Enter Capital One Shopping: a free browser extension that instantly scans the internet for lower prices when you shop online. This quick trick can save you a surprising sum on any shopping spree, especially for a big project like this.

To demonstrate, here’s how much we were able to save redecorating a hypothetical home:

Kick your feet up

A coffee table is the centerpiece of any living room and can totally transform the character of your space. The difference between a classy wood surface and a sleek marble one is huge.

It’s also an eminently practical piece — where else would you put your coffee table books?

We spotted a contemporary glass coffee table at Amazon for $87, but Capital One Shopping saved us a couple bucks by directing us to Walmart instead.

Breathe deep

Yankee Candle
Amazon
Savings found on Feb. 16, 2021. Savings may vary. Sample results shown.

Is your home feeling stale? Add a scented candle to your coffee table, next to your bath or anywhere else throughout your abode to spice up your surroundings.

This 22-ounce balsam and cedar Yankee Candle on Amazon promises a delightful forest fragrance, but at $30, it certainly doesn’t come cheap.

Lucky for us, Capital One Shopping found the same product for $4 less on eBay.

Step softly

A good rug can really tie the room together — and if you’ve got hardwood, it can also protect your floors from furniture scratches.

You’ve got plenty of options to choose from, whether it’s soft fur or even luxurious silk.

We fell in love with a simple handwoven Jute rug for $60 on Amazon, but Capital One Shopping found us a $34 deal on eBay — that’s $26 in savings, almost half price.

Stretch out

Nolany sofa
Amazon
Savings found on Feb. 16, 2021. Savings may vary. Sample results shown.

A couch that’s too big can really strangle a space, while a growing family can easily make an old couch too small. Even putting style questions aside, any item taking up this much floor space needs to be a perfect fit.

Amazon had the best deal on a dark grey L-shaped sofa with a storage ottoman for $600, plus free shipping, but Capital One Shopping automatically applied a $30 coupon as well, bringing the price down to $570.

That’s right; the browser extension doesn’t just scout the internet for better prices. It also keeps a lookout for available coupon codes and adds them when you check out.

Dim the lights

If you’ve got big windows facing the street, you already know curtains are a must to ensure you have privacy when you need it. But you should also make sure the material makes sense for your current lifestyle.

Semi-sheer curtains let in enough natural light without blinding you with sunshine when you wake up in the mornings. Or, if you’re a night owl, blackout curtains can change your life.

We pulled up a tie-top, single-panel window curtain for $34 on Amazon, but Capital One Shopping suggested buying the same product for $7 cheaper on eBay.

Look smart

Sauder bookcase
Amazon
Savings found on Feb. 17, 2021. Savings may vary. Sample results shown.

For some of us, eBooks don’t hold the same charm. We prefer to organize and display our literature on floating shelves, cubic spaces or barrister-style bookshelves.

We went with a standard five-shelf bookcase in a cinnamon cherry finish, offered on Amazon for $75. Capital One Shopping found the same item for $9 less at Boscov’s — but the shipping was $10 more expensive. So why did it recommend the switch?

One of the added bonuses of Capital One Shopping is that you earn Capital One Shopping Credits whenever you happen to buy from a partnered brand. Once you’ve gathered enough, you can redeem them for gift cards at big retailers like Walmart and eBay.

By choosing to buy from Boscov’s, we netted ourselves an estimated $10 back in Credits toward a future purchase.

Get comfy

Is your old bedspread looking a little worn out? You have so many brands, designs and sizes to choose from on Amazon. It’s easy to get lost amid a sea of silk and jacquard.

We picked out a lovely seafoam-green, queen-sized Madison Park comforter set for $139, but Capital One Shopping showed us we could save $14 at JCPenney.

The department store carries the set for a considerably higher price, but Capital One Shopping found a coupon for 25% off and offered about $37 in shopping credits, bringing the net price down to $125.

How much we saved with Capital One Shopping

Young couple moving in new home. Sitting and relaxing after unpacking. Looking something on laptop
Lordn / Shutterstock

Here’s everything we picked up for our hypothetical home, with the original Amazon prices and the savings we found. The prices listed are the approximate totals after shipping and taxes.

Capital One Shopping savings
Amazon.com Capital One Shopping
Walker Edison Modern Oval Coffee Table $87 $83 (Walmart, with credits)
Large Yankee Candle, Balsam & Cedar $30 $26 (eBay)
nuLOOM Rigo Hand Woven Farmhouse Jute Rug $60 $34 (eBay)
Nolany Sectional Sofa with Storage Ottoman $600 $570 (Amazon, with coupon)
Elrene Home Fashions Semi-Sheer Curtain $34 $27 (eBay)
Sauder Beginnings 5-Shelf Bookcase, Cinnamon Cherry $75 $66 (Boscov's)
Madison Park Athena Queen Size Comforter Set $139 $125 (JCPenney, with coupon and credits)

With the help of Capital One Shopping, we saved around $94 on furniture and furnishings — not to mention all the time it would’ve taken us to compare products at different retailers ourselves.

Whether you’re totally reimagining your home or just grabbing a few batteries on Amazon, Capital One Shopping is a zero-effort way to save. So take 30 seconds and install it for free today.

About the Author

Serah Louis

Serah Louis

Staff Writer

Serah Louis is a staff writer with MoneyWise. She loves storytelling and research and was published in Ricepaper Magazine's 2019 anthology, Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.

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