After the year that we’ve had– and with the holidays coming up– it’s important for everyone to show up for local businesses in any way we can. The best way to do that? Spending at the small shops and restos we love! You’ve heard us talk about Brightside before. The free banking app that helps you spend and save for what you love while still doing what you love. And now, Brightside is introducing a new way to save a little extra when you spend local.

Just in time for the season of giving, Brightside has launched Friends with Benefits! No, this won’t affect your dating game– but it will help you spend at some of your fave local spots, while saving some extra funds.
Every time you use your Brightside Spend Card in-store or online at one of their Friends with Benefits, Brightside will top up your spend card bucket to the nearest $1. Plus, you’ll earn 0.5% cash back on each and every purchase, an additional perk of their unique spend card.


Added bonus: since you spend directly from one of your Brightside buckets (like accounts- but free!), you’re spending your own money. That means no risk of debt, but all the freedom to spend wherever Mastercard is accepted (like online).

So, who are these fabulous Friends with Benefits? There are loads of businesses across Alberta – here are some of our faves in Calgary:

  • Craft Beer Market
  • Crave Cupcakes
  • Una Pizza + Takeout
  • OEB
  • Bridgette Bar
  • Made by Marcus
  • Spiritleaf


There are over 40 local businesses across the province that you can spend and save at, including breweries, bakeries, grocery stores, cannabis dispensaries, restaurants, cafes, and more! Time to treat everyone on your list – yourself included, of course. Keep your eyes out for the Brightside sticker at participating locations and tap your Brightside Spend Card to cash in on the savings. Brightside is always looking to add more great local businesses as Friends with Benefits. You can even shoot them a suggestion on their website for partners you’d like to see added.

So, this holiday season (and beyond), remember you can feel extra good about supporting local while you earn extra savings on your purchases at Brightside’s Friends with Benefits.

Download the Brightside app for free and get your Brightside Spend Card to start saving when you shop local at one of their Friends with Benefits. Still wanna know more? Check out or give ‘em a follow on Insta at @hibrightsider!