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Money Saving Apps & Sites

You’re out and about, browsing goods, prices and bargains, when you wonder if there might just be a better offer somewhere online. There usually is. So you get your smartphone or tablet out, but can only think of Google as a start to an unnecessarily lengthy search. But there are in fact many programs dedicated to an array of interests, ready to give handy deals to clever shoppers. Here are a few worthy of attention.
 
Retail

ShopSavvy is a popular price comparison app available on iOS and Android, scoring a 4.1 in customer reviews on Google Play. By scanning barcodes and QR codes, you are provided with cheaper options among 40,000 of its participating stores from Wal-Mart to Pottery Barn and Hollister, which also give 20% cash back with every purchase. 

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Basket, on the other hand, is an efficient grocery shopping assistant due to its founders Andy Ellwood and Neil Kataria initially launching a crowdsourcing app, StockUp, that pays users for snapping pictures of products. What Basket does is read your inputted shopping list and rifle through the now sizeable database for stores with the lowest price for each item. This app, CNN tech reports, saved a customer $75 off their usual shop.
 
Technology

Slickdeals, as a member-generated sharing system of 10 million monthly users, has much to offer in terms of discounts and coupons discovered across multiple fields, including electronics and gaming. Cameras, headsets and phones, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and Alienware tech, it is a veritable geek heaven of bargains waiting to be snatched up. News, tips and alerts are also available on both the website and app.

Bonus.ca is a place for the casino enthusiast, where, as the name suggests, bonuses are listed on games – poker, bingo, slots – and sports betting. For those wishing to read more about online casino campaigns, the site serves as a source of information, while displaying rated providers, like Guts and Party Casino, and their frequent deals.  
 
Lifestyle

Groupon, an e-commerce marketplace with global connections, has developed a positive reputation for the range of quality deals it has on offer. In terms of nightlife, for instance, you can find 20% off sought-after concert tickets or 55% off Murder-Mystery Dinners. With the mobile app, you can always be up to date with the latest and greatest local opportunities.
 
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Kayak is one of the go-to websites for travellers and humble vacationers, containing dozens of destinations to choose from, helpful tools to plan your journey and, of course, exclusive discounts. The explore feature is particularly interesting as it displays on a map where your budget and distance preference can get you.

We live in a contradictory age of extraordinary opportunities versus fiscal mindsets, a challenge which keen programmers are more than happy to try and tackle. Either by crowdsourcing or personally investigating price tags, the nice people behind the software above, and the myriad more enriching the internet, share their findings with the rest of us for the benefit of the small indulgences and pockets of all.    
 
 
 

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Is iGaming the Leading Mobile App Trend for 2017?

Is iGaming the Leading Mobile App Trend for 2017?

Every year, battle rages on the app arena as the big boys in the world of tech battle it out with the little guys to become the newest app to dominate our smartphones. Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp have all, obviously, been big hitters in this world, but these days breakthrough apps need to offer something a little bit special to set them apart from the masses.

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“WILD PIKACHU APPEARS!” by (CC BY 2.0)
As with Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp, many popular apps revolve around one thing: communication. However, this is not always the case. Think back to 2016 and you may remember that the clear on-trend app was Pokemon Go, which became a global craze as the game was downloaded over 650 million times. It also managed to bring Pokemon back firmly into the mainstream after a long stretch where it was perceived as slightly uncool.

Move forward to 2017 and gaming still appears to be where it’s at. This year’s trend seems to firmly sit with the world of iGaming – online casino, betting and similar games, in other words – which could be about to take off and occupy the title as the coolest app on your phone. A recent article in Ottawa Life detailed the extent to which iGaming is in the ascendency in Canada at the moment, growth driven by the fact that iGaming taps into the reason why many people pick up their phones to enjoy some gaming in the first place: to play in short, multiple bursts without worrying about putting a time-consuming game down and starting it up again later.

Which Games Are Driving Growth?

If you think about the logistics of going into a physical casino to gamble, some people feel put off by the fear that they won’t know what they’re doing, and won’t know what game to choose. In contrast to this, online, choice rules. Sites like slot-machines.ca present gamers with a wide array of choices to pick from that are suitable for playing either on their mobile devices or at home, embracing themes like Tomb Raider that they are already familiar with.

Although games like Tomb Raider might appeal to the slightly older generation who remember this game with fondness, other sites like online-casinos-canada.ca are helping to make slots more appealing to those interested in more modern shows, cinema and the like, with moves such as the release of the Game of Thrones slot, which offers 253 ways to win in addition to sounds, characters and the overall atmosphere of the record-breaking popular television series.

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“The Iron Throne” by Elroy Serrao (CC BY-SA 2.0)
What this shows is that the growth of iGaming is being driven by multiple demographics, with slots and other mobile iGaming options benefiting from the increased appeal of games like poker and roulette, which have been made all the more popular again by recent popular culture (take the James Bond movie, Casino Royale, as an example of a movie which helped to make the world of gambling glamorous again).

So, Why in Canada?

Perhaps one reason why iGaming is taking off to such an extent in Canada is because of the fact that more and more provinces are looking to make it easier for people to access these kinds of games. With the global trend already heading this way, and with Canada now opening up the market so that more and more gaming companies can operate properly, it does seem that when it comes to the potential “in” thing in the app world in 2017, iGaming is where the key lies.

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5 Celebrities Who Also Love Investing

We don’t usually think of celebrities as being financially savvy. There’s a stereotype of the careless celeb who has more money than he or she needs and spends on whatever enters his or her little head. In certain cases this is true. Nic Cage lost millions from neglecting to pay income tax for years. Burt Reynolds faced foreclosure on his Florida home after failing to pay his mortgage for a year. Marvin Gaye had to file for bankruptcy when he couldn’t pay alimony after his divorce.

But that does not ring true for every celebrity. In fact, some are not just good at keeping their money, but are adept at growing it too.

There are many ways to make money through investing, including Forex trading which probably has the best trading platform available for free. This is how 5 celebs went about investing their money.

1. Ashton Kutcher

He played the epitome of a man too wealthy to know what to do with his money on the later seasons of Two And A Half Men. Well, he’s actually rolling in it in reality, and not just owing to his acting career. He’s made a lot of money in the private equity business, and boasts a portfolio including investments in AirBNB, Skype, FourSquare, and DuoLingo.

2. William Shatner

The original Captain Kirk took on the role as negotiator of the Priceline Group Inc. for stock options instead of pay. This decision paid off in a big way. He sold his shares before the dot-com bubble and, according to some reports, made $600 million. However, Shatner disputes that figure, while acknowledging that he did make a big windfall.

3. Bono

He has to get money for all his philanthropy from somewhere, and it’s not from forcing an album on every single Apple user. He’s involved in private equity, as a founder of Elevation Partners which holds equity in Facebook and Yelp. He also co-owns The Clarence, an upscale hotel in Dublin.

4. Will Ferrell

He has probably never played the role of a good investor on our screens, but in real life he has made some excellent financial decisions. By pouring money into Funny Or Die, he not only won an Emmy but ended up with a website worth between $100 and $300 million. It does not look like he will sell any time soon either, instead choosing to hold on to this still booming comedy mainstay.

5. Magic Johnson

You may know him as one of the most prolific players in NBA history. But since his retirement from the sport, he has founded a holding company called Magic Johnson Enterprises. Aside from all the money he’s made investing in restaurants and health clubs, he has also invested in community, partnering with Starbucks way back in 1998 to develop in new areas.

Celebrities may not seem like financial role models, but some have truly used their wealth wisely, and have shown that fortune does not have to go to waste even for those who live the high life.

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