What Does That Mean?! Couponing Abbreviations Decoded


For those of you who are newish to couponing, you may not recognize all the abbreviations and short-cuts that appear in my deal match-up posts (like for CVS and Target).

Here’s a quick alpha-order coupon abbreviation guide for you.

  • Blinkie = the coupons that are dispensed from the blinking box attached to a store shelf displaying a particular product.
  • BOGO, B1G1 = Buy One Get One – usually I use this to refer to BOGO Free, but it can also be BOGO ½ off, or any variation. It can also be B2G1, etc.
  • CAT = Catalina, or the coupons that print on the bottom of your register receipt. Sometimes these are store-specific (it will say Store Coupon at the top if this is the case), but sometimes they can be used at any store because they are manufacturer coupon (in which case, it will say Manufacturer Coupon)
  • CRT = Cash register tape, which is another way of referring to the Catalinas that print at the bottom of your receipt.
  • ECB = Extra Care Bucks from CVS (learn more about ECBs here)
  • FAR = Free After Rebate
  • GM = General Mills coupon insert, found in the Sunday newspaper
  • Manu Q = Manufacturer’s Coupon
  • MQ = Manufacturer’s Coupon
  • MIR = Mail-In-Rebate
  • OOP = Out of Pocket
  • OYNO = On Your Next Order (often Catalina deals will be worded $x off OYNO)
  • P&G = Proctor & Gamble coupon insert, found in the Sunday newspaper
  • Peelie = The coupons that can be peeled off the packaging of a particular item. They generally don’t have to be used on that purchase – so you can save them for later if you want.
  • PSA = Prices starting at
  • Q = Coupon
  • RP = Red Plum coupon insert, found in the Sunday newspaper
  • RR = Register Rewards from Walgreens (similar to CVS’ ECBs)
  • SS = Smart Source coupon insert, found in the Sunday newspaper
  • Tear pad = The coupon (or rebate form) tear-pad sometimes found mounted on a store shelf by a particular product
  • WYB = When You Buy (for eg. $2 off WYB 3)
  • YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary  – i.e. not all stores have the same policy, so you may – or may not – be able to get the same deal that you’re reading about.

HTH! (Hope that helps ;-).)

Did I miss any? Leave a comment and I’ll update the post.


  1. Baila Berkovich says

    How can I get SS if I dont get the sunday paper?

  2. Baila Berkovich says

    Deal to get the Sunday paper for 50cents?
    I will call in the AM to see. If it works its obviously worth it just for the coupons!

  3. surella baer says


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