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For all my newbie frugal friends, I thought I would share some of the terminology you will commonly see and what the abbreviations or terms mean. It can get quite confusing and I myself am still learning. This list is by no means all inclusive and I would love to hear form you if you have something to add.
Here is an alphabetical list of some of the terminology you will run into out there in the world of frugal living.
BOGO, B1G1F: “Buy 1, Get 1 Free”
Blinkies: coupons found in the little red boxes with blinking lights near the products in the grocery store
BTFE: Box Tops for Education
Catalinas: these coupons are typically generated at check-out for specific items, or to be used as cash on your next purchase.
ECB: Extra Care Bucks, these are printed on your receipt and can be used like cash at CVS, must be used with your CVS card, and other rules apply
FAR: Free after rebate
IP: Internet printable coupon
MFC, MFR : manufacturer’s coupon, I have been spelling this one out but will use the abbreviation from now on. These come from you guessed it manufacturers and are mostly found in your newspaper
MIR: Mail in Rebate
Peelie: coupons found stuck on product packaging that you peel off
P&G: Proctor and Gamble coupon insert from newspaper
OAS: “on any size” Some coupons specifically state on them that they can be used on any size product.
OOP: out of pocket expense, how much you actually paid for something
Overage: when you save more than the items costs, store policies vary and you may or may not get to “keep” your overage
RP: Red Plum coupon insert from newspaper
RR: Register Rewards: Walgreens version of the ECB (see above) spendable like cash at Walgreens, earned by purchasing specific products
SS: Smart Source coupon insert from newspaper
Stacking: Using a MFC with a store cpn or other deal on the same item (doable at CVS, Walgreens, and Target quite easily)
Store coupons : Store specific coupons
Tear Pad: pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
V, Valassis: Same as Red Plum
WSL: while supply lasts.
WYB: when you buy
Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV): This one is new to me and basically means that your savings may be different then what is posted because of regional variances such as sale prices and cpn availability.