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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Coupon Dictionary

By Jody Connolly

Are you wondering what everyone is talking about? What are all those strange words everyone is referring to? I thought that if we were going to talk coupons, then it would be really helpful if I made a Coupon Dictionary. This will help you decipher the Coupon Language. I have also included any abbreviations to the words, in parenthesis.

  • Binder: A notebook where coupons are organized.

  • Blinkies: Blinkie machines are little red boxes that spit out coupons. You can find them attached to the store shelves, with a blinking light, hence the name Blinkie. They are put out by Smart Source, and usually change monthly.

  • Bonus Boxes: Bonus Boxes are little boxes containing coupons that are usually attached to shelves right where the product is placed. These also usually distributed by Smart Source.

  • Box Tops For Education (BTFE): These are found on various Pillsbury, Betty Crocker and General Mills products and are collected by parents, who then turn them into the schools, who in turn redeem them for cash for school supplies.

  • Campbell's Labels for Education (CLFE): These can be found on various Campbell products, and are collected by parents, who then turn them into the schools, who in turn redeem them for school supplies.

  • Catalina: A coupon that spits out of a machine at the register. The cashier hands these to you with your receipt tape. They usually have a red or blue boarder.

  • Coupon DataBase (CDB): A searchable list of current coupons, that are entered in by other members. This allows you to find a specific coupon for a product, or a better valued coupon. Click this link to visit the Coupon database.

  • Coupon Train: A coupon train is a list of people who mail a packet of coupons from person to person. When you receive your envelope of coupons, you sort through them, take out the coupons that you would like to keep, and add coupons that you don't want. You then mail this to the next person on the list.

  • Double Coupons: Stores who choose to double the face value of a coupon. Example: .50 coupon will be redeemed for $1.00. Each store is different in how high of a value of coupon they wish to double.

  • Dumpster Diving (DD): When you go to a dumpster or recycling bin to look for items you can use, like coupons.

  • Have List (H/L): This is a list, created by a coupon trader, of all the coupons they have, and do not need. This allows other coupon traders to look at the list, and see if there is anything they can use. Click this link to visit the Have List Directory.

  • Insert Coupons: Insert coupons are manufacturer coupons found in the Sunday paper. They are usually one of the three main booklets of coupons, Smart Source, Valassis and Proctor & Gamble.

  • Internet Printed Coupon (IP): A manufacturer coupon in which you can print from your computer.

  • Newbie: Someone who is new to the world of coupons and trying to learn the ropes.

  • Non Insert Coupons: Non Insert Coupons are any coupon not found in the Sunday paper. Example: Peelies, Blinkies and Tearpads.

  • Peelies: Peelies are coupons which are attached to a specific product. You can peel these off and redeem them now or for future purchases.

  • Potluck: A potluck is an assortment of various coupons which a person mails out to another person.

  • Price Book: A Price Book is a notebook or a list created for the purpose of tracking prices. This allows you to determine that when a product goes on sale, if it is a good price. You can also record prices you have previously paid for items, so you know if you have gotten a better deal in the past. Click this link to visit a Frugal Living Blog on Price Books: The Price Book by Marily Smith.

  • Price Matching (PM): Price Matching is when a store will allow you to purchase a product at their competitors prices.

  • Printable Coupon: A manufacturer coupon in which you can print on your computer.

  • Proctor & Gamble (P and G): Once a month Proctor and Gamble distributes a manufacturer coupon booklet. These can be found in the Sunday paper.

  • Rain Checks (RC): A certificate issued by the store, if a sale item runs out. It guarantees that same sale price to you when you come back to the store, even after the sale.

  • Random Act of Kindness (RAOK): When someone sends you coupons with no strings attached.

  • Smart Source (SS): Smart Source is a company that distributes a booklet of manufacturer coupons. These can be found in the Sunday papers.

  • Stockpile (SP): A stockpile is a collection of all your extra food and household items that you got at a really good deal. Click this link to visit the Preparedness Blog for many Blogs on Food Storage.

  • Super Double Coupons (SD): Stores who choose to double $1+ the value of the coupon. Example: $1 coupon is redeemed for $2.00.

  • Tear Pads: Tear Pads is a pad of coupons or rebate forms. These can usually be found hanging on the store shelf or an in-store display.

  • Triple Coupons: Stores who choose to triple the face value of the coupon. Example: .35 coupon would be redeemed for $1.05. Each store is different in the value of coupon they wish to triple.

  • Valassis (V): Valassis is a company that distributes a booklet of manufacturer coupons. These can be found in the Sunday papers.

  • Winetags (WT's): These are very special coupons, usually found around the neck of wine bottles. A lot of times they are very non-specific, and for any product. Examples: $ off any cheese, $ off any seafood and $ off any beef.

  • Wishlist (W/L): A wishlist is a list of coupons, created by a coupon trader, which tells what coupons they are looking for. This allows other traders to see if they have what another is looking for. Click this link to visit the Wish List Directory.

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