Getting Started


$1/1, $2/1, etc: One dollar off one product, two dollars off one product, etc.

$1/2, $2/2, etc: One dollar off two products, two dollars off two products, etc. You must buy 2 items to receive any savings.

B1G1, B2G1: Buy one, get one or buy two, get one. The number indicates how many of a product you must buy to qualify and the number of products you get when you redeem. Most commonly ends with “free”, meaning you buy one and you get one free.

BOGO: Buy one, get one. Most commonly ends with “free” or “50% off” meaning buy one get one free or buy one, get one 50% off.

Blinkie: Manufacturer coupons dispensed by coupon machines found in grocery aisles next to products. Most manufacturer blinkie coupons may be redeemed at any store.

Catalina, CAT: Catalina coupon machines are located at registers and dispense long receipt-like coupons that may be used on a future purchase. Catalinas may be manufacturer or store coupons.

Double / Triple Coupon: Select stores double/triple coupons up to a certain value, most commonly 50¢ for doubles and 35¢ for triples. If your store doubles coupons up to 50¢ off, a coupon 50¢ or under will be doubled in value. Coupons 51¢ or greater will be worth face value. For triples, a coupon 35¢ or under will be tripled in value.

eCoupon: Electronic coupons may be downloaded onto your store loyalty card. E-coupons must be downloaded to your loyalty card prior to, and will be deducted automatically when you scan your card during, the checkout process.

EXP: Expires.

Extra Care Bucks, ECBs: CVS’ Extra Care Bucks print when you make a qualifying purchase. Extra Care Bucks are similar to catalinas or register rewards, but they print at the bottom of your receipt.

Insert: Coupon circulars, primarily distributed with Sunday newspapers, such as Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS) and Proctor and Gamble (P&G).

MIR: Mail in Rebate refers to rebates which must be submitted by mail. These rebates generally require you to mail in both your receipt and proof of purchase in the form of UPC barcodes.

Manufacturer Coupon, MFC: A coupon created by, or for, the manufacturer. When a coupon is redeemed the manufacturer reimburses the store for the entire value of the coupon, plus a handling fee, which is usually 8¢.

One Coupon Per Purchase: You may use one coupon per item.

One Coupon Per Transaction: Limits you to only using one of this particular coupon per transaction.

OOP: Out-of-pocket is the amount you will be required to pay at checkout.

P&G: Proctor and Gamble has monthly coupon inserts filled with coupons for a variety of Proctor and Gamble produced brands, including: Always, Bounty, Charmin, Crest, Dawn, Gillette, Olay, Pampers and Tide.

Peelie: Adhesive manufacturer coupons found on products in the store.

Purchase: A purchase refers to buying any item. Buy 5 items on a single shopping trip and you’ve made 5 purchases.

Raincheck: A raincheck is a written slip that you can request from a store when a sale item is out of stock. Once the store restocks the item, even after the sale period is over, a raincheck enables you to purchase the item for the sale price. Some rainchecks have expiration dates and/or quantity limits.

Rebate: A rebate is a refund of part or all of the amount paid.

Register Reward, RR: Register Rewards print when you make a qualifying purchase at Walgreens on a long receipt-like coupon that may be used on a future purchase. Register Rewards cannot be ‘rolled’ like catalinas.

Rolling Catalinas: ‘Rolling’ simply means to separate your purchase into multiple transactions in order to use register catalina coupons from your first transaction to pay for your second transaction. Another catalina prints from the 2nd transaction that pays for the 3rd transaction and so on.

RP: Red Plum coupon inserts include coupons from a variety of manufacturers.

SS: Smart Source coupon inserts include coupons from a variety of manufacturers.

Stacking: Stacking coupons simply means using both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one product. Most stores will allow you to “stack”. Only one manufacturer coupon may be used per item.

Stockpile (v.): To buy many items at a time in order to build your stockpile.

Stockpile (n.): A food storage or stash of food and non-food items. Buy items when they’re on sale and you have a coupon. Buy products before you need them and build up a stockpile of food and toiletries.

Store Coupon: A coupon created by the store to entreat you to buy a certain product at their store. Store coupons may be found in the weekly ad, printed online or downloaded as eCoupons.

Store Loyalty Card: A free card which you present at checkout to receive additional savings.

Tear Pad: A pad of manufacturer coupons found near product on shopping aisles. Most tear pad manufacturer coupons may be redeemed at any store.

Transaction: A transaction refers to your entire purchase. Buy 5 items and pay the cashier and you’ve made one transaction.

UPC: Universal Product Code. Bar code printed on product packages that can be scanned electronically.

WYB: When You Buy. Some sales or coupons require purchase of multiple items to receive a discount.

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