What’s So Great About Coupons 101 Part 1 – Coupon Lingo

I know when I stumbled upon my favorite website, hotcouponworld.com, I was completely lost for quite some time; nonetheless I was bewildered by the network available to me and the savings I could achieve. I was skeptical at first like most, but I just needed to understand how to maneuver the website and understand the coupon lingo. I remember being online late at night and saying to my DH (dear husband), "what the heck does OYNO mean? Why are they talking about a Cat? Aren't we supposed to be talking about coupons?" (A Cat is a Catalina which I will explain in another lesson) I know the questions that everyone experiences, so do not fret; you are not alone. As long as you commit to read and stick with it, you will finally get to that ah-ha moment.

So…without further ado let's get started with Coupon Lingo

This information was revised/copied from ehow.com.

AC - After Coupon

Actual – The items you purchase and have in hand (some people will sell these, so you will see them listed as Actuals for sale)

Addy - Address

AR - After Rebate

BLINKIES - These are found in stores in a box most often the box will have a red blinking light on it

BOGO or B1G1F - Buy one get one free

BTFE - Box Tops for Education - special markings on products that 
schools can redeem for free or discounted items

B&M - Brick & Mortar means a physical, not online store

Cat or Catalina - Coupons that come from a box next to the CRT machine

CLFE - Campbell's Labels for 
Education - labels from products that schools redeem for free or discounted items

COH - Cut Out Hunger

CRT - Cash register tape

CW - http://www.couponerswanted.com/

DCRT - Dated/Detailed cash register tape 

DCRTC - Dated/detailed cash register tape with the price circled

DD – Dear Daughter


DH –Dear Husband

DND - Do Not Double - Not a problem in my area! 

Double Coupon - Means the value of the coupon is doubled at the register

ECB - Extra Care Bucks ECB's are a CVS exclusive

Envie - Envelope used for mailing items

ESR - EasySaver Rebate - Rebates found in the monthly rebate booklet in stores

FAR - Free After Rebate

FREE ITEM COUPON - GOLD! You get a free product at the store at no cost or just tax

FSOT - For Sale or Trade - meaning I want cash or other item in return for something I have

GDA - Good Deal Alert - heads up to a deal you should go get

HBA - The health and beauty aid section - my cvs has H on one side and the store BA on the other but most stores put them closer together

HT - refunds or coupons that are found on the necks of product bottles

IMHO - In My Honest Opinion

ISO - In Search Of - looking for an item/coupon

IDSO - In Desperate Search Of - looking hard for an item/coupon

IVC - Walgreen's Instant Value Coupon- coupons from the weekly ad or ESR booklet

IVDSO - In Very Desperate Search Of - major need to find something

IP - 
Internet printable coupon

MANU - Coupon issued from the manufacture

MIL – Mother in Law


MIR - Mail In Rebate - you have to mail it to a clearing house to redeem

NAZ - Name, address, zip code - used for trades

NED - No expiration date - rare coupons that never expire

NBPN - No Beer Purchase Needed - sometimes beer rebates won't require a beer purchase

NWPN - No wine purchase needed - sometimes wine rebates won't require a wine purchase

OOP - Out of Pocket - money paid after coupons


OOS - Out of Stock - get a rain check for these items!

OYNO - On your next order - a lot of Catalina's fall under this, meaning you need to make an additional purchase to redeem

P&G - Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupons

PEELIE - coupon's found on product that are sticky unless removed carefully

PITA - Pain in the ass

POP - Proof of purchase found on actual item

PPHF - Paypal handling fee - money used to trade coupons

PSA - Public Service Announcement - not as cheesy as the ones from childhood!

QUALIFIER - The items needed to complete a rebate

RAOK - Random act of kindness - offers of coupons/actuals at no expense, given out of the love in your heart

RC - Raincheck - your best friend if you coupon!

RP - Red Plum Sunday Insert Coupons

RR - Register Rewards - These come from Wags, a lot like ECB's

SASE - Self Addressed Stamped Envelope some freebies require them

SF - Store form, forms found in the store good only at that store

SMP - Specially Marked Packages - some rebates require you buy products with special advertising on them

SS - Smart Source or Sunday Insert coupons 

STACKING - Wags and CVS allow you to use a store coupon and a manufacturers coupon on the same item

TEAR PAD - A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

TMF - Try Me Free - rebates for the full price of the item when it first is new to the market

WINE TAG - coupons found on the necks of wine bottles

WL - wishlist

WPN - Wine purchase needed

WSL - while supplies last usually no rainchecks issued

WT – winetag

WYB - When You Buy - additional purchase is required to redeem

YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary - sometimes deals work well for others and not some. It comes from each person has a different distance to the store so each person has a different experience

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