A report by Forrester Research Inc. says that online sales in the United States are expected to reach $523 billion by 2020. An annual survey by analytics firm comScore found that out of over 5,000 shoppers, around half make their purchases online. Wouldn't it be nice if, during all that shopping, your browser would save you money? Your dreams have come true! There are tons of Chrome extensions that can save you hundreds of dollars on the regular. Here are some of the best.
If you're an Amazon fanatic like I am, you'll love this extension. The Amazon Assistant for Chrome is Amazon's official browser extension. It finds you the Deal of the Day, offers product and price comparisons and saves products from any website to your wish list.
Honey is one of the most popular money-saving Chrome extensions, and for good reason. Whenever you check out online, Honey will search for applicable coupons and apply them to your purchase by automatically filling in the coupon code for you. No more wondering if there's an amazing coupon you're missing out on.
Plus, if you're shopping at one of their supported online stores, such as Target, eBay, Walmart or Macy's, a click of the Honey button in your browser will show you all of the sales and coupons that the site has to offer. Spending at these stores also earns you HoneyGold, which can be redeemed for gift cards or real money.
Pricescout can find coupon codes for you, just like Honey, but it also compares shops. While you're shopping, it scans the sites of over 21,000 retailers and will pop up with better deals. I like to combine Honey and Pricescout to find the best deal.
Got several different credit cards? Ever wonder which one you should use to get the most rewards or cash back? Walla.by is an extension that solves that problem. When you get to an online checkout, this extension will tell you which of your credit cards is the best bet for the most savings and the best rewards. The best part is you don't need to enter your credit card information.
"Figuring out which credit card to use shouldn't be a complicated question, but with varying rewards, interest rates, cash back offers and fees, it is easy for consumers to spend more or earn less than they should," said Walla.by founder and CEO Matthew Goldman in a press release. "This update to our Chrome extension enables our users to seamlessly optimize their credit card usage whenever they shop online."
Most savvy shoppers know that shopping at certain times can snag you the best deals. The Camelizer is an extension that shows you the price history of an item you're browsing on Amazon to help you determine to buy now or wait. It will also send you price drop alerts via email and/or Twitter, and you can import your Amazon Wishlist so that you know when your heart's desire goes on sale.
Pro tip: If The Camelizer graph looks a little funny, right-click it and open it in a new tab.
Reviews let you know the quality of a product before you buy. The problem is, a lot of companies hire people to post good reviews for bad products on sites like Amazon. Fakespot is an extension that analyzes reviews and lets you know which ones are baloney and which products you can trust so you don't waste your money on a dud.
CouponCabin is different from other money saving Chrome extensions because it gives you little tips every time you do a search on Google, whether you're wanting to buy or not. Say you're Googling information on the latest Stephen King book. CouponCabin will give you a little alert in your search results that there's a sale on this book. You can also earn 10 percent cash back by using this extension.
Offers.com checks for special deals like free shipping, buy-one-get-one-free and other perks that can save you money when shopping online. It also finds coupon codes. When it finds a code it saves it for you and adds it to your shopping cart. I like this extension a lot because it opens another browser page and displays all of the sales for the site you are viewing, so you never miss a great deal.
The eBay for Chrome is for die-hard eBay shoppers. Love to snipe? With one click you can check on auctions you're watching, without opening eBay in a browser page. This makes sniping so much easier. It also has a bunch of other neat tricks that make using eBay just that much better.