Coupon Lingo

What does mf mean? No, it doesn’t mean what you think it means….. while at least not in the coupon world!

Here is a list of the latest coupon terms!

All About Coupons:

Coupons are a promotional tool used by companies to get consumers to try their products. A coupon allows a consumer a chance to try a product for less. This, in return, represents less of a risk of loss for the consumer, just in case they end up not liking the new product. In the process, the company is hoping to gain a new ‘brand loyal’ consumer for their products. Coupons also help the manufacturer generate a sale they may have otherwise lost. The companies that manufacture products understand that people have different price points. By issuing a coupon, they are hoping to capture the business of those individuals who shop at the lower price points.

Here are a few types of coupons that are available:

Manufacturer Coupons: These are issued directly by the Manufacturer. This type of coupon has a barcode that starts with the number 5 or 9 and can generally be redeemed at any store that accepts manufacturer coupons. The retailer must mail the coupon in order to be reimbursed.

Store Coupons: Coupons issued by the Retailer. They have a barcode that starts with a number other than 5 or 9. They only scan at the registers at the store that issued them.

Most of the time, they do not contain an address to mail the coupon to for reimbursement.

E-Coupons: These are electronic coupons that are (usually) tied to store’s loyalty cards. They provide a one-time discount/savings at the register when you purchase the intended product and use your loyalty card. They tend to be store specific.

Two big providers of E-coupons are Cellfire and Upromise.

Coupon Terminology You Need to Know

In addition to the terms I have already shared with you, here is some more coupon lingo you need to become familiar with:

WYB = When you Buy

BOGO = Buy one Get one free

FAR = Free After Rebate

IP = Internet Printable Coupon

IVC = Instant Value Coupon at Walgreen’s (Walgreen’s store coupon).

MIR = Mail In Rebate

OYNO = On Your Next Order

OOP = Out of Pocket.

RP = Red Plum insert

SS = Smartsource insert

P&G = Procter and Gamble insert

GM = General Mills insert (usually a Smartsource insert)

Moneymaker: Getting something better than free after coupons and sale. Also known as getting paid to shop.

CAT = Catalina coupon that prints at check out.

YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary. It basically means that your experience may be different from the rest.

ECB = Extra Care Buck (CVS coupon good on your next order)

RR = Register Rewards (Walgreen’s Rewards program, Manufacturer coupon good on your next order)

SCR = Single Check Rebate (Rite Aid rebate program)+UP rewards = Rite Aid reward program (coupons good on your next order)

B1G1F: Buy one, get one free

B2G1F: Buy two, get one free

DND or DNT: Do not double or do not triple

DND-5: This means Do Not Double, but it will double at most stores in the north that have machines doing the doubling.

DND-9: This means Do Not Double, but it will NOT double at most stores in the north that have machines doing the doubling.

SD: Store Display

CRT: Cash Register Tape

NED: No Expiration Date