There are many words in the couponing dictionary. And like any language, the more you understand, the better you’ll be at communicating with people who speak it. The following A-to-Z guide will help you speak “Couponese” with the best of them!
Amazing – This is how most couponers feel after a long week of clipping when they see how much they’ve saved on their weekly grocery bill.
Blinkie – Those little things attached to store shelves that dispense coupons.
Catalina – Coupons printed out at the cash register. Don’t throw them away!
Doubling – What some stores do with coupons. Those stores are your friend.
Expiration date – The sad date upon which your coupon becomes useless.
FSI – An FSI, or free standing insert, are the one-page inserts stuffed inside the Sunday paper that usually include coupons and recipes.
Groceries – What most coupons are used for.
Hangtag – These coupons are often found hanging on bottled products like soy sauce or salad dressing.
Insert – Similar to a free standing inserts, but with more than one page.
Jump – What you’ll do (for joy) when you find a great coupon for an item your family loves.
Kids – Those things you’d prefer not to take shopping with you.
Loss leaders – Most stores offer deep discounts on certain products (aka loss leaders) to lure you in the store to spend money on other things.
Money – What you can make with certain coupons when combined with a great sale.
NED – A NED coupon is one with “no expiration date.”
Overage – What happens when the value of a coupon exceeds the price of the product.
Peelie – Coupons attached to products that are peeled off. Don’t forget to redeem them when you check out!
Quick – The goal of any trip to the grocery (rarely achieved).
Rain check – When a product on sale is out of stock, some stores will over a rain check, which allows you to get the product at the sale price after it’s restocked.
Stacking – Combining coupons with store coupons and a sale to achieve the best possible savings.
Tears – What you might shed when you find out that your most valuable coupon has expired.
UPC – The Universal Product Code is the bar code found on products which allow the item to be scanned by the cashier.
Victory – What you’ll achieve if you’ve put a lot of time into clipping coupons and planning your shopping trip.
WYB – An abbreviation for “When You Buy.” (Example: “Save $1 when you buy any three Kellogg’s brand products.”)
Xtra coupons – Most couponers have them. If you do, feel free to share them with people who might be able to use them!
Yikes! – What you might say when you discover a stockpile of coupons that are about to expire.
Zowie! – What you might say when you see how much you save on this week’s shopping trip.