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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

Going Nuts? I can help you understand coupon terms and abbreviations

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quick tip understanding at verses only at

The wording on coupons can be very confusing. One source of a lot of confusion is when coupons say, “redeem at,” and list a certain store. As long as it is a manufacturer’s coupon, you can you can actually use it anywhere.

When a coupon says, “redeem only at,” you can only use it at the store listed though.

On Coupons.com there are some coupons with the Walmart logo. These are actually manufacturer’s coupons that you use can anywhere. Walmart does not have store coupons, the coupon just has the logo for advertisement.

So, next time you print a coupon and it says, “redeem at,” go ahead and use it wherever the item is on sale at. When the coupon says, “redeem only at,” you’ll have to wait for a sale at that particular store.

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    • Maria

      the cashiers from the other stores should read this….

    • dtcox1

      amen cause i have tryed this at other stores they would not take because of w mart on it

    • Nonofrannie

      Yes! Wish this was honored at stores, but my Wegman’s will not accept any coupons with any other store’s logo on it regardless of wording and stating ‘manufacturer’s coupon’ right on it! Very frustrating…

    • gabrielamoralesperez

      what about “one coupon per item” this means not to use 2 coupons on one item but a lot of cashiers think it means you can only buy one item and use one coupon.

    • jenjav

      HEB will also not accept other store logos on coupons. i’ve even resorted to cutting off that corner where the logo is and almost always it beeps at the register.

    • tayreagdyl

      What about catalinas. Like I have save 1.50 off one aveeno product. Says manufacture coupon but printed at rite aid andsays redeem at rite aid but its a manufacture coupon.

    • Kelly

      Awesome. I was literally just wondering about this. Thanks!

    • martha

      Publix will take them.

    • tess

      tried many times, at many stores they will not redeem if other store’s logo is on coupon. I’ve even contacted a couple stores and that is their corporate policy. Just like they won’t accept free item coupons. Even coupons not printed from the internet but mailed to me. Even if they have the fraud strips on the back they won’t accept them.

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    • Mary

      CVS coupon policy specifically states they will not accept a manufacturer coupon with another retailer’s logo. I have found that any mention of any other store whether just the name or the actual logo is not accepted at any of the CVS stores in the area.

    • Kristy

      Good to know – I wondered about that! THANKS :)

    • Laurie

      Ingles will not take a manufacturer’s coupon with any mention of another store, or a logo.

    • Jacki Gross Osborne

      I had a huge blowup at Kroger when I wanted to use CATALINA I got from Food Lion! The manager was so rude, acting like I was trying to get one over on them! I look at Kroger occasionally but 1 year later it takes a really big sale to get me in Kroger!

    • Danielle

      Kroger will not accept them either

    • Anonymous

      thank you!

    • My Kroger will not accept any coupon with another store’s name on it, even if it is a manufacturer’s coupon. They always blame it on Extreme Couponing. It makes me mad because I’m not trying to do anything wrong. The coupon does not say “only at”!

    • becky

      My harris teeter has refused to take them

    • Cindy

      I like how you’ve explained these coupons but to me it is not worth the hassle with the cashier when trying to use these coupons. If the manufacturer want to print coupons for the public to use at any store then DON’T put a particular store’s name on them!!

    • Lynn Kramer

      I wondered about that too. Thanks for clarifying!

    • Jessica

      My Publix refuses to take them! :(

    • Misti Sandefur

      It’s good that you mention this, but it doesn’t really do us any good. The ones that need to understand it are the store manager’s. I tried using a manufacturer’s coupon at my local CVS that had Kroger’s logo in the bottom corner, and they told me it could only be used at Kroger, and they wouldn’t honor it. I politely said, “I don’t understand, though, because it states that it’s a manufacturer’s coupon.” They said sorry, but they still couldn’t accept it.

      • Struck

        I had the exact same thing happen to me at CVS! “But it says Kroger on it.” “Yes, but it says manufacture coupon in the box like the rest of the coupons.” “But it says Kroger on it.” Ok. I’m done with this conversation.

        • amie

          I think, although it makes no sense to me, that CVS actually has it in their coupon policy that they do not accept manufacturer’s coupons with another retailer’s name on them. Jenny, can you address this?

    • amie

      As some of the other readers mentioned, my Kroger will not take them and neither will CVS. I believe CVS’ coupon policy actually states they do not take coupons with another retailer’s name on them.