Whether you’re shopping online or in stores, you want to be sure you’re getting the best deals. Rather than driving around town or hunting through dozens of website, you can save time and money by using tech tools.
In just a short time you can see what the best deals are and find sales, discounts and coupons to make your shopping merrier.
Tech tools can also help notify you of when packages will be delivered so you will know what to expect and when. You can even pay for your purchases using tech tools.
Why wouldn’t you use tech tools when you shop?
Want to know when you’re getting the best deals? These tech tools can help.
How can you make sure you’re shopping efficiently? By using Honey.
Honey is a website, and an extension that works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, that helps you find discounts, deals and coupons. When you shop online, Honey will automatically search for coupons when you check out. If they can’t find any, they will let you know you already are getting the best deal.
Honey also keeps track of the price history of products. You can see whether a price has remained steady or has changed recently.
You don’t have to sign up for an account with Honey, but if you do, you can earn rewards. You can also get notices about price drops for products you’re interested in.
Rewards are in the form of Honey Gold. You’ll get a random rebate when you shop using Honey. When you’ve accumulated 100 Honey points, you will receive a $10 gift card to a store such as Amazon, Ebay, Walmart or many more. Find out more at the Honey Gold support page.
You’ll get a $5 reward for everyone who signs up using your referral. If you have a Honey account, be sure to leave your referral link with your comment in the Comments section below. (Note that only referral links with a meaningful comment will be published.)
Want to get cash back when you shop online? Then check out MrRebates, a site that can give you rebates when you shop online.
Just start your shopping at MrRebates, then click through to the retailers. Make your purchase and the rebate will appear in your account. After 90 days, you can request a check or PayPal payment to your account.
If you refer friends, you get a small rebate when they shop online.
Check out my full review of MrRebates at: MrRebates – It Pays to Shop!
If you have a MrRebates account, be sure to leave your referral link with your comment in the Comments section below. (Note that only referral links with a meaningful comment will be published.)
Whether you look blankly at the cashier when they ask, “Do you have any coupons?” or leave your home with a folder full of coupons, Coupon Sherpa is a handy app for you to have.
Coupon Sherpa is like having coupons from your favorite stores ready to go in your pocket. When you’re shopping in stores, open Coupon Sherpa to find discounts and coupons you can present at checkout.
The app can figure out where you are. Tap Nearby when you’re out shopping to see which deals are near you.
Or you can search by the name of the store to see the deals when you’re at home or at the mall.
Coupon Sherpa also works with online shopping. Check the app to find coupons before you check out for your online purchase.
Coupon Sherpa is available free for:
Stores will often give “email exclusive” deals to get you to sign up for their mailing lists. But your email inbox can quickly get clogged with special offers from retailers.
Unroll.me can roll up these emails into a digest you get daily called a Rollup, reducing the chances the deals you actually want to see will be lost in your crowded inbox.
Unroll.me can also be a “go-to” source to find deals on the go. When you’re shopping in stores shopping, check out your Unroll.me digest from the Unroll.me app on your phone to see emails about in-store deals.
Sign up at the Unroll.me website. Also check out the apps:
Learn more about Unroll.me from my review at: Unroll.me – Get Control of Your Inbox!
Use these handy tech tools to keep track of the shipping of your online purchases.
Keep track of your online orders and learn when they’re shipped and delivered with Slice. Link this shopping service to your email account and it will find order confirmations automatically when you shop online.
You’ll get a notice when your purchases ship and when they’re delivered. Use the Slice app on your phone to get notifications that update you about the status of delivery. I’ve been using Slice for years and have been impressed that the delivery notifications happen almost immediately after my packages have arrived.
This video shows how Slice works:
To get started, go to the Slice website or download the app for:
To learn more, check out my review of Slice: Slice — Your Personal Shopping Assistant!
Want to keep track of your Amazon packages? Your Echo can help. Turn on Notifications in your Alexa app and get a notification on your Echo the day a package is going to be delivered. Get another notification when the package is delivered.
Your Echo speaker will show a yellow light when a notification is waiting for you. The Echo Show shows a notification on its screen. Ask Alexa, “What’s my notification?” and she will tell you the status of your shipment.
To turn on Shopping Notifications, open the Alexa app, go to Settings => Notifications => Shopping Notifications. Turn on Delivery Notifications.
You can turn off Give Product Names, Notifications so that Alexa won’t tell you what’s in the package. That’s probably a good thing this time of year, in case your shipment includes a gift and your loved one is listening to the notifications. But even with this turned off Alexa will tell you the date on which you place the order.
You can also have Alexa remind you to reorder items that you previously purchased from Amazon.
Paying for items has become much easier. Who knew tech would make it easier for you to shop?
Apple Pay/Google Wallet
Save yourself time and aggravation by setting up Apple Pay or Google Wallet on your phone. No need to pull your wallet out when you want to use your credit card.
Just use Apple Pay or Google Wallet on your phone. Hey, you probably have your phone in your hand anyway as you wait in line at the store, right?
Apple Pay is available on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac computer, so you can use it online and in stores at participating retailers.
Here are instructions from Apple Support to set up Apple Pay on each device: Setting Up Apple Pay.
Google Wallet is available on Android devices, computers, iPhone and iPad to use online and in stores at participating retailers.
Here are instructions from Google Support to set up Google Wallet on each device: Setting Up Google Wallet.
Have you used any of these tech tools for shopping? Which tech tools do you recommend for shopping? How have tech tools helped you when shopping online and in stores?
Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!
As explained above, you are welcome to leave your referral links for Honey and MrRebates in your (meaningful) comment below.
*Shopping crowd image (edited) courtesy of geralt via Pixabay and Creative Commons
**Shop image (edited) courtesy of geralt via Pixabay and Creative Commons