December 15, 2012

Not So Extreme Couponing: Coupon Lingo

This week we are going to talk about coupon terms you might see when reading coupon match-up blogs.

Coupon Lingo

First, we are going to cover some abbreviations. Here is a list that will help you get started on reading match-up blogs.

  • P&G – Proctor and Gamble inserts you receive in your Sunday Paper
  • RP – Red Plum inserts you receive in your Sunday Paper.
  • SS – Smart Source inserts you receive in your Sunday Paper.
  • MFG/MFR – Manufacturer’s coupon
  • DND – Do Not Double. Most stores will not double a coupon if it has this on it.
  • OOP – Out of Pocket
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks. Received when purchasing selected items at CVS
  • IVC – Instant Value Coupon. Coupons found in the Walgreens monthly coupon booklets.

Here are a few terms you will see periodically and their explanations:

Filler

A filler is an item needed to get to a number of items needed to match the number of coupons you are using. For example, let’s say you are buying diapers at Walgreens and you have a MFG coupon and an IVC coupon from the Walgreens booklet. That’s 2 coupons and one item so you will need another item to be able to use both coupons. The best type of filler item is a piece of candy or something that only cost a few pennies. In this instance, filler items only apply at stores like CVS and Walgreens. Just make sure to know the store’s coupon policy.

Catalina

A Catalina is the coupon(s) that prints from the register. Typically, you must use these at the store from which they are received. These can sometimes be stacked with MFG coupons unless they print as a MFG coupon.

Stacking Coupons

Stacking coupons is where you can use a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon on a single item. You can stack coupons at Target, CVS (ECB’s) and Walgreens (IVC’s). This is the next best way to save money if a store does not double coupons.

Rain Checks

Rain checks are issued when the store is out of an item that is on sale. If you ask for a rain check, you can purchase the item later at the sale price even if it’s no longer on sale. Also, as long as the coupon(s) you were planning to use is not expired, you can also use it along with the sale price just as you would have when the item was on sale.

Be sure check for coupons or discounts printed on your rain checks. The store where I shop has a $0.55 coupon on the back of their rain checks so if I need eggs, I’ll pick some up when I’m going to use the rain check.

Know your store(s) coupon policies

The most important part of knowing the coupon lingo is knowing your stores policies. It’s also best to have a copy of the policy with you in your coupon box or binder so that when you are checking out, you can have something for backup if the cashier tries to dispute any policy. This happens more than you would think.

So that pretty much covers the basic lingo of couponing. If you come across any other lingo that you are unsure of, feel free to ask me!

Also, if you have started this process after reading my posts or already have some success stories, I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Saving!

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