5 ways for Canadians to earn a little side money

It ain’t side hustle money, but getting some pocket money is always nice. Canadians often get the short end of the stick when it comes to a lot of things, but here are some Canadian-exclusive ways to get some extra cash.


Shakepay is a Canada-based platform for buying, selling, and storing Bitcoin and Ethereum (ETH) via a smartphone or desktop computer. You can earn a bit of free Bitcoin by shaking your phone every day (by a bit, I mean a small fraction). It may be a small amount, but it’s free and easy to get. You can also earn a $10 referral when you get a friend to sign up and purchase $100 of Bitcoin or ETH, and they also will get $10.

Download via the app store and get into crypto trading easily.

You can also sign up using my referral link, and we’ll get both $30. Sweet right?

Google Surveys

Known as Google Opinion Rewards, you get paid for completing quick surveys, and I mean quick. I’ve completed a lot of surveys over the year, and Google by far is the easiest. It’s not a lot, but you can use them for games or build it up and use Google Pay. I earned $20 over the year and used it on games!

Credit Card Churning

It is the process of closing one credit card account and opening another for the rewards. Switching after a couple of years and not changing often is recommended, as it can impact your credit card. I’ve done it only once, and I don’t regret it. Companies often only give bonuses for new credit card sign-ups with certain conditions, but it is doable, and you can get the bonuses either instantly or in a few months. Cash-back cards are always a good bet for credit cards to get make a few extra bucks.

There is even a subreddit where you can go to get advice and learn more.

Ask Canadians Survey

If you collect points for any of the below, you should be on the Ask Canadians Survey.

  • Aeroplan
  • Hudson Bay
  • Petro Points
  • Via Rail

Essentially, you sign up, get sent surveys to complete (if you qualify), and then get points! Even if you don’t qualify, you still get some pity points. It rakes up, and the surveys give an adequate number of points.


Optimity is a good way to add some extra points if you use Petro Points. This is an app where you get rewarded for completing quizzes in regard to health and finance. You also get rewarded when you complete a certain number of steps, and it’s better if you have a friend to help!

You can also use my invite code, lucy04108, if you would like!

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Personal: dciman32.dll problem

As your computer gets older, it gets more problems. Perhaps it’s planned obsolescence, or I’m not a very good caretaker either way. I recently had a problem with my dciman32.dll being deleted, and I thought others might have had the same problem. So I decided to share my experience.

The Problem
My computer was shut down improperly, and the computer was rebooted. I did a CHKDSK scan as was recommended. I did it, and the following happens:

CHKDSK is verifying indexes

dciman32.dll in index SI30 of file 2233 is deleted

After it finished and I was able to access my computer. The first thing to pop up was a message telling dciman21.dll was deleted, and I should reinstall it to fix the problem. I was confused as the computer itself automatically deleted the file.


Anyway, It turns out I needed this file to run programs that relied heavily on graphics. I couldn’t open Adobe After Effects and was frustrated. After googling and trying some failed methods, I finally find the solution to my specific particular problem.

The Solution
It turns out all I needed to do was run a System File Check. It would be best to go to the start menu>command prompt> right click and run as administrator. Or the command prompt can be found in the accessories folder in the start menu.


At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

sfc /scannow
Do not close this let it run. It will fixed the corrupted file problem.
And that was it for me. Check out the following link by microsoft that better explains the process of system check here:

Failed Methods

I tried some other methods that did not fix the problem and wasted my time. I tried these methods first because it was low risk, but so is the system scan. It was the following:

1. System Restore: I restored it to an earlier point did not fix the problem. I went to an even earlier point. Still the same pop-up message.
2. Updates: Perhaps, it was missing some updates. Nope, it wasn’t that.

I hope that was some help to you! REMINDER This was just for my specific situation and problem, there are other variations of the deleted dciman32.dll problem, and this method may not work for you. I wish you good luck, though, in finding a solution!

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