Coupon: Lingo, Terms, Abbreviations & Acronyms!

Coupon Terms (Canadian)

Coupon terms, abbreviations and acronyms – what do they mean?

When you first start using coupons, you are likely to be faced with a large number of abbreviations, acronyms and terms that you just don’t understand.

This is normal, don’t worry. I, too, was very (very!) confused when I first started using coupons and reading coupons.

Coupon Lingo

What does “WUB” mean? What does “limit one coupon per purchase” mean? What about “BOGO”? Not to worry, we’ve got all the answers for you! We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly used coupon lingo, terms, abbreviations and acronyms for you.

The following is a list of coupon terms and their meanings.



Limit 1 Coupon Per Purchase = You can use one coupon for each item purchased. For example, if you are purchasing 3 bottles of shampoo, you can use 3 coupons. You cannot use 3 coupons on 1 bottle of shampoo.
Limit 1 Coupon Per Transaction = You can only use 1 coupon per transaction. If you want to use more than one, simply do multiple transactions.
Limit 1 Coupon Per Person/Family = You can only use 1 coupon per store visit. If you wish to use more than one coupon, you can always go back to the store another day.
AC = After Coupon
BOGO or B1G1 = Buy One, Get One Free
B2G1 = Buy Two, Get One Free
B3G1 = Buy Three, Get One Free
C/O = Cents Off Coupon
CFK = Cash For Kids (coupon that donates part of the value to charity)
FREE PRODUCT COUPON/FPC = A coupon that allows you to get the product completely free.
SS = Smart Source (coupon booklet)
Tear-pad = A pad of coupons, usually on the shelf or display, where you tear the coupon off of the pad.
TFT = Toonies for Tummies (coupon booklet – these coupons can only be used in Ontario)
TMF = Try Me Free
Train = A Coupon Train
YB/WUB = When You Buy
MIR = Mail In Rebate
STACKING = Some stores allow the use of more than one coupon per item, if the coupon itself does not restrict it.
P&G = Proctor & Gamble (coupon booklet & website)
Peelie = A coupon that is attached directly to the product to be “peeled off“.
SCOP = Scanning Code of Practice

Forum Chatting:

FT = For Trade
HV = High Value
LF = Looking For
RLF = Really Looking For
PM = Private Message/Price Match
HTH = Hope This/That Helps
BTW = By The Way
LMK = Let Me Know
NP = No problem
ISO = In Search of
TL = Trade List
WL = Wish List
OP = Original Poster; Author of a thread
SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope
ENVIE = Envelope


LD = London Drugs
RCSS = Real Canadian Superstore
SDM = Shoppers Drug Mart
WM = Walmart
NF = No Frills


HBOO = Honey Bunches of Oats
HE = Herbal Essences


HBA = Health and Beauty Aid
RAOK = Random Act of Kindness
SPC = Student Price Card
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
OOP = Out of Pocket
DH = Dear/Darling Husband
DD = Dear/Darling Daughter
DS = Dear/Darling Son
DW = Dear/Darling Wife
SAHD = Stay At Home Dad
SAHM = Stay At Home Mom
SAHW = Stay At Home Wife
WAHM = Work At Home Mom

Is there anything missing? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Cassie Howard says:

    Amanda: That is a photocopy.

  2. paula says:

    Hi i am very new to this couponing ,and let me tell you i think its great. One question ,when the coupon says not valid with any other offers, does this mean if the product is on sale you cant use the coupon?

  3. Heidi says:

    Hi there,
    I saw a piece about you on Global News and got your website from it and now i’m hooked! Your website is really informative and I appreciate what you do! This may be a silly question but I see this often in your updates of products on sale etc and you state WUB2 coupon from tear pads. I have gone to shoppers and they don’t have tear pads at the stores in Ptbo. Is there something i’m missing? Thanks,

  4. Mrs January says:

    paula: No, that means you can’t use more than one coupon per item.

    Heidi: There are different coupons available all over Canada. Just because I say that I used coupons found on tear pads and I bought the items at SDM, doesn’t mean you will also find the same coupons at SDM. It just means that at some point, usually before that shopping trip, I found coupons from a tear pad at one store or another.

  5. Jackie says:

    Hi Caissie,

    Just wondering where you got the information on coupons that say; ” (and do you have this in writing) not valid (or cannot combine) with any other offers. As once again I had another altercation with JC with the wording. I had 2 one dollar coupons for Dove bar soap that was on sale for 2 for 3.00$. The cashier told me she could not take the coupon becuse of the wording. Last Friday I called Unilever and asked if they could clear this up for me once and for all. A very nice lady named Karen(18006682288) told me that it is up to the store to determine the interpretation of the meaning.

    I live in Quebec and most of my coupons are in French and have this written on them.


  6. Mrs January says:

    Jakie: Though I do not have it in writing, I have called numerous manufacturers and was told the meaning of that phrase. 🙂

  7. Marilyn says:

    You have a very nice informative site here. I have used coupons for years and saved a lot. I am new to the on-line coupon method and the terminology was mildly confusing. Your list is helpful and I am considering printing it off for easy reference when needed. I notice a post from Peterborough. I live in Douro area and its nice to see a familiar address in your listings. Thank you for forwarding the link to this site. I will visit often and will post when I think it will be useful to others. 😀

  8. Amanda says:

    I was wondering, if i have a coupon that says when you buy any two (sometimes three) of certain products can I use one coupon for each item or do i only have to use one because of what the wording is on the coupon. Example: “save $1 when you buy any two bounty or puffs” and I use that coupon for one and another coupon for the second item?? Thanks

  9. Mrs January says:

    Amanda: No, that would be considered stacking and is not allowed.

  10. Adam says:


    In many of your price match posts you indicate “call in” as a source of the discount. What does this mean?

  11. Cassie Howard says:

    Adam: Those are coupons you receive when you call or email the company and ask for them.

  12. tamara says:

    Is there anything we can bring with us to the store to prove to adament cashiers and managers that ‘limit one per purchase’ means per item not per transaction???

  13. Cassie Howard says:

    tamara: Some coupon policies state this. Check the one for the store you are shopping at. 🙂

  14. tamara says:

    I was @ No Frills and the supervisor was adament that ‘Limit 1 Per Purchase’ means one per transaction. I told her she was wrong and then when I got home I emailed their customer service dept. I told them its ridiculous that not even their supervisors & managers aren’t aware of the proper lingo! I asked them to send me an email or something in writing that I can bring to the store with me and to update their coupon policy. All stores should add this definition to their coupon policy…why not make it black and white for all employees and customers!

    They ended up sending me a $10 PC gc so that was nice, but(!) doesn’t solve the problem for my next visit!

  15. Emily says:

    Does WTG mean Wow! That’s Great? 🙂

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