Common Coupon Language For Beginners

Are you new to couponing? You may be looking for deals on the web or on social media, come across deal matchups or posts and wonder what does that mean or stand for?
Here’s the top abbreviations and acronyms every couponer should know.


BLINKIE– A Machine found in grocery and pharmacy stores, may have a blinking light and spits out a coupon
BOGO– Buy one get one item :free”, “half off”, “for a penny” etc.
CAT– Stands for Catalina– A manufacturer or store coupon that prints out of the machine next to cash registers at many stores
EXP- Expiration date or Expires
GC– gift cards- target has promotions that gives you gift cards for purchasing certain items or spending a specific amount
IP– “Internet print” coupon that is printed from the internet
LTC- “Load to card” (at Stop & Shop) digital coupon that you load to your Stop & Shop card from a computer or mobile device
MF or MFQ- Manufacturer Coupon
OOP– “Out of Pocket”- what you pay for your items after all discounts, coupons, or even sometimes “ROLLING GC’s”
P&G- PROCTOR & GAMBLE insert found in Sunday newspapers once a month(typically last Sunday of the month)
PEELIE- Sticker-like coupons that peel off of products
Q– Coupon
RC- raincheck
ROLLING- To use a CAT or GC to pay for items that gives you more catalinas or gift cards
RP- RED PLUM insert found in Sunday newspapers
SS- Smart Source– Insert found in Sunday newspapers
Stacking– Stack more than one coupon on an item or in a shopping bag online
TEARPAD– Pad of Coupons found in stores on shelves or product display stands
YMMV- YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY example: the price in this region may not be the same in other areas

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