13 Chrome Extensions to Save Money When You Shop Online
Let’s say it — shopping online is a blast. With only a few clicks or taps, your favorite items can show up at your door the next day.
But, as fun as online shopping may be, it can certainly pull on your wallet. That is, of course, if you aren’t using a Chrome extension to help you find the best deals.
From alerting you to price drops to providing cash back and automatically applying coupon codes, these top shopping extensions for Google Chrome can transform the way you buy goods online.
Take a look at our list and download an extension for your next digital shopping adventure. Even if you don’t use Chrome, many browser extensions we recommend are typically available for other web browsers.
How the Shopping Extensions Chrome Offers Work
If you use Chrome to shop online but don’t have browser extensions for shopping, you could be missing out on additional features like discount codes, digital coupons and lower prices available from different retailers.
To ensure you’re getting the lowest price on eligible purchases, some Chrome shopping extensions compare across websites to find the best price. Other popular Chrome extensions automatically apply coupon codes or provide the price history of an item so you can shop for the best deal.
How to Download a Browser Extension Safely
Downloading a browser extension is as simple as selecting it from the Chrome Web Store. You can search for the shopping extension by name, then click “Install” or “Add to Chrome.”
A word of warning that while most popular Chrome extensions are safe to use, you should always research the legitimacy and safety of anything you download onto your computer or smartphone.
Use These Chrome Shopping Extensions to Save Money
Forget searching for coupons and promo codes or browsing a handful of sites to compare prices. These money-saving Chrome extensions do that work for you. Try both Honey and one or two others from this list to save money or earn cash during your next e-commerce binge.
Our Top Pick Chrome Extension: Honey
Honey automatically applies available coupons and promo codes to your shopping cart. It also compares prices from Amazon sellers offering the same product and factors in estimated shipping costs. Honey is compatible with thousands of retailers, including Pizza Hut and Forever 21, and boasts that users save an average of $126 a year.
You can also use the tool to save products to a wish list and get alerted when the price drops. Honey works on other browsers like Firefox, Safari and Edge, and there’s also a Honey app. If you have a PayPal account, you can earn PayPal rewards when you use Honey to shop.
12 Other Great Chrome Extensions to Save Money
1. Acorns Earn
If you use the micro-investing app Acorns, you can increase your savings and start earning cash with the Acorns Earn extension. The company’s partners, which include brands like Sephora and Nike, will contribute a percentage to your Acorns investment account when you shop with them.
2. Amazon Assistant
Attention, Amazon shoppers: Get help saving money with the Amazon Assistant extension. The retail giant’s official browser extension notifies you of deals and compares prices for similar Amazon products when you’re on another site. You can also download this tool on other web browsers, including Firefox and Edge.
Being frugal means refusing to pay full price for anything. The BeFrugal extension offers cash back and coupons for thousands of online retailers, including Groupon and eBay.
4. Cently by Coupon Follow
The Cently browser extension, formerly known as Coupons at Checkout, saves you money by applying automatic coupons to your purchase at checkout. It helps you spend less at thousands of retailers — and even when you buy pizza at Domino’s or Papa Johns.
5. CNET Shopping
The CNET Shopping browser extension lets you know when a cheaper price is available elsewhere when you’re shopping online on thousands of sites, including Macy’s and Sears.
You can use this tool for more than just retail. CNET Shopping finds lower prices on flights, hotels and rental cars, too. If you’re not using Chrome, download CNET Shopping on Firefox, Edge or Safari.
When you add PriceBlink to your browser, it’ll show you price comparisons and available coupons for thousands of merchants, including Old Navy and Walgreens. You can also download this extension to use on Firefox and Safari.
The Rakuten extension, formerly called Ebates, helps you find coupons, cash back and other deals when you shop at thousands of stores, including Target, Walmart, Macy’s and Kohl’s. If Chrome isn’t your browser of choice, you can use this extension to earn Rakuten cash with Firefox, Safari and Edge.
8. RetailMeNot Deal Finder
RetailMeNot Deal Finder tests promo codes and cash back offers and applies valid ones to your shopping cart at hundreds of retail stores, including American Eagle and Champs Sports.
Fans of the survey and rewards website Swagbucks can find more ways to save. The SwagButton extension will show you if the retail site you’re visiting offers cash back or if there’s a valid coupon code available. You can also download this extension on Firefox and Edge.
10. Capital One Shopping
The Capital One Shopping Chrome extension helps you save money by informing you of deals, discounts and price comparisons. You can also earn rewards to redeem for gift cards. You don’t need a Capital One account to use this browser extension.
11. The Camelizer
If price history charts are your thing, look no further than The Camelizer. As an Amazon price tracker, it compares the lowest price on Amazon to third-party websites. You can also set an alert so you’ll be notified when the price changes, something Amazon Prime status also provides.
Haunted by the idea that some of the glowing accounts of a pricy product are fake reviews? Find out with the Fakespot extension, which scours Amazon and eBay for the fingerprints fake reviewers leave behind.
Other Ways to Save Money Shopping Online
The hunt to find coupon codes is only the beginning of saving money when shopping online. Finding the best deals often requires patience, planning and a healthy dose of restraint.
Learn the best time of year to save money and find deeper discounts on everything from electronics to clothing to mattresses.
Nicole Dow and Michael Archambault are former senior writers at The Penny Hoarder. Senior writer Kaz Weida contributed.