Shopping Smart 101: Learn all the coupon lingo and abbreviations.

Common Coupon Lingo and Abbreviations:

  • Blinkie
    – coupons that dispense one by one from a machine on a shelf, usually
    found in a grocery, drug or mass (i.e. Target, Walmart, Kmart) store–
    see photo below.

  • BOGO
    – Buy One Get One FREE! In some states you MUST buy two (if you only
    buy one you pay full price for ONE– in Florida, you must buy TWO)– in
    other states, you can only buy only one for 1/2 price.
  • Coupon Stacking
    – using multiple coupons for one purchase to ‘sweeten’ your deal– i.e.
    using both a store and a manufacturers coupon together – or using a
    percentage off and a free shipping code together
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks – CVS “money” p
    rinted on receipts to be used like cash in store on your next purchase.
  • ESC – Walgreen’s Easy Saver Coupon (found in Walgreen’s flyers)
  • ESR – Walgreen’s Easy Saver Rebate Program
  • IP – Internet Printable Coupon
  • MIR – Mail In Rebate
  • OOP – Out of Pocket – actual cash paid
  • OYNO – on your next order (when you buy x, you get $ off your next order)
  • P&G – Proctor and Gamble insert in Sunday’s paper
  • Peelie – Peelable coupon located on packages (see photo below)


  • Q – Q means coupon
  • RP– Red Plum insert in Sunday’s paper
  • RR – Register Reward – Walgreen’s “money” printed on receipts to be used like cash in store on your next purchase.
  • SS – Smart Source insert in Sunday’s paper
  • SCR – Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid’s rebate program
  • Tearpad – coupons from a small pad mounted on a shelf.  See photo below:

  • 3/$5 – This means 3 items for $5– doesn’t necessarily mean that you MUST buy 3 items to receive the discounted price.
  • $1/3 – A coupon value; this means $1 off of 3 items, you usually have to buy all 3 items to qualify for the discount
  • WT – Wine Tag — coupons found on bottle hangtags– some do not require a wine purchase
  • WYB – when you buy
  • YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary– means that not all stores will have the same items or prices or policies

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