Driven by the pursuit of a great deal, you’ve downloaded bar code scanning apps on your phone and clipped coupons from your local newspaper. But even you — a savvy deal seeker — may not know that your computer can replace both of those money-saving activities.
Browser extensions are plug-ins you can download on web browsers like Chrome or Safari, and some of these tools can do your bargain-hunting homework for you.
These are our picks for five of the best browser extensions for online shopping.
Honey is a browser extension that promises to help you find and automatically apply the best coupon codes at checkout before you complete an online order. So rather than opening a separate tab and searching for coupons and sales from coupon aggregator sites, you just shop as usual and let Honey do the work for you.
The extension also promises to find the lowest prices at Amazon. Additionally, Honey members can earn cash back on their eligible purchases through a rewards program called HoneyGold. Simply click the button at checkout, complete a transaction and you may receive up to 20% back on your purchase as a surprise bonus.
Honey is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera.
2. Rakuten Cash Back Button
Similar to Honey is Rakuten, a cash-back website that calls its browser extension the Cash Back Button. Members can use the button to activate cash back directly at store sites (rather than clicking through from the Rakuten portal first) and automatically apply coupon codes at checkout.
Unlike Honey, cash-back percentages aren’t a surprise at Rakuten. The store has rotating offers of various cash-back percentages from a wide selection of retailers, so you can compare exactly how much you’ll get back depending on where you shop and choose accordingly. For instance, at the time of this writing, Rakuten is offering 1% back at Target and up to 6% at Walmart.
The Rakuten extension is compatible with Chrome.
3. Giving Assistant
Giving Assistant is a shopping website with a twist. It helps its members locate deals and donates a portion of eligible member purchases to the shopper’s nonprofit of choice.
Install the Giving Assistant Button extension to save and donate at the same time. Once you have it downloaded, you’ll see a notification if the retailer you’re browsing has cash back available. Click the button to activate, and click again at checkout to apply coupons. Additionally, you’ll be able to choose what percentage of your cash-back earnings to donate to your cause.
Giving Assistant's browser extension is available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
4. The Camelizer by CamelCamelCamel
The Camelizer is the brainchild of CamelCamelCamel, an Amazon price-tracking website. CamelCamelCamel tracks the price history of items sold on Amazon so shoppers can get a sense for any given product’s regular price — and thus judge when a sale is really better than the ordinary selling price.
The Camelizer extension provides users with price history charts without having to leave a product page on Amazon. So while you’re scoping out that Beats Pill speaker, you can quickly pull up how much it was selling for last month or earlier this year.
The browser add-on is supported by Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and Safari.
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InvisibleHand is a browser extension that compares prices so you don’t have to. When users shop at supported retailers, such as Amazon, Target and Best Buy, they’ll see a notification in the top right of their browser if the item they’re looking at is available for a lower price somewhere else. Plus, it tells you when there are retailer coupons to use. InvisibleHand also compares airline, hotel and rental car prices to help you find the best travel deals.
InvisibleHand can be added to Chrome, Firefox and Edge.
Check out the websites for these browser extensions for more information and for links to download them in your compatible browser of choice.