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Coupon Lingo


Avid couponers typically have their own language if you will.  When couponers talk, we are full of abreviations.  This should help you be able to figure out any abbreviations that I use if you aren’t already familiar with them.  Don’t worry, it seems overwhelming, but you will be sure to catch on really quick!

BOGO- Buy one get one (sometimes free, sometimes 50% off, etc.  Be sure to read to find out what the get one percentage is!)

Blinkie- not binkie, but blinkie means that little coupon machine you see in the store that usually has a red blinking light. :)

CC- Concealed cash (used when trading)

C/O- cash off or coupon

PPHF- paypal handling fee

BTFE- Box tops for education.  That little box found on a lot of Kimberly Clark products that you can turn into your school and they can redeem to help them out!

DND- Found on coupons and means do not double.

ES- Easy Saver coupon found at Walgreens.

EXP- expiration date or expiring

FAR- Free after rebate (on of my very most favorite sayings!)

FSOT- Means for sale or for trade.

GDA- I will probably be posting this one a lot.  It means good deal alert.  If I post this, you should definitely stop and see if it is something you can use!

HBA- Health and beauty aids.

HT- Hang tag coupon (usually found around the neck of products at the grocery store).

HTH- Hope that helps.

IMHO- In my humble opinion.

IP- Internet printable coupon (tons of sources)

KWIM- Know what I mean?

MFR- Manufacturer

NAZ- Name, address, zip.  Typically used when trading or if you win a sweepstakes or the blog owner wants to send you something!

NBPN- no beer purchase necessary (typically talking about a rebate form from a beer company that will say no beer purchase necessary. i.e. Save $20 off produce wyb $25 NBPN in Utah)


NED- No expiration date.  These coupons are rare now, but when you find them, hang onto them (until you want to use them of course).

OOP- Out of Pocket (means what you actually spend at the cash register).

OYNO- On your next order.  This is usually a coupon that prints out that will be good to use on your next purchase of a specific item.

P&G- Proctor and Gamble coupon (from the Sunday inserts)

Peelie- Coupon that is attached to a product in a peelie manner.  It is good, ethical coupon practices to not remove the peelie unless you plan on purchasing that product right then.

PP- Purchase Price.

Q- coupon

RP- Red Plum Coupon (from the Sunday inserts)

RR- Register rewards at Walgreens.

SMP- Specially marked packages.

SS- Smart Source coupon (from the Sunday inserts)

TP- Tear Pad coupon found in grocery stores.

TIA- Thanks in advance.

TMF- Another one of my favorite acronyms is try me free!  It means that it is a rebate form that you mail in to the manufacture, and you can get your purchase price back (usually with a form, receipt and upc).

UPC- is the barcode that they scan at the grocery store or universal product code.

WYB- when you buy

X- Expires on….

YMMV- your mileage may vary (meaning each store may have a different policy or may or may not honor something)


Here are some typical trading abbreviations you might see should you choose to go to a forum and trade:

H- Means have, or in other words you have something to trade.

ISO- In search of, or in other words something you want.

IDSO-In desperate search of.

IVDDSO- This person is very desperate to find what they are looking for.

W- want, you post that in the title to show that you want something.


It is a lot to take in.  You don’t need to memorize this all at once.  Just come back often and check when you don’t know what an abbreviation stands for.

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Who am I you ask?  My name is Jeena.  I am a mother of 2 young children, happily married to my best friend!



I have used coupons since I can remember shopping with my mom.  My mom didn’t use coupons the way that I do now, but she definitely set the foundation for me and my future.  I also recall going shopping with my older sister Julie.  Kmart used to double all of the time and I remember her getting some really great things.  I can say I have been actively couponing for over 17 years now!   Through time I have learned a lot about couponing.  What is too much for our family to use before it goes bad?  How to deal with cashiers and clerks in a positive manner.  Come on your newfound journey with me.  It is an exciting game if you will.

My entire goal here at is to help American families one coupon at a time.  We all know that we are in a recession, and times are hard for many people.  Let me help you put food on your table, or show you how to use your money wisely whether you have a lot or a little.  Couponing can bless the lives of many.  Times have changed and I feel that we must be careful with where and how we spend our money.

Frugally Yours,