5 Money-Saving Apps and Browsers For Online Shopping

Shopping online isn't just convenient. It's also the only way many consumers have been able to get what they need during the coronavirus pandemic. Now that the National Bureau of Economic Research has declared a recession, it's also a priority for many to find good deals online.

Believe it or not, shopping is only a way to spend money. Despite what an advertisement might say, you are never truly “saving” money when shopping. But if you do want to spend less, whether it is online or at the grocery store, these apps can help you spend less. And believe it or not, it's actually really easy to spend less. There are money-saving apps that can score you discounts when you're shopping online, and some can even return your dollars in the form of real cash or gift cards. And let's be real: Who doesn't love spend less? Read on to learn more about the best money-saving apps to keep as much cash as possible in your bank account the next time you go shopping.

1.Honey

Honey is a browser plugin for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera browsers that help you save money by automatically applying coupon codes at the checkout stage of online shopping. Sorry Internet Explorer users, you have to upgrade to something better to use Honey-Chrome is a solid choice for most Web users.

With Honey installed, you will see a popup in the checkout phase at any eligible online store. Just click the popup and Honey will try out all known coupon codes and automatically apply the best one. It also offers a rewards program for a wide range of stores that works at 30,000 online stores and gives you “Honey Gold “points that can be redeemed for gift cards. Don’t shop online without it!

2.Capital One Shopping

Capital One Shopping (previously WikiBuy), a browser extension acquired by Capital One in 2018, is a price comparison tool for online shopping. It has a five-star rating from over 9,000 users on the Chrome Web Store.

Capital One Shopping searches for a better price while you shop at Target, Best Buy and more. You’ll see a friendly little pop-up if a better offer is found, including tax and shipping details. Capital One Shopping is 100% free to use and dedicated to watching out for you and your money. In the last year alone, they have saved users over $160 million (!!!). Time to cash in.

While viewing products online, Capital One Shopping will automatically compare prices to other retailers' and search for relevant coupon codes for your purchase that may be available. You also can search for products directly through Capital One Shopping's website to find the products you're interested in, or even search by store to see what promotions are available at that time.

Capital One Shopping also gives users the ability to set price alerts on items they're interested in but may not be ready to purchase. You will receive an alert if a saved item's price drops.

3. Ibotta

Whether you’re buying groceries, chowing down on takeout, or giving your wardrobe a serious upgrade, start with Ibotta and earn cash back on thousands of in-store and online offers.

Users can create an account with Ibotta for free. From there, you can browse its offers before you shop in store or online. Most offers are for cash back on specific products, such as a certain brand of cereal. If your offers are for in-store purchases, you can redeem your rewards by scanning your receipt or linking your store loyalty account, if you have one.

Another major advantage of Ibotta is a new feature offering rewards from retailers that provide grocery pickup and delivery. The minimum rewards amount for redemption is $20; once your balance hits that threshold, you can redeem it for cash through PayPal or for digital gift cards at dozens of retailers.

4. Rakuten

Rakuten, formerly known as eBates, is one of the most versatile online shopping tools available. Rakuten is one of the most popular shopping portals on the Web and offers up to 40 percent cash back on purchases at more than 2,500 partner stores. There are no complicated points to worry about, just a simple percentage cash back program on eligible purchases.

The season of saving starts at Rakuten. Join millions of members who earn Cash Back online and in-store at thousands of stores.

Get paid for shopping at all your favorite stores.Sound too good to be true? Here’s the deal: Stores pay the platform a commission for sending you their way. They share that with customer as Cash Back. Everyone wins!

Shop with Rakuten to earn Cash Back.Rakuten is the easiest way to get rewarded for shopping. Shop on Rakuten.com or the Rakuten App, or use their free browser extension to get Cash Back on your purchases.

5. CamelCamelCamel

While it sounds like a ride in the Arabian Desert, CamelCamelCamel has nothing to do with the humpbacked animal. This money-saving app is a free Amazon price tracker. Through the website or browser extension, users get access to charts and details of price history for virtually every product listed for sale on Amazon. The free Amazon price tracker monitors millions of products and alerts you when prices drop, helping you decide when to buy.

Unlike big-box retail stores, Amazon prices change constantly. Comparing current prices to past trends helps you know if you would get a good deal buying today or if you should hold off until the price comes back down to average. If you shop regularly at Amazon, this can lead to huge savings.

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