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Online Shopping Lingo: Abbreviations and Acronyms

  • By Diana Ratliff

  • Visiting coupon, refunding or bargain sites may, at first, seem like visiting a foreign country. You see phrases such as:

    GDA! BBW B&M BOGO on soaps, HTH

    And you think WHAT? Huh? What are they talking about? What language is THAT?

    (Translation: Good Deal Alert! Bath & Body Works brick-and-mortar store has buy-one-get-one on soaps, hope this helps!)

    I mean, it's enough to make you want to TYHO! (Tear Your Hair Out - I made that one up.)

    Before you click away in frustration, let me reassure you that it IS possible to speak like a native - you just need a guide to the terminology, acronyms, abbreviations, definitions and common word usage found on rebate and premium product lists, coupon and online code lists, and refunding and trading forums.

    Each site you visit may have its own particular phrases, but generally speaking the most common terms are found in the list below.


    B&M = Brick & Mortar

    B1G1F = Buy One Get One Free

    BOGO = (the 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 Reps

    CVS = A pharmacy/drug store like Rite-Aid

    DB = Dear/Darling/Darn Brother

    DCRT = Dated Cash Register Receipt

    DD* = Dear/Darling/Darn Daughter

    DG = Dear/Darling/Darn Girlfriend

    DH = Dear/Darling/Darn Husband

    DND = Do Not Double

    DS* = Dear/Darling/Darn Son

    DUPES = Duplicates

    DW = Dear/Darling/Darn Wife

    EB = Extra Bucks (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

    H/F = Handling Fee

    HT/HGT = Hang tag

    ISO = In Search Of

    LMK = Let Me Know

    LOL = Laughing Out Loud and/or Lots of Luck

    LPG = Lower Price Guarantee

    LSASE = Long self addressed stamped 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 = Post Office Box

    POP = Proof of Purchase

    PP = Purchase Price

    PPHF = PayPal Handling fee

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

    PSTG = Postage

    Qualifier (Q)= Proof of Purchase.

    RAOK = Random Act of Kindness

    RP = Rewards Programs

    SAHM = Stay At Home Mom

    SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

    SMP = Specially Marked Packages

    TMF = Try Me 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 DSD is Dear/Darling/Darn Step-Daughter)

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