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9 of the Best Freebies We’ve Found Online in Canada

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.

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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 Rewards account, 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. Sephora Beauty Products

Oooh, Sephora.

Become a “Beauty Insider,” and you’ll have your choice of a free beauty kit from Fresh or Marc Jacobs on your birthday.

9. 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.


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