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Couponing Definitions

It can sometimes be very confusing when you first start couponing and looking for deals. You see terms and abbreviations that you've never seen before.

To help you better understand these terms and definitions, I've created a basic couponing definitions list.

(This is still very much a work in progress. Eventually, I will have it alphabetized. I will also continue to add new terms to make this a fairly comprehensive list. I didn't want anyone to be confused or wondering what on earth I or other couponers were talking about between now and when this project is finished so I decided to go ahead and post it as is and let you see the work as it progresses.)

If you have come across any terms or definitions that you'd like to see included here, please send me a message or comment here so I can get those added.)


  • ac=Ad coupon (a coupon found in an ad that must be scanned to get the deal)
  • b1g1f, b1g1 or b0g0=indicates a "buy 1 get 1" coupon which means that when you buy the indicated item, you get another item for free
  • Blinkie=A coupon found in the red blinking machines hanging off store shelves
  • Cat=Another term used for "Catalina"...see below
  • Catalina=Usually used at grocery stores to denote a printable coupon you get at the end of a transaction which can be used on your next transaction)
  • DAY=Diabetes and You book found in the pharmacy of Walgreens
  • DND=Do not double
  • DND-5=The coupon says to not double, but it is coded TO double which means it will unless it is manually overridden by a cashier (doesn't usually happen)
  • DND-9=The coupon says to not double and it will not double unless a cashier manually doubles the coupon
  • ECB=Extra Care Bucks (used at CVS to denote a printable coupon you get at the end of a transaction which can be used on your next transaction)
  • ESR=Easy Saver Rebate (Used at Staples to denote their rebate items. You can submit these rebates online very easily. They have the best rebate program out there right now.  I have done their rebates many times and have always received the rebate amount back.  The rebates are often in the form of Visa gift cards which can be used anywhere, but are sometimes actual checks which you can deposit into your bank account.)
  • GM=General Mills (an insert with coupons that comes in the Sunday paper)
  • IP=Internet printable (coupons that are printed off the internet)
  • IVC=Instant Value Coupon (used at Walgreens to denote their monthly store coupon books)
  • Lt or lt=Limit (usually meaning that the deal is limited to a certain number (like 2) per household)
  • MC=Manufacturer Coupon (the coupons found in the Sunday paper inserts)
  • MIR=Mail-in-rebate
  • oyno=On your next order (It means a coupon prints out at the register for a specific dollar amount that you can use on your next order.  It's off ANYTHING in your order and is not for a particular product.)
  • Peelie=Coupons found on products in the store
  • PG=Procter & Gamble (an insert with coupons that comes in the Sunday paper 
  • RB=Reinventing Beauty magazine sold at CVS for $.99. It contains CVS brand coupons that can be combined with a manufacturer's coupon.   It can be found in several different place in the store including by the other magazines, up at the front near the registers, near the pharmacy, in the cosmetics area, etc.
  • RP=Red Plum (an insert with coupons that comes in the Sunday paper)
  • RR=Register Rewards (used at Walgreens to denote a printable coupon you get at the end of a transaction which can be used on your next transaction)
  • SC=Store coupon (a coupon found in an ad or elsewhere in the store that must be scanned to get the deal)
  • Staples Rewards=You purchase an item and they give you the promised amount back in a rewards check at the end of that quarter.  You can only use this reward check at Staples.  I have done their rewards programs many times without any difficulty.
  • SS=Smartsource (an insert with coupons that comes in the Sunday paper)
  • V=Valassis (an insert with coupons that comes in the Sunday paper, now called RP)

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