Americansâ shopping habits have changed profoundly. Thanks to COVID-19, many of us have journeyed way, way deeper into the world of online shopping.
Instead of venturing into stores or restaurants or supermarkets, more of us are clicking the âAdd to Cartâ button from home. Nearly 70% of Americans shop online now, according to a new NPR poll. Of those, more than 90% have bought something from Amazon.
Sure, itâs super convenient to have boxes of stuff appear on your doorstep. But no matter what youâre buying online, you may be paying too much for it. In many cases, there might be a better deal somewhere else. It just feels like a pain to look for it.
Wouldnât it be useful to get an alert when youâre about to overpay? A polite little alert, not an obnoxious one. Thatâs exactly what this free service does. These free alerts can be added to your browser. Before you check out on Amazon, Target or Best Buy, itâll check other websites, including eBay, Walmart and others to see if your item is available for cheaper. It will also show you coupon codes, help you set up price-drop alerts and even let you see the itemâs price history.
Letâs say youâre shopping for a new TV. Youâre ready to check out, and you assume youâre getting the best available price. This is when those alerts will pop up and let you know if youâre about to overpay. It will even apply any available coupon codes to your order automatically.
So far, this free tool has saved users more than $160 million in the last year.
You can get started in just a few minutes and see if youâre overpaying online.
Mike Brassfield (email@example.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He used to overpay, and now he doesnât.
Capital One Shopping compensates us when you get the browser extension using the links we provided.
This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.