How to Tell Which are Target Coupons Before Printing

“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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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

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

  7. WARNING: Be very careful with “print preview”. On, 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.

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. 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

  10. 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!!!

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