The Ultimate Guide to Couponing in the Northwest: Know coupon your lingo

by Angela Davis on February 25, 2014

Now that you know how to shop, where to get coupons and how to read your coupon, let’s answer one of my most frequently asked questions:

What do all those abbreviations mean? Here’s a list of terms and acronyms that come up in Northwest coupon deals:

  • blinkie – Manufacturer’s coupon found in the store, near the product, usually from a red blinking box
  • BOGO – “Buy One, Get One FREE” (typically refers to a coupon or a sale)
  • Catalina (cat) — Coupon you get with your receipt at the register; usually triggered by a specific item that you purchased
  • double coupon – Store “coupon” that doubles manufacturer’s coupon value up to a certain value
  • DND – “Do not double”
  • FAR – “Free after rebate”
  • filler – Item purchased for the sole purpose of making a deal work
  • GM – General Mills Sunday coupon insert packet
  • hangtag — Manufacturer’s coupon hanging from the neck of a product in the store
  • IP – “Internet printable” coupon
  • loss leader — Item that a store puts on a fantastic sale, usually losing money on it, in hopes that while you’re in store buying the item you will buy the rest of your shopping list
  • NLA – “No longer available”
  • OOP – “Out of pocket”
  • overage – The amount of money made on buying an item (profit)
  • OYNO – “On your next order”; another term for Catalina
  • P&G — Proctor & Gamble Sunday coupon insert packet
  • peelie – Manufacturer’s coupon attached to an item that you can peel off & use immediately
  • rolling – Using a CAT or RR to pay for an item that produces a CAT or RR
  • raincheck — a piece of paper given to a customer from a store that serves as a commitment to sell an out-of-stock item when it is restocked at the advertised price
  • RP – Red Plum Sunday coupon insert packet
  • RR – Register Rewards (Walgreen’s Catalina)
  • SS – SmartSource Sunday insert packet
  • stacking – Using a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon on one item
  • tearpad – Pad of manufacturer’s coupons next to an item in the store
  • U – Unilever Sunday coupon insert packet
  • WYB – “When you buy”
  • YMMV – “Your mileage may vary” (success of the attempt may vary at your store)

Read more from The Ultimate Guide to Couponing in the Northwest here.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kari May 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

What does the target Cartwell mean?


Kate from Frugal Living NW May 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

It’s a Smartphone app called Cartwheel that gives you discounts at Target. If you have a Smartphone just search through the free apps.


Kari May 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

What is the target Cartwell mean?


Leah June 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

What does (SCR) stand for?


Kate June 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Single Check Rebate


Smita Arun June 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

what does promo savings mean?


Sia Hills January 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Great series, there were a couple of abbreviations on there I had not seen before! :-)


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