5 Awesome (and Easy!) Ways to Save Money While Shopping Online

updated Oct 16, 2020
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Online shopping is just about the best thing since sliced bread—especially these days. Aside from the obvious benefits, like leisurely browsing from your couch with a glass of wine, one of the best parts of shopping online is the ease of comparing prices. While you can toggle between a few competitors and scour the internet for promos and deals, there are a few tools that will do all the work for you. As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, a standout weekend for sales, check out these sites that will help you find the best deals online, no matter what you’re shopping for. 

If you’re not using Capital One Shopping (formerly known as Wikibuy), you should be. A simple, seamless way to save money while you shop online, the free Capital One Shopping browser add-on instantly drops crowd-sourced promo codes in your cart across thousands of sites, automatically. Basically, while you’re shopping on your favorite retail sites, Capital One Shopping scours the internet for amazing deals in the background, helping you save both time and money. Plus, if an item you’re shopping for is available for cheaper elsewhere, Capital One Shopping’s friendly pop-up will notify you before you check out. It’s available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

Remember Ebates? Well, Ebates is now Rakuten. This money saving company allows you to get up to 40 percent cash back at over 2,500 stores—not bad, if you ask us. Stores pay Raukten a commission for sending you their way, and Rakuten shares the commission with you as cash back. It’s free to join, and there are no points, no fees, and no forms. Simple savings are the best kind of savings, right?

Honey is a simple plugin that finds the internet’s best discount deals—like your own personal coupon finder. Just add the plugin with two clicks and you’re set to start shopping for deals. While you’re perusing a retailer’s website, Honey will be busy behind the scenes looking for the best discounts and sales. If you’re looking for something specific, add it to your savings list and Honey will monitor prices on that product and notify you when it drops. 

If you regularly shop on Amazon, make sure you’re taking advantage of all the Amazon Coupons you can find right on their site. From cleaning products to wellness and beauty supplies, Amazon offers hundreds of coupons ready to be “clipped” and applied directly to your Amazon purchases. While lots of us shop on Amazon, many people sleep on the discounts Amazon offers, so be sure to start taking advantage of these if you aren’t already. 

If you know coupons, you probably already know that RetailMeNot is the place to find all the latest deals. With new coupons and promo codes added everyday, RetailMeNot curates coupons and discounts from thousands of retail sites, so you can find all the best deals all in one spot. RetailMeNot even offers cash discounts, so you can earn money for shopping at your favorite retailers.