Coupon Abbreviations and Lingo

Sunday Coupon Inserts. These are the names of the different inserts you’ll find in your Sunday newspaper. Ordinarily, you’ll see these abbreviations accompanied with the date the newspaper came out:

SS – Smart Source
RP – Red Plum (sometimes also called Valassis)
PG – Procter & Gamble
GM – General Mills
KG – Kellogg

Other abbreviations:

B1G1 or BOGO – buy one get one
MIR – mail in rebate
RR – register reward (Walgreens)
FAR – free after rebate
IVC – instant value coupon
ECB – extra care bucks (CVS)
OOP – out of pocket
YMMV – your mileage may vary. Means all stores may not accept or participate.
IP – internet printable
MC or MQ – manufacturers coupon
Q – coupon
SCR – single check rebate (Rite Aid)
WYB – when you buy

Catalina – coupons for $$ off your next purchase that print out alongside your receipt at the register.
Stack – use two coupons together. For example, Walgreens allows you to use a Walgreens store coupon with a manufacturers coupon on the same item.
Peelies – coupons you find on the product itself (peels off)
Blinkies – sm coupon machines found in many stores that spit out coupons. They have a blinking light, hence the name.
Hangtags – just what it sounds like. Coupon is on a tag that hangs from the product.
Tearpads – just what it sounds like. Usually tearpad coupons hang on shelves near the product.


  1. Keeping Toddlers out of Jail says

    I’m new to coupons and I’ve been learning the tricks with several great blogs like yours…but the abbreviations were killing me. Thank you very much for providing this post. I feel like you just cured my blindness…I CAN SEE!