honey, where have you been all my life

While browsing my usual haunt, Reddit Personal Finance, I came across a post that was describing little ways to save money with a link to a website featuring an app called "Honey." Honey, or "SaveHoney" via their Facebook, is a free app for the browser that automatically finds coupon codes for you at checkout, no matter what website you're on.

Now, if you're any sort of fiscally insane person, Googling for coupon codes before making a purchase on ANY website should be an instinctive reaction - much like the fight or flight response except in this case, you're either saving $0.05 or immediately fleeing to the next site that will save you that $0.05. Having an app that does the Googling and hassle for you, however? What is this wizardry!?

So I gave it a go and it's been nothing short of amazing. It even found a coupon for a site I've used multiple times now (over the course of a few years), but I was never able to find a coupon for via the internet, saving me $6!

It works by opening up a little pop-up box within your browser once you're on the checkout page (usually the page with the box to enter in any codes) and alerting you of any coupons it so thoughtfully found for you.

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Once you click "apply coupons," your cart will either update with your new total, or you'll be denied the savings. If denied, Honey will give you a brief explanation as to why they think it didn't work - usually because it was product specific or not a qualifying order.

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This app is great for those too lazy or forgetful about looking up coupon codes when making a purchase online. You'll be amazed at what's out there by doing a simple Google search, but with Honey you just sort of set it and forget it - it lets you know when it's needed.

I highly recommend downloading this little app and trying it out for a bit. You can visit their website to learn more and/or get started.