Probably one of the most frequent emails, instant messages and Twitter message I receive is in regards to all the abbreviations that I use. This list contains all the abbreviations I use regularly and a few that I choose not to but other frugal friends do. I hope you find it useful.
AR: After rebate, the cost of an item after you receive your rebate.
Blinky: Grocery or drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights.
BOGO: Buy One Get One
B1G1F: Buy 1 Get 1 Free
BTFE: Box Tops For Education
Cat/Catalina: Catalina coupon, a machine near the cash register that prints coupons when your receipt prints.
CRT: Cash Register Tape – Coupons that print with the receipt
DH: Darling Husband Not exactly a couponing term but one I’ve been asked a lot about. : )
DND: Do Not Double, Sometimes found on manufacturer coupons.
ECB: Extra Care Bucks from the CVS’ loyalty rewards program.
ESRs: EasySaver Rebates, Walgreens monthly rebates program
FAR: Free After Rebate.
IVC : Instant Value Coupon – Walgreens’ store coupons found in ads
MIR: Mail-in rebate
MIR: Mail-In Rebate
NAZ: Name Address and Zip Code
NED: No Expiration Date – I like those!
OOP: Out Of Pocket. Meaning the actual cash you pay after any discounts & coupons have been redeemed.
OOS: Out Of Stock
OYNO: On your next order
P&G: Proctor & Gamble Company or sometimes referring to P&G’s Sunday insert
Peelie: Coupons on the product packaging that you peel off.
POP: Proof of Purchase
PP: Purchase Price
PSA: Prices starting at
RC: Rain Check
RP: Red Plum – Sunday Newspaper Insert (fabulous coupons!)
RR: Register Reward – Walgreen’s name for their Catalina’s.
SMP: Specially Marked Package
SCR: Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
SS: Smart Source – Sunday Newspaper Insert (more fabulous coupons!)
TMF: Try Me Free, some products have a mail-in rebate that refunds the total money you spent to purchase the item, so you can “Try It Out” for free. (I won’t use this abbreviation)
UPC: Universal Product Code, bar code on a product
V: Valassis – Sunday Newspaper Insert
WYB: When You Buy
YMMV : You mileage (or manager) may vary, some stores may allow you to score a deal, some may not.
If you can think of another I should add just email me to let me know and I’ll update the list. I’m sure there are some I’ve forgotten!