Coupon Lingo

Some of you who are new to couponing may be a little lost when it comes to some of the abbreviations used in posts and thanks to we have a handy little decoder. When I first started getting into couponing and checking the forums over at I was so lost reading peoples posts, but this has seriously helped me!

AR – After Rebate
AYOR – At Your Own Risk
B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One Get One Free
B5G1 – Buy FIVE Get One Free
BC/AC – Before/After Coupons
BIL – Brother-in-law
Blinkie – SmartSource machine with a red blinking light on it. Coupons are thus referred to as ‘ Blinkies’
BTFE – Box Tops for Education
BTW – By the way
CAT – Coupon that prints from a Catalina machine at the register.
CC – Concealed Cash
CH – Clearing House
CLFE – Campbell’s Labels For Education
C/O – Cents Off
CRT – Cash register tape (receipt)
CYE – Check your email
DB – The coupon database
DD – Darling daughter
DEAD – Refers to a dead deal, or that the offer is no longer valid
DH – Darling husband
DND – Do Not Double
DS – Darling son
DW – Darling Wife
ECB – Extra Care Buck (earned at CVS)
ENVIE – Envelope
ES – Easy Saver, seen at Walgreens rebate booklet
ETS – Excludes Trial Sizes
EX or X. – Expires on
FAR – Free after rebate
FC – First class postage stamps
FIL – Father in law
FL – Could refer to Food Lion, or to a site Forum Leader
FS – Forever Stamp
FS – Free Shipping
FSOT – For Sale or Trade
FWIW – For what it’s worth
GC – Gift Card
GDA – Good Deal Alert
GM – General Mills Insert, a booklet of coupons that appears in newspapers every month or two.
HBA – Health & Beauty Section in the store
HTH – hope that helps
IDSO – in desperate search of
INSERTS – Coupon booklets found in the Sunday paper
IMHO – in my humble opinion (there are variations of this, but that’s the most common!)
IMO – In My Opinion
IP – Internet Printable coupon
IRL – In Real Life
ISO – In Search Of (basically you need it)
IVC – Instant value coupons – seen in Walgreens rebate booklet
IVDSO – In very desperate search of
KWIM – Know What I Mean
LMK – Let Me Know
LOL – Laugh/Laughing Out Loud
MFR – Manufacturer
MIL – Mother in law
MIR – Mail In Rebate
MOD – Site Moder
MQ – Manufacturer coupon
MRP – Manufacturer’s retail price
NAZ – Name, address, zip code
NAZP# – Name, address, zip code, phone number
NED – No Expiration Date
NFN – No Form Needed
NIB – New in Box
NIP – New in Package
NP – No problem
NT WT – Net Weight
OAS – A Coupon that is good on one Purchase, Any Size
OASN – On A Side Note
OOP – Out Of Pocket
OOS – Out of Stock
OP – Original poster or original post (person who started the thread)
OT – Off Topic
OYNO -On Your Next Order
P&G – Proctor & Gamble (Sunday Booklet Coupons)
Peelie – Coupon found attached to a product. You have to peel it off. 
PM – Private Message
POP – Proof of purchase
PP – PayPal
PSA – Prices Starting At
Q – Coupon
RAOK – random act of kindness (means you will give the coupons away free)
RC – Rain-check 
RP – Red Plum (Sunday Booklet Coupons) (formerly Valassis)
RR – Register Reward from Walgreens – use as a $ off coupon on your next purchase
SAHM – Stay At Home Mom
SAHW – Say At Home Wife
SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope
SCR – Rite Aid Single Check Rebate
SIL – Sister or son in law
SMP – Specially marked package
SO – Significant other
SRP – Suggested retail price
SS – Smart Source (Sunday Booklet Coupons)
STACKING – Often stores will allow the use of more than one coupon per item, IF the coupon itself does not restrict such usage. (Usually store Q + mfr Q)
SUPER DOUBLES or DOUBLES – coupons that are doubled $1 + in value (IE, a $1 coupon – $2, etc)
TEARPAD – A pad of forms/coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
TIA – Thanks in Advance
TMF – Try Me Free – mail in rebate for full amount of product
TMI – Too much information
TRIPLE COUPON – A coupon that a grocery store triples in value
TRU – Toys R Us
TYVM – Thank You Very Much
UPC – Universal Product Code, barcode on the product
WAGS – Walgreens
WL – Wish list
WM – Walmart
WSL – While supplies last
WUC – We Use Coupons (refers to the site)
WUCkie – Member of WUC
WYB – When You Buy
YGEM – You’ve got an email
YGPM – You’ve got a private message!
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary (“Worked for me, may not work for you”)
YVW – You’re very welcome


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