One of the best ways to save and earn more money is through apps on your mobile device! As technology continues to grow, so do the ways available to manage your money. While there are many money saving apps out there, pin pointing money apps for Canadians can be tricky. But don’t fret! We took care of that for you!
Without further ado, here’s a list of my favourite money apps that work in Canada and pay Canadians!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links. Please read my affiliate disclosure here.
I have been using Checkout 51 since it was made available in Canada, and I gotta say, it’s by far one of the most reliable and profitable out there. Every Thursday, Checkout 51 uploads new offers and you have until the following Thursday at 11:59pm to redeem them (they are while quantities last, so sometimes, the really good ones are gone before then).
Every Thursday take a look at your curated list and see if there’s any offers for products that you’re going to buy. Then simply ‘clip’ the offer and after you buy it, take a picture of the receipt through the app and wait to be credited. It’s really that simple!
Also be on the lookout for non-shopping offers that pop occasionally. These tend to sell out quickly and often involve watching a commercial or completing a quick survey. They are quick and easy to do, and add a nice little bonus to your account.
As Checkout 51 is a growing platform, they are still offering referral bonuses. Normally the bonuses are for $5 a referral, but watch for the occasional $10 referral bonuses.
Once you reach $20 in savings, you can request a cheque, which typically takes 2-4 weeks to arrive.
Caddle is a Canadian made app that was initially developed in St. Catharines. It works much the same as Checkout 51, in that you simply look at the offers each week (also updated on Thursday) and then use the app to photograph and upload your proof of purchase (receipt).
Like Checkout 51, Caddle also has survey and video offers. However, they are much more frequent and don’t run out as quickly. Caddle has also added a new daily survey which typically pays 5-10 cents and usually takes a minute or two. Be sure to sign in each day for the daily survey and try to get in early on Thursday to get other surveys before they run out.
You can redeem your savings once your account reaches $20, and it typically takes 2-4 weeks to process.
This new app was created by the Loblaws company with the intention of reducing food waste. Each day (and sometimes multiple times a day) the Flash Food app is reloaded with clearance items, up to 50% off. Some items are marked down due to expiration dates; some due to package changes and some due to surplus and over ordering.
At the moment, the Flash Food app is only available for shops at Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws and Zehrs, but if you have any of these locations nearby, be sure to watch the offers!
If you are saving up for a particular goal, or simply want to simplify your savings, Mylo is the app for you!
With Mylo, you simply connect a payment source (credit/debit card) to your account and then make a savings goal. After completing a brief profile, a Mylo investor will make an investing portfolio recommendation to you and then you will start saving!
Every time you make a purchase with the card attached to your account, Mylo will round up the change to the nearest dollar, and then once a week withdraw the money and invest it into your savings account.
There is a low monthly fee ($1 or $3 depending on the account type you choose) and you can withdraw your money at anytime.
Of course, Mylo also offers a $5 referral bonus! Plus, when someone uses your link to join, they also get $5 added to their account to get started.
CoinOut – Canadian Registration Currently Paused
CoinOut is another app that pays your for your receipts, but the greatest thing about them is that you don’t have to buy anything in particular to get paid! They just want your receipts and to see your shopping patterns.
Seriously, you will get paid for each and every single receipt you upload.
There is a daily limit for the number of receipts that you can upload and it varies from day to day. Fortunately, you can upload receipts up to 14 days old, which gives you time to max out your dailies!
When you shop online, simply forward the email receipt to them for credit (they accept 4 digital receipts per day).
Not only does CoinOut pay you for your receipts, but you can also earn cash back by shopping through their affiliate links, and completing various other offers, such as signing up for different companies.
Of course, CoinOut also pays you when someone signs up using your link. Each referral gives you a bonus 75 cents.
Another great thing about CoinOut is that they pay in US dollars, and you can choose to receive your money through Paypal, direct deposit or as an Amazon gift card!
This Canadian app works much like CoinOut, in that it accepts almost anytime of receipt and pays you for each one. You don’t have to buy anything in particular to be rewarded, just upload your receipt!
With each receipt you upload, Receipt Hog rewards you with either coins or a slot machine token, along with entries for the monthly draw. Once you have 1000 coins in your account, you can redeem for a $5 Amazon gift card, Visa gift card or Paypal deposit.
With non grocery receipts, Receipt Hog pays out with slot machine tokens. You also get weekly slot machine bonuses when you upload receipts and they give you the chance to win more coins!
I love automated money making tools! No word of a lie, because they are just so easy. While I also love apps where I take pictures of receipts, etc., this busy mama often forgets to take the extra 30 seconds and do it. Or, I lose the receipts.
So when automated apps like Mylo and Drop come around, my heart swoons!
When you sign up for Drop, you simply choose 5 stores that you shop at regularly from the list they offer and then link your debit and/or credit card(s).
Then you shop.
That’s it. Each time you shop at one of the linked stores, you will get Drop points that can be redeemed for gift cards starting at $5 (5000 points).
Once you have shopped at the selected stores 5 times, you also get the chance to play a snake game to earn more points! The better you are at the game, the more you’ll earn!
Of course, there are other ways to earn with Drop including shopping through their links at various stores and even linking one time offers for various stores to your account when they come up.
And of course, you earn more through referrals! Drop gives each person who signs up with your referral link $5 to get started with, and rewards you with $5 for referring them! It’s definitely a great bonus!
Mystery shopping was all the rage not too long ago, but now it’s not something I hear too much about in the side hustling communities. Nevertheless, there’s still great mystery shopping gigs out there.
One is through the app Mobee. This super easy to use app pulls up multiple mystery shopping gigs that don’t take long to do it at all.
The gigs are displayed on a map, which is super convenient for you to plan and knock off multiple trips at once.
When you have a bit of time on your hands and want to make some quick extra money, open the app and it will pull up all the available gigs nearby. To get the details of the gigs, simply tap on the button that says “View”. Once you do this, you’ll get important information about the task including a general idea of what it entails and approximately how long it will take to complete.
Each task will also list how many points it will pay for successful completion. You can then redeem those points for your choice of charitable donations or gift cards.
Of course, Mobee also has a referral program offering 300 points for each friend you refer!
Are you an Android user? Do you buy things from the Play Store? Then Google Opinion Rewards is a great app for you!
Simply install the app and sign up, then watch for the trophy notification to pop up. When this happens, click on it (or open the app) and there will be a survey for you. These surveys are super short (usually taking less than a minute) and easy to do. Most of the surveys I’ve been offered revolve around me rating my approval of YouTube videos my kids have watched and how my experience was at the grocery store. Super easy.
Each survey gives you credit to spend at the Play Store.
The Swagbucks app is great for you when you’re on the go. It’s easier to scroll through than the trying to work on a mobile browser and offers all the same functions as the site. Just easier to use.
So you’ve joined Swagbucks, right? If not, join here! Then download the Swagbucks Answer app. Personally, I use this far more than the regular Swagbucks app, because it is the best for completing surveys.
The Answer app pulls up all the Swagbucks gold surveys that are available to you and organizes them so they are easy to complete on a mobile device. This is great for when you are on the go and have a bit of time to do a survey or two. Typically, all of the surveys on the app are set up to be mobile friendly, making them so much easier to complete!
Get the Answer app here and seriously join Swagbucks here if you haven’t already!
Can you tell that I love me some Swagbucks? Seriously, it’s such a great money making site!
One of my favourite ways to earn Swagbucks, is by watching videos. Or at least, letting videos run in the background while I’m doing other stuff.
With the Swagbucks Watch series of videos, you can run videos on your phone and get paid! Simply download any of the following, login into your account (if you haven’t joined, seriously click here and do it), then leave the videos to run. You will have to check in once and a while so you can switch apps when you’ve hit your earning limit for the day on an individual app.
The apps included in the Swagbucks Watch series are:
Watching the videos on each of these apps until you reach your daily goal is a great way to boost your Swagbucks and cash out sooner!
If you love trivia and making money, this one’s for you!
Monday-Thursday at 8pm EST (and sometimes bonus games at other times happen), a trivia game takes place on the SB Live app. They are sometimes themed and other times completely random. The prize is usually $1000 split between all who answer the 10 questions correctly, though sometimes, the pot can go up to $2000.
It doesn’t cost anything to play, but if you get a question wrong, you can choose to buy back in with some of your Swagbucks. The buy back fee is determined by how far along in the game you are at elimination. You can only buy back in one time.
If you are eliminated (get a question wrong) you can buy back in the first time, or continue playing. Most questions after the first two give at least one Swagbuck for getting it right. So if you’re like me and suck at trivia, at least you (might) still get something.
So there you have it! My favourite apps that Canadians make money on! What are your favourite money making apps that work in Canada?