What Is the Honey App, and Can It Save You Money?

This shopping app saves you money while you sit back and watch

The Honey app is a browser extension or add-on that can save you money by automatically searching for coupons on most of your favorite shopping sites. It's available for all major web browsers, and it's a lot easier than manually sifting through coupon sites like RetailMeNot.

What We Like
  • The extension is very easy to install and use.

  • It automatically searches a database of coupons, which can save you time.

  • When it works, it's basically free money.

  • When shopping on Amazon, it will alert you if a product is available for a lower price from a different selling or different listing.

  • It can also pull up a price history of items on Amazon, so you don't overspend on an item that sees regular discounts.

What We Don't Like
  • It doesn't always find coupons, which can feel like a waste of time.

  • There is no mobile app, so you can only use it when shopping with your desktop or laptop.

Honey is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and Opera web browsers.

How Does the Honey App Work?

Honey works by looking at the items in your cart on most popular shopping websites and then searching for relevant coupon codes. If it finds any working codes, it enters them automatically, and you end up saving money without the hard work of searching for and entering them manually.

Here are the basic steps of how Honey works:

  1. Shop on any one of your favorite websites as you normally would.

  2. Open your cart, or check out, but don't complete the process just yet.

  3. With the cart or check out page open, click the Honey icon that's located in the extensions or add-ons section of your web browser.

    A shopping cart with the Honey App in the Chrome browser.
  4. Click Apply Coupons. If Honey thinks it's unlikely that it will find a working coupon, the extension will tell you this. Click Try Anyway to force it to look for coupons.

    The Apply Coupons option on the Honey App in a Chrome Browser.
  5. It may take a few minutes for the app to try all the codes found. When it's finished, the amount of money you have saved will be displayed. Click Continue to checkout, and complete your purchase as you normally would.

    How to continue to the checkout after using Honey.

Some sites have partnered with Honey for the Honey Gold program. When you check out on one of these sites, clicking on the Honey extension icon will reveal an option that says Today's Reward Rate, and a button that says Activate. Click this button, and you will be eligible to receive cashback from Honey Gold after you complete your purchase.

Where Is Honey Available?

The Honey coupon app is only available as a browser extension, so you can only use it with a compatible web browser. It does support the most popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and Opera.

You can use Honey whenever you shop, and it works on thousands of different sites. Some of the most popular sites where Honey is available include:

  • Amazon
  • Nike
  • Papa John's
  • J. Crew
  • Nordstrom
  • Forever 21
  • Bloomingdales
  • Sephora
  • Groupon
  • Expedia
  • Hotels.com
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Finish Line
  • Kohl's

If you don't see one of your favorite sites, it doesn't hurt to install the extension and check.

How to Install the Honey Coupon App

  1. Launch the web browser of your choice, and navigate to joinhoney.com.

  2. Click Add to Chrome, Add to Firefox, Add to Edge, Add to Safari, or Add to Opera, depending on the browser you are using.

    If you are using a compatible browser, the add button on joinhoney.com will automatically download the appropriate add-on or extension. If you aren't using a compatible browser, you will need to switch to one.

    Screenshot of the Join Honey web page.
  3. Click add extension or allow if prompted. In some browsers, it might say Continue to Installation, followed by Add. If you are directed to the add-on or extension store, you'll need to click on Get, Install, or another similar button on the store page.

    How to add the Honey App to Chrome browser.
  4. Once the extension is installed, another page will open in a new browser. Click Join with Google, Join with Facebook, Join with PayPal, or Join with Email if you want to take advantage of programs like Honey Gold. Click I'll sign up later if you don't want to sign up.

    The final step for installing the Honey App extension in a browser.

If you prefer, you can install the Honey app directly from the extension repository or add-on store for your browser of choice.

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How to Uninstall Honey

Since Honey is just a browser extension, uninstalling it is even easier than installing it. There's no complicated uninstallation procedure since it isn't like an app or program has been installed on your computer.

To Uninstall Honey, navigate to the extensions or add-ons management section of your web browser, locate the Honey extension, then click Remove or Uninstall.

How top remove the honey app from Chrome.

Is the Honey App Safe?

Browser extensions like Honey are usually safe, but there is a potential for abuse. These extensions can include malware, and they are also capable of collecting your private data for various purposes.

In the specific case of Honey, it appears to be totally safe. While the extension does collect information about your shopping habits and sends it back to Honey's servers, Honey has stated that they don't sell your information to third parties.

The reason that the Honey app tracks your web browsing is so that it can appear only on specific pages, and the reason it sends data back to Honey's servers is to verify purchases in order to provide cashback through the Honey Gold program.

If you're worried about Honey collecting and using private information, make sure to read their privacy and security policy before you use the app.

Keep in Mind When Using the Honey Coupon App

  • You don't need to register with Honey to get coupons: When you download and install the Honey browser extension, it prompts you to log in with Google, PayPal, or Facebook or create an account with your email address. You can skip this step if you don't want to sign up with Honey.
  • If you do register with Honey, you can get extra cashback: Some sites partner with Honey to provide Honey with a commission on sales. Honey then gives its registered users a percentage of that back as part of its Honey Gold program.
  • You can combine Honey with other extensions like Rakuten to save even more: If you use an extension like Rakuten to get money back on purchases, you can still use Honey to find coupon codes.
  • If you have your own coupon code, you can enter it: If you have a valid code for the site you're buying from, you can use it as long as you don't also use Honey at checkout. Do this if you find a better deal elsewhere.
  • Pay attention to the Amazon integration: Whenever you look at a product on Amazon, Honey will insert a little icon next to the price. If that item is available for less elsewhere on Amazon, the icon will turn into a button that tells you how much you could save.
  • Use the Droplist feature to save even more money if you're patient: If you're interested in a specific item, but you aren't ready to buy yet, you can add it to your Honey Droplist. If the item goes on sale at Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, or any other supported retailer within 30, 60, 90, or 120 days, Honey will let you know. You can also choose at what discount percentage you want to be notified (like 5% off up to 95% off).

Honey App Competitors

Honey is one of the most well-known couponing browser extensions, but there are other options out there that sometimes provide better results in different situations.

Here are Honey's main competitors that you might want to check out:

  • WikiBuy: WikiBuy is Honey's biggest competitor, since it does the exact same thing, and it sometimes turns up coupons that Honey misses. It's available as a browser extension for all the major web browsers, just like Honey, and it is similarly easy to install and use.
  • The Camelizer: This is also a browser extension, but it works a little differently from Honey and WikiBuy. It's basically a front end for CamelCamelCamel, which is a site that lets you find deals on Amazon.
  • RetailMeNot: If you prefer to look for coupons manually, this is one of the oldest, and most reputable, coupon sites on the internet. It has both a browser extension and an app, or you can visit the site to look for coupons.
  • Dealspotr: This is another coupon site that claims to have more working coupon codes than other sites due to user input.
  • Is there a catch with Honey?

    No, there's not a catch with Honey. Honey doesn't make money by selling your personal data to advertisers. Instead, Honey earns a small commission from retailers whenever you make a purchase.

  • Does Honey track your internet activity?

    Yes, Honey collects information from the websites you visit to determine if the site is compatible with the browser extension. However, Honey does not record your internet history, nor does it collect any personal information from you, so it's not considered spyware.

  • Is the Honey extension worth adding to Chrome?

    Yes. Considering that Honey is safe and free, you have nothing to lose by adding it as a Chrome extension. If you do a lot of online shopping from major retailers, you'll likely save at least a few bucks on purchases.

  • How does Honey make money?

    Honey partners with thousands of retailers that offer digital coupons online. Every time a customer redeems a coupon using the browser extension, Honey collects a commission from its affiliates.

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