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5 Browser Extensions to Save You Money Online

These add-ons to your internet browser will activate discounts and can help you earn cash back


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Paul Spella

Online shopping has its perks — you can shop in your underwear, the merchandise gets delivered to your door, and return policies are very liberal. Money-saving browser extensions can also help you enjoy maximum discounts.

What’s a browser extension? It’s a module that you can download from your browser’s store to help you customize your shopping experience. When you shop, the extension works in the background to compare its list of discount offers against the pages you’re on, and when it finds a match, it will pop up the offer right on the page so you can activate discounts or earn cash back.  

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We have picked our five favorite money-saving browser extensions based on trust and reputation, ease of use and features, cash back, rewards, discount performance and shopping partnerships.

Honey

One of the most popular money-saving, cash-back browser extensions is Honey. Owned by PayPal, Honey’s terms include a promise of not selling your data to other companies. Honey will compare prices with other online retailers, alert you to price drops and offer coupons on purchases when available. It will also make suggestions and track prices using a unique best-price tracking feature. Honey’s account and payment system is fully integrated with PayPal so it can offer you the most flexible cash-back process, allowing money transfers with as little as a $10 threshold.

Rakuten​

Founded in 1997 as Buy.com, Rakuten offers $30 cash back for referrals, and a true cash-back rewards program using PayPal in addition to other options. Rakuten cash-back payouts are scheduled quarterly. Rakuten offers features rivaling Honey’s while benefiting from a larger number of merchant partnerships that compete with Capital One Shopping.

Capital One Shopping

Launched in 2016 as Wikibuy, the platform was acquired by Capital One in 2018. Capital One Shopping has received some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings and review scores and is partnered with the largest number of online stores, with over 30,000 merchants worldwide. Capital One Shopping offers one of the best price comparison tools, with a strong rewards program offering anywhere from 2.5 percent to 10 percent depending on the merchant. Unlike with Rakuten and Honey, payout reward options are limited to gift cards without a true cash-back option or Paypal money transfer option, and there are no referral bonus offerings.​

Coupert

Never search for coupons again while earning Coupert Gold. As with Honey, you can redeem your cash-back gold by transferring the cash value once you reach the Coupert $10 threshold requirement. Coupert lists more than 7,100 online retail stores to shop from using its coupon discount system.

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AARP Perks

It pays to read! You can earn 750 AARP Rewards points just for installing the AARP Perks browser extension and up to 15 AARP Rewards points daily when you use it. Nonmembers can earn 500 AARP Rewards points for installing the extension and 10 AARP Rewards points for doing daily activities like reading an article or learning about member benefits. You can install and start using AARP Perks™ in three easy steps.

Other shopping discount browser extensions to consider for price tracking and coupon searches are CamelCamelCamelBeFrugalRetailMeNotFetch Rewards and Top Cash Back. If you’re looking for an excellent discount tool for online food groceries, look no further than ibottaInvisible Hand will help you track the best values on flights, hotels and rental cars.

Some pointers for using extensions:

  • Most reputable browser extensions will ask you to create an account using your Google, Facebook, Apple or email address account login. The best option for Google Chrome users is to activate a Google account dedicated to online shopping and use this account as your Chrome browser shopping ID. Microsoft Edge users are advised to use a dedicated Hotmail or Outlook account. Avoid using your Facebook or AppleID when possible.
  • Don’t run all the extensions at the same time. It could affect performance and create app conflicts. For example, running both Honey and Rakuten may have the adverse effect of canceling out all the available discounts. Test the apps to find the one that works best for you, then remove all but the app you want to use.
  • Safeguarding your privacy while keeping spam to a minimum can be a challenge. Although money-saving browsing extensions for shopping online are free, you should expect that your shopping habits and actions will be shared. Read the terms and conditions and only use browser extensions like Capital One Shopping that specifically state they will not sell your data to a third party.
  • Using the PayPal integration allows you to pay online without remembering or sending your credit card information over the internet for online purchases. However, if you choose to use a credit card that offers a rewards program, you will indeed benefit from the discounts from the extension in addition to the discount from your credit card rewards program.

Question: What’s your favorite browser extension for shopping online?

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