Couponing is a great way to save money, even if you aren’t an extreme couponer. There’s nothing wrong with paging through the weekly ads and clipping out coupons for the items you need! However, if you decide to try to stretch those coupon dollars a bit further, you might go online to see how others do it—and end up totally lost. The first time I visited a couponing site and saw a phrase like “Bogo w/ mfr coupon,” I thought for a moment that my toddler had changed the language settings on my computer again. Here are a few of the most common abbreviations you may run across when couponing:
BOGO – Buy One Get One. Pay attention to what comes after this phrase—oftentimes it’s “buy one get one free,” but stores are commonly switching to “buy one get one half off.”
Blinkie—Those little dispensers with the blinking lights that dispense coupons in the middle of the grocery aisle, often in perfect reach of a child in a shopping cart who will happily pull out all the coupons you will ever need, are referred to as “blinkies” because of the blinking lights.
Catalina—You know when you buy two things at the grocery store and are taken aback when the cashier hands you a mile-long receipt of coupons? Those coupons come from the “Catalina” machine; hence, they are often referred to as “Catalinas.”
eCoupon—In this day and age even coupons are digital! If you often shop at a grocery store that has a loyalty rewards card you swipe whenever you check out, visit their website. You can often download coupons to your card, so when you swipe your card at check out, those coupons are automatically applied without you having to cut out anything. It’s convenient AND eco-friendly!
MFR—It looks like a terrible disease but is actually an abbreviation for “manufacturer(‘s coupon).” These are coupons offered by the product manufacturers, for instance, Kraft or L’oreal, as opposed to specific stores, like Safeway or Target.
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