Coupon Terms & Lingo

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Many who are new to couponing, or new to reading couponing blogs, may scratch their heads at some of the coupon terms and abbreviations we use on a regular basis.

Hopefully this handy page will guide you through the lingo, so you can use what you read about to help save your money!


$/$$: Dollars off of dollars’ worth of product, i.e. $5/$25

$/X: Get dollars off when you purchase X number of product

X/$: Get X number of product for the price of $

B1G1: Buy one, get one (usually second product is either free or 50% off).

CRT: Cash register ticket or receipt

DND: Coupon does not double

ECB: CVS’ Extra Care Bucks, good on your next purchase

GM: General Mills Everyday Saver, a coupon insert from Smart Source

MIR: Mail-in rebate

NLA: No longer available

OOP: Out-of-pocket; what you finally pay after coupons, sale price and tax.

OYNO: On your next order (visit, purchase etc.)

P&G: Proctor & Gamble coupon insert in newspaper

RP: Red Plum coupon insert in newspaper

RR: Register Rewards, good on next purchase

SS: SmartSource insert in newspaper

WYB: When you buy

YMMV: Your mileage may vary (results may vary depending on store policy, state laws, etc.)


Catalina: a printed coupon at checkout

e-Coupon: a coupon that can be added to your store’s loyalty card

Printable coupon: a coupon you can print from home

Stack / Stackable: When you are able to pair up a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon for in-store shopping, or a promotional credit with a coupon code, or more than one coupon code for online shopping.

Standard coupon: a paper coupon, i.e. from newspaper coupon insert

UPromise deposit: a coupon, the value of which is deposited into your UPromise account to save for future educational expenses.