B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One, Get One. You can use a BOGO coupon with a store BOGO sale and get them both for FREE.
Blinkies – Little red coupon machine in grocery stores with a small red blinking light that spits out coupons.
CAT or Catalina Deal– A group of items that when purchased together produce a money off coupon. The money-off coupon prints out of the Catalina machine that sits next to the cash register.
Coupon Carol– A cashier that thinks she is better than others and makes up her own rules despite what corporate says.
A non lover of coupons that doesn’t understand the systems and assumes you are doing something wrong because she can’t figure out how it all works.
ESC and ESR – Easy Saver Rebate and Easy Saver Catalog available at Walgreen’s.
ECB – Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
EVOO– Extra Virgin Olive oil, Elmo’s evil twin
FAR – Free after rebate
GM – General Mills
Hang tags -Coupons that hang from the product
HTSFF– How to Shop for Free
IP – Internet printable
ISO – In search of
KWIM = Know what I mean. Also, Kathy’s imaginary friend / alter ego.
MC or MQ – Manufacturers coupon
MFR – Manufacturer
MIR – Mail in rebate
MM – Money Maker
OOP – Out of pocket.
OYNO – On your next order.
Peelies – Coupons you find on the product itself and you “peel” off.
PG – Procter & Gamble
PSP – Pre sale price
Q – Coupon
RA– Rite Aid
RAOK– Random act of kindness.
Rolling– Using store money like CATS or ECB’s to pay for your next order of items.
RP – Red Plum, a Sunday coupon insert.
RR – Register Reward (Walgreen’s)
SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope
SCR – Single check rebate (Rite Aid)
SS – Smart Source, a Sunday coupon insert.
Stack – To stack is to use two coupons together. For example, using a store coupon with a manufacturers coupon on the same item.
Tear pads – A block of coupons where you “tear” individual coupons from.
V– Valassis, one of the coupon inserts.
Wine tag – a coupon that hangs on a bottle of wine. Some say “no wine purchase necessary” and are often for fresh fruit and meat.
WYB – When you buy.
YMMV – Your mileage may vary.
Q: What is How To Shop For Free?
A: We are a large and growing online community of bargainistas created to help you save money. We are all about finding and sharing deals that work out for FREE. We focus mainly on pairing coupons with store sales and promotional discounts to make your out of pocket spending total zero.
Q: I’m new to this site. How do I get started?
A: I recommend introducing yourself in the forum. There, you will meet newbies from all over the country asking and answering a gaggle of general questions about basic coupon-ing. You will need to join the forum, to post. To join, go HERE
Q: How do I use the forums?
A: Aside from the deals posted daily on the homepage (and I post up to five times a day), the forums are where you will find members swapping info on the most up-to-date deals and steals and shopping strategies. Navigation can sometimes be tricky because of the breadth of information. For the cliff notes on how best to find your way around, go HERE.
Q: Okay, I’ve joined the forums. Now how do I start saving money and shopping for free?
A: Patience, my dear. And read THIS POST by one of the HTSFF moderators about how to get started. I couldn’t say it better myself.
Q: In addition to the forum and the homepage, where else can I be made aware of great deals?
A: There are several ways for you to get additional shopping info that will save you mucho moolah:
1. Follow HTSFF on Twitter
I use Twitter to post some of my favorite home page deals as well as share additional “secret” sales. If you aren’t following HTSFF on Twitter you may be missing out on deals that don’t get posted on the site. More and more, I will be using my new smart phone to post deals and pics from the store directly to Twitter. Got to love the new technology!
2. Join our How to Shop for Free Facebook Fan Page
The How to Shop for Free Facebook Fan page is for all of you Facebook addicts. A lot of members prefer joining the gang over there rather than navigating through the forums on howtoshopforfree.net.
3. Sign up for RSS group or topic feeds
This will allow you to search by category or keyword. RSS is a great tool and I highly recommend you check it out. You can also have this sent via Google reader.
4. Sign up for the newsletter on Yahoo groups for daily updates sent directly to your inbox. How much easier can it get?
Q: What is the coupon database and how do I use it?
A: Good question. I have answered this in a post. Read it HERE.
Q: Anything I else I need to know?
A: We do have a few rules. We do not allow spam, bashing, or coupon fraud. We do not allow basic members to post affiliate ads, self promote or refer other competitive sites. Please respect that. If you wish to advertise your personal business, referral program, or online store on the site, you may apply to do this under the entrepreneurs tab. Please see the entrepreneurs’ forum for the guidelines and rules. How to Shop for free may terminate any membership at any time for failure to comply with the groups rules. Let’s play fair. Thank you and have fun!