Online shopping lingo: abbreviations and acronyms

Visiting coupon, rebate, or deal sites may, at first, seem

like visiting a foreign country. You see phrases like:

GDA! BBW B&M BOGO in soaps, HTH

And you think WHAT? Hey? What are you talking about? That

the language is THAT?

(Translation: Good deal alert! Bath & Body Works

physical store has soaps buy one get one, hope this


I mean, it’s enough to make you love TYHO!

(Take off your hair, I made it up).

Before I click on frustration, let me assure you that

It is possible to speak like a native, you just need a guide to

terminology, acronyms, abbreviations, definitions and

use of words found in lists of premium products and rebates, coupons and

online code lists and rebate and trade forums.

Each site you visit may have its own particular phrases, but

In general, the most common terms are found in the list.



B&M = Brick and mortar

B1G1F = Buy One Get One Free

BOGO = (same as B1G1), buy one, get one (usually free)

C / O = Cash Off or Cents Off

CPN = Coupon

CRT = Cash Register Tape

CSR = Customer Service Representatives

CVS = A pharmacy / drugstore like Rite-Aid

DB = Dear / Dear / Damn brother

DCRT = Dated Cash Register Receipt

DD * = Dear / Dear / Damn daughter

DG = Dear / dear / damn girlfriend

DH = Dear / dear / damn husband

DND = Do not bend

DS * = Dear / Dear / Damn son

DUPES = Duplicates

DW = Dear / dear / damn wife

EB = extra dollars (CVS)

ECB = Extra Care Bucks (CVS)

ESR = Easy Saver Rebate (Walgreens monthly rebate)

FAB = From another board

GC = Gift Certificate

GDA = Good Deal Alert

GWP = Gift with purchase

M / F = Handling fee

HT / HGT = Hang Tag

ISO = In search of

LMK = Let me know

LOL = Laugh out loud and / or good luck

LPG = Lowest Price Guarantee

LSASE = Long Self Address Sealed Envelope

MIB = Mint in Box

MIL = Mother-in-law

MMV = Mileage may vary

MS = mystery shopper

NAZ = Name Address Zip code

NED = No expiration date

NIB = New in box

NOCC = No credit card

NWOT = New without tags

NWT = New with tags

OBO = Or best offer

PLMK = Please let me know

POB = P.O. Box

POP = Proof of purchase

PP = Purchase price

PPHF = PayPal handling fee

PREM (Premium) = An item received from a rebate offer.

PSTG = Shipping costs

Qualifier (Q) = Proof of purchase.

RAOK = random act of kindness

RP = Rewards Programs

SAHM = Stay home mom

SASE = Self Address Sealed Envelope

SMP = Specially marked packets

TMF = Try me for free

TOS = Terms of Service

TTFN = Ta ta for now

TY / ty = Thank you

UNL = Unlimited

UPC = Universal Product Code

W / L or WL = Wish List

WAHM = Work at home mom

Winetags = coupons found around the neck of a wine bottle

YMMV = Your merchandise (or mileage) may vary

* (Add an S for step _ so that DSD is Dear / Darling / Darn Step-Daughter)

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