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What you get: I've started using an app called Caddle that offers cashback for retail or online purchases -- think Checkout 51.  Simply scan receipts for listed items or spend a minimum amount at their preferred retailers;  you can even score cashback from watching short ads or answering brief surveys within the app.

What I get in return: Each friend who installs and uses the Caddle app helps me earn $1 to my account.  Use the link below to sign up!

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

I've only accumulated $2.25 to date, so I'll do a deeper dive into this once I hit the $20 threshold and cash out.  The app was featured on CBC's Dragon's Den.  Watch the video for more details.

When it ends: Indefinite

Where to go: caddle.ca/signup/referral/5a4bc4cf55720

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What you get: You can win cash by playing the mobile trivia game HQ!  Previously only for iOS, it's now freshly available on Android devices.  You compete against others in real time by answering trivia questions!  12 questions total, each question having 3 possible answers.  Get all 12 correct tonight, and you'll split the highest jackpot to date at $18,000!  Tonight's game has been pushed back to 11:45pm EST to coincide with the midnight countdown.

What I get in return: Each friend who installs HQ Trivia and uses my referral code chiofsteel helps me earn an extra life (i.e. a chance to continue if I get an answer wrong).  Once you play HQ Trivia, you can get an extra life by referring your friends!

When it ends: indefinite

Where to go: App Store itunes.apple.com/ca/app/hq-live-trivia-game-show/id1232278996?mt=8 and Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intermedia.hq

Happy New Year!!  Will it be $18k in 2k18?

What you get: You can win cash by playing the mobile trivia game HQ!  Currently available only on iOS, you compete against others in real time by answering trivia questions!  Daily at 9pm and weekdays at 3pm (EST), a live host asks 12 multiple-choice questions with 3 possible answers.  Get an answer wrong or fail to answer within the time limit (~5 seconds), and you're eliminated!  Get all 12 correct and you split the cash pot!  Daily prizes are $1,500 typically, but last Sunday they had a $10,000 pot!  This is US dollars, folks!

What I get in return: Each friend who installs HQ Trivia and uses my referral code chiofsteel helps me earn an extra life (i.e. a chance to continue if I get an answer wrong).  Once you play HQ Trivia, you can get an extra life by referring your friends!

When it ends: indefinite

Where to go: search for HQ Trivia in the App Store or itunes.apple.com/ca/app/hq-live-trivia-game-show/id1232278996?mt=8

Note: I've only been playing for a couple of days, and some of the trivia is really tough!  I can't yet vouch for the cash prize, but do a Google search and you can see how popular this app is.  It's a fun 12 minutes, if nothing else!

Spotlight on: Carrot and SCENE points

What I scored: If you're a member of Cineplex's SCENE program, then you know there are a few ways to collect points towards free movie tickets.  You earn points when you buy tickets or snacks at the concession.  Partnered restaurants such as Swiss Chalet and Milestones will also provide SCENE points with your meal.  In a few short weeks, I've earned 447 points and I didn't have to buy anything!  As an added bonus, I've been entered multiple times into SCENE's 3-million points giveaway!

How I did it: Download the Carrot app using my bonus code ct6191 and you'll get 200 SCENE points!  Answering short multiple-choice quizzes reward you 5 to 30 points.  You earn 60 points for enabling step tracking, and 4 points daily for hitting your steps target plus be entered into SCENE's draw for 20,000 points every time you do!  See how quickly it adds up?

Here's the proof:

Carrot will set your steps target based on your steps taken the first week
Points are earned for completing step goals and answering fun quizzes
Automatically receive entries into SCENE points draw!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to go: www.carrotrewards.ca

What you get: You can earn $50 by opening a Tangerine account with a minimum $100 deposit using Orange Key 17320806S1.  New customers only!

What I get in return: Each friend who successfully enrolls using Orange Key 17320806S1 helps me earn $50 as well.  Win-Win!!  This is double the regular $25 bonus.

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

When it ends: Jan 31, 2018

Where to go: http://www.tangerine.ca/en/referafriend/index.html

Spotlight on: Ebates.ca

What I scored: One of the hottest items this year and holiday season is the SNES (aka Super Nintendo) Classic gaming console. They were hard to get at launch and next to impossible during restocks at Best Buy or Amazon. But your boy lucked out big time, and I made sure to get a little cashback on my purchase, thanks to Ebates!

How I did it: Both Amazon.ca and Best Buy Canada have partnered with Ebates.  So before you do your online Black Friday shopping from these stores (or hundreds of others), just make sure you start from ebates.ca to earn cashback on your purchase. In my case, I earned $1.00 to my Ebates account with my SNES purchase.  I know, it doesn't sound like much, but it adds up quickly!

Here's the proof:
 

Where to go: Ebates.ca

What you get: You can earn $10 when you open your Ritual account and make your first order by November 5.  That's like 2 free coffees!

What I get in return: $10 credited to my account for future food/drink orders.

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

When it ends: November 5, 2017

Where to go: http://invite.ritual.co/CHI6426

One of the things I miss most about working in downtown Toronto is the convenience of great food and drink options.  Let's face it, eating out is expensive, so I didn't do it often.  Food courts and restaurants get so busy, especially in the financial district!  But when I didn't pack a lunch, it was great to have the Ritual app because it allowed me to order from my desk and then pick up at checkout when it was ready.  I didn't waste any valuable time standing in line during my precious 45-minutes lunch.  Read on about my experience.
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What you get: You can save $7 off your first order with SkipTheDishes, a food delivery service.

What I get in return: $7 credited to my account for future food delivery orders.

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

When it ends: ongoing

Where to go: https://www.skipthedishes.com/r/IedFVTha0e

Recently, I placed my first order through SkipTheDishes.  Through their service, food delivery is no longer limited to just pizza and Chinese food!  You may have seen their signs at local restaurants.  Read on about my experience.
...continue reading "Invite friends to SkipTheDishes to gift $7 & save $7"

What you get: You can earn $5 welcome bonus by opening an Ebates account using the link below.

What I get in return: $5 for each friend who enrolls and makes a qualified purchased, plus a $25 bonus for referring two friends.  Win-Win!!  Speaking of winning, there are also draws to win one of ten $500 cash prizes.

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

When it ends: Dec 31, 2017

Where to go: Ebates.ca