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Spotlight on: Carrot and Green Ontario Fund

What I scored: The Government of Ontario has really been pushing its Green Ontario Fund through Carrot the past few weeks.  Get rewarded with an influx of loyalty points by answering simple quizzes -- you don't need to even get the correct answers -- and learning about initiatives to save money and fight climate change.  I once earned 150 SCENE points with a single GreenON quiz!  My total points earned via Carrot is well over 1400, good for a free movie, just by answering quizzes and meeting my daily steps target!

How I did it: Download the Carrot app using my bonus code ct6191 and you'll earn bonus points!  Answering short multiple-choice quizzes reward you additional points.  If free movies aren't your thing, be rewarded in Aeroplan or Petro-Points.  Reward rates vary depending on the loyalty program, but they really add up quickly!

Here's the proof:

Lots of points for learning about Green Ontario Fund!
Answer informative quizzes. They're not even graded!
Points, points, and more points!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to go: www.carrotrewards.ca

What you get: You can win cash by playing the mobile trivia game HQ!  Get all 15 questions correct tonight, and you'll split the highest jackpot to date at $20,000!  Tonight's game will occur during the Super Bowl halftime.

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!

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

By the way, there's a hack to gain a free life in HQ without needing to refer new friends.  I can verify that it works on an iPhone.

What you get: I'm a huge Raptors fan, but even if you're not, by downloading the Raptors Mobile app, you will be alerted any time after they score at least a dozen 3-point shots.  You'll then have until closing the following day to head to your local Popeyes chicken restaurant to score yourself 3-piece chicken tenders with a purchase of a large drink.  The cashier will have to activate the offer using your phone.

When it is in effect: 2017-18 season

Where to go: App Store link | Google Play link

Popeyes chicken tenders with dipping sauce
Raptors Mobile promotion

What you get: You can earn 3% interest with new deposits into Simplii Financial savings accounts.  This rate applies to both current and new clients.

While this may not be enough to entice you to join as a new customer, they also offer free Interac e-transfers!  Why pay $1 or more to send money?  It simply makes no cents.

By the way, if you banked with PC Financial, they are now Simplii Financial.

When it ends: Feb 28, 2018

Where to go: https://www.simplii.com/en/special-offers/savings-account-bonus-interest.html

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

Watch Caddle Consumer Video on Vimeo.

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 1 of 5 Fitbits by hitting your steps goal in the Carrot app!  Today only!

What I get in return: Each friend who installs and uses the Carrot app helps me earn double points as well.  Use bonus code ct6191 when installing.

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

When it ends: Dec 21, 2017

Where to go: www.carrotrewards.ca

What you get: So Loblaw Company Ltd announced that they engaged in price-fixing for their bread products and are offering a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture to their customers. So if you purchased some loaves at Loblaws or one of their other stores, you're eligible for the gift card.

When it starts: January 8, 2018

When it ends: May 8, 2018

Where to go: LoblawCard.ca

What you get: You can win Starbucks prizes including bonus stars toward your Gold Status or even Starbucks for life!  Gold Status is achieved by earning 300 stars, typically accumulated through purchases made via the Starbucks Card or App.  But this promotional game can shower you with stars or food & drink prizes.  Make a purchase or complete a challenge and you'll get a spin, similar to roulette, to obtain a game token.  Collect 3 tokens belonging to a set to win the designated prize.

Note: I didn't register for the game until a few days ago, but my previous purchases -- going back to early December, perhaps? -- counted towards the challenges.  As long as you paid on your Starbucks Card or App, it will be in your order history and should count towards your spins.

What I get in return: Just spreading the news.  I wish I had heard of this promo earlier.  I love that Starbucks lets me substitute dairy with coconut milk, but it's not a cheap cup of coffee!  Good luck!

When it ends: January 8, 2018

Where to go: www.starbucksforlife.ca

 

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!