What Does that Coupon Abbreviation Mean?
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What Does that Coupon Abbreviation Mean?

Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 am
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New to couponing?  Here is a quick list of the most common abbreviations used to describe coupons. People who have been couponing for a long time have a tendency to use jargon, or abbreviations, that may not be understandable to people who are brand new to couponing. They aren’t doing this to be mean, or to keep things secret. After a while, it becomes easier to abbreviate some of the more commonly used phrases than to spell them out every time.

Coupon Abbreviation Lingo List

AC: – “After Coupon” Often used to describe what you still need to pay after you use a coupon.
AR: – “After Rebate” The amount the product costs after you send in the rebate.

Blinkie: – A coupon that comes out of a small machine that has a blinking light and is found in a store.
BOGO: – “Buy One, Get One Free”. It may also be written as B1G1 or B1G1F
B&M: – “Brick and mortar” store. The coupon, or special offer, is only available if you purchase it through the actual store. You cannot use that particular coupon on the store’s website.

CAT: – “Catalinas” A special type of coupon that is dispensed from the cash registers at the same time that your receipt is printed.
CPN: – This one is easy. CPN means “coupon”. It may also be written as Q.
CRT: – “cash register tape” It refers to the coupons that are printed out on your receipt.

Digital Coupon: A coupon that you can load to your loyalty card. It is not a paper coupon.
DND: – “Do Not Double” You cannot double this particular coupon.
Double Coupon: A coupon that doubles in value.

Ecoupon: A coupon that is digitally downloaded to your loyalty card. It is not a paper coupon.
ETS: “Excludes Trial Size” Can also mean “Excludes Travel Size”

FS: “Free Shipping”

GC: “Gift Card”

IP: “Internet Printable” Print that coupon off the internet with your at home printer.

MFG: “Manufacturer”. It may also be listed as MFR. Either one refers to a coupon that was produced by the company that manufactures a particular product.
MIR: “Mail-in-Rebate”

NED: “No Expiration Date” This coupon will never expire!

OOS: “Out of Stock” The store ran out of that product.
OYNO: “On Your Next Order” Some coupons will require you to spend some money now in order to save a certain amount on your next order of the product.

Peelie: A coupon that is found stuck to a product. The cashier needs to peel it off so you can use it.

Tearpad: This coupon was attached to a small pad of paper. You have to tear off the coupon in order to take it with you to the register.

UPC: “Universal Bar Code” Stores may refuse to take coupons that lack a UPC.

WSL: “While Supplies Last” This coupon will only be accepted while the supply of the product is available. When they run out of product the coupon becomes invalid.
WYB: “When You Buy” A coupon may give you a certain amount of money off a product – but only when you buy a particular second product.

YMMV: “Your Mileage May Vary” A coupon savings tip that someone mentioned on a coupon blog may, or may not, work as well for you. There could be variables involved that prevent your success.

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