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You know those Circle K convenience stores at Esso gas stations? They have a contest to win instant prizes in the form of snacks and drinks. There are also weekly & monthly draws for bigger prizes (such as free gas, iPads, Nintendo Switch, and $10,000!), but the best part is how easy it is to win!

What you get: Play games of rock-paper-scissors against virtual opponents. If you win 2 out of 3 times, you get an instant prize! You get 3 attempts daily, so don't fret if you lose. When you win, they will text you a link. Open the link and tap the button at the Circle K cashier to claim your prize.

I played about 7 times and won 3 prizes! Rockstar Energy Drink, Montellier water, and Dairymilk Oreo Bar chocolate. You can claim multiple prizes at once, but you must claim within 5 days of winning.

When it starts: July 2, 2019

When it ends: September 3, 2019

Where to go: https://rockpaperprizes.com/ | Rules and Prizes

Rock Paper Prizes spoils from Circle K

The coffee war has heated up for Canadian customers! Tim Horton's recently unveiled their new Tims Rewards program, and Starbucks will be modifying their Starbucks Rewards program in April. Meanwhile, McDonald's has stayed ahead of the pack by offering virtual stamps when you purchase a hot McCafe beverage through their app.

Twice as much free coffee with the McDonald's app

What you get: When you use the McDonald's app to order coffee (or tea), you get a virtual stamp. Much like the physical stamps you get on the cup, collect 7 stamps and earn 1 medium coffee. In other words, you will earn two free coffees (one via the app, one with the physical stamped-filled rewards card).

Where to go:App Store link | Google Play link

Spotlight on: Caddle and Amazon

What I scored: Caddle now offers cash rewards for published Amazon reviews! There are plenty of Amazon-only cashback offers for things like chocolate, ketchup, and honey. BUT, not everyone gets them. They're more likely to appear the more surveys you answer and receipts you upload based on your shopping preferences.

KitKat minis $2 on Amazon.ca
Caddle email confirmation

Example: Caddle offered $2 cashback for KitKat Minis purchased from Amazon.ca. This was awesome considering they sell for $2 on Amazon, making this essentially free. There's an even better deal for Coffee Crisp Thins for $5 cashback on a $4.75 purchase.

Review it: After Caddle successfully processes the claim, a new offer appeared to earn $5 for leaving an Amazon review. Wow! This would involve writing a review on the item, having it accepted by Amazon, and then submitting a screenshot to Caddle.

Caution: Sound too good to be true? Yes, kind of. The tricky thing with Amazon purchases is they don't necessarily ship right away; you can only redeem Caddle's Amazon offers when the goods ship. And because these offers are limited, it's possible they disappear from Caddle before the items arrive, or you take too long to submit a screenshot of the purchase.

Same thing applies to the reviews; Amazon takes a few days or longer to approve your reviews, so by that time they're posted, the $5 review offer may no longer exist. You must be quick to redeem the offers or else cancel your order before they ship!  Grocery items cannot be returned.

Where to go: caddle.ca and enter Referral Code CHIHUN57475

What you get: You can earn $10 when you open your Checkout 51 account and redeem your first cashback offer!

What I get in return: $10 credited to my account for groceries.

Remember, once you become a customer, you can also get these perks by referring your friends!

When it ends: January 31, 2019

Where to go: https://checkout51.app.link/2RgLMGsDLR

Did you make a resolution to rein in your spending this year? If you sign up with Checkout 51, you can earn cashback on your groceries and household purchases. And until the end of January, you can get $10 when you sign up and redeem your first offer! Then, for each friend you refer who redeems an offer, you'll get an additional $10!

Earn $10 referral until the end of January

What you get: A year's subscription to Amazon Prime for free when you sign up for and use your Stack card!  Simply use Stack to pay for Amazon Prime monthly, and you'll get the charges reversed after it goes through.  Plus, earn a $20 referral bonus with my link.  

What I get in return: Each friend who installs the Stack app with my link and activates their card helps me earn $5 to my account.  Use the link below to sign up!

Remember, once you use Stack, you can also get these perks by referring your friends!

Where to go: getstackco.app.link/NbvK7ssEgQ

Get free shipping, video and music streaming, photo storage, and games with Amazon Prime membership

What you get: You can earn $5 when you open your Checkout 51 account and redeem your first cashback offer!

What I get in return: $5 credited to my account for groceries.

Remember, once you become a customer, you can also get these perks by referring your friends!

When it ends: ongoing

Where to go: https://checkout51.app.link/2RgLMGsDLR

So the weekend is here and you're planning your shopping list. How do you decide what to buy? If you want to lower your grocery bill, use the Checkout 51 app to receive cashback on staples as well as brand name food and household items. Rather than clip coupons, you tap on desired items from their weekly offers list and take a photo of your receipt afterwards of purchased items. Within 24 hours, your account will be credited. Once it hits $20 or more, you can request a cheque!

Checkout the cashback earned from using Checkout 51

Click on the referral link to earn $5 when you redeem your first offer with Checkout 51!

Just a friendly reminder that if you're taking part in Black Friday online shopping, be sure to first login via your Ebates account to earn up to 10% or more cashback from your purchases!

Don't have an Ebates account or unfamiliar with how it works?  Simply hop on to Ebates.ca and click the link to your favourite retailer.  When you make a purchase, you get cashback from your purchases!  Every season, you'll get a mailed a big fat cheque!  Sign up my referral code and get $5 cashback to try it out:

https://www.ebates.ca/referrer?referrerid=%2B%2F2cyPqlrUY%3D

Black Friday shopping with Ebates. Look at the added savings awaiting you -- earn hundreds in cashback!!

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What you get: Toronto Raptors are back this season with two free food offers! When they score 12 or more 3-pointers, score FREE medium McDonald's fries!  And when they win with 100+ points, get an additional FREE Pizza Pizza slice with purchase of cheese or pepperoni pizza slice.  Requires McDonald's and Raptors Mobile apps to redeem these offers.

When it is in effect: 2018-19 season

Where to go: App Store link | Google Play link

BOGO Pizza Pizza slices when Raptors score 100 points

Free McDonald's fries when Raptors hit a dozen 3-pointers

Lunch is covered with Pizza Pizza and McDonald's

What you get: I've used the new app called Stack, which brands itself as the future of money. When you sign up, they mail you a prepaid Stack Mastercard, but you can do more than just make purchases on credit. Receive discounts on popular food, drinks, and services when you pay with your Stack card. Receive $20 when you activate your Stack card with my referral link!

What I get in return: Each friend who installs the Stack app with my link and activates their card helps me earn $5 to my account.  Use the link below to sign up!

Remember, once you use Stack, you can also get these perks by referring your friends!

Where to go: getstackco.app.link/NbvK7ssEgQ

What you get: McDonald's is celebrating National Coffee Day by giving out free coffee when ordering through their app.  The offer is available all day, today.  Enjoy!

When it ends: September 29, 2018

Where to go: https://www.mcdonalds.com/ca/en-ca/promotions/mymcdsapp.html

Enjoying my free McDonald's coffee