Browser Extensions Might Be Your Holiday Shopping Miracle

Browser Extensions Might Be Your Holiday Shopping Miracle

Between those “Biggest Sale of the Year!” emails and members-only discounts hitting your inbox at every turn right now, how do you know you’re getting all the best holiday shopping deals?

Enter the browser extension — or a plugin you can download on Chrome, Safari or Firefox — that can take your money-saving strategy to the next level. Download a few (or all) of these, and rest assured you’ll never miss a promo code or checkout freebie again.

Honey

Say goodbye to Googling active promo codes when you shop online — Honey does the work for you. The plugin adds, and sometimes stacks, applicable coupon codes once you’ve reached the checkout page. If no codes apply, you can still earn cash back in the form of Honey Gold Rewards. Rack up 1,000 points for a $10 gift card to one of 3,700 partner sites.

On Amazon, it'll tell you whether the product you're viewing is lowest price offered among other sellers. You can also enable price tracking and get price drop alerts. Bonus: If you qualify for a freebie with your purchase, Honey automatically adds it to your cart for you.

The Camelizer

The Camelizer plugin from CamelCamelCamel is a price-tracker that delivers a complete price history on Amazon products without having to leave the item page. If you’re looking at an item and see it always dips in price at the end of the month, you could save by delaying your purchase. No time to check back? Set up an alert.

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Swagbucks

Earn money while you shop with Swagbucks, which also rewards you for other online activity like watching videos or using their Yahoo-powered search engine. The browser extension will tell you if the site you’re shopping offers cash back (in the form of rewards points), help you find relevant coupons and deals, and alert you to new earning opportunities, like a consumer opinion survey from a partnering brand. Redeem points for gift cards or a PayPal cashout.

Ebates Cash Back Button

Ebates also provides users with up to 15% cash-back opportunities from its network of 2,000-plus retailers. Access promo coupons and daily deals for both online and in-store purchases. Redeem your cash back with a physical check or through PayPal each quarter.

InvisibleHand

If you’re still plotting last-minute travel or booking your hotel stay, InvisibleHand can help you find the lowest prices. The extension will notify you if the product, flight, hotel or rental car you’re viewing is cheaper on another site. The tool tracks prices across nearly 700 retailers and 589 airlines including major carriers like Southwest, JetBlue, American Airlines and United.

Gumdrop by Goodshop

Why not do some good with your shopping? Gumdrop by Goodshop does this while also helping you save. Install the extension and activate coupons at checkout, then donate a portion of eligible purchases to a charity of your choice. Choose your favorite org at the national level, like the American Cancer Society, at a local level, like your kid’s school, or you can even set up a personal crowdfunding mission.

Bonus: Paribus

The only thing worse than realizing you missed a deal is learning that a deal came up after you made your purchase. The Paribus app works to get price adjustments back in your bank account. You’ll link the inbox where you receive e-receipts, and it’ll track your purchases within each retailer’s price adjustment window (usually two to four weeks). If the app recognizes a price drop, it’ll contact the retailer on your behalf, and you get to keep the difference. You can also get a refund or compensation on shipping if your Amazon or Walmart package arrives late (which you know is gonna happen on the thing you need most).

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