You Know You’re a Savvy Online Shopper . . .
… When you compare fifty prices before making a purchase.
… When you consider tracking down discounts one of your favorite pastimes.
… When, the moment you see a “coupon code” or “promotional code” field during online checkout, you run off to see if you can hunt one down.
While these money-saving quests are often fruitful, they can also be time consuming and will often result in nothing but expired coupons and frustration. Luckily, the add-on world has created some amazing FireFox extensions that will help you save wads of cash during your online shopping journey.
The Offers.com Browsing Companion
Offers.com is one of those great sites that you can visit to find discount codes for thousands of different online stores. This site, unlike many others, takes it a step further by offering a lightweight, powerful FireFox add-on.
The add-on offers the following features:
- Ease of download and use.
- Notification as soon as you’re on a site that has a valid discount code.
- Description of the best offer for the site directly in your browser.
- Link to all other deals from that online store.
The simple idea behind this utility is that you get to search the web just like you normally would, but when a site you’re visiting has discounts, you’ll hear about them.
The Offer Assistant Search Engine Buddy
If you’re looking for a special discount on a specific product type, there are very few alternatives that don’t take up a lot of time. Your options are to browse a lot of coupon sites looking for appropriate codes or look through mounds of emailed data to locate a special deal that works for you.
Offer Assistant makes this process easier. This add-on works as a simple search engine companion that’s compatible with all major browsers. When you do a web search that includes e-commerce websites, it looks for special coupons on your behalf. When coupon codes are found for a site, OA flags it in the search engine.
The Book Burro Comparison Tool
Comparison shopping is like pure wisdom extract, but it can take a lot of time and there is always the chance that you’re missing out on other good deals. That’s where the Book Burro add-on comes in – a must-have for book lovers (and college students who want to save on books!)
This tool opens up a browser frame that takes a look at items you’re shopping for. It then conducts its own search for any identical items that are more affordable. This frame is automatically populated with links to information on any site that offers the same product at a lower price.
While each of these tools is powerful on its own, the best way to save big bucks is by combining them. This will allow you to find sites with discounts, be notified of promotions as you browse the web, and have your comparison shopping done for you. More add-ons are being created every day, so be sure to keep your eye on Mozilla’s add-on search to make your savings tool belt as versatile as possible.
This is a guest post by Jessy Troy, a DIY gadget blogger.