How this Free Extension Saves Online Shoppers Money

Honey wants to save you money while you shop online, but is this free internet browser extension worth your time and effort?

That’s what I set out to determine when I started researching the performance of this popular money-saving widget.

I spent some time using, researching and reading up on the Honey extension. In this article I will:

  • Run through the basics of what the Honey extension is and how it works
  • Give a first-hand account of a new-user experience
  • Break down what some others are saying about Honey
  • Help decide if it is worth adding to your browser

How the Honey Extension Works

If you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably heard that the Honey extension offers a way to save money. But how?

Well, it’s actually pretty neat. If you’re using one of the following internet browsers, Honey has a free extension available for you:

  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Microsoft Edge

If you’re not familiar with “browser extensions,” they’re basically small software applications that add to the functionality of your browser. Think of it as a customized add-on to your browsing experience.

In this case, the add-on is built to survey your online purchases in real time to ensure that you’re getting the best deal. Honey searches the web for coupon codes and discounts that can be applied to a purchase as you go through the checkout process.

Here’s a quick video from Honey that has a good rundown of how the extension works:

Honey Gold Rewards Program

Beyond saving you money at checkout, Honey also offers the opportunity to earn rewards.

Many actions you take after signing up for an account, like making a purchase or referring a friend, earn you “Honey Gold” rewards points. You can redeem those points for gift cards you can use at many major online retailers.

Here’s a screenshot that shows some of the retail partners where you can use Honey Gold:

Honey offers up to 500 points of Honey Gold per referral you make, meaning you could earn a $10 gift card by referring as few as two friends.

The cap on these rewards is 200 referrals, meaning you could earn up to $1,000 in gift card rewards by spreading the word about the service. 

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