Are you a newbie to the online coupon, refunding, or bargain world? You’re not alone — although a recent survey by PR Newswire found that 97% of consumers now use online media and coupons to shop locally. Scrolling around these sites can feel like touring a foreign country; they really do have a language all their own. Just check out what we were greeted with on one site while doing research for this piece:
“GDA! BOGO on winter coats/mittens at ON B&M, TO.”
Um…what?? Translation: “Good deal alert! Buy one get one free on winter coats and mittens at Old Navy brick-and-mortar, today only.” Aka, hurry on over to your nearest Old Navy store to cash in on this deal. (Collective: “Ohhh.”)
So before you lose yourself in cyber-deal land, we broke down the most common acronyms, abbreviations, and other lingo found on online coupon sites and rebate forums. Don’t miss out on a great deal because you don’t know what it means!
B&M = Brick-and-mortar (aka, this deal is redeemable at the store’s physical location).
BOGO or B1G1F = Buy One Get One Free
C/O = Cash Off
CPN = Coupon
DND = Do Not Double (aka, no doubling up on coupons allowed!)
GDA = Good deal alert
GWP = Gift With Purchase
H/F = Handling Fee
LPG = Lower Price Guarantee
MIB orNIB = Mint in Box or New in Box (aka, the product is brand new).
NAZ = Name Address Zip Code (to see if you are eligible for the deal).
NED = No expiration date
NOCC = No Credit Card
NWOT = New WithOut Tags
NWT = New With Tags
POP = Proof of Purchase
PP = Purchase Price
SMP = Specially Marked Packages
TMF = Try Me Free (samples, anyone??)
UNL = Unlimited
YMMV = Your Merchandise May Vary