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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

a woman logs into her bank account on her cell phone.
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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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6 Ways to Save Money on Amazon You Probably Don’t Know About

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We’re all doing a lot more online shopping these days. New quarantine sweatpants? Add to Amazon cart. Noise-canceling headphones for your home office? Thanks, Amazon!

Here’s the thing though: You’re probably overpaying.

We always assume Amazon has the best price, but oftentimes, there are way better deals hiding out there. If you’re not tracking them down, you’re probably getting gouged.

Here’s how to stop overpaying…

1. Find Out if You’re Overpaying

Wikibuy tells you when you’re about to pay too much for an item. For example, you could save $30 on this TV.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an alert any time you’re shopping on Amazon and are about to get ripped off.

That’s exactly what a free service called Wikibuy does.

Wikibuy’s free alerts can be added to your browser. Before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, Target, eBay and others to see if your item is available for cheaper. It will also show you coupon codes, set up price-drop alerts and even let you see the item’s price history.

Let’s say you’re shopping for a new TV. You’re ready to check out, and you assume you’re getting the best price. Here’s when Wikibuy will pop up and let you know if you’re about to overpay. It will even let you know if you can get it delivered sooner (see photo above).

So far, Wikibuy has saved users more than $70 million.

You can get started with Wikibuy in just a few minutes to see if you’re overpaying online.

2. Get $80 in Amazon Gift Cards Every Month  

Taking surveys might not sound like the best way to make save on Amazon, but if you’re just vegging out on the couch — or pretending to be interested in your partner’s new favorite show — why not click a couple buttons?

There are a bunch of paid survey sites out there, but one of the best we’ve found is Survey Junkie

It could earn you up to $80 a month in Amazon gift cards. Seriously.

They’ll ask you questions about things like, what kind of laundry detergent you use, or if you prefer Pepsi or Coke. You get points for answering, and many people accumulate enough points to request a check within a few hours. 

More than 10 million people already use Survey Junkie, and it has 4.5/5 stars on TrustPilot. 

Give it a try by visiting Survey Junkie and clicking the “Join Now” button. It’s free.

3. Stop Deleting Your Emails from Amazon

It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you money. Intrigued?

One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your Amazon purchases.

It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Amazon, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.

Plus, if your guaranteed shipment from Amazon shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.

Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.

4. Get $225 in Amazon Gift Cards Just for Watching the News

A woman uses an Amazon gift card to shop.
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It’s been a historic year in news, and we’re all constantly refreshing for the latest updates. You probably know more than one news-junkie who fancies themselves an expert in respiratory illness or a political mastermind.

And research companies want to pay you to keep watching. You could add up to $225 a month in Amazon gift cards to your pocket by signing up for a free account with InboxDollars.

They’ll present you with short news clips to choose from every day, then ask you a few questions about them.You just have to answer honestly, and InboxDollars will continue to pay you every month.

This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and start getting paid to watch the news.

5. Shop Amazon’s Outlet Store

A woman walks down the street with an Amazon box.
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Did you know Amazon has an outlet store? Seriously.

It works similarly to your traditional brick-and-mortar outlet stores; it stocks overstocked items and sells them at a discount.

You can find anything from pet supplies to clothing to electronics to grocery items.

6. Get $5 in Amazon Stock

Imagine if you had bought one share of Amazon for $18 when the stock first went public. Today, it would be worth more than $20,000 — despite all the ups and downs in the stock market.

But if you work for a living and don’t happen to have millions of dollars lying around, that can sound totally out of reach.

That’s why a lot of people use the app Stash. They’ll give you $5 of stock in Amazon (or another company of your choice) just for opening an account. 

The best part? When these companies profit, so can you. Some companies even send you a check every quarter for your share of the profits, called dividends. 

How to claim your free bonus: It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up and get your bonus stock — you may even just get a share of the “next Amazon.”

With Stash, all your investments are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) — that’s industry talk for, “Your money’s safe.”2

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6 Ways to Save Money on Amazon You Probably Don’t Know About

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We’re all doing a lot more online shopping these days. New quarantine sweatpants? Add to Amazon cart. Noise-canceling headphones for your home office? Thanks, Amazon!

Here’s the thing though: You’re probably overpaying.

We always assume Amazon has the best price, but oftentimes, there are way better deals hiding out there. If you’re not tracking them down, you’re probably getting gouged.

Here’s how to stop overpaying…

1. Find Out if You’re Overpaying

Wikibuy tells you when you’re about to pay too much for an item. For example, you could save $30 on this TV.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an alert any time you’re shopping on Amazon and are about to get ripped off.

That’s exactly what a free service called Wikibuy does.

Wikibuy’s free alerts can be added to your browser. Before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, Target, eBay and others to see if your item is available for cheaper. It will also show you coupon codes, set up price-drop alerts and even let you see the item’s price history.

Let’s say you’re shopping for a new TV. You’re ready to check out, and you assume you’re getting the best price. Here’s when Wikibuy will pop up and let you know if you’re about to overpay. It will even let you know if you can get it delivered sooner (see photo above).

So far, Wikibuy has saved users more than $70 million.

You can get started with Wikibuy in just a few minutes to see if you’re overpaying online.

2. Get $80 in Amazon Gift Cards Every Month  

Taking surveys might not sound like the best way to make save on Amazon, but if you’re just vegging out on the couch — or pretending to be interested in your partner’s new favorite show — why not click a couple buttons?

There are a bunch of paid survey sites out there, but one of the best we’ve found is Survey Junkie

It could earn you up to $80 a month in Amazon gift cards. Seriously.

They’ll ask you questions about things like, what kind of laundry detergent you use, or if you prefer Pepsi or Coke. You get points for answering, and many people accumulate enough points to request a check within a few hours. 

More than 10 million people already use Survey Junkie, and it has 4.5/5 stars on TrustPilot. 

Give it a try by visiting Survey Junkie and clicking the “Join Now” button. It’s free.

3. Stop Deleting Your Emails from Amazon

It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you money. Intrigued?

One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your Amazon purchases.

It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Amazon, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.

Plus, if your guaranteed shipment from Amazon shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.

Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.

4. Get $225 in Amazon Gift Cards Just for Watching the News

A woman uses an Amazon gift card to shop.
Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

It’s been a historic year in news, and we’re all constantly refreshing for the latest updates. You probably know more than one news-junkie who fancies themselves an expert in respiratory illness or a political mastermind.

And research companies want to pay you to keep watching. You could add up to $225 a month in Amazon gift cards to your pocket by signing up for a free account with InboxDollars.

They’ll present you with short news clips to choose from every day, then ask you a few questions about them.You just have to answer honestly, and InboxDollars will continue to pay you every month.

This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and start getting paid to watch the news.

5. Shop Amazon’s Outlet Store

A woman walks down the street with an Amazon box.
Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Did you know Amazon has an outlet store? Seriously.

It works similarly to your traditional brick-and-mortar outlet stores; it stocks overstocked items and sells them at a discount.

You can find anything from pet supplies to clothing to electronics to grocery items.

6. Get $5 in Amazon Stock

Imagine if you had bought one share of Amazon for $18 when the stock first went public. Today, it would be worth more than $20,000 — despite all the ups and downs in the stock market.

But if you work for a living and don’t happen to have millions of dollars lying around, that can sound totally out of reach.

That’s why a lot of people use the app Stash. They’ll give you $5 of stock in Amazon (or another company of your choice) just for opening an account. 

The best part? When these companies profit, so can you. Some companies even send you a check every quarter for your share of the profits, called dividends. 

How to claim your free bonus: It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up and get your bonus stock — you may even just get a share of the “next Amazon.”

With Stash, all your investments are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) — that’s industry talk for, “Your money’s safe.”2

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The 8 Best Pieces Money Advice For 50-Somethings We’ve Ever Heard

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Here’s the thing: A lot of people have already put these money secrets to good use. They’ve found hundreds of dollars in savings, secured their family’s financials and padded their bank accounts.

Now it’s your turn, 50-somethings.

Putting all these secrets to use is actually easier than you might think. We’re betting you can knock out at least three or four of these things right now — yes, even from your phone.

Go ahead and join the masses and get in on these money secrets:

1. Give Your Family up to $1M

Have you thought about how your family would manage without your income after you’re gone? Chances are your checking account balance won’t last forever.

But you could still leave them up to $1 million in life insurance.

A company called Bestow can help you leave your family up to $1 million in term life insurance, and it can cost less than your monthly Netflix subscription.

We get it — it’s one more bill, and who has time to sign up? But if you were born after 1966, you can take advantage of Bestow. You don’t even need to leave your house.

We hear people are paying as little as $8 a month. (But every year you wait, this gets more expensive.)

It takes just minutes to sign up and see how much life insurance you can leave them — even if you don’t have seven figures in your bank account.

2. Invest in Real Estate (Even if You’re Not a Millionaire)

The stock market can be a scary place. Stock prices shoot up and down like a roller coaster ride, and who knows when the whole thing might crash?

It would be nice to diversify and invest some of your money in real estate, but don’t you have to be wealthy to do that?

Now you can invest like the 1% does, and all you need to get started is $500. A company called DiversyFund will invest your money in private real estate — specifically, in apartment buildings it co-owns with its investors — and you only need $500.

You can see exactly which properties are included in your portfolio through their online dashboard — like a 54-unit apartment complex in Salt Lake City, Utah, or a 30-unit waterfront property in Stuart, Florida. And you don’t have to experience the headaches that come with being a landlord — DiversyFund does all the heavy lifting for you.

So you don’t need a fortune to invest in real estate. All you need to get started is $500. Sign up here to start investing today.

3. Cancel Your Car Insurance

When was the last time you shopped around for car insurance? Was it more than six months ago?

If so, you’re probably overpaying — by hundreds of dollars. Yep. Experts say you should compare rates twice a year to get the best deal.

Twice a year? Yeah, we don’t want to do that either. 

A website called Insure.com makes it super easy to compare car insurance prices before 2021. All you have to do is enter your ZIP code and your age, and it’ll show you your options.

Using Insure.com, people have saved an average of $489 a year.Yup. That could be $500 back in your pocket just for taking a few minutes to look at your options.

4. See if You Can Get Money From This Company

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

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

Need to buy groceries? Extra cash.

Need to fill up the tank? Bam. Even more extra cash.

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

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.”

5. Get up to $200 in Free Stocks

Imagine if you had bought one share of Amazon for $18 when the stock first went public. Today, it would be worth more than $20,000 — despite all the ups and downs in the stock market.

Here’s the thing about millionaires: They know the sooner you start investing, the better. And we found a company that will give you free stock to get started.  

An investing app called Robinhood will give you up to $200 worth of free stock in companies like Visa, Microsoft and GE, just for downloading its app and opening a free account. 

Robinhood is free and easy to navigate, which is why more than 10 million people use it — including both news junkies looking to outsmart the market and people who want to carefully put a few bucks away in a long-term investment.

It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up and get your free stock — you may even just get a share of the “next Amazon.”

6. Add up to 300 Points to Your Credit Score

When it comes to your credit score, it’s important to stay organized and keep tabs on it. After all, it’ll play an essential role in any big purchase you want to make — whether that’s a home or a car.

So if you’re looking to get your credit score back on track — or even if it is on track and you want to bump it up — try using a free website called Credit Sesame

Within two minutes, you’ll get access to your credit score, any debt-carrying accounts and a handful of personalized tips to improve your score. You’ll even be able to spot any errors holding you back (one in five reports have one).

James Cooper, of Atlanta, used Credit Sesame to raise his credit score nearly 300 points in six months.* “They showed me the ins and outs — how to dot the I’s and cross the T’s,” he said.

Want to check for yourself? It’s free and only takes about 90 seconds to sign up.

7. Add $225 to Your Wallet Just for Watching the News

It’s been a historic year in news, and we’re all constantly refreshing for the latest updates. You probably know more than one news-junkie who fancies themselves an expert in respiratory illness or a political mastermind.

And research companies want to pay you to keep watching. You could add up to $225 a month to your pocket by signing up for a free account with InboxDollars. They’ll present you with short news clips to choose from every day, then ask you a few questions about them.

You just have to answer honestly, and InboxDollars will continue to pay you every month. This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and start getting paid to watch the news

8. Get up to $200 in Free Stocks

Imagine if you had bought one share of Amazon for $18 when the stock first went public. Today, it would be worth more than $20,000 — despite all the ups and downs in the stock market.

Here’s the thing about millionaires: They know the sooner you start investing, the better. And we found a company that will give you free stock to get started.

An investing app called Robinhood will give you up to $200 worth of free stock in companies like Visa, Microsoft and GE, just for downloading its app and opening a free account.

Robinhood is free and easy to navigate, which is why more than 10 million people use it — including both news junkies looking to outsmart the market and people who want to carefully put a few bucks away in a long-term investment.

It takes just a couple of minutes to sign up and get your free stock — you may even just get a share of the “next Amazon.”

*For Securities priced over $1,000, purchase of fractional shares starts at $0.05.

**You’ll also bear the standard fees and expenses reflected in the pricing of the ETFs in your account, plus fees for various ancillary services charged by Stash and the custodian.

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