me when I was a a “coupon newbie” was trying to understand all the coupon acronyms that were posted on coupon blogs and message boards.  I felt like I was entering a secret society and it was so confusing!

If you’re new to the world of coupon lingo (or you’ve been around for awhile but still haven’t figured it all out), here’s a key to help you “decode” things on my blog and other blogs/message boards you may visit:
$ off – this is a “slang” term used for most common coupons that have a $ off amount. If you are reading message boards, people will sometimes shorten this to $/1 or $/2 (meaning the dollar off and then the # of items that need to be purchased)

Blinkie – These coupons are usually found at grocery stores and come out of a little machine with a blinking red light

BOGO = buy one, get one (usually buy one get one free or buy one get one 1/2 off)

BOLO = “be on the look out” (some examples = BOLO for these coupons, these clearance items, etc.)

Cat = Catalinas. Catalinas are the coupons that print out at the machines by the register that they often hand you with your receipt. These are usually considered “manufacturer’s coupons” and the items you purchase usually “trigger” these coupons. You can read more about catalinas here.

CRT – CRTs stands for “cash register tape.” These are the coupons that print out at the bottom of your receipt (they have these at CVS and at Target)

DND = Do not double – Some stores will double or triple a coupon to a certain face value. If the coupon says “DND” or “do not double” at the top, this may or may not apply (it will be up to the individual stores)

ECB = Extra Care Buck – you earn these at CVS when you purchase certain targeted items from the weekly or monthly ad. They can be used like cash off your next purchase.

IVC = Instant Value coupon – these are the Walgreens coupon books that you can find at the front of the store (usually by the weekly ads).  Sometimes there are also instant value coupons in the weekly ads.

GDA = Good Deal Advertised or Good Deal Alert

IP = Internet print – these are the coupons from websites such as or that you print online

MIR = Mail in rebate

NED = No expiration date

OOP = The amount of money you spent out of your own pocket (after using gift cards, coupons, ECBs, RRs, etc.)

OYNO/OYNP = On Your Next Purchase – Some grocery stores offer promotions where you earn a catalina that can be used like cash off your next purchase when you purchase participating items.

Peelie – a coupon that is placed on the outside of a product and peels off

PG = Procter & Gamble insert (from the newspaper, usually comes out at the beginning of the month)

RP = Red Plum insert (from the newspaper)

RR = Register Reward – You earn these for purchasing certain targeted items at Walgreens. These are like catalinas and are considered to be “manufacturer’s coupons” so the one coupon per item rule applies to these as well.

SS = Smart Source insert (from the newspaper)

Tear pad – These are coupons that you can find and tear off on pads (usually near the product) in stores

Winetag/WT – these are found around bottles of wine and are usually good for a $ amount off of the purchase of items such as meat, cheese, and produce. Some require a wine or beer purchase to use them and others do not require a wine/beer purchase (these will be marked as NWPN or NBPN).

WYB = when you buy – Some coupons will say “free item when you buy X item.” In these cases, you can usually use another coupon to buy the “X” item

YMMV = your market may vary (in other words, this is how it works in my area, but the prices/deals may not be the same in your area)

If you’ve come across a term/acronym that you aren’t familiar with, post it here and I’ll decode it for you! 

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  1. This is a very helpful post. It's tough to keep up with all the coupon language. I enjoy having a cheat sheet to help. Thanks!