The Top 22 Money-Saving Firefox Extensions

by Kyle Tuttle

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Times are tough, and we could all stand to save a little money. Some folks find themselves resorting to more creative methods of setting a few dollars aside for a rainy day — using cheaper "mystery ingredients" in their cooking, stealing the neighbor's paper for extra coupons, and even not bathing, to name a few.

Thankfully, you don't have to resort to such extreme tactics to save yourself a few dollars. In fact, you can practice frugality while you browse the Internet, thanks to the many money-saving extensions you can download for Firefox. These amazing add-ons do the little things that save you some extra cash, and as we all know, those little things add up. Here are 22 of the best money-saving extensions available for Firefox:

  1. InvisibleHand — This handy extension will act like its namesake and point you to better deals whenever you shop online. A discreet notification will pop up if the InvisibleHand extension finds a lower price in its database of over 100 different online retailers from the US, UK, and Germany. With information from major shopping sites like Amazon, Wal-Mart and Sears, InvisibleHand will help you find the best deals and save a ton of money in the process.

  2. Save Money on eBay — This extension is perfect for the adventurous auction shopper. Doing a search on eBay won't always give you the biggest deals; a lot of times, the cheapest prices are listed with typographical errors. This nifty extension works with a sophisticated search algorithm to help you find those poorly-listed bargains. You never know what amazing deals you might discover!

  3. Offer Assistant — Tired of hunting down those discount and coupon codes when you shop online? The Offer Assistant is here to bring the offers to you! The extension helpfully includes any promo information regarding your item in your Google, Bing, and Yahoo! search results. Could it be any more convenient?

  4. Vouchers.Im Indicator — The Vouchers.Im Indicator saves you both time and money whenever you go shopping online. When you visit an online store that's known for giving out discount vouchers and other promos, the extension will search for any active offers available for that store. When it finds one, the Indicator will then inform you of the bargain, complete with details.

  5. Advanced Travel — Traveling can get really expensive, and so people spend hours upon hours trying to find the best travel deals online. Advanced Travel makes things a lot simpler by displaying search results for the most popular travel websites. The extension's engine reads your IP address to find out what area you're in, and will alter the search results accordingly.

  6. Ookong — Have you ever found yourself burning the midnight oil looking for the best prices for your Amazon.com item? Get some sleep and let the Ookong extension do the work for you. Ookong takes a look at an item's price history, tracks any price changes, and tells you when the price drops. It's like having a broker telling you exactly when the best time to buy is!

  7. Compare Hotel Rates — Heading out of town and looking for an affordable place to stay? The Compare Hotel Rates extension will help you find the accommodations that are best suited to your preferences and budget. All you have to do is type in what city you'll be staying in, and you'll find a full list of hotels, along with their room rates. As if that wasn't enough, you can read independent reviews from other travelers to make sure that you won't be coming home with any hotel horror stories.

  8. RetailMeNot — Popular coupon-sharing website RetailMeNot.com is a bustling online community in which avid shoppers share discount codes, promos and other bargains with each other. The site's official Firefox extension takes that information and tells you if the website you've just visited has any promos shared on the site. All you have to do is shop like you normally do, and the extension will do the rest.

  9. Woot Watcher — Woot.com is a quirky website that allows for major savings. The catch is, the site sells only one product for each day, in limited quantities. If you'd really like to get something you want at Woot's rock-bottom prices, then, you need to watch the site religiously. This great extension does the watching for you, alerting you on the day's product, price, and stock left.

  10. Buy It Online — Ever found an item online you couldn't wait to get your hands on? Didn't want to waste any time browsing around for sites that might offer it at lower prices? This extension allows you to do that within seconds. All you have to do it right-click on the product, click "Buy it online", and the extension will display several sites that sell it, too!

  11. Savvy Circle Plugin — The Savvy Circle Plugin sends you an email whenever an item you have your eye on goes on sale. All you need to do is add the item to your Savvy Circle wishlist, and everything else will follow. With support for over 100 different online stores, you're sure to save money with this extension.

  12. ReminderFox — The fees on unpaid bills can add up, making your unnecessary expenses pile up into astronomical amounts. Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor by installing this extension. It acts like a to-do list in your browser, reminding you when important matters need to attending.

  13. Lonely Planet — Looking for the best possible way to enjoy your trip? Save a few bucks by installing this extension. It'll give you access to the Lonely Planet travel guides without having to buy the guides themselves. You can even plan a budget trip with the helpful information contained in the guide.

  14. World Travel Guide — Are the Lonely Planet guides not enough for you? Blow your options wide-open as this Firefox extension gives you access to even more travel guides. It's easy, convenient, and best of all, free!

  15. Biet-O-Zilla — Did you ever find an incredible bargain on eBay, bid on it, only to have it stolen away from you just before the auction closes? This amazing extension helps you make last minute bids with ease. You'll end up saving a ton of cash on your eBay purchases when you have the speed to get the best deals.

  16. UpName Expired Domains Search — Working on an online business? The right domain name can have a significant effect on the traffic to your site. You can find top-ranked domain names for cheap by purchasing expired or deleted domain names. This handy extension searches all major domain sellers for these discount online gold mines, saving you the effort of tracking them down, and saving you money on a worthwhile investment.

  17. Product Seeker Search — This Firefox search bar add-on is a boon to online shoppers. Simply enter a product into Product Seeker Search, and it'll give you results for all the major retailers that handle that item. You can then organize results by price, product rating, and store rating to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

  18. PriceTrace Toolbar — Smart shoppers and bargain hunters alike will be drooling over this money-saving extension. The add-on gives you one-click access to price histories and price comparisons for over 40 major online retailers. The "Find Fillers" function will alert you of any special offers that you might qualify for while making your purchases. Best of all, the extension will inform you if an item you've had it track drops in price. What more could you want?

  19. PriceBlink — If you like your Firefox extensions a little more discreet, then PriceBlink is for you. This browser plug-in works in the background, so you probably won't even notice it's there. Unless, of course, it can save you money. Whenever you go online shopping, PriceBlink will pop up if it's found the same item at a lower price, or if it's included in any special offers.

  20. listia — Listia.com is making a reputation as the "free eBay". While items here are auctioned off, they aren't sold for money. Instead, users spend credits, which are earned by signing up for a listia account, referring a friend, or putting items up for auction. This extension for Firefox adds listia into your search bar options, so you can easily find out if something you want can be yours for free.

  21. Dympol Discount Entertainment — Music-lovers can now keep their wallets nice and full with the discount offerings of dympol. Install the toolbar on your browser, and discount prices pop up in third-party music retailers like AmazonMP3. When you make your purchase at full price, cash-back rebates equal to the discount will automatically be sent to your dympol account. These funds can then be easily transferred to your PayPal or Amazon Payments account. You can use them to avail of discounts with dympol's sponsors.

  22. TimeTracker — As the old adage goes, "Time is Money". The time you spend leisure browsing could be costing you, especially if it's decreasing your productivity at work. Hold yourself accountable with the TimeTracker extension. It records how much time you spend leisure surfing, and can be set to ignore the time spent at work-related sites. Once you see how much time you've wasted on YouTube, Facebook and the like, you'll find yourself actually doing some work for a change.

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Erika Slater March 1st, 2010
Afraid my Firefox has so many extensions now it's close to 800-pounds. Not sure it can cope with some of these great suggestions. Maybe time to shed a few pounds and replace them with some of these.
Mike King March 1st, 2010
If you ask me you forget the #1 reason to save more money. DON'T BUY SO MUCH!!! Most of your suggestions are still all about spending. That is the problem. If you want to save money, you can't simple look for more and more deals, you need to NOT BUY SO MUCH STUFF!
Mosul blog 4 all from iraq March 5th, 2010
thanks for sharing us about these widgets ,
Christina March 6th, 2010
It's a great list, I have to search manually for great deals, you just offered me a solution. I love the reminderfox, I just installed it now. thanks.
Craig/FFB March 9th, 2010
I'll have to check some of these out. Like Erika says above, I'm running a lot of add-ons already but I can see how something like the RetailMeNot add-on could help save money!
Gail from GrowMap March 18th, 2010
Focusing solely on price is what caused the contraction of our economy in the first place. As long as we are willing to take advantage of others we will continue to be taken advantage of ourselves. The solution is NOT to keep buying from multi-national corporations that squeeze the life out of their suppliers and employees and will do anything from taking out Dead Peasant insurance on employees to looking the other way about child labor and outrageously horrid working conditions. The solution IS to support small local and online businesses INSTEAD of buying from major companies. PLEASE read the post I've linked to this comment to find out what we can all do before this gets any worse - and it WILL continue to get worse every single day with every dollar spent. Beyond that, many of these plugins are parasiteware that steal affiliate commissions from both merchants and affiliates by claiming credit for sales at every site you visit. It is unfortunate that so many lack a basic understanding of how business works. In order for our economy to improve we must be willing to pay a reasonable price for every product and service we buy. That allows the seller to stay in business and grow and generates jobs. Every penny you spend with a small business circulates in our economy and improves our standard of living. Most of the money you spend in multi-national corporations does not.
Vaby Tech November 4th, 2010
Firefox beats crome several times due to above mention reasons....really nice information and nice blog.
Brett Widmann November 10th, 2010
These are some really sweet extensions! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I can start saving :p

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