Abbreviations, Acronyms, & Coupon Terms


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.

AC – After Coupon

Actual – The actual item as opposed to a coupon for it (an item from your stockpile)

ADDIE – Address

Albies – Albertsons a grocery store. Related reading in our Albertsons Forum (See also regional sub-forums)

AR – After Rebate

ASAV - Any Size, Any Variety

AYOR – At Your Own Risk – When sending concealed cash you are sending it at your own risk and the other trader is not responisble if the cash does not arrive

B&M – Brick & Mortar, a store, as opposed to an online store

B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one get one free

B2G1 – Buy two get one free

BIL – Bother-in-law

Blinkie – In-Store SmartSource coupon dispensed near product, usually from a red blinking box. Related reading in our Blinkie’s Forum

BOLO – Be On the Lookout

BTFE – Box Tops for Education. Related reading in our Box Tops For Education what are they and how are they traded thread

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.

CAT – Coupon dispensed at register after purchase, usually has a red border, redeemable only at the store that it printed at or at stores that accept competitor store coupons.

Catalina – Coupon dispensed at register after purchase, usually has a red border, redeemable only at the store that it printed at or at stores that accept competitor store coupons.

CBAD – Chef Boyardee

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.

CDB – Coupon Database – A Hotcouponworld site feature. Direct link to the Hotcouponworld Coupon Database

CLFE – Campbell’s Labels for Education. Related reading in our Campbell’s Labels for Education FAQ

CO – Cents Off Coupon

CRT- Cash register tape (Receipt)

CVS – Consumer Value Store, a drug store. Related reading in our CVS Forum (see also sub-forums)

CYE – Check your email

DB – Database – The Hotcouponworld Coupon Database. Direct link to the Hotcouponworld Coupon Database

DCRT – Dated cash register tape, usually required for a rebate. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

DCRTC – Dated cash register tape with the price circled, usually required for a rebate. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

DD – Dear Daughter or Dumpster Dive. Related reading in our Dumpster Diving Discussion thread

DH – Dear Husband

DIL – Daughter-in-law

DND – Do not double, a coupon with this wording is not supposed to be doubled at stores that double coupons. However coupons that have aUPC 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 triple coupons. 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.

DS – Dear son

Dumpster Dive – To dig in a recycling bin for extra insert coupons or in the trash for other items that others have thrown away. Related reading in our Dumpster Diving Discussion thread

DW – Dear wife

ECB – Extra Care Bucks, rewards earned at CVS for purchases made. Related reading in our CVS Forum (see also sub-forums)

Envie – Envelope

EPOP – Each pay own postage (trading term)

ESR – EasySaver Rebate (Monthly rebate program at Walgreens). Related reading in our Walgreens Forum (see also sub-forums)

ETA – Edited to add

FAC – Free after coupon

FAR – Free after rebate. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

FAQ – Frequently asked questions. A question and answer style guide to help answer the frequently asked questions. Hotcouponworld’s main FAQ may be found at the following link – Hotcouponworld FAQ’s

FIL – Father-in-law

FL – Food Lion, a grocery store. Related reading in our Food Lion Forum

FLIP – Food Lion Internet Printable. Printable coupon(s) offered by Food Lion. Related reading in our Food Lion Forum

Free item coupon – A coupon that is for a free product

FSI – Free standing insert – Booklet of coupons found in the Sunday newspaper. Related reading in our Insert Coupon Forum

FSOT – For sale or trade

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. Related reading in our Hangtag’s Forum

HBA – Heath and beauty aid

HCW – www.hotcouponworld.com this site that you are on

HDA – Hot deal alert or Home delivered ad

HGT – Hangtag. Related reading in our Hangtag’s Forum

HL – Have list, a list of coupons, forms and items that another member has to offer for trade. Related reading in our Have Lists Forum

HT – Harris Teeter (a grocery store) or Hangtag. Related reading in our Harris Teeter Forum or Hangtag’s Forum

HTH – Hope that (this) helps

IDSO – In desperate search of

IME – In my experience

IMHO – In my humble opinion

IMO – In my opinion

Insert – Booklet of coupons found in the Sunday newspaper, insert coupons. Related reading in our Insert Coupon Forum

IP – Internet printable, a coupon or form you can print from the internet. Related reading in our Printable’s Forum

IRL – In real life

ISO – In search of

IVC – Instant value coupon, Walgreens coupon found in their monthly rebate catalog in-store or online. Related reading in our Walgreens Forum (see also sub-forums)

IVDSO – In very desperate search of

JIC – Just In Case

JLMK – Just let me know

JMHO – Just my humble opinion

KG – Kroger, a grocery store. Related reading in our Kroger Forum (see also sub-forums for other stores in the Kroger chain of stores)

KM – Kmart, a national retailer. Related reading in our Kmart Forum

KWIM – Know what I mean?

LFE – Labels for education. Related reading in our Campbell’s Labels for Education Forum

LMAO – Laughing my a** off

LMK – Let me know

LOL – Laugh/Laughing out loud

MIL – Mother-in-law

MIR – Mail in rebate. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

MM – Money Maker, a deal where after coupon or rebate you make money 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).

NAZ – Name, address and zip code

NBPN – No beer purchase necessary, terms of a beer sponsored rebate or coupon. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums) & Winetag Forum

NBPR – No beer purchase required, terms of a beer sponsored rebate or coupon. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums) & Winetag Forum

NED – No expiration date, a coupon or form that never expires

NLA – No longer available

NP – No problem

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. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums) & Winetag Forum

NWPR – No wine purchase required, terms of a rebate or coupon (winetag) sponsored by a wine company. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums) & Winetag Forum

OAS – On any size, a coupon or form that is valid on any size product or has no size limitations

OGD – Organic Grocery Deals, Hotcouponworld’s sister site that focuses on helping members find deals on organic products. Direct link: Organicgrocerydeals

OOP – Out of pocket

OOS – Out of stock

OP – Original poster, author of a thread, thread starter

OSI – On a single item

OT – Off topic

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. Related reading in our Peelie’s Forum

PG or P&G – Proctor & Gamble Sunday insert coupon. Related reading in our Insert Coupon Forum

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.

PITA – Pain in the A**

PLMK – Please let me know

PM – Private message.

POP – Proof of purchase, required for a refund or other offer that is physically taken from a package – Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

PP – Purchase price OR Previous Post(er) (use when referring to a/the prior post in the thread)

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!

Printable – A coupon that you print from the internet and your computer. Related reading in our Printable’s Forum

PSA – Prices starting at or Public service announcement

Q – Qualifier – the proof of purchase required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package OR short for the word “Coupon”- Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

Qualifier – The proof of purchase required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package – Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

RA – Rite-Aid (a drug store). Related reading in our Rite Aid forum.

RAOK – Random act of kindness, when one member is offering to send another member something for free. Related reading in our Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) Forum.

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. Related reading in our Couponing 101 thread (see section on Rain Checks)

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. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

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

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.

RME – Revolution Money Exchange, a form of online payment much like Pay-Pal but without the fees. Don’t have a RME account? Sign up for one Here!

RP – Red Plum Sunday supplement coupons (formerly Valassis). Related reading in our Insert Coupon Forum

RR – Register Reward, the name of the Catalina promotion at Walgreens. Related reading in our Walgreens Forum (see also sub-forums)

SAHD – Stay at home dad

SAHH – Stay at home husband

SAHM – Stay at home mom

SAHW – Stay at home wife

SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope

SCO - Self Check Out

SCR – Single check rebate, Rite-Aid store rebate program. Related reading in our Rite Aid Forum.

SD – Store display

SF – Store form

SIL – Sister-in-law

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. Related reading in our Insert Coupon Forum

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). Related reading in our Target Forum

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.

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. Related reading in our Safeway Forum (also see sub-forums)

SWM – Super Walmart, a bigger version of Walmart stores that include a full grocery store section of their store (a national retailer). Related reading in our Walmart Forum.

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.

Tearpad – A pad of refund form or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display. Related reading in our Tearpad Forum.

TG – Target, a national retailer. Related reading in our Target Forum

TIA – Thanks in advanced

TMF – Try me free, a form that you mail in with required information to receive the full purchase price back via mail. Related reading in our Rebate Forum (see also sub-forums)

TP – Tearpad OR Toilet Paper OR Toothpaste. Related reading in our Tearpad Forum.

Triple Coupon – A coupon that a grocery store triples in value.

TYVM – Thank you very much

UPC - Universal Product Code, the bar code on a coupon or product.

V – Valassis Sunday supplement coupons, has been renamed Red Plum. Related reading in our Insert Coupons Forum.

WAG – Walgreens, a drug store. Related reading in our Walgreens Forum (see also sub-forums)

WD – Winn Dixie, a grocery store. Related reading in our Winn-Dixie Forum.

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.

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. Related reading in our Winetag’s Forum.

WL – Wish List, a list of items created by a member of coupons, forms and other items that the member is wishing for.

WM – Walmart, a national retailer. Related reading in our Walmart Forum.

WPN – Wine purchase necessary, a coupon for form offered by a wine company that requires the purchase of wine to redeem the offer. Related reading in our Winetag’s Forum.

WPR – Wine purchase required, a coupon or form offered by a wine company that requires the purchase of wine to redeem the offer. Related reading in our Winetag’s Forum.

WSL – While supplies last

WT – Winetag. Related reading in our Winetag’s Forum.

WYB – When you buy

YGEM – You’ve got email

YGPM – You’ve got a private message.

YMMV – Your mileage may vary – the success of the attempt may vary at your store.

YVW – You’re very welcome


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