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What In The World Are They Talking About?


Part 4 of the Beginner Series: Understanding Acronyms & Definitions in the Coupon World

The following is a list of the most common acronyms & definitions that you will find while researching coupons on the internet or in the stores:


SS: SmartSource Insert

RP: RedPlum Insert

P&G: Procter & Gamble insert

Mfg: Manufacture coupon

psa: Prices Start At

B1G1/BOGO: Buy1, Get 1 Free

BOGO 50%: Buy 1 Get 1 50% off

WYB: When you buy

MIR: Mail in rebate

OOP: Out of pocket

$1/2: $1 off of 2 items

ECB: Extra Care Bucks from CVS

PP: Price plus from ShopRite

Wags: Walgreens

RR: Register rewards (wags)

CAT: Catalina

IP: Internet printed coupon

MM: Moneymaker

OYNO: On your next order

SCR: Single check rebate (RiteAid)

UPC: Universal Product Code

DND: Do Not Double

YMMV: Your miles may vary (when talking about your particular store as compared to another store)

NLA: No longer available

ISO: In Search Of…


Catalina: They are coupons that print out at the register after your sale is complete. It is a separate machine that is just for printing out coupons or dollars off.

Blinkie: Red Smart Source machines found in most stores

Tearpad: Coupon pads located in stores to promote products

  • Carrie Moak

    And what does #2R mean?

    • Laura D.

      #2R would be after an insert date and type. Example: SS 1/5/14 #2R means Smart Source insert #2 from date 1/5/14 which will be “Regional”. Some people may have that insert with the coupons listed, while others may have not gotten that insert, or may have gotten different coupons within their inserts. HTH! (Hope That Helps!) :)

  • Cristina

    What is MQ?

    • Melinda Dilione

      manufacturer’s coupon

  • Meg

    “SS 01/26/14 R” What does the R mean?

    • Michelle T.

      The R means that insert was regional, meaning that it was not available everywhere.

  • Meg Keegan

    “SS 01/26/14 R” What does the R stand for?

    • Denise Davison

      Hi Meg, the R stands for Regional meaning that the coupon was not available everywhere

      • Meg Keegan

        Is there another paper I should get? Like the city paper vs the local paper? Is there somewhere that it tell you what regions those coupons are in?

        • Denise Davison

          All the coupons in your area are going to be pretty much the same, sometimes there can be some variation from paper to paper but usually the Regional coupons are a variation between (for example) $0.75/2 and $1/2

  • carissa

    How do i know if my coupons double? The only place we have to shop at is right aid, walmart and safeway. I have coupons from p&g, safeway said they dont double and right aid also said my coupons dont double. Im so confused on how this all works.

    • barbara

      Where do you live??. there are many area’s of the country that do not double coupons at all.. Rite Aid does not double coupons anywhere.. If your store doubles coupons..then the coupon will automatically double.. Very rarely does a PG coupon not double..

  • eeka

    What does “if included” mean?

    • Rocky

      Sometimes, sales of a product only include certain versions (scents, flavors, etc.). Then, a coupon may be restricted to only a specific flavor, etc. “If included” means that, although a coupon for a specific version is listed, they/we don’t yet know if that version is actually included in that sale price. So, until someone tries it out, or checks the product/price in person, it’s not sure if that coupon is appropriate for that sale.

  • Miche

    What does “in ad super q”

    • DianeG

      When a store puts out a sale notice in a newspaper, or creates a flyer, we can call that the ad. The “super q” refers to a special coupon included in that ad. Like an insert coupon, we actually have to cut out the coupon and hand it in.
      For example, ShopRite has a “in ad super coupon” in their sale flyer for Quaker Products. It’s a store (ShopRite) coupon, that says get three dollars off when you buy five Quaker products. When it is a store coupon, it can be stacked with MQ’s (manufacturers coupons), and ecpns from that store (if allowed). Sometimes super coupons are in every flyer a store prints and other times they can only be found in the flyers that get delivered to your home. Sometimes they are produced for very specific regions as well. hth

  • Alyssa

    I get confused seeing all the sales and it’s kind of overwhelming. I will see people’s hauls and when I read the breakdowns, I have a hard time following along.. Like when I see multiple things saying “2/$1, $2/1, $.50/1, 1/$.75″ Does that mean 2 for one dollar, $2 off of one? $.50 off one? 1 for $.75?

    • misterbill

      Depends on the usage. The “/1″ notation would normally only be for coupons, since there’s no reason for saying the price of something as “$2/1″ since it should be assumed as being for one and mean $2 off the purchase of one item. “2/$1″ (or more often $1/2) would either mean 2 for $1 (50c each) if it was the purchase price, or $1 off 2 items if it was talking about a coupon.

  • Stephanie Smith

    I saw a new abbreviation that said ctc, was that a typo?

    • Laura D.

      If that came from the comments, it may mean “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” Cereal. Sometimes, we make up our own stuff! ;) That item is a hot item this week!

  • Lisa Gonzalez

    Can someone tell me what SYWR means?

    • Laura D.

      SYWR = Shop Your Way Rewards It is a rewards program that Sears and Kmart participate in. :)

  • Tim Goin Home Symonette

    I have a question about this site. When printing off coupons I noticed that some of the coupons listed are printable and some aren’t. Where are the non printable ones able to be located? In a newspaper somewhere?

    • Lesley

      Yes, there are coupons you can print from the internet and some that come in newspapers, normally on Sundays where I live in NJ. I rode the weekend paper and I get the coupons in my Saturday paper.

  • alice

    Hello I live in Texas and I find it so hard for couponing to work.

  • tim

    $1 for two does this mean I will get 1 dollar of each or just the first item.

    • Lesley

      A coupon that says you’ll receive a $1 off when you buy 2 items means you buy the two items and you’ll receive a $1 off.

  • Lynne Hackett

    I swore I saw an acronym that said HTH am I nuts?

    • Lynne Hackett

      It had to do with finding more coupons or older coupons

    • Lesley

      HTH= Hope that/this helps.

      • Lynne Hackett

        thanks to Lesley who saved my brain

  • Almeter

    Hi Cindy I am new to couponing and I’m kind of confused with the doubling of the coupons.

    • Sandy

      Some stores double manufacturer coupons up to and including $1. Call your store and ask them if they double coupons, up to what amount, if they impose a limit on the # of coupons they double and if they have any restrictions on printed coupons from the computer.
      If your store fully doubles then a .55 coupon will double to $1.10 meaning that $1.10 will be taken off of the item you are buying. Stores usually do not give overages so if the item costs only $1 – then only $1 will be subtracted and you will get it for free. i.e.: .55 coupon – .55 (doubled) = $1.10
      If you are lucky enough to shop at a store who doubles coupons up to and including $1 then the $1 coupon will double to $2 off that item etc…
      If your store does not double coupons (Walmart & Target do not) then only the value of that coupon will be deducted period. HTH! Read “ask BOGO, Couponing for Beginners” in yellow on home page.

  • Lorraine

    I’m new to couponing and would like to know if the coupons Shoprite lets you load to your card would be a manufacturer’s coupon and therefore I would not be able to use the printed one along with the one on my card.

  • misterbill

    OOS = Out of Stock

  • misterbill

    I think the first M in YMMV is mileage. As in the car manufacturers saying when quoting mileage estimates, “your mileage may vary”. Basically, the deal may not work for you depending on any number of things, not the least of which is how the cashiers decide to interpret something.

  • betty

    What is mq?

    • Melinda Dilione

      manufacturer’s coupon

  • christine w

    What does ETS mean?

    • Denise Uzunis

      Excluding Trial/Travel Size

  • Kim B

    What does ETS mean?

    • Denise Uzunis

      Excluding trial/travel size

  • Ladyb130

    What does MB12 mean?

    • ladyb130

      Just figured it out looking at circular…MUST BUY 12

    • Denise Uzunis

      Must Buy 12

  • Kelly

    What does MQ at Walmart mean?

    • Laura D.

      MQ at Walmart = Manufacturer Coupon at Walmart.

  • kanne

    what is WYB?

    • Laura D.

      When You Buy

  • http://arecoverystory.wordpress.com/ Cupcake

    What does it mean to fully double?

    • Sandy

      If you have a store that fully doubles up to say .99 for example. You give them a coupon for .99 and it doubles to take off .99 & .99 OR .75 coupon fully doubles to take off the entire addtl .75 There are some stores out there that may only double up to .50.

      • http://nerdbytez.wordpress.com/ Cupcake

        Gotcha! I’m new & still learning! I did good on my last food shopping trip… saved $136.00!

  • Liz C

    I have a question!? I’m new to couponing and I want to know if I have two different MQ on items ie. (1) $1/2 and (2) $.50/1 can I use them together on the same transaction?

    • Sandy

      In that scenario – only if you purchased 4 items. You can only apply 1 mfg. to the said stated amount. $1/2 would attach to 2 items. If you use a .50 coupon it would attach to a third item and so forth.

  • Jessica

    Can you tell me what “R” means as in: SS 10/19/2014 R

    • Jessica

      Nevermind! I didn’t scroll down far enough. :)

  • Jennifer Miranda

    hi! what does hba mean?

    • Michelle T.

      Health & Beauty Aids. That’s the department in a grocery store with shampoo, lotions, medicines etc, part of non-foods.


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