Does anyone else watch those shows about coupon hunters? These people search through newspapers, magazines, websites; all over, just for a little coupon that gives them half off three gallons of milk. And of course you watch it and you’re thinking ‘this is a lot of trouble for half off three gallons of milk’. But then they go to the store and they’re picking up everything, with a hundred and fifty random coupons in their pocket. Toilet rolls? Twenty percent off if you buy five. Cereal boxes? Buy twenty and you get the twenty first free. Soda bottles? Buy one case, get one free. Eventually the “coupon hunter” arrives at the checkout with their cart full of food they don’t need. Obviously the price ends up somewhere close to five hundred dollars.
But then the magic happens.
|Sadly the coupons for Redbubble didn't work|
The coupons are added up. Minus five dollars. Minus twenty cents. Minus three dollars. On and on, until finally they walk away with five hundred dollars’ worth of food for twenty bucks!
So what did we learn from this amazing feat?
Mainly, coupon hunting takes way too much time and is a magic quite beyond my comprehension.
So that’s why I was stunned to find out about Honey. It’s a chrome extension that automatically finds you deals online. Is this the coupon app I’ve been searching for?
I tried it out with a couple of websites.
First I went to redbubble to buy a T-Shirt. At checkout Honey offered a long list of coupons but- sadly- they were all outdated. No savings for me. My first try didn’t turn up anything.
Next was Morphe. This time I was a little bit luckier. Although the coupons were all marked as having a “low chance” of working, the first one I tried still worked. Twenty percent off! I saved a moderate 2.50. Not anything to yell from the rooftops about, but hey, I was saving.
The last store I tried was Macys.
That’s when I realized the problem when it came to Honey. Although it offered me a list of hundreds of coupons, they were all very specific. I got twenty percent off dresses, but only from a specific section that were really expensive anyway. Either they were outdated or too specific for me to use personally.
|The Honey official website|
Honey isn’t about to revolutionize the way we shop online or the whole “coupon business.” We’re not all going to buy three hundred dollars’ worth of items for pocket change.
But I say give Honey a shot. It’s free and you don’t lose anything by trying it. All it takes is a click of a button to see what coupons are available. If they work, great. If they don’t, well you were going to buy it full price anyway.