Many years of finding deals online have helped me become a very savvy online shopper. I’m a whiz at searching for coupon codes, cashback opportunities, and the best possible price. My husband knows that when he wants to buy something online, it’s worth me looking at his cart to see if I can find any coupon codes or other ways to save.
I like the hunt of finding good deals, but I also like saving time. That’s where extensions like the Honey app come in – they use the power of price tracking, crowdsourcing, and relationships with retailers to find deals that even I can’t find on my own. I decided to give the Honey app a try myself to see how easily it could help me save.
Honey App Review
If you’ve been meaning to check out the Honey app, consult this Honey app review for a breakdown of how it will help you save both on current purchases as well as future ones.
What Is Honey?
Honey is a Chrome extension and app that automatically finds promo codes for you from its huge database. You can create a Droplist to keep tabs on prices of items you’re dying to buy, and you’ll earn a percentage back of your purchases with Honey Gold.
Honey has over 17 million members and compiles coupon codes from over 30,000 retailers including Finish Line, Sephora, Forever 21, and many more. Honey states that the yearly average savings for each customer is $126, with a 17.9% average discount per order. Oh, and did I mention that Honey is FREE?!
Honey appears to be a one-stop-shop for online shopping. Not only will you save on your current shopping orders, but you’ll also get lower prices on future orders and earn cashback to redeem in gift cards. More about all those options in a little bit…but can you see why it’s worth a look?
How Honey Works
There are two ways in which you can use Honey. The first and most common is the extension which you can add to your browser in about two seconds:
You don’t even need to create an account to use the extension! Simply shop like normal, and at checkout, Honey will pop up and apply any available coupon codes to your cart.
The second way to use Honey is via the mobile app. The mobile app compiles savings from lots of different stores into one app so you can find the best deals immediately. It also offers single-cart checkout, even if your items are from different stores.
Honey can operate for free because they earn a commission from stores when you find savings. When you click their coupon codes and links, they earn a kickback from the store and, in some cases, pass some of that kickback on to you.
Ways to Save with Honey
Here are the different ways you can use Honey to save on your online shopping trips:
The Savings Finder is the primary way people save with Honey. Instead of searching for promo codes and coupon codes yourself, use Honey to apply their frequently tested codes automatically. It just takes a click and a few seconds of waiting to see what works.
Honey Gold is Honey’s cashback and referral program. You’ll earn rewards (aka “Gold”) by shopping through their links at select retailers, including Macy’s, Groupon, Walmart, and more. Once you earn 1,000 Honey Gold, you can redeem it for a $10 gift card to a popular store of your choice like Amazon, Target, and eBay.
You can also invite a friend to join Honey and earn Gold that way. For each friend that joins through your link, you’ll earn 500 Gold. Your friend also gets 500 Gold when they sign up through your link and make their first purchase. You can earn referral Honey Gold for up to 200 friends…and if you have that many, lucky you!
This is a very easy way to earn free gift cards you can give as gifts (of course!) or use to splurge on a special purchase.
PS – While the Savings Finder extension doesn’t require you to create an account, you will need to create one if you wish to earn Honey Gold (for obvious reasons).
Wondering if a deal is a good one? Honey has a Price History feature on many items that keeps track of how much an item’s price has gone up and down in the past. With this information, you can decide whether to buy an item now or wait for the price to drop.
Speaking of the price dropping, if you don’t want to have to keep checking back for a lower price, you can add products to your Droplist. When Honey detects a price drop on an item in your Droplist, they’ll send you an email as a heads up.
This is such a time saver, not to mention a great way to limit impulse buys. Once you add an item to your Droplist, you’re choosing to sit on it for a bit and not just buy it immediately.
Then when you get that price drop alert, you’ll have had some time to think about whether you still want the item, and you’ll be saving on your purchase if you do decide to buy.
One fun add-on is the Smart Droplist option. Turn it on to give Honey permission to automatically save frequently viewed items to your Droplist. For example, I just discovered that Honey added the travel mug I keep looking at on Amazon to my Droplist. Thumbs up!
Amazon Best Price
I know we all shop on Amazon…but don’t assume that the first item they show you has the lowest price. Honey’s Amazon Best Price feature compares sellers within Amazon for you, while also considering shipping charges and Prime status.
Plus, their price history tool helps you see if you’re getting a rock-bottom price or if you should wait a bit to see if the price drops. And of course, you can add items from Amazon to your Droplist, too!
Honey’s Mobile App helps you save while shopping online. It’s one of the best coupon apps to help you save money as it automatically finds promo codes for you, watches free shipping thresholds, and lets you check out at several retailers with a single cart.
Again, you can access your Droplist via the mobile app, just like you can with the extension. And you’ll earn Honey Gold at many retailers, just like when you’re shopping on your computer.
Please note: The Honey Smart Shopping Assistant mobile app is available on both the App Store and Google Play, but the Android app is currently still in development. (You can still install it; it just may not be finished.)
My Honey App Review & Experience
OK, so…is Honey worth it? I decided to give it a try with saving on some of my kids’ back-to-school shopping. I will have four kids in school this year and they desperately need some new shoes and clothing. It would be nice to find some deals on packaged snacks for their lunches, too.
One feature that Honey doesn’t mention much as a savings opportunity is their homepage itself. Once you create an account and log in, you’ll see an Explore page that features trending stores and cashback offers. You can also browse deals by category and check out the hot daily deals and best-selling items among Honey users.
I decided to start my search by looking for shoes for my 5-year-old. A simple search for “girls’ shoes” on the Honey Explore page led to over 1,600 results! I could sort by price, store, and brand to further narrow my search. However, I wasn’t too thrilled with the options that popped up, so I decided to go to a specific retailer – Target.com – instead.
I found two pairs of shoes that would work for my daughter and added them to my cart to see what Honey would do. At checkout, Honey popped up to say it would try 10 coupons. It took a little longer than I thought it would for it to run through all the coupons, and in the end, it saved me…zero dollars. Womp womp.
I also noticed a Target Circle offer that Honey didn’t mention (since it’s not a coupon code, I’m not surprised)…but that just goes to show that you still need to be observant as you’re shopping and not trust that Honey will catch all the discounts for you.
Alrighty then, let’s try something else…how about jeans for my 11-year-old? Again, I started with Honey’s homepage and narrowed by category until I got to Boys’ Clothing. And here’s what I found:
…hold on, I did search for boys’ clothing, right? Yup. Hmmm…so I went to OldNavy.com instead. I found a few great pairs of jeans for my son for just $10 each! I added them to my cart and went to checkout. Honey tried three coupons and…none of them worked. However, I was able to earn Honey Gold on my purchase.
Last stop: finding packaged snacks for school lunches and to tide my kids over on the ride home from school as they’re always “starving” when I pick them up. I decided to head straight to Amazon this time instead of browsing Honey’s website.
This Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack is a winner with my kids, and Honey told me that this is currently the best deal available on Amazon among sellers. I also clicked on the Price History and found that there have not been any significant changes in price lately and this is a good deal.
I could have added this variety pack to my Droplist if I wanted to, but I decided to just go ahead and purchase it. The Honey extension didn’t even pop up at checkout, but I’m wondering if that’s because I used the Subscribe & Save option instead of checking out normally. (I’m a big fan of Subscribe and Save Deals!)
You might think that my experience with Honey on this online shopping trip was a bust since the Savings Finder didn’t find me any additional savings. However, I did earn Honey Gold on one of my purchases and I used the Price History to confirm that what I was buying was a good deal. Considering this took little to no effort, I’m calling it a win.
Pros and Cons of the Honey App and Extension
Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of this app to help you decide if it’s worth it to you.
Pros of the Honey App:
- Easy and quick to install or uninstall
- Can be used on a lot of different browsers
- Virtually automatic savings
- Opportunity to earn cashback
- The mobile app is available on both the App Store and Google Play
Cons of the Honey App:
- The extension can slow your browser down a little
- Takes time to run the coupon codes, sometimes without any payoff
- Doesn’t price compare or price track across retailers
- Cashback can only be redeemed in the form of gift cards
- Explore page on the Honey website isn’t very useful
Privacy and Security Issues
One other thing to mention in this Honey app review: privacy and security issues. Their Help section states: “We only collect information that we believe can help you save time and money when shopping online.”
Here’s what they mean: as you shop, you’re helping Honey help other members since you’re running the coupon codes to see if they work…and that way Honey can tell if the codes are still working or not. As you browse, you’re helping Honey update the prices for popular items.
If for some reason you choose to uninstall, it’s easy to do so. You can delete the extension from your browser or go a step further and ask Honey to delete your account (check your Account Settings for this option).
If you’re looking for an all-in-one option for helping you save as you shop online, the Honey app fits the bill. It helps you find coupon codes, track prices on wanted items, and earn cashback on your purchases to redeem for gift cards. You won’t save every time with the Honey app, but it’s easy enough to use that it’s worth having even for occasional savings.
Have you saved money with the Honey app? What’s your personal Honey app review? Please comment below to share your experience!