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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 6:32 am

Q: Does couponing have its own language? I’m trying to figure out this whole world of couponing. However, I feel like I’m reading a different language. Help! Please translate.

A: I remember when I first started couponing -- the learning curve was huge. Not only was I trying to completely change the way I shopped, but it felt like I was trying to learn a whole new language.

BOGOs? Blinkies? Peelies? IP? RP? It all ran together, and it might as well have been written in Greek.

But I learned fast, and I want to help you learn even faster. I’ve put together a quick guide to couponing lingo. The good news is that the lingo is pretty universal, meaning once you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

The basics:

Blinkie: A small blinking box that dispenses coupons right on the shelf.

Tear pad: Small pad of coupons often found on special displays, freezer doors or shelves.

CAT or Catalina: Coupons that print from a special machine at the checkout stand. These offers are often triggered by the type or amount of items you purchase.

IP or printable: Coupon that is printed from the Internet.

Peelie: A coupon placed directly on a specific product. The name comes from the fact that you must peel off the coupon to use it.

Hangtag: This type of coupon hangs directly from the neck of a bottled product.

Insert: The coupon inserts you find in your Sunday newspaper.

PG or P&G: Procter and Gamble Sunday newspaper insert.

RP: Red Plum Sunday newspaper insert.

SS: Smart Source. It can refer to a Sunday newspaper insert, blinkie or printable.

B1G1 or BOGO: Buy one, get one free.

$/$$: A specific dollar amount you will receive off of a total dollar amount.

Other terms:

DND: Do not double.

Double coupon: A coupon that a grocery store doubles in value depending on policy.

FAR: Free after rebate.

MIR: Mail-in rebate.

MM: Money maker.

MFG, MQ or Manny Q: Manufacturer coupon.

NED: No expiration date.

OOP: Out of pocket.

OOS: Out of stock.

Overage: This applies when the cost of an item is less than the coupon value.

OYNO: On your next order.

Rebate: Mail-in offer by a manufacturer or store that issues a refund based on predetermined criteria.

RC: Rain check -- a piece of paper that guarantees the sale price of an out-of-stock item.

WSL: While supplies last.

WYB: When you buy.

YMMV: Your mileage may vary.

Contact writer: E-mail time2saveblogger@gmail.com. For more tips on saving money, go to time2saveworkshops.com.

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