Common Abbreviations Used on Coupon Blogs

Here are some popular couponing abbreviations.  I don’t use them all but this is a good resource if you find one you don’t know…

BLINKIES = coupons near products that come out of boxes (usually have a blinking light)
BOGO or B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
B&M; = Brick & Mortar (as opposed to an online store)
CAT or CATALINA = coupon dispensed at register after purchase
CRT = Cash register tape
DND = Do Not Double
DOUBLE COUPON = coupon that a grocery store doubles in value
ECB = Extra Care Bucks (from CVS)
FLIPS = Food Lion Internet Printables
GDA = Good Deal Alert
HBA = The health and beauty aid section in the grocery store
HCW = Hot Coupon World
IVC = Instant Value Coupon (found in Walgreen�s monthly coupon books)
IP = Internet Printable Coupon
MFG = Manufacturer�s Coupon
MIR = Mail In Rebate
NED = No expiration date
NBPN = No Beer Purchase Necessary
NWPN = No wine purchase necessary
OOP = Out of Pocket
OYNO = On your next order (deals with catalina coupons)
P&G; = Proctor & Gamble insert from Sunday’s paper
PEELIE = coupon that you peel off the package
Q = Coupon
RC = Raincheck
RP = Red Plum insert from Sunday’s paper
RR = Register Rewards (from Walgreens)
SD = Slickdeals
SS = Smart Source insert from Sunday’s paper
STACKING = Combining a store coupon with a manuf coupon
TEARPAD = A pad of coupons found hanging from a store’s shelf or display
TMF = Try Me Free (deals with rebates)
WAGS = Walgreen’s
WINETAG or WT = coupon hanging from wine bottles
WUC = We Use Coupons
WYB = When You Buy
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary / Your Manager May Vary

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When Is It Not Good to Shop at the Cheap Publix???

where are the cheap Publix stores in Orlando

I mention the “cheap Publix” stores in my posts quite often and I have been meaning to post this little tid bit of info and always forget….

Normally I love to shop at the “cheap Publix” however I thought of a time when its NOT a good idea to shop there!!! If you have a $5/30 coupon, and a LOT of FREE coupons that you are going to use to get your total higher in order to reach the $30 to use the $5/30, you don’t want the items to be lower price. In this particular case, its good to have higher prices on products so you reach the $30 faster.

**for those wondering what is a “cheap Publix”? There are 2 Publix stores in East Orlando that have much lower prices than other Publixs. They claim that because they are next to Walmart Marketplaces, they have to compete so they have lower prices on staple type items. Not everything in the store is lower in price but a LOT of items are. For example, Knorr sides at most Publix stores around me are $1.49 but at the cheap Publix it is $1.03. During a BOGO sale with coupons, this can make a BIG difference. Other items I have found that are much less are Betty Crocker brownie mixes, Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, PopTarts, Toaster Struddels, Cookie Dough, Eggos, Spaghetti sauce, etc.

The locations of the 2 cheap Publix stores are:

  • Lake Underhill and Chickasaw
  • Alafaya Trail and McCullock (near UCF)
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Online Store Coupon Policies

I recommend printing each of these coupon policies and keeping them in your coupon binder or purse in case an issue ever arises.

Target Coupon Policy

Walmart Coupon Policy

Dollar General Coupon Policy

Family Dollar Coupon Policy
Walgreens Coupon Policy

Rite Aid Coupon Policy

Kroger Coupon Policy

Food Lion Coupon Policy

Harris Teeter Coupon Policy

Safeway Coupon Policy

Meijer Coupon Policy (scroll to the bottom)

Brookshires Coupon Policy

Randalls Coupons Policy

Staples Price Match Guarantee

Do you know of any other links to add to this post?

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Have You Joined Bzzagent???

I have mentioned before but I don’t think I have ever posted about what the site is exactly so here it goes….

Bzzagent is a network that relies on word of mouth to promote products through social media and offline media.  Theysend out free products and/or coupons for their members to use and share with friends and all they ask in return is for their members to take a poll afterwards about the product.

As you participate more and more, your status will go up.  When you first join, you start as a Solitary Bee, then you will move up to a Carpenter Bee and go up from there.  The higher your Status, the better your benefits!

How do you move up to the next level???  As you do certain things on the site, you will earn honeycombs… after you earn 4 honeycombs, you move to the next level.

You’ll earn one honeycomb every time you:

  • Complete the Post-Campaign Survey per campaign you join
  • Submit at least two BzzReports per campaign you join
  • Complete at least three Frogpond surveys per calendar month
  • Add at least 10 reviews to BzzScapes per calendar month (can be across multiple BzzScapes)

Its a great site and I highly recommend it.  The campaigns that you get offered in the beginning aren’t THAT great but in time you will get the good ones. I just signed up to be part of the Publix Deli Kids Meal campaign and can’t wait to see what I get. When I was in the Boston Market campaign I got a coupon for a free meal and several $3 off coupons to pass out to friends.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – Stockpiling Gifts to Save Money

One of the things that I like to do to help save me money (and time) is stockpile gifts. Whenever I find toys or other nice gifts on clearance I buy them and keep them in my closet. Then when my kids get invited to a birthday party or I get invited to a baby shower or any other event that I need a gift for (teacher gifts, etc) I go into my closet and look through my gift stockpile.

For example, I got 4 of the Pictureka Penguin games at Walmart awhile back. They were on clearance for $3.50 and I had $5 coupons so not only did I get them free, but I got $6 in overage towards other purchases. Now the next time my kids are invited to a party or have a gift exchange, I have a gift to give that cost me NOTHING.

Another thing I have done in the past is use my Swagbucks to get $10 Starbucks & $10 Barnes & Noble gift cards. I then let Kaley give one card to each of her 5 teachers at Christmas.

Baskets are another way to use up items that you get for free. I find big baskets in good condition at garage sales and then fill them with items like candles, body wash, lotions, chocolate, etc and give them as gifts to teachers, family members and friends. They are always shocked at how many things are in the basket and it cost me very little to make it.

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