Another Cool Way to Save $$$ –> Honey

by J. Money -

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Review of: Honey

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5
Last updated:Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Summary:

A service that automatically finds - and applies - coupons before you check out online. It's awesome! (And free)

Hey guys!

In my continued mission this year to share kick-ass services I come across from blogging, I happily bring you yet another one I think you your wallet is really going to like :)

It’s called Honey, and it does this:

“Honey magically scours the Internet for ANY coupon that is active for the website you’re shopping on. During checkout, just click the Honey button and we’ll automatically apply the best coupon to save you the MOST money.”

How simple is that? It’s not an app or even a web app, but rather a browser extension.

You download it right off the site, and seconds later it’ll show up in the upper right corner of your web browser as a little “h” icon –> honey icon. Like this:

honey web extension

It works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, and has over 1,300 Google Reviews rating it 4 and 1/2 stars. Why I’m just learning about it now, I don’t know, but they’ve been around for over 2 years now an I’m officially its newest user :)

In fact, this makes the perfect companion piece to all those other services we’re using! A financial nerd’s wet dream – hah.

  1. Honey will save me money before I buy something
  2. Paribus will find me money after I buy something (when the price drops/sneaky marketing happens)
  3. And then Acorns will round up the purchase to the nearest dollar and invest the difference!

And of course, we also have Digit humming along in the background xfering over small chunks of money into my savings account automatically too. Technology is awesome, isn’t it?

So to recap…

Pros of using Honey:

  • It’s free!
  • Takes seconds to download
  • It’s automatic (though you do have to click to apply the coupon)
  • It saves you money!

Cons of using Honey:

  • It doesn’t work on all browsers yet, like Internet Explorer
  • It doesn’t work with all online stores yet (UPDATE: It now works with Amazon – wooooo!!!!)
  • It doesn’t work on mobile – just desktop
  • If you don’t spend a lot of money online, you won’t save a lot of money

And unfortunately/fortunately, that last one is exactly why I can’t tell you how much I’ve saved so far since I don’t spend much anymore :) My wife does though for all our house and gifting needs, so I just like I did with Paribus I’m forcing her to download this as well. I’ll see if I can give you an update on that dynamic duo later once it’s been humming for a while. If you’re already spending online, you might as well get stuff cheaper, eh?

So that’s Honey in a nutshell :)

Want to try it out? Sign up here.

Already using it? Let us know what you think! And more importantly, how much you’ve saved so far! I feel like a couple of you have dropped their name over the years here and I simply wasn’t smart enough to pick up on it, haha… I’m a disgrace to all financial bloggers everywhere, what can I say ;)

Hope y’all find this useful… Let us know what other tricks/services save you $$$!

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PS: Did I mention they have a sense of humor too?

honey funny welcome email

PLEASE NOTE: As always with companies I love and review, I get compensated if you sign up through any of the links here. If this service is not for you, please do not sign up.

Jay loves talking about money, experimenting, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his two beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Young Millennials July 8, 2015 at 6:41 am

It worked for me on amazon.ca a few weeks ago. Also worked on Rockler last night. I was using Chrome both times if that helps. Super useful extension as it costs nothing and requires no effort.

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2 J. Money July 8, 2015 at 8:12 am

Nice! Good to see it works in the real world like that. Thx for letting us know :)

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3 Brian @ Debt Discipline July 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

Never heard of Honey, need to check them out. Even if you are a casual shopper online who doesn’t like to save money?

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4 Free Money Minute July 8, 2015 at 7:22 am

Nice, something I always do manually can now be automated. You have to love technology. It is a cat and mouse game between shoppers and retailers.

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5 J. Money July 8, 2015 at 8:13 am

Right? I NEVER buy anything without checking for a coupon first online. You don’t always get lucky, but most times you do :)

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6 Kali @ XY Planning Network July 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

Gotta love brands that aren’t afraid to be funny :) I really like the idea of Honey but I think I’m in the same boat with you.. I just don’t spend enough to make it super useful for me. Hopefully it’ll come through when I need it though! Thanks for sharing more fun tools, J.

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7 J. Money July 8, 2015 at 8:14 am

Watch it helps us save like $100 on the one transaction we do online, haha… Hope to see you again at FinCon, my friend :)

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8 Tawcan July 8, 2015 at 8:19 am

Cool app, will have to sign up and check it out.

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9 Becky July 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

Thank you for all the smart info you send our way in an effort to save us money!
I have a question about the “honey” browser extension. Is it different/better than ebates? Can they work in tandem? I use the ebates icon, but not sure if I could use both. It would be awesome if we could!
Thank you-
Becky

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10 Nina @ Honey July 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Becky – At the moment, they can work in tandem. You can use Honey to search for coupons during the checkout process, but then you’ll want to activate your cashback through Ebates at the very end of the process.

Thanks!

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11 Jover2 July 8, 2015 at 8:52 am

Don’t forget to start out from ebates.com or Mr. Rebates for cash back on the items you purchase… pretty soon they’ll be paying us for shopping! ;)

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12 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Hah – that would be nice!

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13 Jacquelyn July 8, 2015 at 9:31 am

May I just interject and say…nothing works on Internet Explorer anymore. ;)

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14 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Good one :)

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15 Kayla @ Kat Script July 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

Interesting app. I can’t believe how many new ones are coming out all the time to help people save money. Maybe PF is taking the world by storm :)

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16 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Right? It’s a beautiful new age we live in!

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17 Will @ Phroogal July 8, 2015 at 11:42 am

And here I thought you’d be teaching me how to make my own bee colony. :) I think this extension has greater power to save me money.

I don’t see any downsides. Unless it slows down the browser much. Chrome is already a RAM hog as it is..

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18 Amanda July 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Sounds a lot like Ebates to me; I’ve got its extension installed. Possible coupons before, cash back after :)

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19 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Gotta rock it all and compound that savings!

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20 Done by Forty July 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm

You’re like an automation superstar now, and that’s the key to real success. Systems, systems, systems.

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21 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Only since earlier this year! I made it a point in Jan to actually go out of my way and see what the fuss is about with the new $$$ companies coming out. Pretty glad I did :)

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22 Heather @ Simply Save July 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

I don’t shop much these days, but when I do I like to save! Excited to try this out!!

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23 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Let me know what you save!

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24 Christine @ The Pursuit of Green July 8, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Love it when things save me time. So far I haven’t had too much luck with Paribus. Seems to have trouble with tracking my online purchases…but I don’t buy much online anyhow. But Honey…that will save time since I always search online for a code.

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25 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Good to test them out and then kill the ones that don’t work and stick to those which do :)

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26 Kath July 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm

So happy to see the July 6th post was not your last :-)

You Rock, J Money!!

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27 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Hehe me too! It means I’m still alive and breathing – can’t want more than that :)

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28 Reelika @Financially Wise On Heels July 8, 2015 at 11:07 pm

This is cool and it does work, I have tried it myself and no complains :)

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29 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Awesome! thx for letting us know.

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30 EL July 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Hey J. Your like the Indiana jones of personal finance. You keep finding all these cool PF tools. Gotta check them out. Thanks’,

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31 J. Money July 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm

hahahaa…. I’m always searching for that treasure, that’s for sure :)

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32 Kalen July 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Haven’t heard of it! Can’t wait to check it out though. I had a company call me to offer a beta testing program for a company they are starting that actually uses your GPS location and shows you coupons to places around you. Then it automatically reminds you every so often when it’s time to get a haircut or get your oil changed and it shows coupons for that as well. Saving is getting smarter and smarter!

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33 J. Money July 10, 2015 at 9:17 am

Yeah it is! That GPS stuff has been around for a while now actually, just never seemed to have caught on all the way yet. I’m sure someone will crack it though :)

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34 [email protected] July 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Added. Looking forward to trying this out!

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35 J. Money July 10, 2015 at 9:18 am

if you save a lot, I want a beer next time we meet up :)

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36 Tyler July 11, 2015 at 6:39 pm

I love free services that save me time and money! I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

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