Here are excerpts from sites i have listed on my blog that also give you help on how to start couponing and common ways to get great deals and different store rules and just an all around lesson on the need to know about couponing for the newbie like myself.
Here is a list of links to familiar sites that have an abundance of information:
YouTube- great channels to aid you and get a better view on how to do your coupon shopping.
Cuckooforcoupondeals -Great tutorials page lists the ABC's of Couponing and also videos under the "Coupon Newbies" tab.
We Use Coupons- Click on the beginners tab and register to be able to view tons and tons of free virtual classes and articles and forums. Make sure when you register to put me as your referrer "Elise6243"
Coupon Geek - Click The "Resource" tab for more options.
Couponing 101 - Excerpt listed below-Click the "Getting Started" tab for more educational pages.
Discount Queens - Some pretty cool tips on couponing along with personal opinions and experiences and a cool part about reading coupon barcodes!
Rose know coupons - Great how to's on getting started and organizing.
Coupon lingo written among all the blogs to help you navigate
$$/$$ – This means $ off when you spend $ amount. $5/25 means $5 off when you spend $25
$/# – This means that you get $ off for every # you buy. Example: $5/2 would mean that you get $5 off every 2 that you buy.
B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
Blinkie = A coupon that prints out at a machine in the store. They are located by the product associated with that particular coupon.
BOGO = Buy One Get One Free
CAT = Catalina. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product.
Catalina = Also referred to as CAT. A coupon that prints out at the register that is either $$ off your next purchase or $$ off a certain product.
Coupon Insert – This is what comes in your Sunday paper. They are usually the Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG)They are also referred to as inserts, S, SS, RP and PG.
ECB = Extra Care Bucks. Exclusive to CVS. They work like cash on your next order.
ES =Easy Saver. This is Walgreens’ monthly rebate program. You can find the books by their ads in the store.
EXP = Expires or Expiration Date
Internet Printable = A coupon that can be printed online. Also refered to as IP or Printable.
IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are found at Walgreens in their weekly ads.
MFR = Manufacturer
MIR = Mail In Rebate. These are checks or coupons that the manufacturers/stores will send you if you meet the requirements on the rebate form.
OOP = Out-of-Pocket. This is the amount of money that you have spent after coupons, ECBs, RRs, Catalinas
OYNO = On Your Next Order.
OYNP = On Your Next Purchase.
Peelie = Coupons found stuck onto the product
PG = Proctor & Gamble.
Prinables - These are coupons that you can print online. Also refered to as IP or Internet Printables.
Q = Coupon
RP = Red Plum. This is a coupon insert that you’ll either find in your paper or the mail.
Register Rewards (RR) = Exclusive to Walgreens. They work like cash on your next order.
SS = Smart Source.
Stacking Coupons = This is the term used when stores will let you use their own store coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item. Example: Most Targets would let you use their $ off “specific brand” product coupons along with a manufacturer’s coupon for that same “specific brand” product.
WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreens
YMMV = Your Mileage (Manager) May Vary. This is what you’ll see when someone finds a deal but they want you to know that your store branch may not offer the same deal.
WYB = When You Buy