Abbreviations and codes are cool but you’ll be an even cooler couponer if you know them (ha! half-kidding!). For reals though, you’ll see all these abbreviations and codes everywhere.

Couponing Codes and Definitions

ECB or EB

extracare bucks, extrabucks at CVS

Plenti Points

rewards from Rite Aid and other participating retailers

RR

register rewards at Walgreens

CRT

cash register tape (aka receipt)

PP

Paypal

Q

coupon

IP

internet printable

ISO

in search of (used in social medias and forums)

BOGO, B1G1

Buy one get one free

CS

customer service

 RC

raincheck

OOP

out of pocket

OYNO

on your next order

PSA

prices starting at

WYB

when you buy

MM

money maker

 MIR

mail in rebate

SS

Smart Source insert

RP

Red Plum insert

 PG

Procter & Gamble insert

GM

General Mills

YMMV

your mileage may vary

 ETS

excludes trial size

DB

database (aka coupon database)

WAGS

Walgreens

 BLINKIES

these are coupons found in small (usually) blinking box near the product

TEARPAD

a pad of coupons found on store displays or by a product

DND

do not double

UFT

up for trade (used in social medias and forums)

PEELIE

coupons you can peel off products at the store

 

STACKING

many stores allow you to combine a store coupon along with a manufacturer’s coupon on a single item.

 

RED MACHINE

CVS coupon center machine where you can price check a product and scan your card to print CVS coupons. It is also referred to as Red Box and Red Machine

 DOUBLE COUPON, DOUBLING

some stores double the coupon value (no doubling in California (T_T) )

At this point, you’re probably like “WTH?!”

I know, all these terms and abbreviations can get really confusing and maybe overwhelming. BUT, the ONLY terms you really need to know now are the inserts: SS, RP and PG. You’ll need to know where the coupon is located in a deal post (see example below). The rest will follow as you gain more experience.

DECIPHERING THE COUPON LOCATION IN A DEAL POST:

Buy (1) Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers $2.49
Use $2/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment or Styling Product, exp. 10/4/14 (RP 09/07/14)  <—COUPON LOCATION
Pay: $0.49

$2/1 – means save $2 off 1 item purchased (ie. you are only required to buy 1 item to use the $2 coupon)
Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment or Styling Product 
exp. 10/4/14  coupon expiration date
RP 09/07/14 – coupon is located in RED PLUM insert that came out on 9/7.  You can find the date of an insert on the spine. Be sure to look carefully because it’s very tiny.

 

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