If you’ve just started couponing, it can help to know a few commonly used terminologies and acronyms - not only will this help you get the best deals, but you’ll be able to make purchase decisions a lot quicker. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly used couponing terms here for you:
1. B1G1 or BOGO: means the retailer is offering a buy one, get one deal on the product. What happens here is that you purchase a certain item, and you get another item for free or half-off. If you can combine such deals with coupons, you’ll be able to save a whole lot of money.
2. Bricks: These are internet coupons that the user can print twice. Once you print the coupon, all you need to do is hit the back arrow to print a second coupon. Sometimes companies will even mail you bricks coupons.
3. CC - This stands for competitor coupons. Wondering why you should even know about another store’s coupons? Many stores will actually accept competitor coupons so they don’t lose your business to another store.
4. Circular: This is a weekly advertisement that is put out by stores; it is usually available in newspapers and in-store. A number of stores send out their circular coupons on Sundays.
5. Inserts: Inserts refer to packets of coupons that come along with the Sunday newspaper. These inserts can be a coupon goldmine, so make sure to check out the Sunday newspaper. Many couponers even purchase more than one newspaper just to collect the inserts.
6. Matchups: This refers to deals that help customers combine a coupon with a store sale. Keep in mind that not all stores allow customers to use coupons on sale items.
7. MQ, MC, or MFC: This refers to a manufacturer’s coupons. These coupons are paid for and provided by manufacturers. Many stores allow you to use a manufacturer’s coupon and store coupon on a single item, so make sure to keep track of what coupons you have.
8. Overage - Overage refers to when your coupons are of a higher value than the cost of a particular item. Different stores have different policies for overages. Many stores will apply the coupon balance to other things you may have purchased.
9. Peelies: These are sticker coupons that can be found stuck to products in the store.
10. Stacking coupons: This refers to the practice of using more than one coupon on the same item.