Who doesn’t love a good deal? If you’re like me before you checkout from any merchant’s website, you see the “promo code” box empty and want to fill it.
If there isn’t a code listed on the merchant’s website or you did not receive an email for a code, then to Google you go. You’ll search for a promo code and probably land on sites like Retailmenot.com or Couponcabin.com.
Youll then probably spend time trying to apply any promo codes you find on these sites to your cart with limited success. There is nothing wrong with these sites, but there has to be an easier way to get a promo code deal. Introducing, the Honey Browser Extension and mobile app.
What is Honey?
Honey is a browser extension you can download for free that finds promo codes to merchants you are shopping and applies them on your behalf. After you download the extension, applying the coupons/promo codes happens with a click of a mouse button and is easy.
Honey is free, and is supported on these browsers:
- Windows Opera
What is a browser extension anyway?
Extensions are something you download to enhance your online experience. Usually, they add some type of functionality to your web experience that makes your time on the web more enjoyable or convenient.
An example of a browser extension may be to block pop up ads when you’re surfing the web. There are thousands of browser extensions out there.
Is Honey safe?
Yes, Honey is safe to use. Browser extensions sometimes get a bad rap for threatening your online security and privacy. But when used properly from legitimate extensions, your risk is very low. Install the extension from an official website and you’ll be fine.
Is Honey also a mobile app?
Recently, Honey created an app to be used on your phone. The app is great but does something slightly different than the desktop extensions. The app is made to be used as part of the “Honey Experience” and find deals in a different way than the desktop extension.
So you can use both, but they do slightly different things. If you use the Honey app you will find deals served up to you on the main page. Or you can search for deals by a specific store. So less about promo code usage and more about purchasing items on sale or with a deal.
Is the Honey app real? Or is it a scam?
The Honey browser extension and app are a legit way to save money. Anytime I’m shopping on a desktop computer I use the extension to check for promo codes to add to my cart.
Many times I already have the best price via a promo code I put in myself. But there are also times where Honey has found a new code to save me even more.
So I use it every time I make a purchase from a desktop or laptop computer using the browser extension. Also, Honey supports international shopping. In addition to the United States, Honey also works on sites in Canada, Australia, the UK, and India.
How to get started with Honey
- First, download the Honey browser extension
- Shop as you normally would
- Before you check out, click the Honey icon in your navigation bar and have Honey apply codes automatically to ensure you have the best promo.
Honey Price Alerts
Honey offers something they call Droplist. It’s a feature that monitors items of your choice for price drops. When the price drops, they notify you so you can take advantage of a deal while the price is low.
You can choose to monitor your favorite items for 30, 60, 90 or 120 days. Also, there is no limit to how few or how many items you add to your droplist.
You can also sync your Amazon account with price alerts to keep track of all price drops in one place. So if you’re monitoring something in an Amazon ‘saved for later’ list, you can sync it with Honey!
I find it to be convenient and helpful for items I’m truly interested in buying. I was excited the first few times I received a droplist email. But then I felt like I was bombarded with emails showing lower prices on items that I put on a watchlist years ago and have no real interest in purchasing now.
So Droplist is great if your Amazon lists contain items you are actively trying to purchase. You may get annoyed like I did if you are getting emails about things you aren’t truly interested in purchasing. So clean up your Amazon list and you’ll be good to go!
Travel with Honey
Another money-saving feature Honey offers is Honey Travel.
By using the Honey extension for your regular shopping, you can earn Keys for Honey travel.
The keys give you access to exclusive rates on hotels. You can browse hotels by location, compare rates, and find the best deal possible. Yes, there are many other sites out there you can use to find deals hotels. Use Honey Travel as an alternative or another site to check before you book so you know your options!
Honey App pros
- You don’t have to change your shopping habits. Just shop however you normally would and use the browser extension before you check out.
- Peace of mind knowing you have found the best deal available at the time known on the internet. They support over 40,000 shopping websites worldwide. Not saying all of those sites have deals at the same time but they are everywhere!
- The Honey extension even works with Amazon!
- Saves time by not having to look or search for codes yourself.
- Automatically applies coupons so you don’t have to remember to do so. You may get some surprise savings!
- Easy to use, simply download the browser extension.
Honey App Cons
- Not every site or every cart will have a promo code. Adjust your expectations. Or there are times when the codes cannot be applied to all items in your cart.
- May use the same codes you found yourself searching manually (but you can stop doing that and just try Honey).
- Valid on desktop computers only. At the time of writing this post, a mobile app is not available.
- Sometimes you are smarter than the app. You may blatantly see a promo code advertised on the website you’re shopping on that was not offered to you via HOney. It’s not perfect. If you find a code that is available that’s Honey is not picking up, you can add it to Honey to assist other shoppers in the future.
What is Honey Gold?
Honey gold is their rewards program. You can earn points made on purchases using Honey and on referrals. The gold rewards points are calculated and earned over time. Points can be exchanged for gift cards.
50 Gold = $0.50 USD (you need to earn 1,000 Gold minimum to redeem for a $10 gift card)
Sometimes there are gold bonuses that are offered to you to earn rewards even faster.
Also referring family and friends to use Honey can earn you the equivalent of $10 by simply referring 2 people! You can refer up to 200 people, so there is an opportunity to earn cashback if you share the app with friends and family.
Is there a Honey App?
Recently Honey launched a mobile app for use on your mobile devices. But there is a difference between the browser extension and the mobile app. The way Honey describes the difference between the two is the desktop extension goes with you (follows you) to stores you visit when shopping online. The mobile app brings stores to you! You can shop by category or shop by specific stores.
Who is the Honey Extension for?
- Someone who wants to save money easily, conveniently, and with little effort. Honey is easy to use and something I try before every online purchase.
- You have access to shop on a desktop computer. Honey started as a browser extension and that’s how I like to use it best. But you have to use it on a desktop or laptop.
Who is the Honey Extension not for?
- Someone who only has access to their phone or mobile device.
- Anyone who isn’t conscious about wanting to save money. This may be an extra step, even an easy one, that is too much of a pain for a non-saver to want to deal with.
I have been using the Honey desktop extension for a while but haven’t played around with the mobile app yet to have an opinion. At first glance, it seemed clunky to use and I already like using Ebates for web purchases so I’m not sure if they compete or can work together. It’s new but as I play with the app more I’ll update this post.
Have you tried Honey? What do you think of it?