Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Extreme Couponing Lingo - What Up With That?

Couponing for beginners can be confusing. I've told you to follow the blogs on Facebook and sign up for their mailing lists, but what do all those abbreviations mean? Below is a handy-dandy guide to refer to.

There are four main coupon inserts that you'll see in the paper:
  • SS:  Smart Source
  • RP:  Red Plum
  • P&G: Proctor & Gamble
  • GM: General Mills
Coupon Definitions:
  • BOGO:  Buy One, Get One Free
  • B1G2:  Buy One, Get Two Free
  • B2G1: Buy Two, Get One Free
  • $1/1: You will receive $1 off of just one item
  • $2/1:  Receive $2 off of one item
  • IP: Internet Printable Coupon
  • Q’s: short for Coupons
  • Blinkie:  The coupons that come out of the little coupon machines in the grocery aisles. The stores usually swap these out once a week.
  • Peelie – Peel-off Coupons found right on the boxes of products.
  • Catalina (also referred to as CAT):  This is a coupon that prints out after you check out at the register. Don’t throw these away! For awhile Winn Dixie was printing off catalinas for $10 off your next purchase of $50 or more. If Publix accepts Winn Dixie as a competitor you can head over to Publix (along with your other coupons and save BIG! Around Christmas time Target was also printing high-value catalinas that could be used at Publix. I got $20 off $100! Walgreens also prints off high value catalinas for their upcoming sales.  
  • WYB: When You Buy
  • OOP: (Money paid) Out of Pocket
  • Exp.: Expiration Date
  • Overage: When a coupon is more than free! At Publix you can apply overages towards other purchases.
  • Stacking: Matching a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon for one product. At Target you can stack Target store coupons with manufacturer coupons, so you are using two coupons on one product. Publix will allow you to use up to four coupons on a Buy One Get One Free sale. If Keebler Crackers are BOGO you can use two manufacturer coupons and two store coupons!
  • Doubling: Some regions allow any coupon under $1.00 to double. Unfortunately, the stores in Florida don't do this :( Coupons for $0.50 double to a $1.00/ $0.75 to $1.50.
  • Fillers: Cheap items you need to purchase to get to a coupon savings amount. You will use fillers at the drug stores, mainly Walgreens or CVS. I usually buy candy that is on sale. We have way too much candy in our house!
  • ECBs:  Extra Care Bucks – These is money printed after you make a purchase for certain products attached to your receipt. Don't ever throw these away!
  • RR: Register Rewards is Walgreen’s version of giving you cash rewards on your next purchase. Attached to your receipt as well.

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