With CNY around the corner, it’s the festive shopping season again and that usually means loads of online shopping deals. However, are you maximising your online savings? Here’s a list of the top 6 browser extensions or plug-ins to help you save more, find better deals and shop better!
Best browser extensions for saving money when you shop online
Honey: Find Coupons Automatically
The Honey browser extension is one of the pioneers of chrome extensions for online shopping. It started with coupon code auto-insertion during checkout. When the Honey browser extension detects sales, the gray “h” button in your browser turns orange. Before you make a purchase, the Honey plug-in will automatically apply the best available promo codes.
Honey also has a droplist for Amazon. Add Amazon items to Honey Droplist and Honey will email you when there’s a price drop in your selected items. However, it doesn’t take shipping or import fees into mind, so you have to be mindful. Honey also recently added Honey Gold, their version of cashback rewards when you earn Gold from successful affiliate purchases, which can be redeemed for gift cards later.
One of the drawbacks of the Honey extension is that it’s more targeted at U.S. merchants and sites, though this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t download it. After all, as Time Magazine calls it, it’s free money!
Honey works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Download here.
RateX: Find Coupons and Earn Cashback
Whilst Honey targets mostly U.S merchants, RateX is a browser extension that targets the Southeast Asian merchants. RateX is a smart shopping assistant that delights users during their shopping experience. Like Honey, they offer auto-insertion of coupons during checkout.
However, RateX also allows for overseas payment on some supported merchants, largely Amazon. Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK) are popular amongst Singaporeans, but many do not know that they have to pay with a poor exchange rate through Amazon’s Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) or their debit/credit cards. RateX claims that making overseas payments through them will be cheaper than the other usual alternatives.
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With their own version of RateX Clovers, RateX wants to rewards shoppers with cashback points as well. Clovers are redeemable for cash, cryptocurrencies, gift cards or miles.
RateX works on Chrome and Firefox. Download here.
Amazon Assistant: Compare Amazon Prices
If you love shopping on Amazon, then you need the official Amazon Assistant plug-in. It compares products across Amazon so you know you’re getting the best price. Amazon Assistant proactively shows you Amazon’s best offer and ratings for products you are browsing online.
Another cool feature is their Universal Wish List. You can get all your online favourite deals from Amazon and other websites in one convenient extension. We’ve tried it, and it really helps to make your shopping experience less messy.
Amazon Assistant is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Download here.
Camelizer: Check Price History
The Camelizer plug-in comes from CamelCamelCamel, a website that has nothing to do with camels but everything to do with price-tracking on Amazon. The Camelizer helps you easily view historical pricing data for Amazon products directly whilst on Amazon. It offers complete price history data, so you have a rough gauge of what’s a good price.
With The Camelizer, you can also set price alerts via email and/or Twitter so you know when it’s your best price to buy.
The Camelizer is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Download here.
Thieve: Find Curated AliExpress Deals
AliExpress is another popular merchant amongst Singaporeans, but browsing AliExpress might be challenging for some. Thieve is a daily curated list of the best deals on AliExpress. With the Thieve browser extension, shoppers can check the Thieve product score, reviews and seller feedback easily.
Using Thieve, you can right click any image on the Internet to search for the same products on AliExpress.
Thieve works on Chrome and Firefox. Download here.
ShopBack Cashback Button: Activate Cashback Easily
ShopBack is a cashback site that allows shoppers to earn cashback at hundreds of merchants. For avid ShopBack users, we encourage you to download the ShopBack Cashback browser extension. It notifies you when you are shopping at a ShopBack-supported merchant, so you can easily “Activate Cashback” and not visit ShopBack’s website again.
ShopBack Cashback Button also displays all the top merchants with cashback, so you can simply browse and discover merchants on the extension.
ShopBack is available on both Chrome and Firefox. Download here.
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This article was contributed by RateX.