Abbreviations, Acronyms, & Coupon Terms


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Oh man, what are these crazy coupon folks talking about? FAR? FAQ? Winetag? Cat?

What does it all mean?

Well, we tend to have a lingo all our own so we have put together this page to list out our most commonly used abbreviations, acronyms and coupon terms.


Common Coupon & Rebate Terms:

  • AC – After coupon.
  • Albies – Albertsons, a grocery store.
  • AR – After rebate (as in the price after you figure in the rebate savings).
  • ASAV – Any size, any variety.
  • B&M – Brick & mortar, a physical store, as opposed to an online store.
  • B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one get one free.
  • B2G1 – Buy two get one free.
  • Blinkie – In-store SmartSource coupon dispensed near product, usually from a red blinking box.
  • BTFE – Box Tops for Education, a promotional program run by several grocery product brands such as Kimberly-Clark and General Mills that offer points that you can clip from the package of certain products and many schools earn money by collecting these points.
  • Catalina or CAT – A Coupon dispensed at the cash register after purchase that is redeemable only at the store that it printed at or at stores that accept competitor store coupons.
  • CBAD – Chef Boyardee.
  • CLFE – Campbell’s Labels for Education, school promotion run by Campbell’s that allows schools to earn money by sending in labels from Campbell’s brand products.
  • CO – Cents off coupon.
  • DD – Dumpster dive or dumpster diving, some folks look through recycling bins or the trash dumpsters for coupons and other treasures. (DD can also stand for “dear daughter” in the forums or internet…see below).
  • CRT- Cash register tape (a store receipt)
  • CVS – Consumer Value Store, a drug store.
  • DCRT – Dated cash register tape (receipt), usually required for a rebate.
  • DCRTC – Dated cash register tape with the price circled, usually required for a rebate.
  • DND – Do not double, a coupon with this wording is not supposed to be doubled at stores that offer double coupon promotions. However, coupons that have a UPC code that starts with the number 5 will often times still double, while ones that start with a 9 will not.
  • DNT – Do not triple, a coupon with this wording is not supposed to be tripled at stores that offer triple coupons promotions. However coupons that have a UPC code that starts with the number 5 will often time still triple, while ones that start with a 9 will not.
  • Double Coupon – Coupon that a grocery store doubles in value. Only certain stores double coupons, please check the coupon policy of your local stores.
  • Dumpster Dive – To dig in a recycling bin for extra insert coupons or in the trash for other items that others have thrown away.
  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks, rewards earned at CVS for purchases made.
  • FAR – Free after rebate.
  • FARew – Free after rewards – used often in our office supply stores.
  • FAC – Free after coupon
  • FL – Food Lion, a grocery store.
  • FLIP – Food Lion internet printable, coupons offered by Food Lion stores that you can print on your home computer to redeem in-store.
  • Free item coupon – A coupon that is for a free product
  • FSI – Free standing insert, a booklet of coupons (also known as inserts) found in your Sunday newspaper. The majority of coupons are found in the inserts.
  • GDA – Good deal alert
  • GM – General Mills
  • Hangtag – A coupon or form found hanging from a tag around the neck of a bottle or jar.
  • HBA – Health and beauty aid
  • HDA – Hot deal alert or home delivered ad
  • HGT or HT – Hangtag coupon, a coupon found in the store usually with a coupon attached to the neck of a bottle or jar.
  • HT – Harris Teeter, a grocery store.
  • Insert – Booklet of coupons found in the Sunday newspaper (also known as FSI or free standing inserts).
  • IP – Internet printable, a coupon or form you can print from the internet.
  • IVC – Instant value coupon, Walgreens coupon found in their monthly catalog in-store.
  • KG – Kroger, a grocery store.
  • KMKmart, a national retailer.
  • LFE – Labels for education, see also CFLE above.
  • MIR – Mail in rebate.
  • MM – Money maker, a deal where after coupon or rebate you make money (versus just getting the item free), with overage of some sort.
  • MQ – Manufacturer Coupon, a coupon issued by a manufacture (as opposed to a store coupon, which is issued by a store).
  • NBPN – No beer purchase necessary, terms of a beer sponsored rebate or coupon.
  • NBPR – No beer purchase required, terms of a beer sponsored rebate or coupon.
  • NED – No expiration date, a coupon or form that never expires
  • NLA – No longer available
  • NSR – No state restrictions, usually in reference to a Winetag or Rebate
  • NWPN – No wine purchase necessary, terms of a rebate or coupon (winetag) sponsored by a wine company.
  • NWPR – No wine purchase required, terms of a rebate or coupon (winetag) sponsored by a wine company.
  • OAS – On any size, a coupon or form that is valid on any size product or has no size limitations
  • OOP – Out of pocket, the price of an item you will pay at the store, often used because you will earn rewards points, use a rebate or other additional savings to further lower your final price of the product being purchased.
  • OOS – Out of stock
  • OSI – On a single item
  • Overage – When you purchase an item with a coupon and the item costs less than the value of the coupon you may receive overage. Example: You purchase an item that costs .99 cents and you use a $1.00 off 1 coupon to purchase the item you will have .01 cent overage. Most stores do not actually give you cash back but some stores will allow you to put your overage towards the other items in your order. Overage is always nice but not to be expected. Some stores adjust the value of the coupon discount down to the price of the item, while some stores adjust the price of the product being purchased up to the price of the coupon.
  • OYNO – On your next order, wording on Catalina or register reward coupons for which you purchase an item and receive a coupon that is for money off your next order.
  • Peelie – A coupon that you peel off the package.
  • PG or P&G – Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupon.
  • Piggyback – The use of coupons for products in conjunction with one another in order to maximize savings. Each coupon is attached to a specific product, and if the purchase requirements are met, these coupons can be used together for the purchase of a group of items.
  • POP – Proof of purchase, required for a refund or other offer that is physically taken from a package, usually the UPC code on a product is the POP.
  • PP – Purchase price OR Previous Post (used when referring to a/the prior post in the thread)
  • Printable – A coupon that you print from the internet and your computer.
  • PSA – Prices starting at.
  • Q – Qualifier, the proof of purchase required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package OR short for the word “Coupon”
  • Qualifier – The proof of purchase required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package.
  • RA – Rite-Aid, a drug store).
  • RC – Rain check a slip of paper that a store issues when an item is out of stock allowing you to purchase that item at a later date at the sale price.
  • Rebate – A mail in offer provided by the manufacture of a product or a store that will refund you back money you spent to purchase a specific item in whole or in part.
  • RIB – Reinventing Beauty, a special booklet of coupons issued about once quarterly that contains various coupons for products at CVS store locations. The cost of this booklet is $0.99.
  • RP – Red Plum Sunday supplement coupons.
  • RR – Register Reward, the name of the Catalina coupon promotion at Walgreens.
  • SCO – Self check out, checking yourself out at the grocery store versus having a cashier check you out.
    SCR – Single check rebate, a Rite-Aid store rebate program.

  • SD – Store display.
  • SMP – Specially marked packages, a product package that tells you there is a coupon, form, or other prize inside the package.
  • SS – SmartSource, a company owned by News Marketing America that issues a Sunday insert, Blinkie coupons, printable coupons and other forms of coupons.
  • Stacking – Some stores allow the use of more than one coupon per item, if the coupon itself does not restrict such usage.
  • STG – Super Target, a bigger version of Target stores that include a full grocery store section of their store (a national retailer).
  • Super Doubles – Coupons that are doubled $1+ in value (Example: a $1.00 coupon is doubled to $2.00 value) offered by some stores.
  • SW – Safeway, a grocery store.
  • SWM – Super Walmart, a bigger version of Walmart stores that include a full grocery store section of their store (a national retailer).
  • Tearpad – A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display.
  • TG – Target, a national retailer.
  • TMF – Try me free, a form that you mail in with required information to receive the full purchase price back via mail.
  • TP – Tearpad (see above; can also stand for toilet paper or toothpaste depending on the context).
  • Triple Coupon – A coupon that a grocery store triples in value.
  • UPC – Universal Product Code, the bar code on a coupon or product.
  • WAG – Walgreens, a drug store.
  • WD – Winn Dixie, a grocery store.
  • Winetag – A coupon, usually found in the form of a hangtag around the neck of a bottle of wine (can also be found as a Tearpad) some require the purchase wine or spirits while other are no wine purchase necessary.
  • WM – Walmart, a national retailer.
  • WPN – Wine purchase necessary, a coupon for form offered by a wine company that requires the purchase of wine to redeem the offer.
  • WPR – Wine purchase required, a coupon or form offered by a wine company that requires the purchase of wine to redeem the offer.
  • WSL – While supplies last.
  • WT – Winetag (see above).
  • WYB – When you buy.
  • YMMV – Your mileage may vary, the success of the attempt may vary at your store.

Common Coupon Trading Terms:

  • Actual – The actual item as opposed to a coupon for it (as in an item from your stockpile).
  • ADDIE – Address, your mailing address.
  • AYOR – At your own risk, when sending concealed cash or other high value items you are sending it at your own risk and the other trader is not responsible if the cash does not arrive in the mail to it’s destination.
  • CCash or CC – Concealed cash, money concealed well inside paper before mailed. It is not easy to mail coins however so usually restricted to paper money.
  • CYE – Check your email.
  • Envie – Envelope.
  • EPOP – Each pay own postage, each trader is responsible for paying the postage on their end of the trade.
  • FSOT – For sale or trade.
  • HL – Have list, a list of coupons, forms and items that another member has to offer for trade.
  • IDSO – In desperate search of.
  • ISO – In search of.
  • NAZ – Name, address and zip code.
  • PPEF – Pay-Pal Existing funds, this is when you pay for something using Pay-Pal however the person selling the item is requesting that the funding option from Pay-Pal is existing funds, as opposed to credit card funded Pay-Pal.
  • PPHF – Pay-Pal handling fee, A fee accessed by another member for his/her coupons or other items they have for trade or sale. In other words they are asking for money paid via Pay-Pal. Don’t have a Pay-Pal account sign up for one here!
  • RAOK – Random act of kindness, when one member is offering to send another member something for free.
  • SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope
  • WL – Wish List, a list of items created by a member of coupons, forms and other items that the member is wishing for.

Common Forum & Internet Terms:

  • BIL – Brother-in-law.
  • BOLO – Be on the lookout.
  • BTW – By the way.
  • Bump – To bump a thread to the top of a forum by replying to it. Any reply to a thread will bump a thread up but sometimes people actually post the word “bump” when they have nothing productive to add to the conversation but they still wish to move the thread up higher in the forum listing. Threads at HotCouponWorld are displayed by the newest replied threads first while older threads move down the forum listing. Bumping is a way to move older threads up into a higher position in the forums.
  • CDB or DB – The coupon database, a HotCouponWorld site feature that allows you to search thousands of coupons and rebates from all sources.
  • DD – Dear daughter. (DD can also stand for “dumpster diving” see above.)
  • DH – Dear husband.
  • DIL – Daughter-in-law.
  • DS – Dear son.
  • DW – Dear wife.
  • ETA – Edited to add.
  • FAQ – Frequently asked questions. A question and answer style guide to help answer the frequently asked questions.
  • FIL – Father-in-law.
  • HCW – www.HotCouponWorld.com this site that you are on.
  • HTH – Hope that (this) helps.
  • IME – In my experience.
  • IMHO – In my humble opinion.
  • IMO – In my opinion.
  • IRL – In real life.
  • IVDSO – In very desperate search of.
  • JIC – Just in case.
  • JLMK – Just let me know.
  • JM2C – Just my two cents.
  • JMHO – Just my humble opinion.
  • KWIM – Know what I mean?
  • LMAO – Laughing my a$$ off.
  • LMK – Let me know.
  • LOL – Laugh/Laughing out loud.
  • MIL – Mother-in-law.
  • NP – No problem.
  • OP – Original poster, author of a thread, thread starter.
  • OT – Off topic.
  • PITA – Pain in the A$$.
  • PLMK – Please let me know.
  • PM – Private message.
  • PSA – Public service announcement.
  • Rep – Reputation, HotCouponWorld uses a reputation system, where by other members can leave “points” for other members based on how they felt about a post either positive or negative.
    • To learn more about the reputation system please read our FAQ’s
  • SAHD – Stay at home dad.
  • SAHH – Stay at home husband.
  • SAHM – Stay at home mom.
  • SAHW – Stay at home wife.
  • SF – Store forum.
  • SIL – Sister-in-law.
  • Sticky – A thread marked as important by a moderator of this forum and “stuck” to the top of the forum. Threads that are “stuck” (Sticky) are always at the top of the forum until removed as such by a moderator. These are usually threads that need high visibility because they are important threads. We encourage all members to read the stickies in each forum before posting as they will help explain rules and policies.
  • Tag (Tagged) – A feature of HotCouponWorld is the ability to tag threads with keywords to help find it and relative posts based on keyword tags when searching as well as our tag cloud. To tag a thread scroll down to the bottom of a thread right above the “post reply” box and you will see the option to add tags to a thread. Choose a few keywords that the thread is about.
  • TIA – Thanks in advanced.
  • TYVM – Thank you very much.
  • WIKI – A feature in our forums that allows the community of users to collaboratively add and edit and add content to one post. You can find the WIKI feature as the second post of the thread in select forums.
  • YGEM – You’ve got email.
  • YGPM – You’ve got a private message.
  • YVW – You’re very welcome.