Coupon Basics

Coupon Lingo

Now for all of you beginner's out there this is for you especially.  Not only on this site but on other coupon blogs there may be terms or acronyms that you don't understand.  So below I have listed some of the Coupon Lingo that you may see:

OOP - out of pocket - the cost you actually pay
$/# - dollar off certain number of products (i.e. $1/1 = save $1 on 1 item)
#/$ - number of products for certain dollar amount (i.e. 5/$5 = buy 5 for $5)
BOGO or B1G1 - Buy One, Get One FREE
B2G1 - Buy Two, Get One FREE
Stacking - what you do when you use multiple coupons for one item (i.e. A Walgreens coupon with a Manufacturer's coupon)
MQ - Manufacturer's Coupon
WAGs - Walgreens
IVC - Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens)
RR - Register Reward (Walgreens)
ECB - Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
Filler - an extra item purchased to enable you to use that extra coupon
PG - Proctor & Gamble
RP - Red Plum
SS - SmartSource

Where To Find Coupons

  • The Internet - You can print coupons from the computer at the following websites;, Red Plum, SmartSource, Coupon Network.  Now you can also print coupons from participating manufacturers' Facebook pages and/or websites.  These are also FREE, and you do not pay to print the coupon(s).

  • The Sunday Newspaper - You can find coupon inserts in your Sunday paper.  These will generally include P&G, Red Plum and SmartSource coupon inserts.  Some weeks there may be extra inserts and on holiday weekends there generally is no coupon inserts.

  • Magazines - All You magazine offers coupons in each addition.  These come out 12 times a year and you can either subscribe or buy at Walmart.  Make sure to go through ShopAtHome (you'll earn $5 just for joining!) because you can get 40% cash back at

  • Savings Cards - Some stores have a savings card program where you can load coupons to your card (Kroger) and other stores have Coupon Kiosks in their stores where you scan your card and print any available coupons (CVS).

  • Weekly Ads - Ads such as Walgreens will have in-ad coupons available to use in store during that week.  You also are able to stack these in-ad coupons with Manufacturer Coupons.

Coupon Organization
  • Check out my previous post to learn some Coupon Organization Tips
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  • Please check out my previous post about stockpiling tips
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