Online Shopping Lingo

Online Shopping Lingo

Experienced online shoppers know that there's a​ lot more involved in​ finding good deals online than visiting sites such as​ and​ clicking on the​ "Today's Deals" link. (Although that's certainly not a​ bad idea!)

The deals worth bragging about are a​ lot more elusive, so savvy online shoppers turn to​ coupon, refunding and​ bargain sites for​ help. Yet for​ online shopping novices, visiting such 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 means Dear/Darling/Darn Step-Daughter)

Online Shopping Lingo

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