Glossary of Frugal Terms

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Glossary of Frugal Terms

Here you will find my handy-dandy glossary of frugal terms.  You’ve probably heard the lingo, or seen it on many frugal/coupon blogs, but weren’t quite sure of it’s meaning.  Look no further.  I’ve also included some “text talk” that I’ve seen over the last few years crop up more and more in daily use.  And if you don’t see a frugal term, contact me, and I’ll add it.  🙂


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
Blinkie – SmartSource machine with a red blinking light on it. Coupons are thus referred to as ‘ Blinkies’
BTFE – Box Tops for Education


CAT – Coupon that prints from a Catalina machine at the register.
CD – coupon database
CH – Clearing House
CLFE – Campbell’s Labels For Education
coupon database – a searchable database that helps you find both printable coupons and coupons from Sunday inserts; check mine out here
C/O – Cents Off

CRT – Cash register tape (receipt)


DEAD – Refers to a dead deal, or that the offer is no longer valid
double coupon – The practice of some stores to double the amount of a manufacture coupon, up to a certain amount. (For example, Publix doubles up to 50¢ in Georgia.)
DND – Do Not Double


ECB – Extra Care Buck (earned at CVS) 
ES – Easy Saver, seen at Walgreens rebate booklet
ETS – Excludes Trial Sizes
EXP, EX, or X. – Expires on


FAR – Free after rebate
FC – First class postage stamps 
FS – Free Shipping
FSOT – For Sale or Trade


GC – Gift Card
GDA – Good Deal Alert
GM – General Mills Insert, which come in Sunday papers every month or two.  Check the Sunday Coupon Preview for specific dates.


HBA – Health & Beauty Section in the store


INSERTS – Coupon booklets found in the Sunday paper
IP – Internet Printable coupon
ISO – in search of
IVC – Instant value coupons – seen in Walgreens rebate booklet




LTB – looking to buy


MFR – Manufacturer
MIR – Mail In Rebate
MQ – Manufacturer coupon
MRP – Manufacturer’s retail price
MSRP – manufacture’s suggested retail price


NED – No Expiration Date
NFN – No Form Needed
NIB – New in Box
NIP – New in Package
NT WT – Net Weight


OAS – A Coupon that is good on one purchase, any size 
OOP – out of pocket
OOS – out of stock 
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. 
POP – Proof of purchase
PP – PayPal
printable – refers to a printable coupon
PSA – Prices Starting At


Q – Coupon
QR code – a machine-readable code that typically stores a URL, to be read by smartphones (and absolutely worthless, IMHO)


RC – Rain check 
RP – Red Plum (Sunday paper coupon insert + printable coupons)
RR – Register Reward from Walgreens – use as a $ off coupon on your next purchase


SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope
SCR – Single Check Rebate at Rite Aid
SMP – Specially marked package 
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 coupons hanging from a store shelf or display
TMF – “try me free”, usually means there’s a  MIR for full amount of product
TRIPLE COUPON – A coupon that a grocery store triples in value, something I can only dream about…
TRU – Toys R Us


UPC – Universal Product Code, barcode on the product



WAGS – Walgreens
WM – Walmart
WSL – While supplies last
WYB – When You Buy



Y’ALL – A southern term referring to more than one person  😉


Keep on saving!  :o)

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  1. So many acronyms 😉

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