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“How do I know which coupons are Target Coupons Before I Print?” is one of the questions I get asked the most, so I thought I would do a post to explain the ways I use to tell the difference. While I really wish & hope one day I will see a little red bulls eye on the coupon images so that we can easily tell the difference, so far it has not happened.

To make things easy for readers I do maintain a list of current available Store coupons along with a matchup on my Target Coupon Page. I do print them all in order to verify specifics, and expiration dates. But if you are interested in checking on your own- here are several ways to do it…


MANUFACTURER COUPONS: Manufacturer coupons always use the wording “when you buy”.

TARGET COUPONS: Target Store coupons always use the phrase “with purchase of”. OR Target coupons use no pre-emptive wording at all. So for example the Sensodyne coupon shown above says neither and is in fact a Target Store coupon.

Another way to tell if it is a Target or Manufacturer’s coupon is to right-click on the image in the center of the coupon (the actual product). I realize different browsers & operating systems will have a slightly different method of obtaining a picture’s properties- but usually when you right click on the image you will get an option of “Picture Properties” or “View Image Info”. Once you click on that it will bring up a small dialog box with the image info.

TARGET COUPONS: Coupons that are Target coupons have images stored in a subdirectory called Target. Images listed in this Target Directory are all store coupons.

MANUFACTURER COUPONS: Coupons that are manufacturer coupons have images stored in a subdirectory called “manufact”. Images listed in this Directory are all manufacturer coupons.

Some printers allow you to put your printer in a print preview mode. If your printer has that ability you can usually find it in your printer properties & settings. Not all printers have this option, but if yours does, this mode forces the printer to bring up a preview before you print, therefore easily telling if it is a Target or a manufacturer coupon.

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87 Responses to “How to Tell Which are Target Coupons Before Printing”

  1. Jenne says:


  2. Erin says:

    This is bloody brilliant. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO!!

  3. Machelle says:

    Finally!! Someone knows… thanks so much!

  4. Amanda says:

    I’m not sure where the most appropriate place to ask this question might be, so here it goes. I just recently was told at my Target that the phrase, “Limit one coupon or offer per guest.” that is now on every coupon printed means that I can only use it ONE time. I’ve seen that phrase before and I haven’t had an issue. I’m just wondering…any help…please?!?

    Thanks TT!!!

  5. Marie says:

    Amanda – I think it is up to each store how they deal with that. It would be sad if they made that a policy… Good luck

  6. bargaincolleen says:

    Thank you!! Finally a way to tell without printing first. You rock!!!!

  7. Eva says:

    Thanks so much! I just about love you for this!!

  8. carrie says:

    Thank you for figuring that out!

  9. mae says:

    Wow!!! Makes sense! Thanks for the explanation!!! :o)

  10. Toni S says:

    Thank you so much!

  11. Bonnie says:

    Thank you very much!! I needed this explanation

  12. Sharon says:

    THANK YOU for saving my ink!

  13. thelma says:

    thank you so much for all your work!

  14. Amy says:

    This is really useful. Thanks so much for figuring it out!

  15. Eva says:

    LOVE IT you are a genius.

  16. kathy says:

    Thanks so much. That was a big help for me and you are saving everyone’s ink and paper by telling us this. You SO ROCK! 🙂

  17. Christine says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  18. Lauren says:

    Amazing, thank you!

  19. Mil says:

    WARNING: Be very careful with “print preview”. On coupons.com, once you create the preview it considers the coupons printed. I canceled out of a multi-page preview to delete a coupon from the group before printing, and I lost the chance to actually print any of the coupons.

  20. debbie says:

    Thank you for showing the difference. I appreciate knowing the difference.

  21. Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch says:

    Amazing, thanks!!

  22. Shannon G says:

    Amazing! I hate that Target has to make finding this out so darned difficult, but it’s awesome that you have! THANKS A MILLION!

  23. Lynne says:

    Awesome, so helpful. Thanks!!

  24. Jeff says:

    The “when you buy” and “with purchase” of still works for those Qz that say that…

    but now, some of the Qz do not contain either of that verbage, and can be either a MFR Q or T Q … it is not as easy to tell anymore.

    Also reset dates have changed depending on when you print the Q – that is for T Qz also, now.

    T Qz have shown up so far w/ a different date of up to two weeks depending on when you print them – just like the MFR Qz

  25. Lisa says:

    Very helpful, Thanks! 🙂

  26. Christine says:

    A bit late but thanks for information!

  27. ANJ says:

    Thank you for the helpful information!


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  29. Bonnie says:

    This is AMAZING thank you!

  30. Barb says:

    Thanks for the clear info for one of my favorite stores.

  31. ong says:

    Is the Target web printable coupons not printing numbers under their bar codes anymore? I thought they used to have a numbers under/over the scanning bar. Without the number over/under the scanning bar, can i still used the Target web printable coupon?

  32. Kerry says:

    Hey ong- mine are not printing with #s but they scan just fine hth

  33. Annie says:

    Thank you so much!! I have been wondering this for some time and now I know the answer because of you. Thanks!!

  34. Kathy says:

    fyi…I was on the Target coupon page today and was able to hover over the dollar value on the top of each coupon, and it showed “Target Coupon” with the expiration date. If it was a manufacturer’s coupon (ie. wording “when you buy..”, it did not say “Target Coupon” but did show an expiration date. I know some people have been able to hover and get this info in other browsers before, but I have not been able to before today. I am using Internet Explorer. Thanks for your explanations above and for all you do to save us money!! I really appreciate all your hard work!!

  35. Katie says:

    THANKS! I have been scouring the internet trying to find the answer to this lol!

  36. Doris says:

    Wow, what an awesome explanation. This has been bugging me for a while and I never thought about trying to figure out which was which. Thanks!

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