“How to save money on everything you buy online?”
Ever wondered about that?
Most online shopping hacks and tips only help you save money on certain products or sites (like our Amazon shopping hacks).
But what if you want to actually save money on anything you buy on the internet, whether it’s on Amazon, eBay, Walmart or any other shopping site.
Fortunately there are some tools and websites that help you not only find the best deals out there, but also get money back from sites with price drop grantee (where they pay you back the difference if you find the same item cheaper, elsewhere).
What will I learn?
1. Before you buy: InvisibleHand
We all want to get the best price possible no matter what we buy.
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That’s why comparison prices should be a no-brainer.
One of the best online shopping browser extensions that compares prices for you is InvisibleHand.
It tracks prices on any product you like.
What makes it particularly great is the fact that it runs automatically in the background. So no more finding out there was a better deal on the same product after you already bought it because you forgot to compare prices beforehand.
It works silently in the background while you browse and shop. As soon as it finds a better price, it gives you a toolbar alert.
It also compares prices on hotels, flights and other services.
It’s a must-have for anyone who shops online.
Where to get it:
2. While you shop: CamelCamelCamel
CamelCamelCamel is a handy little browser extension that can pull up the price history of any particular product that you are looking at on Amazon.com.
The icon appears in the address bar, and you simply click on the camel to pull up the historic report on prices, so you can see how today’s price compares to offers in the past.
You can even set up alerts that warn you when the price is changing.
It also has an extension for Chrome.
Where to get it:
- The Camelizer for Chrome
3. Before checking out: Honey
Tired of spending 30 minutes searching for a working coupon everytime you want to buy something only to be told at the checkout it no longer works?
It’s a free extension that not only finds you current coupons, it also automatically applies the one that gets you the most discount.
It just can’t get any easier than that!
For more details and how to get the most out of it, read my Honey Coupon app review.
Where to get it:
- Honey extension for Chrome
4. For free shipping: FreeShipping.org
If free shipping is what you’re after, then you should start your search for products on the freeshipping.org website.
It connects through to thousands of stores that have free shipping.
It will guarantee that whatever products you finish up ordering, it will cost you nothing to get them delivered.
5. After purchasing: Paribus
You know how the big retailers offer price matching, that is if you buy something and see it cheaper somewhere else, or if the price they are selling it for falls, they will refund the difference?
Well, now there’s an app for that.
It’s called Paribus.
All you do is sign up with your email account so that the app can access the receipts for your purchases.
Then it watches everything you buy and automatically fills in a claim if you can get some money back.
It costs you nothing if it doesn’t find any refunds, and if it does it costs 25% of the refund, quite a deal when you probably wouldn’t have known about the possibility of a refund anyway without having Paribus find it.
6. Compare Amazon & eBay prices: Pricepirates
Not sure you are getting the best price on an item you’re bidding on with eBay auction?
Stop stressing and overpaying.
It’s a site (has an extension and app for Android and iPhone as well) that compares prices from auctions in progress on eBay with prices on Amazon and many other online stores.
This all happens with one click!
If you buy stuff on eBay, especially through eBay auctions, you need this one.
Where to get it:
- Pricepirates extension for Chrome
- Pricepirates extension for Android
- Pricepirates extension for iPhone
- Pricepirates extension for Windows
7. For Amazon shopping: Amazon Assistant
If you’re like me and do most of your shopping on Amazon, you need this extension.
Amazon Assistant for Chrome is Amazon’s official browser extension that saves you a ton of money.
It does a few things, all helping to save you money:
Finds you the Deal of the Day
It lets you compare products while you browse by proactively showing you the best offer and ratings for products you are searching for.
It notifies you if of any of your watched deals are about to go live
You can also get updates on your orders and shipping progress. You can even save products from any other website to your Amazon wish list.
- Where to get it: Amazon Assistant for Chrome
These money saving shopping apps and extensions were in the original post but they no longer are active or don’t have the extension for all the browsers we had in the original post.
They are listed here for archival reasons.
Now, sometimes this happens because the extension or app had major issues so the developers take the whole thing down so they can create a better working version. So feel free to check them out every once in a while to see if they are back up.
When it comes to saving money while shopping online, comparing prices is the first step.
And when it comes to price comparison sites and engines, PriceScout is head and shoulders above the rest.
What sets it apart from other shopping apps is its dual functionality. Not only you can use to compare prices for any shop and product, it also finds you coupons for the same store and product.
Best of all it’s free to use. Install it and before you put any product in your shopping cart, run this awesome browser extension to find the best price then lower it even more by applying the best coupon it found you.
Where to get it:
- PriceScout extension for
Chrome(no longer available)
- PriceScout extension for Firefox
- PriceScout extension for Opera
When you do your initial search for something, say on Amazon.com, and click through to the product page, ShopGenius (from shopgeniusapp.com) goes into action.
It automatically looks at other suppliers of the product and their prices to find the best deal for you.
It saves you a lot of time and money by doing all the work for you, automatically.
There are no shortage of extensions and apps that save you money, but I believe these are some of the best ones whether you’re shopping online in India, U.S., Canada, U.K. or wherever else.
Using these extensions allows you to save money throughout your shopping process, from price comparison stages all the way to after shipping.
Combine these tools and you will save money on almost anything you buy online.
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