How to use Chrome and FireFox extensions to bag the best Black Friday bargains

Buying or just browsing?

Black Friday 2016 is rapidly approaching, and it looks like it could be the biggest one ever, with online stores across the internet slashing their prices to entice shoppers.

Making sure you keep track of the best deals as they become available doesn’t have to mean you need dozens of internet browser windows or tabs open at once – instead we’ll show you how you can keep track of all the best Black Friday 2016 deals using extensions for the Chrome or FireFox web browsers.

These extensions are small add-ons that sit in your web browser and can keep you posted about deals for the products you’re interested in, so you don’t need to install any other programs. 

Many of these extensions will see the product you’re looking at and will alert you if there’s a better deal on another website – letting you quickly and easily save money before you commit to buying.

Pricehawk

The clever boffins behind the scenes here at TechRadar have created the Pricehawk extension for Chrome, which automatically shows you the cheapest prices for the products you’re looking for. 

Having Pricehawk installed in Chrome means even during the commotion of Black Friday, you’ll be advised if the deal you’re looking at can be found elsewhere for cheaper, making Black Friday a far more pleasurable experience.

Price Rocket

If you use Firefox then Price Rocket does a similar job, as it will detect when you’re looking at a product online and will display other online stores that feature the same product for a lower price. 

As it is installed in Firefox as an extension, it won’t get in the way while you’re frantically searching for deals. Instead it will alert you when it finds a better deal – like a virtual personal shopper!

Amazon Assistant

There’s a good chance that you’ll be doing a lot of your shopping on Black Friday with Amazon, so if that’s the retailer of your choice then you’ll want to install the Amazon Assistant, which is available for both Chrome and Firefox.

It’ll keep you posted about deals as they break throughout Black Friday, and if you start using it before that date you can create a wish list of things you want to keep an eye out for on the day. You can then easily jump to these products when the Black Friday deals drop.

Coupons at checkout

During Black Friday online retailers will be cutting their prices, but many of them will also offer further discounts with voucher and coupon codes that can be entered in at the checkout before you pay.

These can sometimes be easy to miss, so to make sure you take advantage of any further offers, install the Coupons at checkout extension.

When you go to pay it will highlight any voucher codes that you can automatically add to your purchases, and it could save you some extra money!

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