Coupon Lingo and Terminology


Couponing has a language of it’s own… stacking, MIR, OYNO… what do these all mean?  Here’s a list of some common couponing words… if you come across one that’s not on the list.. please leave it in the comments below and we will add it in!

All You:  All you is a magazine you can purchase in stores, online or on Amazon that is packed with.. you guessed it!  Coupons.. they also feature great recipes and more!  If you get this magazine, make sure you save the coupons to pair with sales!

Balance Rewards: The Balance Rewards program is Walgreens reward program.   Use your membership to save instantly on sale items and earn points on featured items each week. Redeem points for Walgreens cards.

Binder:  A binder that couponers organize their deals in.

BOGO: Buy one get one. You will see this on sales, often buy one get one free or buy one get one half price.

BTFE:  Box Tops for Education.  These are stamps or coupons on particular boxes of products that schools save up to get materials with and people trade coupons for.

Catalina/CAT:  Catalinas are coupons that print out of small machines located by the registers. The coupons are generally valid at that store on your next visit.  They often have an expiry date so make sure you check for it.

Coke Codes/Coke Rewards:  Found on the tops of coke products, these can be collected and/or redeemed for rewards at

Coupon Insert: Inserts are packages or booklets of coupons usually found in the Sunday newspapers.  Common inserts include

  • Procter and Gamble (PG)
  • Red Plum (RP)
  • Smart Source (SS)

You will commonly see reference to these inserts on deals and coupon match ups.  For example, you may see (RP 01/27/13) … this would be the Red Plum insert found in the newspaper on January 27, 2013.

Avid couponers will grab a few papers on Sundays to get these great inserts.  This allows them to be matched up with different deals.

Note:  On Saturday evenings, Spend With Pennies posts a Sunday Coupon Preview where you can preview what is expected in the paper the following day (may vary buy region).

Double or Doubles:  Some stores double the value of coupons up to a specified amount. For example if you have a $0.20 coupon, your store may double it to $0.40.  You will have to check your store for their own policy on doubling.

EB/ECB:  Extra Bucks/Extra Care Bucks are part of the CVS pharmacy reward program.  You can sign up online or at the store.  EB are basically like “CVS cash” you can use on your next purchase.  Certain sale items will offer EB with a purchase and you can use those EB on your next purchase.   Once you make a purchase that qualifies for EB, your EB will print at the bottom of your receipt.  This can make for great or free deals!

For example if you buy an item for $1 and you get $1 EB, you will pay $1 out of your pocket but get $1 to spend next time making the item like free.

EXP: Expiration Date

H&B or HBA:  Health and Beauty Aids.  This refers to a department, usually toiletries, toothpaste, make up, shaving cream etc.

IP: Internet Printables.  Coupons you can print online

MIR: Mail in Rebate.  These are offers found either with a product, in store or even online.  Make sure you keep your eye open for these because they are usually high value and result in great savings!

Manufacturer Coupon: These are coupons produced directly by the manufacturer.  When you redeem these at the store the manufacturer will reimburse the store for the coupon value.

OOP: Out of Pocket.  This is the actual money you will have to pay out of your pocket for a deal.  You may still get a rebate or other forms of compensation such as rewards after.

OYNO: On Your Next Order.  Generally refers to savings/money/coupons you get to spend on your next purchase at that store.

P&G: Procter & Gamble.  Refers to an insert (see insert above) and/or the company Procter & Gamble.  P&G manufactures many well known products!  (They also offer great free samples.  You can claim one every quarter!)

Price Match (aka Ad Match): Many stores will allow you to take another store’s ad in and they will match whatever price the other store is giving.

Rain Check: If a store is out of stock on a certain item that is on sale, you can often request a rain check.  They will honor the sale price once the item is in stock.  Be sure to read your rain check carefully, they usually have an expiration date on them.

RR: Register Rewards.  This is Walgreens reward program.  When you make a qualifying purchase of eligible item(s)
advertised in their Weekly Ad or an in-store promotion you will earn rewards (which will be printed with your receipt).  These rewards can be redeemed at your next Walgreens shopping trip.

RP: Red Plum.  (See inserts) Red Plum produces coupon inserts which are frequently found in your Sunday Papers.  Red Plum also has online coupons.

SS: Smart Source. (See inserts) Smart Source produces coupon inserts which are frequently found in your Sunday Papers.  Smart Source also has online coupons.

Stack/Stacked: Stack generally refers to using two coupons together to create big savings.  You can often “stack” a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon on the same item for great savings.  Note:  Generally you cannot “stack” two manufacturer’s coupons or two store coupons.

Store Coupon:  These are coupons produced directly from the store and not the manufacturer.  Stores do not receive reimbursement from manufacturers for these coupons.

UPR or +UP: Up Rewards. This is a rewards program for Rite Aid.  If you sign up for their wellness card, you can use it on items that qualify for Up Rewards.  The rewards will print at the bottom of your receipt and can be used like cash on your next purchase.

WYB:  When You Buy.  You will see some coupons or sales requiring you to buy more than one item… for example save $2 when you buy two items… Save $2 WYB 2.