Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Couponing lingo.

The following is the abbreviations and explanations of some of the most common couponing terms.
  • MOC = money off coupon
  • SEL= shelf edge label
  • PP = Tesco price promise
  • APG = Asda price guarantee
  • T&Cs = terms and conditions of use
  • SS = self service tills
  • SA = sales assistant
  • CS = customer services
  • BOGOF = buy one get one free
  • DTD = Double the Difference
  • RTC/whoopsied = Reduced to Clear
  • OOD = Out Of Date 
  • OOS = Out Of Stock
  • CC = Clubcard
  • Womble = a receipt/PP etc that you have picked up as someone has thrown it away.  You are making use of some one else's rubbish.
  • MSM/MYS = My supermarket (http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/)
  • JPG = this is a type of file.  If you use the snipping tool or paint to cut out an online coupon then this is the type of file the coupon/photo will save as.
  • PDF = this is a type of coupon and file that can be saved on your computer.  All pdf coupons will have the same barcode just like a magazine coupon.
  • For more types of coupons see this note :- https://www.facebook.com/notes/extreme-couponing-uk/types-of-coupons/345435195559300
  • One per person/customer = when you enter a shop, you are a customer.  Only one of these types of coupons should be used per visit. You could get around this by visiting different stores or even at different times as you could be deemed a new customer.  If you have one person coupons that are genuine then it maybe an idea to not use your loyalty cards if you are planning to frequent the same store as traceable data would be recorded.
  • One per transaction = a transaction can be deemed as a complete 'shop' from the first item being scanned to payment.  When a coupon says this it means you should only use one per 'basket' off items. Mist stores will allow you to split shopping up into several transactions to adhere to the t&cs. Although some have recently started to introduce a fair use policy to limit transactions per visit. 
  • One per product/purchase = this means that you can use one coupon per item purchased as long as the coupons are legitimate.
  • Stacking = This happens more in the US than over here as most UK stores don't really understand the principles behind it.  If (and this is a big IF!) the store understood then stacking is wonderful.  An example could be if you had a coupon from the Tesco magazine and a coupon sent from a manufacturer for the same item.  The Tesco coupon is THEIR offer and would be 'reimbursed' (it's technically not as it is paid for by Tesco themselves) and the manufacturer's coupon is an offer from them and would be 'reimbursed' through Valassis to the store. The coupons are therefore from different sources and the store would be completely 'reimbursed' for both coupons.  This means there is a possibility that you COULD get more items for free.  However, as I have said, most UK stores don't understand it and so operate a 1 coupon per item rule.  You maybe able to speak to customer services about it or use the self serve tills. It is important to note though that the ss tills are set up to accept 1 coupon per item so you may need to buy something else at the same time.

I found this website very helpful although it is American :- http://www.ehow.com/how_4448872_understand-coupon-lingo-food-supermarket.html

Please ask if I've missed anything.

Laura :-)

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