If you are new to using coupons and are reading various websites, you may see different abbreviations such as SS or RP and may be wondering, what in the world does that mean? Many coupon and money saving sites use these in order to keep the posts easier to read. Below you’ll find the most common coupon abbreviations and/or acronyms used and what they mean.
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$1/1, $0.50/2, etc. The first number is the savings and the 2nd number is the quantity of products you must purchase to use the coupon. For example: $1/1 means save $1 off of the purchase of one item and $0.50/2 means save $0.50 off of the purchase of 2 items.
B1G1 or BOGO. Buy 1 Get 1. This is when you can purchase one item and you can purchase another one of the same product (same size or smaller) for free, 50% off, etc. The B1G1 will be followed with Free, 50%, etc.
B&M. Brick and mortar store. This means the offer is only available at your local store and not on-line.
CAT. Catalina Coupon. These are the coupons that are printed at the register and often handed to you along with your receipt. Not all stores will print these.
CRT. Cash Register Tape. This is your actual receipt and coupons can be at the bottom or sometimes printed on the backside.
CVS. Consumer Value Store. This is a drug store that may not be available in all regions.
ECB. ExtraBucks Rewards. These are the reward dollars given based upon total purchases over a period or for items purchased. Given only at CVS and redeemable there as well.
ETS. Excludes Trial Size. This is found on many coupons and just means that you can not use it to purchase trial and often travel sized products.
FAR. Free after rebate. This is pretty self explanatory. When you purchase the item and get your rebate back, your total cost will be zero, or free.
GM. General Mills. Insert found in the Sunday newspapers.
INSERT. The coupon inserts found in the Sunday newspapers.
IP. Internet Printable. Coupons accessed and printed on line.
MIR. Mail in Rebate. These are available in packages, store fliers or sometimes on line. You may need the UPC label and your receipt in many instances, in order to claim your rebate.
MM. Money Maker.
MQ. Manufacturer Coupon.
OOP. Out of Pocket. This is the amount you will actually spend to complete your purchase.
PG or P&G. Proctor & Gamble. This is both an insert found in the Sunday newspaper and also a Manufacturer.
R. Regional. That means you may or may not find this exact coupon in your newspaper inserts since those can vary from region to region.
SS. Smartsource. An insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
RP. RedPlum. An insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
WYB. When you buy. This is usually used when sharing the lowest price and might be written like this “$0.50 each wyb 2.” That means when you purchase 2, using the coupon shown, you will pay just $0.50 each – or $1 total for both items.
YMMV. Your mileage may vary. This refers to what value you can get for your coupons as some stores, including national chains, may differ on what they will and will not allow.