Honey Chrome Extension Review: Scam or Legit?

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Honey is a free browser extension that works with Chrome, Safari, Opera, Microsoft Explorer, and Firefox. It helps you save money by automatically searching for coupon codes when you’re at the checkout for your favorite online stores.

I’ve actually used Honey myself, because I tend to Google coupon codes when I’m at checkout for purchasing an item, but finding discounts this way only works about 30 percent of the time.

In my experience with Honey, I’ve never actually saved money with a coupon code, but I did manage to save a few bucks on Amazon because it pointed me to a cheaper seller for the item I was interested in purchasing. (That’s something a coupon site wouldn’t be able to do.)

I thought this was a nice way to save money, rather than Googling coupon codes and landing on sites like RetailMeNot. Coupon sites, in general, are hit or miss, so I thought Honey would help automate this process and find more ways to help me save.

Here’s what you should know about Honey, in case you’re interested in using it the next time you shop.

Honey Chrome Extension
3.5

Summary

If you shop online frequently and want an easy way to save some money without having to hunt for coupon codes yourself, you should try Honey out. It’s completely free to use and even if it saves you a few bucks here and there, it’s still worth it.

However, if you don’t shop online very often and you don’t want another extension cluttering up your browser, it may not be worth the hassle.

What is a Browser Extension?

Browser extensions are like little apps for your browser and are one of the main reasons I tend to use Chrome over other browsers. Chrome has a huge marketplace full of all kinds of useful extensions, and just like apps for your phone, each extension has a rating that tells you how much reviewers liked it or didn’t like it.

I admit I would sometimes hoard extensions that I thought I would use, but at the end of the day, it only slows down the speed on my browser, so I’ve since removed all extensions that I don’t end up using.

Currently, I actively use four extensions on Chrome, including LastPass, Full Page Screen Capture, Loom, and MixMax. I used Honey for about three months on Chrome. Now I only use Honey on Safari because that’s the main browser I tend to use. I didn’t notice a big difference from either browser.

After I first downloaded it and shopped on Amazon, I noticed Honey was a bit more intrusive than other extensions. During my checkout, I noticed a message from Honey would slide out on the right side of my screen to alert me that it was looking for discounts for me.

What to Know About Honey

Honey is a tool that can automatically search and apply coupon codes for thousands of online stores. With over 5 million users, Honey has been around since 2013 and is completely free to join.

Here’s helpful information about Honey:

  • Honey doesn’t only need to be used with Chrome — it works with most major browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Opera
  • According to the LA Times, users save an average of $32 a month when shopping but have saved a total of $170 million in discounts
  • The extension uses a type of crowdsourced technology (similar to Waze) to find out whether coupon codes work or not.

After you get to the checkout part of your shopping (no matter what site you’re on), you can click on the Honey button. It will automatically apply coupon codes (if it can find them) to your shopping cart. It also works with Amazon, but in my experience, the extension was never able to find me any coupons.

The company makes money from commissions with the 21,000 online merchants they’ve partnered with, and about 9,000 of those merchants pay Honey commissions.

Is Honey a Scam?

Honey is definitely not a scam. They are a legitimate company based in downtown Los Angeles.

The founder, Ryan Hudson, thought of the idea for Honey when he was ordering a pizza for his kids and was prompted to enter a coupon code during checkout.

He wanted a discount but his kids were hungry for some pizza and he didn’t want to search around for a code when hunger loomed in his household. He thought how great it would be to automate the process of finding a coupon code, and the idea for Honey was sparked.

How to Use Honey When Shopping

First, you need to download it for whichever web browser you use most.

You will need to create a Honey account before you can go through with the transaction and receive your discount (if Honey finds you one). It lets you log in through Facebook.

Once installed, a small Honey icon will appear on your browser and will also flash green if it happens to find you deals on the site you are visiting. Click on the Honey button and it will show you a list of what deals you can take advantage of.

Honey Gold Points Can Be Turned Into Gift Cards

When you shop online you automatically earn Honey Gold points, which Honey allows you to convert into gift cards. You need at least 1,000 Honey Gold points to be able to redeem them. Currently, I have 85 points, which translates to $0.85 USD.

They give you up to 20 percent back on purchases for over 3,700 online stores and you’re given your payouts quarterly.

How to Earn Even More Points

They also offer ways to earn Honey Gold Bonuses, instant promo codes, and a percentage back, which are all ways you can earn more points.

You could invite your friends to use Honey in order to earn more points. For every friend that signs up and makes their first purchase, you earn $5.

Honey makes the sharing part easy too, by giving you access to a special link after you log in to your account. It allows you to share it directly to your Facebook messenger, Facebook, or Twitter accounts.

You can also choose to customize your invite which creates a unique referral page for you to share.

Logging In to Your Honey Account

Once logged in, Honey will show you a feed that tells you top deals from various retailers like Old Navy and Macy’s, along with how many coupons were used and discounts given.

The feed will also show you things like:

  • Top trending stores and how many people are buying from them
  • The best deals on Amazon based on price drops (new deals are pushed out daily at 10 a.m.)
  • How many Honey Gold points you have

Using Honey to Shop on Amazon

When I shop online I mostly only buy from Amazon. I’d say 99 percent of my purchases are from Amazon only. I use Honey to help verify that the item I’m buying is the absolute cheapest at the time. Honey also tells me if there were recent price drops for that item.

Because I mostly use Amazon to shop online, I was slightly disappointed to learn that Honey wasn’t able to find me any discounts or coupon codes during checkout. But the price alert feature is useful because at least I know I’m getting the best deal. It gives me peace of mind to go ahead and purchase.

For Price Alerts Use Droplist

Droplist is a nice feature to use, especially if you’re one of those bargain hunters who understand that sometimes certain items drop in price. If you think the particular item you’re interested in buying may drop and want to buy it at a later time, add it to your Honey Droplist, which is a tracker that alerts you when the price has dropped.

You can access your Droplist when you log in to your Honey account. It tells you the current price of the item, and how many days it’ll watch it for.

I decided to try Droplist when shopping on Amazon recently for some contact paper. One roll was selling for $9.95, and although I doubt I’ll find a lower price, Honey will watch it for 60 days and let me know if the price drops.

While shopping, I saw the extension pop up and conduct a search, and a few times, Honey advised me that this was not the best deal available on Amazon. I clicked on it to find a cheaper alternative from a different seller. It saved me a little bit of time and effort. In that sense, it was helpful, even though I didn’t get a coupon code.

Honey Travel

If you love to travel, you might want to try Honey Travel to save money. They work with a number of travel discount sites and help you find deals and vouchers for flights and hotels.

When you use the Honey extension to shop online, you can collect Honey Keys. These are virtual keys that give you access to exclusive hotel rates. I haven’t used Honey Travel because I mostly use my credit card portal to book flights so I can earn miles.

If anything, I’d use Honey Travel to double check prices against a Google search or my credit card portal to book flights.

Honey’s Concept vs. Execution

The concept of an extension automatically looking for coupon codes for you is a great idea, but perhaps the concept of online coupon codes is too shaky for it to be able to consistently save you money.

If you’ve ever done a search for a coupon code on RetailMeNot or other coupon sites, you know it’s hit or miss. In my experience, it’s mostly been a miss.

In my own experience using Honey, I admit I uninstalled it on Chrome after three months. The main reason why I uninstalled it was because it wasn’t finding me coupons on Amazon. Plus, I don’t think I shop enough online to justify its use.

However, a few times it pointed me to a cheaper seller on Amazon when I was at checkout, so I was able to save a few bucks here and there.

I have since installed it back on my Safari browser because it’s free and can’t hurt to point me to a cheaper Amazon seller from time to time.

Uninstalling Honey: The Cons

If you Google “Honey extension,” a top search includes “how to uninstall Honey” so my guess is that maybe a lot of people experienced the same thing as me and after trying it out, they weren’t able to successfully save any money with it.

There was also a thread on Reddit where former Honey users complained about not being able to find a discount when shopping online.

Then there was an article where a blogger tried out Honey for a week. She found that it didn’t do much to help save money or even find any coupons, for that matter. The blogger tried out the extension on sites like Asos, Urban Outfitters, and Tobi, but said she wasn’t very successful in getting coupon codes.

What to Know When Using Honey

If you have ad blockers on your browser, it may prevent Honey from working properly. You can simply disable your ad blockers and refresh the page to get it working.

3 Honey Alternatives

If you’d like to check out other coupon finders, there are three alternatives that you can check out.

1. CouponCabin.com

  • Browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox
  • What It Does: You’re alerted to available promo codes and cashback opportunities in real time, in your Google search results and as you shop online.
  • Number of Partner Retailers: CouponCabin partners with 3,000 retail stores and pays its members up to 70 percent faster than competitors.

2. CouponFollow.com

CouponFollow uses an extension called Cently, and is currently only available to use with Google Chrome.

  • What It Does: It finds, tests, and applies coupon codes for you automatically
  • Number of Partner Retailers: Their site doesn’t say exactly how many stores they’ve partnered with, but you can do a search for a particular store by browsing through their Popular Stores page.

3. InvisibleHand.com

  • Browers: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
  • What It Does: InvisibleHand.com tracks prices for retailers and flights while you shop. It tells you where on the web you can find the best price. Plus, it will let you know if that particular retailer has coupons you can use. The browser extension discreetly notifies you if an item or flight you’re shopping for is available for less, from a different retailer or travel site. The notification provides you with a button to make it easy for you to go straight to the relevant page.
  • Number of Partner Retailers: It doesn’t list how many, but you can see their retail and airline page to see their supported partners.

Is Honey Worth It?

If you shop online frequently and want an easy way to save some money without having to hunt for coupon codes yourself, you should try Honey out. It’s completely free to use and even if it saves you a few bucks here and there, it’s still worth it.

However, if you don’t shop online very often and you don’t want another extension cluttering up your browser, it may not be worth the hassle.

What are some of your favorite ways to save money when shopping online?

12 COMMENTS

12 responses to “Honey Chrome Extension Review: Scam or Legit?”

  1. Vrimee | EarnFreeDollars says:

    That’s interesting. I have near heard about this browser extension before. Does it really show similar sellers with the only difference being the price? Or, is there any catch, like longer delivery time, slightly different specifications from the original one, etc.?

    • Deacon says:

      I do not believe it compares delivery time or if there are slightly different specifications. I think the only comparison it makes is in price.

  2. Ann says:

    Is it only available in the U.S.?

    • Deacon says:

      I looked in their “Terms” section on the website and could not find anything that says it can’t be used outside the U.S. Of course, that’s no guarantee. You could try reading that section more thoroughly than I did to see if you find anything I missed. Also, at the bottom of that section is an email address as well as a mailing address for questions. You could always email them and ask. Good luck and thanks for asking that question!

  3. DES says:

    I found the app to be essentially useless. Most of the time it showed that I had the lowest price already for the Amazon product and the 1-2 times it found a cheaper option it was by pennies. I got tired of waiting for the app to complete its cycling time only to provide nothing of real value, so I deleted it.

  4. Maribel Munoz says:

    I had no idea how legit this was. I’ve been using it for 1 year. It does help find coupon codes sometimes. I just redeemed my points for a 40 dollar Amazon gift card. I just got free money for doing nothing! I didn’t believe it until now. I just got the email. It was a pleasant surprise, to be honest. It saves me money and makes me money!

    • Deacon says:

      That’s great! I’m glad to hear that you are liking Honey and getting some benefit from using it. Thanks for your positive comments!

  5. Glen Freyermuth says:

    This app has saved me nothing after months of tries. But, it has caused lockouts and lost time, and has caused lost deals due to wasting time trying to get out of Honey and back to the offer without Honey. Honey is a bad joke.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m sorry you had a negative experience with Honey. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to let Honey know of your struggles so they have the opportunity to improve their product. Thanks for commenting.

  6. Tom says:

    This extension is pretty useless. You get about one tenth of one percent in the form of “Honey Gold” which takes weeks to clear. To be honest, it’s not worth it and they are probably just mining your shopping habits. How else can they offer you free money? Don’t bother.

  7. Cynthia Zumbrunn says:

    Will Honey work with Rakuten (Ebates)?

    • Deacon says:

      My understanding is that you can’t do both. However, you can read the policies, terms and conditions, and FAQ’s on each site to double check. If that doesn’t tell you, contact them directly to ask.

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