Monday Productivity Pointers
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Use the Honey browser plugin to save money
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Garrick Chow, and welcome again to Monday Productivity Pointers. If you've ever purchased anything online, and these days who hasn't, when it comes time to check out and pay for your order you've most likely seen a field for entering a coupon or a promotional code to get a discount on your purchase. And you might have gone so far as to Google the name of the merchant you're ordering from and the word coupon to see if you can find a code to save yourself some money. So today I'm looking at a free browser extension called Honey. It automatically detects coupon code fields on certain websites, and with a single click it can try out multiple codes from its large database of active codes.
Honey is currently supported in most major web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, and it's completely free. To install it go to joinhoney.com/install, and then click the Install Honey link here. If you're using Chrome or Firefox, you'll be able to install it right away once you accept the permissions here. If you're using Safari, you'll be taken to the Safari extensions page, and you'll browse for the Honey extension to install it from there. If you don't see it on the Safari extension page, just do a Google search for Honey extension Safari.
But I'm using Chrome in this case, so all I have to do is click that install link, and then confirm the permissions here by clicking Add Extension. Now if you wanna read more about the types of information Honey collects, you can read the FAQs here at joinhoney.com, but it's mostly just data that's necessary for using the extension. So I'll click Add Extension, and now Honey is installed on my browser. Next you'll have to register for an account. You can register either with an existing Facebook account or an email address. I already have an account, so I'll just click Log In, and then log in with my account.
And that's pretty much all you need to do. You can now see the Honey button here up in the toolbar of my browser, but once it's installed you can literally forget about it until the next time you go to purchase something online, and even then you don't need to remember that you installed it, because it will automatically alert you if there's a potential coupon it can use for your purchase. So, for example, I'll go to macys.com, and I'll just quickly add something to my shopping cart. Find myself a nice sports coat. I'll pick a size and add it to my cart, or my bag in this case, and then I'll go to checkout.
So once I go to checkout, I immediately get a pop-up from Honey saying that it found 20 codes. So you can see there's a place here to add a promo code, but instead of having to go out and search for them myself, all I have to do here is click Try Codes. Honey's then gonna run through its list of the most recent codes that have worked, adding them one at a time and checking the results. If it finds more than one working code, it'll use the one that saves you the most money, and you can see the codes being tried as they pop up here. You can dismiss this message when you see it. All right, so it actually found a working code, and you can see in this case it saved me nearly $32.
When I close this window, you can see this discount has in fact been applied. So I didn't have to go hunting for a coupon, I didn't have to enter anything myself, and I didn't even have to remember that I had the extension installed. Honey noticed that I was on the checkout screen, so it popped up and with a single click I was able to run through 10 different codes and it ended up saving me $30. So that's pretty much the gist of using the extension. Now Honey does offer other features like Honey Gold, which is their rewards program that pays you a commission when you purchase certain items through Honey's website or through the extension.
You might see a Honey Gold message during checkout in the same pop-up window that alerts you about potential codes. You can just ignore Honey Gold and stick to the coupons, but if you wanna learn more about it, you can read about it at joinhoney.com. Now if you go to joinhoney.com to stores, you'll be able to find a list of codes that have recently worked, which can be another way to quickly find deals online. For example, here's a code for JCPenney that just popped up, an extra 20% to 30% off, including furniture, and it worked five seconds ago. But you'll most likely get the most use out of Honey just by having the extension installed.
Again, it'll pop up anytime there's an opportunity to use a coupon. Just have your expectations set for it to not always find a valid code. For example, it always pops up when I make a purchase at Amazon.com, but it hasn't yet found a valid code for the items I've purchased. So, I really see no reason to not install the extension. It may not always find a deal, but it's worth the few seconds it takes to try the codes out, and it can potentially save you money, as well as the time it would normally take to hunt for those codes yourself. And that does it for this week. I'm Garrick Chow, and we'll see you next time for more Monday Productivity Pointers.
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