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Stop Hunting For the Best Online Deals - Make This Plugin Do The Work Instead

Stop Hunting For the Best Online Deals - Make This Plugin Do The Work Instead

If you're anything like me, every time you go to order something online, you first open a new tab and do a quick google for "[retailer] coupon." It's always worth it to take a few seconds to check if you can save even a little bit, or get free shipping. I had heard about a few plugins that check coupon codes for you, but I always thought they were kind of gimmicky, or wouldn't work, or would make me join some kind of club program, so I stuck with my extra tab, manual check system. Until Honey. 

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There's a high probability you've heard of Honey before. Honey is a browser plugin that searches through all those coupon codes to find the best one and apply it to your online shopping cart without you doing any work at all. Honey is also vital if you're a frequent Amazon shopper - you can see the prices of items over the past 120 days, and save items to a droplist so that when the item gets down to your desired price you'll get an email and you can buy it. No more obsessively checking an item to know when it's time to buy! 

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Honey is completely free to use, and I added the plugin to Chrome thinking I'd just test it out and see how I liked it. It was my frequent Amazon purchases that initially got me hooked. I was previously a CamelCamelCamel devotee, and if you've used that Amazon price tracking website, then you'll be no stranger to Honey's Amazon tools. The big difference is that with Honey, all the tools show up directly on the Amazon item listings. No more copying and pasting onto another page. Any time you look at something on Amazon, you'll see these two little buttons show up, and you'll be able to see if this is the best deal, if you can get a better price from another seller, or if you want to add the item to your droplist so you can get an alert if the price changes. I used this to get an instant notification when my Dyson Cordless Vacuum reached my desired price, and I was able to buy it earlier than I had actually planned. 

But Honey isn't just for Amazon shoppers. It works all over the internet. A few weeks ago I was shopping on Soko Glam and the Honey pop up sprang up and asked if I wanted it to scan for coupon codes. "Sure," I said, assuming it would come back with nothing. But it came back with a code that looked like a bunch of gobbledygook and it saved me FIVE DOLLARS. I will say, almost every other time when I don't know about a coupon code already and I give it a whirl it comes back saying there is no code available, but this time it really paid off. 

 Literally my old neighborhood, btw. 

Literally my old neighborhood, btw. 

Speaking of paying off, Honey has a program called Honey Gold that literally pays you back for all that online shopping you're doing. Whether Honey can hook you up with a coupon or not, just for having the plugin installed you can earn Honey Gold on your purchases at certain retailers. Almost every one of mine has been 1% back, but apparently it goes up to 20% back. (It's a simple and also complicated system that you can read about on the website.) You get an email telling you how much Honey Gold you got for your purchase soon after, but there's a rather long pending period before you can access that cash (basically for the merchant to make sure you didn't return anything, and for them to be like "it's legit" to Honey and Honey to be like "cool!" to the merchant), about 60 days. Once you have 1,000 Honey Gold, i.e. $10, you can redeem it for a gift card to some pretty clutch stores like Nordstrom, Sephora, Target, Amazon, or donate the money to charity. 

 This is what your Honey Gold account looks like. I erased the gold amounts because you could figure out how much I spent at each store and it's NONE of your BEESWAX (Honey pun intended), but it does show up here. 

This is what your Honey Gold account looks like. I erased the gold amounts because you could figure out how much I spent at each store and it's NONE of your BEESWAX (Honey pun intended), but it does show up here. 

I haven't reached the threshold to redeem Honey Gold yet, but I have a lot of gold pending so once that's in the vault I'll be able to speak to the gold redemption process. The one thing I can speak to is that all of this took basically zero effort on my part. Like, I installed a plugin on my laptop and went on with my life as usual, and in the next 60ish days I'm going to get a gift card for $30. Honey doesn't send me any emails or ads. I am not a part of any "community" and I don't have to contribute anything. If you're a person who doesn't like the idea of Honey knowing where you're shopping, this is not the thing for you. If you're fine with them knowing you bought leggings at Athleta, in exchange for gift cards and coupon codes, then this is a dream come true. 

I was not paid anything by Honey to promote their product, I just really, really love it. If you want to try it out, you can click this link: 

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to add Honey to your browser. IF you decide to use that link, and you add Honey and make a purchase, I'll get $5. You can also join Honey all on your own and not use my promo code. Either way, what matters is that you know about this great service that saved me $5 on my Soko Glam order out of the blue with a code that looked like something out of The Matrix (I've never seen The Matrix).

Wear, Watch, Want #66: The 3-Seat Garden Heist Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #66: The 3-Seat Garden Heist Edition

The Vacuum That Made Me WANT To Vacuum Every Day

The Vacuum That Made Me WANT To Vacuum Every Day