A Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Abbreviations

Are you speaking a form of British that we don’t understand?  What are you talking about? Welcome to the wonderful world of frugalite!!  Here are some abbreviations we use often and what they mean.

  • ECB – Extra Care Bucks. CVS “money” printed on receipts to be used like cash in store.
  • RR – Register Reward. Walgreen’s “money” printed from the catalina to be used like cash in store
  • OOP – Out of Pocket. Actual cash paid
  • Peelie – Peelable coupon located on packages
  • BOGO – Buy One Get One FREE!
  • Catalina/CAT – Coupon that prints out from a separate machine next to the cash register.
  • MIR – Mail in Rebate
  • SS – Smart Source (coupon insert in the newspaper)
  • P&G – Proctor and Gamble (monthly coupon insert in the newspaper)
  • RP – Red Plum (coupon insert in the newspaper)
  • V – Valassis (coupon insert in the newspaper)
  • YMMV – Your mileage may vary.  As most stores are not totally governed by corporate, they may have different practices.  Some will accept a BOGO coupon on a BOGO sale, others not.  YMMV!


  1. I hope someone can help me. I am not very computer savvy but I do print out coupons. I just tried to print some from the smartsource and it acted like it was going to print and it just kept taking my paper and shooting it out….I tried to hurry and cancel the printing and then a screen showed up listing all the coupons that I supposedly printed. What can I do or try? It is just my husband and I and he knows less than I do about computers. HELP???

  2. for $7.99 Razors at walgreens 5/9-16/2010 you say to look for $2.00 blinkie in the store. What is a blinkie?

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