Here is a beginner's guide, complete with common lingo, to coupons!

If you are brand new to coupons, you may feel like you’ve entered a whole new world, complete with it’s own language. Feeling like you need major couponing tips? Fear not! Here is a list of common coupon terms, explanations & acronyms to help you decipher the codes and navigate this money-saving adventure.

$/$$-dollars off when you buy x amount of dollars

$/x-dollars off when you buy x number of items

Blinkies-In-store Smart Source coupons (come from little machine next to product)

BOGO/B1G1-Buy one, get one free

Catalina-coupon printed from a special machine at the register after a purchase; usually handed to you with your receipt.

CNP-Coupon Near Product–usually a coupon found in the store next to the product.

Competitor’s Coupon-A store coupon from one store that is used at a competing store.

Double Coupon-Coupon that the store doubles in value.

ECBs-Extra Care Bucks (from CVS stores)

FAR-Free After Rebate

GM-General Mills (newspaper insert)

IP-Internet Printable

K-Kellogg’s (newspaper insert)

MFR or MQ-Manufacturer’s Coupon

MIR-Mail In Rebate

OOP-Out of Pocket

P&G-Proctor & Gamble (newspaper insert)

Peelie-A coupon attached to a product that you can use immediately


RP-Red Plum (newspaper insert)

RR-Register Rewards (from Walgreens stores)

SCR-Single Check Rebate (rebate system at Rite-Aid)

SS-Smart Source (newspaper insert)

Stack-to use multiple coupons for a single item. At most stores you may use 1 store coupon and 1 manufacturer’s coupon per item.

Store Coupon or SQ-a coupon published by a specific store to be used at that store.

Tear Pad-a stack or pad of coupons or rebates located near a product in the store

UP+-Up Reward (Rite Aid Stores)

WYB-When You Buy