Shopping Online This Holiday Season? Here’s How to Find Better Deals

by Shane Murphy

Reporter

young person poses for a photo in a large shopping center during winter holiday season
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Even with retail stores open for business, Americans are still planning to do most of their holiday shopping from home this year.

If you’re hoping to take care of your own festive shopping ASAP, it might be tempting to just buy everything on Amazon and be done with it. But while a one-stop spree may seem convenient, you could wind up overpaying — by a lot.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to check for better deals when you shop online. It’s totally free, and you can start saving in minutes.

Hundreds of dollars in savings

Amazon webpage for Roomba with Capital One Shopping extension
Amazon
Savings may vary. Sample results shown.

Capital One Shopping is a free browser extension that can potentially save you hundreds of dollars on your holiday shopping this year.

Once it’s installed, Capital One Shopping will instantly compare prices with thousands of online sellers while you shop on big websites like Amazon and Target.

It will also search for coupon codes and automatically try to apply them at checkout.

To test it out, we searched for some popular holiday items on Amazon and Walmart.com while using the browser extension.

Here are the savings we found:

Capital One Shopping savings
Amazon.com Walmart.com Capital One Shopping
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones $169.05
(+$ 5.12)
$175.76
(+$ 11.83)
$163.93
(Aldorama)
Pikmin 3 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch $63.21
(+$ 5.12)
$63.48
(+$ 11.83)
$48.88
(eBay)
BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron $137.79
(+$ 56.8)
$103.35
(+$ 22.36)
$80.99
(Groupon)
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner $31.75
(+$ 2.2)
$45.87
(+$ 16.32)
$29.55
(Macy's)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection Blu-Ray Set $94.36
(+$ 5.34)
$96.99
(+$ 7.97)
$89.02
(Groupon)
DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker $232.13
(+$ 13.14)
$306.43
(+$ 87.44)
$218.99
(Amazon Marketplace)
Kobo Clara HD 6" Carta E Ink Touchscreen E-Reader $137.58
(+$ 19.28)
$123.57
(+$ 5.27)
$118.30
(eBay)
Apple AirPods with Charging Case $164.22
(+$ 64.12)
$132.86
(+$ 32.76)
$100.10
(eBay)
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD $137.79
(+$ 9.08)
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$128.71
(Newegg)
LEGO Architecture New York City $50.87
(+$ 8.34)
$49.44
(+$ 6.91)
$42.53
(eBay, with coupon)
HON Ignition 2.0 Adjustable Lumbar Work Chair $319.62
(+$ 18.09)
$311.66
(+$ 10.13)
$301.53
(Amazon Marketplace)
Oral-B Pro 1500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush $74.17
(+$ 25.07)
$72.08
(+$ 22.98)
$49.10
(eBay)
Wanjiaone LED Desk Lamp $49.99
(+$ 4.27)
$80.46
(+$ 34.74)
$45.72
(eBay, with coupon)
Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer $211.95
(+$ 39.05)
$205.96
(+$ 33.06)
$100.10
(eBay)
uni-ball Jetstream RT Ballpoint Pens 12 Count $23.31
(+$ 1.32)
$40.91
(+$ 18.92)
$21.99
(Amazon Marketplace)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla - PS5 $67.82
(+$ 17.77)
$51.45
(+$ 1.4)
$50.05
(eBay)
Savings may vary. Sample results shown.

In total, we were able to save $1,060.04 on Amazon by taking 30 seconds to install Capital One Shopping on our browser.

Not bad for a few minutes of effort.

Avoid overpaying for gifts

Even if an item you’re looking for is too expensive after comparing prices, Capital One Shopping can set up a price-drop alert and let you know as soon as it goes on sale.

And as a final perk, whenever you make a purchase at one of Capital One Shopping’s partnered stores, you’ll earn Capital One Shopping Rewards. These rewards can be redeemed for gift cards at places like Macy’s, eBay and Barnes & Noble.

This holiday season, don’t just buy from the big chains because it’s easy — install the free browser extension and save yourself some cash.