How to Have More While Spending Less

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Congrats! You're About To Be Bi-Lingual

Let's learn our new second language!



If we're going to be talking about coupons, we'll need to understand most of the standard abbreviations & other coupon slang.

Here's a start:

Basic Coupon Lingo
$1/2                       One dollar off of two items
.50/1                      Fifty cents off one item
$/$$                       Dollars off when you buy XX dollars
WYB                      When you buy
MFR                      Manufacturer
OOP                      Out of pocket
BOGO, B1G1       Buy one, get one
FAR                       Free after rebate
MIR                        Mail-in rebate
Types of Coupons
RP                          Red Plum coupon insert (Tuesday mail)
SS                         SmartSource coupon insert (Sunday newspaper)
PG                         Proctor & Gamble coupon insert (Sunday paper monthly)
Tear Pad              A pad of coupons hanging from a shelf in the store
Catalina                A coupon that’s printed at the checkout after you make a purchase
Blinkies                 A little box of coupons (sometimes blinking) near a product

Peelie                   Coupons on products you can peel off &use immediately


Company Incentives
ECB                        Extra Care Bucks (at CVS)
RR                           Register Rewards (at Walgreens)
BTFE                      Box Tops For Education

This will help when I have guest bloggers (I have a couple lined up already!) or when I link to other sites.  Everyone has their own tweaks, but this is a pretty safe groundwork.

Next up:  The simplest way to keep your coupons organized.  No more hours of clipping just to have a huge pile of paper scraps that end up scattered everywhere...& then expiring.

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