Overspending Online? Use This Chrome App to Resist Impulse Buys

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Even if you’re not a compulsive shopper, when the holiday season comes around, the temptation to buy yourself as many gifts as you buy others can sometimes be too much to resist. If you're having trouble sticking to your holiday budget, Finder.com's Icebox is a handy solution. The Chrome extension is designed to help you say no to impulse purchases (even the best deals!), as PSFK alerts us.

The extension turns those big "buy" buttons on retail sites into buttons that ask you instead if you want to put the item "on ice," or into what amounts to a virtual shopping account. You can only access the items you "put on ice" after a certain amount of time has passed—what Icebox calls the "cooling-off period."

Finder.com

Finder.com

You get to choose how long your cooling-off period is, so if you're just trying to make yourself think twice about purchasing something, you might set it to thaw out in a day or two, or for a big purchase you're eyeing, you could set it to be a much longer period, like 30 days—after which you'll really know whether or not you need (or really, really want) something. You can set up the extension to work for specific sites, in case you need to exempt, say, the Mental Floss store from your block.

When it comes to impulse purchases, that strong desire to buy something often fades over time, meaning that in many instances, you might not even end up clicking "buy" after your cooling period is over. During a season when all your favorite sites are publishing great gift guides, we probably all have a few shiny product pages we need to put on ice.

Get Icebox for free in the Chrome store.

[h/t PSFK]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

Sign Up Today: Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter!