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5½ Browser Extensions That Save You Money (And 1 That Saves Lives)

Ramit Sethi

I love automation.

I love it so much, I try to automate whenever I can — even when it comes to shopping.

From the comfort of my browser and favorite pair of sweatpants, I can:

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. . . all while saving time to focus on my business.

Though the convenience is great, I’ve also been able to incorporate savings into my automation process.

Before everyone accuses me of being a frugalista who clips out stacks of coupons to save a few cents on toilet paper, know that I do actually think it’s a good idea to save on your purchases — but only if you automate the savings so you’re not wasting time.

Here are 5 ½ extensions (you read that right) I use to find the best deals without wasting a bunch of time.

1. Honey — Finds coupon codes everywhere

The Honey handy plug-in aggregates every discount/coupon code available on an online store, helping you save money INSTANTLY.

That’s right, no more relistening to old podcast episode ads so you can write down that coupon code.

Say I head over to J.Crew’s website to buy a new sweater. As soon as I open up the site, the extension automatically tells me how many coupon codes are available for the store.


J. Crew website page
At checkout, I simply go to the Honey extension, click the code I want to use, and paste it into the promo box.

Once you’ve bought enough items using the extension, you have the opportunity to get cash back through the app.

Instant savings and cash-back. It’s a smart way to save money and time.

2. Amazon Assistant — Save time and money on Amazon

Amazon Assistant, which is Amazon’s official browser extension, gives you handy product and price comparisons so you don’t have to spend hours looking for a cheaper option online.

It also automatically allows you to check out their Deal of the Day, their markdown of some great products that only last for one day.


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My favorite thing about the plug-in has to be the feature that takes you straight to AmazonSmile — a program that automatically donates a portion of your purchase to various charities at no cost to you. (I like Pencils of Promise.)

Let’s recap the benefits:

  1. Savings on products you want
  2. An easy way to browse daily deals on Amazon
  3. The warm feeling you get from donating to a good cause (you’re saving money AND lives)

3. Price Alarm — Find the best prices on eBay and Amazon

Price Alarm tracks prices on both Amazon and eBay so you can STOP constantly checking that listing like it’s an ex’s Instagram.

Just find a product you want on Price Alarm’s website, click on the price alarm button, and set the price you want to pay for the product. Once the item reaches the price you set, you’ll receive an email or tweet notifying you.

Plus, you’ll get some of the best deals on stuff. Check out how much cheaper this TV is on eBay compared to Amazon.


screenshot of Price Alarm

4. Swagbucks — Get cash back constantly

This plugin earns you Swagbucks by doing things online you would have already been doing anyway like:

  • Shopping
  • Watching videos
  • Using a search engine to find information

You can eventually trade in the Swagbucks for gift cards to stores like Amazon or Wal-Mart, or for cash back through PayPal.

Swagbucks is also completely legit, unlike a lot of the other rewards plugins out there.

For example, you can get 4% cashback on Amazon purchases. Swagbucks inserts their affiliate code in your purchase and then shares the affiliate commission with you.

Imagine a future where you use Price Alarm to find the lowest price for printer ink on Amazon, then use Swagbucks to get 4% cash back, and pay for the ink with a credit card that gives you 1% cashback.

Swagbucks works on a point system. Every time you take an action that Swagbucks rewards, you get a certain amount of points that you can later redeem for Target or Amazon gift cards or real bucks.

Make money doing things you’d normally do online. Awesome.

5. Ixigo Inspire — Saves money on travel

I normally have a rule of thumb that I don’t download anything I can’t pronounce. However, some rules were meant to be broken — especially when there’s a deal too good to pass up.

Enter ixigo inspire.

This Chrome plug-in provides you with the best prices on any travel website when you visit them.

Which is FANTASTIC for someone like me, since I’m normally splitting my time between San Francisco and NYC.

A nice touch is that the extension will also change the background of each new Chrome tab to a photo of some exotic locale to really inspire you to travel more.

Check it out.


screenshot ixigo
Doesn’t that make you want to drop everything and fly to Paris?

 

5½. Use Amazon Assistant or Price Alarm to save money in stores

Sometimes you need printer ink on a random Wednesday afternoon, and you can’t wait for some delivery guy to bring it to you.

You can still save money using these plug-ins while shopping in a physical store.

Many stores price match Amazon, like Staples. So when I ran out of HP 851 printer ink at the worst possible moment the other day, I went to Staples, pulled up the ink on Amazon Assistant, and showed the cashier the listing on my phone.

They price matched the ink, saving me $16 instantly.

Price in Staples: $63.99

Price on Amazon: $47.99

Savings: $16 (25%)

Getting Ink Immediately: Priceless

Automation is awesome

Instead of spending days dragging yourself through the internet to buy something you want for a few bucks cheaper, automate the process with browser plug-ins that do the searching for you.

This is why I love automation.

But really, it’s only the beginning when it comes to how you should approach your spending and finances.

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19 Comments

 
  1. Carmen

    Thanks Ramit!

    I’m definitely going to give the Honey and Swagbucks a try!

    Also, I agree: Automation is king. I have no time for work for work’s sake.

    Thanks again!

    • Sariel Mazuz

      Honey is powerful, you have to test it.

  2. Dangerman

    Looks like Alice doesn’t do grocery shopping any more.

    • Laura

      Yeah. I found the same thing. It’s disappointing when authors don’t verify their links are still good.

  3. Robert

    Great stuff! I’d add if you are going to sign up for Honey and Swagbucks, to sign up for Honey first. Honey provides promo codes to use while signing up for Swagbucks

    • Carmen

      Thanks for the tip, Robert!

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  6. Andrew

    This article is helpful, but why maintain the pretense that Ramit writes these? It reads like someone trying to imitate his voice. Either credit the individual writer or use a “Team Ramit” byline.

  7. Sariel Mazuz

    Hey Ramit,

    As a big fan of automation too, I have to agree, you mention some excellent tools! Actually, I didn’t know about 2 of them and I’m definitely going to test ’em.

    BTW My favorite one is Honey, this plugin is just perfect, it saved me so much time and money and I recommend everyone to take a minute and install the extension.

    Thanks for these awesome tools, just shared them on FB!

    Stay amazing,
    Sariel

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  9. Kim

    I’ve always been wary of adding extensions…fear of the computer crash and burn. However, there are so many good ones and I’ve been dipping my toes in that pool. 🙂

    • Alejandro G. Agelvis

      oh, don’t be afraid of doing so, if in doubt with an extention, just google it! don’t let fear control your internet life!

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    Many thanks as we are just looking at the amazon assistant. Thanks for sharing

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