The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment.
By Paula Wethington
Are you confused by the abbreviations commonly used on coupon blogs and Web sites when someone explains a supermarket promotion?
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- AC – Net price after coupons.
- B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one, get one free.
- B2G1 – Buy two, get one free.
- B1G2 – Buy one, get two free.
- B&M – Brick and mortar store.
- BC – Price before coupons.
- Bundle promotions – These sales require the purchase of multiple products to get the freebie or the discount. This is a common promotion tactic locally, especially with laundry and cleaning supplies.
- Catalina – This is a term commonly used for the coupons that are printed by the cash register when you check out.
- Coupon database – This is a list someone has compiled to indicate which coupons are known to be in circulation in a given region.
- Coupon policy – Each store has a policy on how to handle specific details such as double coupons and whether to accept Internet printables. In most cases, the policies will be available for reference on the stores’ Web sites or at the customer service desk.
- Digital coupons – These are discounts you load onto a shopper card. In most cases, you will not be able to combine a digital coupon with a paper coupon on the same purchase.
- DND – Do Not Double. The coupons with these markings are often high value coupons that most Monroe County stores don’t double anyway.
- Double coupons – The most common double coupon promotion in Monroe County is up to 50 cents. That means at 40-cent coupon is worth 80 cents at checkout but a 50-cent coupon is worth 50 cents.
- ECBs – Extra Care Bucks rebate program at CVS Pharmacy.
- EXP- Expiration date.
- FAR – Free after rebate.
- Fillers – Inexpensive items that are recommended purchases as part of a bundle promotion.
- GM – General Mills coupon insert, often followed by date.
- HBA – Health and beauty products.
- IP – Internet printable coupon.
- MFR or MFC – Manufacturer Coupon.
- ONYO – On your next order.
- OOP – Out of pocket pricing.
- P&G – Proctor and Gamble coupon insert, often followed by a date.
- Peelie – This is a coupon that is “stickered” on the product.
- PP - Participating products.
- Price matching – Some local stores match or beat a competitor’s advertised price.
- Q – Coupon.
- Rainchecks -Some stores provide rainchecks on request if an advertised special has run out.
- RP – RedPlum coupon insert, often followed by a date.
- Shopper card – Some stores require a shopper card for customers to get a sale price, gas purchase discounts or earn a charity donation.
- SS - Smart Source coupon insert, often followed by a date.
- Stacking – Using more than one discount toward the purchase of an item, such as a manufacturer coupon combined with a store coupon. Read the store’s coupon policies to learn whether this is allowed.
- Super doubles – When a store has a special promotion for double coupons beyond its usual policy.
- Transaction – Some coupons say “one per transaction.” Based on my experience, you can still can use other coupons on other items in your cart.
- YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary.
For more information about couponing at Monroe County stores, go to www.monroeonabudget.com and look up the category “coupon tips.”
Readers may contact Paula Wethington at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 240-5745.