Coupon Language Explained

If you’re a serious couponer you should consider learning basic coupon language. Some coupon terms are just a few letters and understanding them makes it easier when reading or posting about couponing.

You don’t need to memorize all of the terms, as you may always check back here to refer to them. Having this list makes your couponing a little easier

Some of the abbreviations stand for simple terms like ‘BOGO‘, which obviously stands for buy one get one free. We also use just the letter ‘Q’ for the word coupon.

Coupon Language

So some of these terms are just common sense. Some you will want to refer this list. For example, ‘OOP’ stands for Out of Pocket. This is the amount of money you may have to pay after the cashier has deducted your coupons.


Coupon Language Abbreviations


Here is our list:

BOGO – Buy one get one free also B1G1

Q or CPN – Coupon

OOP – Out of pocket

OOS – Out of stock

Exp – Expires or expiration date

WYB – When you buy

RC – Rain check

MFR – Manufacturer

MIR – Mail in rebate

MM – Money maker

WSL – While supplies last

SC – Store coupon

GC – Gift card

IP – Internet printable

CAT – Catalina, a coupon that prints out at register

Blinkie – A coupon that prints out of a small machine in store near certain products (has a little blinking light on it)

Peelie – A coupon found on product in store

UPC – Universal Bar Code

CRT – Customer receipt tape

SRP – Suggested retail price

FAR – Free after rebate

SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope

SH – Shipping and handling

PSA – Prices start at

NED – No expiration date

AC – After coupon

BTFE – Box Top For Education

IRC – Instant rebate coupon, usually sticker on product

PM – Price match or private message

ECB – Extra Care Bucks (at CVS)

RR – Register Rewards earned at Walgreens

Wags – Walgreens

SS – Smart Source – coupon insert from newspapers

RP – Red plum – ” ” ”

P & G – Procter & Gamble ” ” ”

Double Coupon – When store doubles the savings of a coupon

Triple Coupon – Save as double, just triple the savings


 Final Word: Coupon Language

Understanding some of the basic coupon lingo can be useful when searching for coupons on websites or even in some coupon ads.

You would be surprised how many places use these terms and fail to include explanations, often leaving many consumers confused. I’ve found that keeping a copy of these coupon terms can also be helpful for quick reference.


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