What is Honey App?
The Honey app is a browser extension for your computer. What is a browser extension? In layman’s terms, it’s a mini-app that is visible next to your search bar and is running a program code in the background.
Honey’s purpose is to check and automatically apply all discount code coupons to the website you are shopping on in order to find you the best deal possible.
What web browsers can Honey be used on? Currently, it works on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera.
How to use Honey App?
Step 1: Download the extension which will then show up near your address bar on the top of the page.
Step 2: Start your online shopping. You do shop online, right? Okay good, because otherwise Honey isn’t going to be much help!
While you are shopping on your favorite website, Honey is working hard behind the scenes. Every website you go to, the Honey app searches for coupon codes and then automatically applies them at checkout.
It’s so easy! I hope this doesn’t offend anyone, but my mother has no problem using it. Putting it nicely, her computer skills are sub-par. I have the utmost confidence you can do this!
- When downloading Honey, it will automatically install the correct version for the browser you are currently using.
- The browser extension can be used with or without sign-up by email. However, if you do not sign up, options such as Honey Gold which is essentially a cashback program are not available.
Honey App for Coupons
Honey will run through all coupons to search for the code that will save you the most amount of money. If the site allows, multiple coupons may be used.
Having multiple browser extensions such as Wikibuy or Rakuten allow the user to apply multiple coupons on top of the discount code found by Honey.
Honey Browser Extension vs Honey Mobile App?
Honey was initially only offered as a browser extension and this is where it thrives in my opinion. The browser extension works in conjunction with over 400,000 websites. That’s a lot of online shopping!
Unfortunately, you need to be using the the extension on a laptop or desktop.
Honey App for Android and iPhone
The mobile app has many of the same features, but is only paired with a couple of hundred participating companies.
It will need to be used if you are on a phone or tablet. The app can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhones or iPads and Google Play for Android users.
All extra features such as Droplist and Honey Gold are available on both the extension and the mobile app.
Extra Features of the Honey App
Honey Gold is a free rewards program. The program is only offered if you have signed up by email.
Honey Gold works by making a purchase on one of its 4000 participating websites. With that purchase, Honey Gold uses the amount you’ve spent to send you a randomized amount of “gold” reward. Rewards vary, but 1-5% of the purchase price is one example of what you can receive.
The “gold” reward values continue to add up through qualified purchases. 100 gold = $1. When your account reaches 1000 “Gold”, the points can be redeemed for a $10 gift card.
The only catch is that the gift card can only be used at limited locations.
1-800 Flowers, Amazon, eBay, Groupon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, Target, Walmart, Nike, Lowe’s, Google Play, App Store & iTunes, Athleta, Banana Republic, Old Navy, GAP, and The Home Depot
Droplist is a pretty awesome feature that allows you to set price alerts for items you see while online shopping. The Droplist feature will notify you by email if Honey sees the product for a better price on another one of its affiliated websites.
These notifications can be set to alert you for a period of 30, 60, 90, or 120 days. The notifications can also be set to alert you on a price drop percentage.
Honey App for Amazon: Best Price Detection
Best price detection works with Amazon to show you if the item you are looking at can be found at a better price on their site. Searches do not always show you the results with the best price.
Best price detection analyzes prices, shipping, and prime benefits to find you the seller giving you the best deal.
Curious about what the price history of a product is? Honey can show you the price changes of an item over the past 30, 60, 90, or 120 days. This is particularly useful to check if items go on sale at different intervals.
Is the Honey App Worth It?
With my recent success story on Honey, I am now a believer. The free browser extension saved me 20% on an item I was ready to pay full price for.
There are some pros and cons to Honey, but overall it gets good marks.
Honey App Pros and Cons
Honey App Pros
- Free to use
- Extension can still be used without signing up through email
- Browser Ext. works with over 400,000+ websites
- Coupon Codes automatically applied
- Droplist Feature sends notifications for products internet-wide
- Amazon integration can really save you money
Honey App Cons
- Mobile App does not offer as many affiliated websites as the browser extension
- Coupons are not guaranteed. Sometimes Honey comes up empty handed.
- The extension is always tracking your internet activity to find you the best deals.
- Some may see this as a privacy concern.
My Experience Giving the Honey App a Second Chance
I’ve tried the Honey App once before, I gave it one shot to save me money on a website which I can’t remember now. It FAILED miserably to find me a coupon. I said, “Screw you Honey App” and proceeded to delete it and move on with life.
For about a year, I stupidly would scour the internet for coupon codes on sites like RetailMeNot. 99% of the time, the codes were expired or would simply not work. If I happened to find a successful one, most likely the website was already offering me that discount.
So I decided to give Honey another go. I installed the Honey browser extension and went shopping for the beach canopy tent I’ve been wanting to buy.
I Saved $34 on a $170 Purchase
I go to Check Out and I see Honey has 9 alerts at the top of my browser. I click…and the Honey app starts its coupon checking process. I was fully prepared to pay full price, but one minute later, the tent that would have cost me $169 was now $135.
Holy sh*t, I just saved 20% without doing anything but a mouse click. I was sold! I’m not sure if my first test drive with Honey years ago was unlucky or if their software has improved dramatically. Either way, the $34 it saved me on my first purchase was well worth the free download.