Don’t Click ‘Buy’ Before Downloading One of These Free Browser Extensions
It’s easy to overspend when you shop online.
You buy things with the click of a button, no cash exchanging hands. You can shop in your pajamas at 2 a.m. And once you’ve made your purchase, you see targeted ads everywhere, enticing you to buy more.
But if you can fight the temptation to impulse buy, online shopping can help you find the best deals — especially when you download Google Chrome shopping extensions.
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 one or two from this list to save money during your next e-commerce binge.
1. Acorns Found Money
If you use the micro-investing app Acorns, you can increase your savings with the Acorns Found Money extension. The company’s partners, which includes 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 download this tool on other web browsers including Firefox, Edge and Safari.
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 applicable coupons to your purchase at checkout. It helps you spend less at thousands of retailers — and even when you buy food at Domino’s or Thrive Market.
5. CouponCabin Sidekick
CouponCabin Sidekick shows you available coupons and cash-back offers directly in your search results. In addition, it’ll alert you of potential savings when you’re visiting your favorite online stores. This tool is also available for Safari, Firefox and Edge.
6. Flight Fare Compare
Jetting out of town? The Flight Fare Compare extension (created by Jack’s Flight Club) takes your airfare searches on Google Flights and compares them against search results from Momondo, Kayak, Expedia and Skyscanner so you can find the best price. You can search using any type of currency and specify which class of ticket you prefer.
Honey automatically applies available coupons and promo codes to your shopping cart. It also compares prices from Amazon sellers offering the same product. 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 browser extensions like Firefox, Safari and Edge.
The InvisibleHand 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. It finds lower prices on flights, hotels and rental cars, too. If you’re not using Chrome, download InvisibleHand on Firefox or Safari.
9. Otto by Gift Card Granny
Gift Card Granny’s browser extension Otto finds discounted gift cards you can apply as you shop online. Once it identifies an available gift card, you just copy and paste the code at checkout. Participating retailers include JCPenney and Best Buy.
The Piggy extension allows you to add more money to your porcelain porcine bank — or the FDIC-insured version of it. This tool applies coupon codes and discounted rates when you shop online, including on travel sites like hotels.com. It also identifies cash-back offers.
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 with Firefox, Safari and Edge.
13. RetailMeNot Genie
RetailMeNot Genie 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.
15. Wikibuy from Capital One
The Wikibuy Chrome extension helps you save money by informing you of community-sourced deals, discounts and price comparisons. The tool has more than 3 million users who can add their money-saving finds to the network. Wikibuy also highlights reviews and similar products so shoppers can make the best choice about which products they buy.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.