Saving with 6abc: how to get started with automatic couponing

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Remember going through flyers and physically cutting off those discounts, then remembering to take them with you when you shop? Forget all that! Thanks to technology, coupon apps and browser extensions automatically do all the work for you.

“There are so many sources of coupons – you can check your journal, you can look online, and you want to make sure you pick a system that works for you,” said Kimberly Palmer of NerdWallet, who is a personal finance expert. .

An easy way to do it? A coupon app and browser extension.

“Browser extensions are really useful when you’re actively shopping online,” she said.

If you downloaded the extension, it will appear and notify you that there is a lower price on the item at another store. It pulls the extra coupon code for you and it can save you lots of money.

Palmer recommends the Honey browser extension, which constantly scans the Internet for discount codes.

“If there is a coupon code you can use, it will automatically apply it, so it saves you a lot of time,” she said.

Other coupon sites to check out are Coupon Cabin, Flipp, Coupons.com, and TheCouponsApp.com. If you are an Amazon buyer, Amazon Assistant will alert you to lower prices in the market.

“The Camelizer extension is also useful for Amazon prices because it lets you know the price history of an item, you can set up a price alert. So it actually tells you when a price drops if there’s a big item you really have your eyes on,” Palmer said.

Cashback extensions put money back in your wallet.

“Basically it applies to cashback, when you make a purchase you can get 8% or even 10% cashback,” Palmer said.

NerdWallet recommends Rakuten as well as Dosh. Simply bank $25 through the app, then transfer it to your bank, PayPal, or Venmo.

“All of these apps and extensions are free. They’re all free. And you usually only have to provide your email address and maybe a few other identifying details about yourself,” Palmer said.

But be sure to think carefully about the information you provide and check the privacy settings of any service. Also consider creating a separate email account for these types of registrations.

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