These Online Tools Will Get You the Best Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Article - These Online Tools Will Get You the Best Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Article - These Online Tools Will Get You the Best Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Kristin McGrath

Kristin McGrath

Updated November 15, 2018

Don’t waste time comparing prices and hunting for coupon codes while shopping on Thanksgiving weekend. These browser extensions and price-comparison tools will find you the best deal faster.

With prices fluctuating all over the place and products selling out quickly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you need to act fast to snag deals.

But how do you know if the price you’re looking at is the best price? And how do you know the coupon code you have will give you the biggest discount?

Luckily, there are plenty of browser extensions and price-comparison tools out there that will help you get the lay of the pricing land, set up price-drop alerts, automatically apply coupon codes and help you compare the competition.

Price-comparison tools

When it comes to popular Black Friday/Cyber Monday items, you'll find dozens of retailers all selling the same thing and trying to beat each other's prices. Price-comparison tools and browser extensions let you see all the item's current price tags across retailers so you can hone in on the best deal.

Amazon Assistant

This tool is available on most browsers. No matter where you shop, Amazon will alert you to the prices on its site. You can also add products from other sites to your wish list and get notifications when that item becomes available or drops in price on Amazon.

Plus, you can choose deals to watch and get notified of price changes with desktop notifications.


This service, which tracks Amazon prices, is best known for its price-alert feature. Choose a product and set your price thresholds. If the price drops below that threshold on Amazon, you’ll get an alert via email, Twitter or RSS feed.

Camelcamelcamel can also help give you context necessary to set your thresholds thanks to its price history charts. Search for an item to bring up its price history and see how low its price has dipped and when. This history can help you decide if the price thresholds you set are realistic. If, say, the Instant Pot Model you wanted dropped to $58 on Prime Day, consider setting a price alert for around the same number for Black Friday.

Finally, use The Camelizer (Camelcamelcamel’s browser extension, supported by Firefox and Chrome) to view price history charts and create price watches while you’re shopping Amazon.


This browser extension alerts you via an on-page notification if the product or flight you’re looking at on a retailer’s site is cheaper on another retailer’s site. Click the notification to go straight to the better deal or to see a drop-down menu showing competitors’ prices.

Coupon code tools

Tons of sources, from retailers to third parties, will be blasting you with promo codes while you’re shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. To ensure you’re not missing out on a better code, use these tools.


Available as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Cently (formerly known as Coupons at Checkout) searches for coupon codes, tests and applies them when you check out at an online store.


Don’t let the empty coupon code field in your online shopping cart send you on a hunt. Honey, compatible with Chrome and Firefox, is a browser extension that automatically applies the best best promo code available to your shopping cart.

In addition for giving you instant discounts, Honey also gives you reward points (called Honey Gold) when you shop with it. You can get up to 20% back on the value of your purchase at more than 4,000 stores and use your Honey Gold for gift cards or charitable donations.

The free browser extension is compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

The extension harnesses the power of the tested and verified promo codes on and automatically alerts you to them while you’re shopping online with your favorite retailers.

RetailMeNot Genie

Shop as you normally would and get alerts that codes relevant to your purchase have been found. Tell Genie to test all available offers to determine which one is best and then apply it to your purchase.

Genie is available for Chrome and Firefox.

Tips for using price-comparison and coupon code tools

Before relying on the help of an online shopping assistant, keep the following in mind:

Shipping costs: Your savings could be cancelled out with high shipping costs. If you’ve found a great deal with one retailer, another retailer offering the same item for a higher price tag could still win out if it offers free shipping.

Shipping deadlines: Found a free shipping promo? Double check how long it will take your item to arrive, especially if you’re cutting it close to the holidays. For most retailers, the free shipping option is the slowest.

Credit card rewards: Don’t focus only on discounts and deals. Make sure you’re using the right credit card for your purchase. Some cards reward extra points if you shop with certain retailers and click through from the card’s portal. If you’re strategic, you’ll be able to get a discount from a coupon code and cash back or travel points from your card, too. Check out the best cards for holiday shopping and the best cards for online purchases.

Bundle deals: One aspect of holiday shopping that deal-finding tools and browser extensions have difficulty capturing are bundle deals. If you’re looking at a gaming console, for example, and a tool alerts you to a lower price elsewhere, do a little research before abandoning the first option. If it’s a bundle deal that includes extra controllers, games or retailer gift cards, it may still be a better value.

Created October 10, 2018, last updated November 15, 2018

About the Author

Kristin McGrath

Kristin is a savings and deals expert at Her background in personal-finance journalism — along with her own enthusiasm for shopping and travel — drive her passion for helping consumers become savvy and informed bargain-hunters.

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