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Coupon Lingo

Now before we get too ahead of ourselves into the world of couponing, below you will find a couponers favorite terms and what these terms actually mean. The list can seem a bit intimidating, but no worries, you will get the hang of it with time! 

SAVE: Save newspaper coupon insert 

RMN: Retail Me Not newspaper coupon insert 

SS: SmartSource newspaper coupon insert

P&G: Procter & Gamble coupon insert (This insert comes out monthly)

BOGO or B1G1: Buy one, get one. Many stores will regularly offer specials where you buy one product and get the next one free, half off, 40 percent off etc. Different stores each have their own policies whether a coupon can be used on a free item.

Bricks: Refers to a certain internet printable coupon that can be printed twice. The word “bricks” will be in the web address. Once you print, you can hit the back arrow on your browser and refresh to print your second coupon. Some bricks coupons are available by mail. Click help at the bottom of the bricks page and it will bring up a form if it is available to be mailed.

Catalina: Coupons that print along with your receipt at the end of a transaction. We receive these at Walgreens. In addition to advertised Register Rewards, the Catalina coupon machine may spit out other coupons, usually based on your individual purchase history and sometimes there are unadvertised Catalina promotions that may be running across multiple retailers.

CRT: Cash Register Tape. Refers to CVS Store coupons printed from the Redbox machine or at the bottom of your receipt if you haven’t added them to your account prior to shopping. We get new ones every week on Sunday. Some CRT’s are given to everyone as advertised in the weekly ad and some are personalized based on our individual shopping habits. These can be stacked with manufacturer coupons.


ECB: Extra Care Buck.This term is used for CVS.  It’s the money reward that is earned after doing a particular deal.

GC: Gift Card

IP: Internet Printable Coupons.

IVC: Instant Value Coupon. This is a Walgreens Store Coupon found in the Super Savings book and also in with our digital coupons and those will say, “with card” at the top. These can be stacked with manufacturer coupons and are multi-use and will apply on every quantity of matching items in your cart. These will lower your threshold for spend amounts!

MIR: Mail in Rebate

MM: MoneyMaker. This is when a couponing deal is free plus creates overage. 

MFC, MFR, MC, or MQ: Manufacturer’s coupon. These are coupons that are provided by (and paid for) by the manufacturer. Most internet coupons and insert coupons are manufacturer’s coupons and only one is allowed per item. (It is important to know if you have a manufacturer or STORE coupon because some stores allow you to use one of each on the same item. CVS has a form of store coupon called a CRT. Walgreens has store coupons known as IVC and Dollar General has store digitals at times. 

OOP: Out of pocket. This is the dollar amount that you owe AFTER all coupons and discounts have been deducted and after any store rewards and rebates you get back. 

OOS: Out of Stock. Ask for a rain check for advertised deals that are not in stock. Some items will qualify and some may not but it is up to the stores discretion if they give them.

RC: Rain check

RR: Register Rewards. These are coupons you’ll receive at Walgreens during checkout for purchasing qualifying items.

Stacking: When a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon can be applied on the same item. 

WYB: When you buy

WYS: When you spend

YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. This term refers to the success or not of a deal based on a particular store.