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9 of the Best Freebies We’ve Found Online in Canada

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What’s better than a freebie?

Free video-streaming trials? Tried ’em all. Free Costco food samples? There every weekend. Free makeup testers? Awesome for traveling!

There’s something thrilling about a good freebie. No, we’re not talking about random pens, stickers and keychains. We’re talking about legit freebies — ones that are actually useful and enjoyable.

That’s why we searched the internet high and low to find the best online freebies for Canadians. You’ll find a little bit of everything here.

1. Free Godiva Chocolate

Free Godiva chocolate — what could be better? We’re pretty sure free Godiva chocolate is handed out every day in heaven. Probably those chocolate salted-caramel truffles.

Even better: This offer isn’t a one-time deal. Once you sign up, you get free chocolate every month at participating locations, plus birthday chocolate!

2. Get $83 When You Win Solitaire Games

Lots of us already play Solitaire on our phones for fun or just to pass the time. Want to see if you can win money at it?

There’s a free iPhone app called Solitaire Cash that lets you play for real money. You could get paid up to $83 per win.

You might be thinking: There’s got to be a catch. This is definitely one of those spammy apps, right?

Wrong. There really isn’t a catch. Sure, you can pay to play in some higher-stakes tournaments, but there’s no pressure. And, in fact, there aren’t even any annoying ads.

With each game, you’ll battle it out against at least five other players. Everyone gets the same deck, so winning is totally a matter of skill. The top three players who solve the deck fastest can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.

Over on the App Store, it has over a million downloads and more than 15,000 ratings, averaging 4.7 stars (out of 5).

To get started, just download the free app and start playing your first game immediately.

3. Free $225 in Cash

If we told you that you could get paid to watch videos on your computer, you’d probably laugh.

It’s too good to be true, right?

A website called Swagbucks will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might watch someone bake brownies and the next you might get the latest updates on Kardashian drama.

All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward. Brands pay Swagbucks to get these videos in front of viewers, and it passes a cut onto you.

Swagbucks won’t make you rich, but it’s possible to get up to $225 per month watching these videos. It’s already paid its users more than $200 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately earn a $5 bonus to get you started.

4. Free Pizza

I mean, what’s better than pizza? FREE PIZZA!

If you’re a Domino’s fan, create a Domino’s Piece of The Pie Rewardsaccount, and start ordering your pizza through the account. You’ll earn points on each order that’ll go toward your free pizza. Collect 60 points, and you’ve got yourself a free pizza.

5. Free Electronics

Remember the Nielsen company? The one that’s always tracked TV ratings? Well, now it wants to know what’s in your fridge.

Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, you can either use your smartphone, or the company will send you a free barcode scanner. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the UPC codes on the back of each product and send your data to Nielsen.

Nielsen will reward you with gift points, which you can redeem for free electronics, jewelry, household items or even toys for the kids.The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points toward prizes. You’ll also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include vacations and brand new vehicles.

6. Free Pancakes, anyone?

Okay, this one only works if you live in British Columbia, where IHOP (the International House of Pancakes) is going strong. Sign up for MyHop (that’s IHOP’s loyalty program) to get a free stack of pancakes. Once you create your account, you’ll get an email with your coupon.

A few tips: Be patient for the email; we received it several hours after signing up. Also take note of the expiration date, which was two weeks out for us.

7. Free Roast Beef Sandwich

Hungry? Arby’s has an email list. If you sign up for it, you’ll get a free Roast Beef Classic with the purchase of a drink. (Arby’s will also send you coupons.)

This is one of the only offers on this list that requires you to buy something to get something else for free. But hey, you’re going to need something to wash down your free roast beef sandwich.

8. Free Ice Cream

And finally, we’ll never, ever pass up an opportunity for free ice cream. If we ever do, you should go ahead and start making our funeral arrangements. This is free ice cream we’re talking about!

When you download the Slab Happy Rewards app from Marble Slab Creamery, you’ll get free ice cream just for signing up. After that, you’ll earn points for each dollar you spend, and you can cash them in for $5 off future purchases.

9. Get a Free $105 for Playing Games

We all have our favorite ways to kill time. A good book, a good conversation, a hockey game. 

Here’s another good time-killer: Playing games on your iPhone. And what if you could play for money? Real money?There’s a free iPhone and iPad app called Bubble Cash that lets Canadians play for money. You can get paid up to $105 ($83 USD) per win.

You might be wondering if there’s a catch. But there’s really not. Bubble Cash is free to download and is completely skill-based. And it’s quite popular. It has more than a million downloads and averages a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on the Canadian App Store. 

Players have won hundreds of thousands in prize money so far.

To get started, just download the free app and start playing your first game immediately.

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This Secret Banking Account Has No Fees and Pays 100x the Normal Interest Rate

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Cash-back credit cards are fantastic. You can get paid just to buy groceries or fill up your gas tank.

This is basically extra money, as long as you only buy what you would normally and you pay off your balance each month.

Unfortunately, it can be hard to qualify for these cards. Credit card companies don’t just hand them out. To get your hands on that cash-back earning plastic, you might need a near-flawless credit history. Let’s face it: That’s something many of us don’t have.

We found another option, though.

It’s a debit card called Aspiration.

This online account comes with a debit card that lets you earn up to 5% cash back on your debit card spending and up to 100 times the average interest (the average checking account pays .01% these days) on the money you set aside to save.

That means you can start earning cash every time you swipe your card.

It’s no wonder Money Magazine ranked Aspiration “The Best Checking Account in America.”

Get Paid Every Time You Swipe Your Debit Card

This is actually an account that does a bunch of different things. You can pay your bills, build your savings, invest and earn interest — all in one place.

Here’s what Aspiration offers:

  • You get your cash back, obviously. (Bonus!)
  • The debit card comes with no monthly account-maintenance fee and low minimums.
  • It pays up to 100 times the national average APY of .01% on your savings.

Enter your email address here, and link your bank account to see how much extra cash you can get with your free Aspiration account. And don’t worry. Your money is FDIC insured and under a military-grade encryption. That’s nerd talk for “this is totally safe.”

Tell the credit card companies to take a hike. You don’t need them or their approval anymore.

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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If You’re Stressed About Money, Here Are 6 Things Experts Say You Should Do

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When you log into your bank account, how do your savings look? Probably not as good as you’d like. It always seems like an uphill battle to build (and keep) a decent amount in savings.

But what if your car breaks down, or you have a sudden medical bill? 

We’re not judging — we don’t roll like that. We’re here to help. We just don’t want you to have to sell those Elvis-Presley-signed velvet pants you inherited just to pay some lousy plumbing bill. Those pants are sweet.

Try these nine tips to get the ball rolling, and start building up your savings so you can breathe a little easier.

1. Borrow up to $500 Right Now — with No Credit Check

Sometimes we all need a little help. Rent is due, or you need to buy groceries, and you just don’t have the money. You’ve exhausted your options. What do you do?

For a lot of people, the answer is a payday loan. But what starts as a quick fix can quickly drag you into a cycle of debt with interest rates of 300% to 400%.

Possible Finance is an alternative to payday loans — one that’s less expensive, easier to repay, and helps build your credit. It will lend you up to $500 with no credit check required. 

Instead of having to repay the entire loan the next time you get paid, Possible gives you two months to repay it in several installments — and it builds your credit as you do. 

It still comes with interest. Most of its loans have an APR of around 150%, but that’s still about half the rate of a payday loan — with much longer to repay it. If you’re in a pinch, it could save you a hefty late fee or missed rent payment.

It takes less than a minute to apply on its free app. If you’re approved, you get your money pretty much instantly. Instead of using your FICO credit score, Possible links to your bank account, using your payment history to determine how likely you are to repay the loan.

Possible Finance is licensed in California, Florida, Idaho, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Washington, and will soon expand to additional states. In the meantime, you can join its waitlist.

2. Get Paid Every Time You Buy Toilet Paper

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Grocery shopping was never exactly pleasant. But these days, it’s a downright struggle. Fighting crowds; keeping six feet of space — just buying toilet paper is a feat. Shouldn’t you have something to show for it?

A free app called Fetch Rewards will reward you with gift cards just for buying toilet paper and more than 250 other items at the grocery store.

Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, just take a picture of your receipt showing you purchased an item from one of the brands listed in Fetch. For your efforts, you’ll earn gift cards to places like Amazon or Walmart.

You can download the free Fetch Rewards app here to start getting free gift cards. Over a million people already have, so they must be onto something…

3. Ask for Some Help — You Deserve It

If you’re really in a bind, start with 2-1-1, a confidential service offered through United Way that’ll help you find the resources you need to find affordable housing, make rent or pay utilities. It’s there for people like you.

To use the service, head to 211.org and enter your location. It’ll show you services in your community and give you a number to call. It’s a clearinghouse for help with food, housing, utilities and employment. If you’ve never asked for help before, that means you don’t know what kind of help is out there.

You can also look into applying for a grant. Take, for example, Modest Needs grants, which are designed for workers just about the poverty line who are ineligible for most other forms of social assistance.

4. Get Paid to Watch Cooking Videos

If we told you that you could get paid to watch videos on your computer, you’d probably laugh. 

It’s too good to be true, right? 

But we’re serious. A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might watch someone bake brownies and the next you might get the latest updates on Kardashian drama.

All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward. 

No, InboxDollars won’t replace your full-time job, but it’s possible to earn up to $225 a month.

Unlike other sites, InboxDollars pays you in cash — no points or gift cards. It’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately get a $5 bonus to get you started.

5. See if You Can Get Money From This Company

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Here’s the deal: If you’re not using Aspiration’s debit card, you’re missing out on free money. And who doesn’t want free money? 

Yep. A debit card called Aspiration gives you up to a 10% kickback every time you swipe.

Need to buy groceries? Free money.

Need to fill up the tank? Bam. Free money again. 

You were going to buy these things anyway — why not get free money in the process?

Enter your email address here and link your bank account to see how much extra cash you can get with a free Aspiration account. Don’t worry. Your money is FDIC insured and under a military-grade encryption. That’s just nerd talk for “this is totally safe.”

6. Cancel Your Car Insurance

If you need to free up some extra room in your budget, one of the easiest places to start is to cut back on your monthly bills — like your current car insurance.

In most places, it’s straight up illegal not to have it, so you’ve probably accepted that you’re going to pay through the nose for it. But you don’t have to.

A free website called Savvy will help you find the best rates — in just 30 seconds. In fact, it saves people an average of $826/year.

All you have to do is connect your current insurance, then Savvy will search hundreds of insurers for a better price on the same coverage. It’ll even help you cancel your old policy and get you a refund from your current insurer. Best yet: This is totally free.

Take Lourdes Robles-Velazquez, for example. The single mom lives on a tight budget. She was paying $205 a month to insure two Toyota Priuses — hers and her daughter’s. By comparing prices, she knocked $80 off her monthly car insurance bill. That’s nearly $1,000 in savings per year.

If you find a better deal, you can switch right away and don’t have to wait for your next renewal or even your next payment.

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These Tax Experts Could Help You Take Taxes Off Your To-Do List — and Get the Most Out of Your Return 

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Tax season is here again. 

And based on what 2020 threw at us, it may feel like filing our taxes is going to be even more complicated than usual. Which is why there is no shame in calling in an expert to help navigate the murky waters of your 2020 tax returns. 

You don’t even need to leave your couch to get the expert advice you need to file with confidence. If you want to file with the help of a real tax expert, or let an expert do your taxes for you from start to finish, TurboTax Live has you covered. 

Yep. You can talk live on your screen with real tax experts thanks to TurboTax Live. So no matter what your unique tax situation may be, whether you have questions about big life changes, investments or deductions, a real live tax expert will be there to help.

You Did a Lot This Year: Let TurboTax Live Experts Help You Get the Most Out of It 

You probably know TurboTax as the DIY way to get your taxes done right — and it still is. But TurboTax Live takes it a step further by having real tax experts available to help with your taxes — or even do it all for you. 

There are several options to choose from, but all you need to do is answer a few simple questions, and TurboTax will help you find the right tax solution for you. Whether you have a single W-2, are self-employed or somewhere in between, you’ll get the right amount of help you need.

With TurboTax Live, you can talk live on screen with experts to get unlimited advice about your tax situation and get answers to your questions. 

Like, what does getting married or having a new baby mean for your taxes? Or what should you do if you sold stock for the first time? 

If you don’t need an expert to do your taxes for you, you can still have an expert give a  final review of your return before you file. Either way, you can be confident your return is done right.

So while yes, 2020 was a doozy, doing your 2020 taxes doesn’t need to be. Get started here to let TurboTax Live experts help, or even do your taxes for you, so you can get your maximum refund, with minimal stress. 

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This Company Sends People Cash for Using the Grill Instead of the Oven

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It’s time to cook dinner, and you’ve got a decision to make: Do you use the stove, or do you go outside and cook on the grill?

What if someone paid you to choose the grill? Would that make a difference?

Here’s the thing: You’re not the only person in your area cooking dinner. And all those appliances running at the same time stretches the power grid thin. If you live in California, a company called OhmConnect will pay you to skip the oven at dinner time and give the grid a break. 

OhmConnect will send you a text when a lot of people in your area are using power, and it will pay you to cut back for an hour — whether that means going outside to grill, turning off your lights or A/C or even turning off your breaker. The more you do, the more money you can make.

Here’s How to Get Cash from OhmConnect:

  1. Sign up for a free OhmConnect account here.
  2. Sync it with your online utility account through PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison. You must have an online account with one of these electric companies to qualify for OhmConnect.
  3. Receive energy usage notifications during “OhmHours” and “AutoOhms” — high-energy-consumption times that trigger non-green power plants to activate in order to support the overtaxed grid.
  4. Head outside or at least turn the TV off until the OhmHour is up. Heck, you can even play games on your phone during this hour — just resist plugging in any electronics.
  5. Profit! OhmConnect rewards you with cash.

This all works because the California electricity market pays OhmConnect to help power companies avoid turning on expensive, dirty power plants. Your company then passes the savings on to you.

We talked to one woman, Tanya Williams, who recently earned an extra $1,700 in one year with OhmConnect — more than $140 a month. A few evenings each week, the 45-year-old stay-at-home mom shut down her home’s electrical panel and took the kids to the pool, or just played board games. Talk about easy money.

Enter your ZIP code here to open a free OhmConnect account, then sync it with your online utility account to start earning cash. Plus, who doesn’t love to grill?

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He’s a dad, so he loves to grill.

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This Company Will Pay You to Skip Laundry Day

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As if you needed another excuse to not do the laundry today, here’s a totally valid one — Californians can actually make money for skipping a load. 

How? Well, just by wearing your jeans a third (or fourth) time, you’d be giving the energy grid a break. And one company wants to say thanks — in cold hard cash. 

If you have a utility account with PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison (which cover nearly every county in California), a company called OhmConnect will pay you to hold off on doing laundry. 

OhmConnect is a free service that will text you when a lot of people in your area are using power. Your job is to simply use less electricity for about an hour a week. You could turn off your A/C, grill chicken outside for dinner or — you guessed it — wait to do your laundry until tomorrow, during odd hours. 

Here’s How to Get Cash from OhmConnect

  1. Sign up for a free OhmConnect account here.
  2. Sync it with your online utility account through PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison. You must have an online account with one of these electric companies to qualify for OhmConnect.
  3. Wait for OhmConnect to text you during high-energy-consumption hours
  4. Head outside, or at least turn the TV off until the hour is up. Heck, you can even play games on your phone during this hour — just resist plugging in any electronics.
  5. Profit! OhmConnect rewards you with cash, prizes, gift cards and more.

This all works because the California electricity market (or California ISO) pays OhmConnect to help them avoid turning on an expensive, dirty power plant. The company then passes the savings on to you.

If you want to automate the process, you can even connect a smart thermostat or plug and let OhmConnect do this automatically. Even connecting some of your biggest energy-hogging devices to a smart plug can help you save $350 a year — effortlessly.

But you don’t need a smart device to save: The more you do, the more money you can make.

Enter your ZIP code here to open a free OhmConnect account, then sync it with your online utility account to start earning cash. Your whites can wait until tomorrow.

Kari Faber is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.