There are ways to save money when shopping online in addition to waiting for a good sale to roll around. We found some Chrome extensions specifically designed to sniff out coupon codes and other discounts, and then automatically apply them to your shopping cart before you check out.
In addition to finding coupon codes, these extensions usually have other benefits, such as rewards programs and price tracking. If you would rather track prices manually, you may also want to install The Camelizer extension from CamelCamelCamel. This service stores historical price data, and is a great way to tell if a sale will only save you a few dollars, or if it is the best price ever offered on a product. It is an invaluable tool that, along with one of these extensions, is guaranteed to save you money on everything from dinner to electronics.
Price tracking and automatic codes: Honey
You’ve probably heard of honey (for free) from an ad, but it’s really a great way to save money when shopping online at over 30,000 sites. The popular extension starts right before you pay for what is in your shopping cart. It scans the web for valid coupon codes, tries them out and automatically uses the best one. It also has exclusive promotional codes you will not find anywhere else.
With Honey you can also earn rewards called Honey Gold. The more you shop, the more you will collect gold, which you can eventually spend on gift cards from your favorite stores. It can also compare sellers on Amazon, consider Prime status and shipping, and it has built-in price tracking tools. Honey also has a more general Droplist feature that allows you to add an item to Droplist, and then receive an alert when a price drop is detected in other stores.
Coupons and cash back: Rakuten
Formerly known as Ebates, Rakuten (Free) not only does a great job of finding relevant coupons for your purchases, it also allows you to earn cashback on some of them. It shows you refund rates for a product when you look it up in a search engine, so you can compare prices in different stores before clicking on one, and tells you if there is another store with better refund rates than the one you are currently at before going through with the purchase.
The Rakuten extension automatically finds and uses codes when you are ready to check out – you do not need to do anything extra. It works seamlessly in popular stores like Walmart, Kohl’s, Target and others.
Real-time discounts from the community: WikiBuy
WikiBuy (free) is a tool from Capital One to help you find the latest discounts from popular online retailers. The expansion is run by over a million users in the community who also share coupons and discoveries at lower prices. Once a coupon is inserted and the WikiBuy system sees that it works, it is automatically shared with others. The same goes for agreements; when a user finds a good deal in a store, the system shares it with other users, alerting them from the browser.
The extension also lets you earn loyalty rewards from popular online retailers such as Macy’s, eBay or Walmart, which can be saved and eventually redeemed for a gift card on WikiBuy. It can also highlight reviews and similar products to ensure that you always make the best choice on a particular product.
See the latest offers: SlickDeals
SlickDeals is already one of the top sites where you can find up-to-date offers on all kinds of products, so it makes sense that the SlickDeals Chrome extension (free) will also be an excellent resource to help you save money. Supported by a huge online shopping community, SlickDeals gives you the latest deals and coupon codes, and even automatically uses the codes at checkout at popular retailers like Lowe’s, GAP, Dell, Target, Kohl’s, Walmart and more.