Something that’s really important is understanding basic couponing terms, otherwise, everything looks like gibberish to you. I’ve jotted down common couponing abbreviations, acronyms, and terms so that it can help you comprehend what everything means.
MFR – Manufacturer Coupons
Q/QPON – Coupon
IP – Instant Printable Coupon (printed from the Internet)
Inserts – Coupon booklets found in your local Sunday newspaper, such as RetailMeNot, SmartSource, P&G, etc.
SS – SmartSource Insert
Uni – Unilever Insert
MM – Money Maker
$1/1, $X/Y – $1 off 1 product, $2, off 3 products, etc
$2/$10, $X/$Y – $2 off a $10 purchase, etc
OOP – Out of Pocket – Money you spend out of your own wallet
BOGO, B2G1, Etc – Buy One Get One, Buy 2 Get 1.. Etc
GC – Gift Card
WYB – When you buy
YMMV/YSMV – Your mileage may vary, your store may vary… etc
NLA – No Longer Available
ECB – ExtraCare Bucks (CVS)
CRT – Cash Register Tape (CVS) – CVS “Gift cards” that expire at CVS that you can use only at CVS
KCB – Kroger Cash Back – Kroger’s (a grocery store) rebate program that is separate from their store coupons
Stacking – Being able to use coupons in conjunction with other coupons that will successfully work to get the best bang for your buck
Common rebate apps: Ibotta, Checkout 51, SwagBucks, MyPoint, Fetch, Shopkick, Coupons.com App
Rolling – This is a drugstore couponing term which means you use points/rewards/gift cards to lower your OOP. For example, if I get $5 ECB from a previous transaction, I use that $5 to pay for my part of my next transaction so that I pay less overall.