Brightside IRL.

The blog on money, savings, and everyday life with Brightside in Alberta.

The future of Brightside

The difficult decision has been made to end the development of our Brightside banking platform by the end of March 2022, so we can focus all of our efforts on accelerating the advancement of ATB’s main digital banking experience.

Local Lovin'

Spreading local love, holiday cheer, and extra $$! We're giving you tiered top ups with our Friends with Benefits for the rest of the year.

Shop it like it's hot

July was one hot month! For the entire month of July, we gave you the chance to shop it like it’s hot with your Brightside Spend Card and win one of five $1,000 prizes deposited into your Brightside bucket.

Spend (& save) in the name of local love!

Brightside’s Summer of Extras made supporting local even more rewarding. All summer long we gave every top up an extra bonus of $2, $5, or $10.

The beer-making magic behind Your Wish is Pomegranted

#BeTheBrewer 2021 is a wrap and the beer is now on tap! We’re covering our journey of co-creation and sharing where you can taste it on tap.

Takeout and top up!

Brightsiders, you know how to show the local love! Thanks for supporting our restaurant and brewery Friends with Benefits during the month of May.

Spend, save, and celly with Brightside

We’re breaking down our roster of spending and savings features that pair perfectly with your day-to-day banking.

Reach the peak of your savings with Brightside

The powder’s piling up! Here’s how you can use Brightside to save for the slopes and that mountain getaway.

Feeling financially empowered with Selina Gray

We partnered up with Alberta’s financial empowerment expert, Selina Gray, to bring you affirmations that make you feel courageous, inspired, and reflective.

Making it official with Coffee Date

Celebrating the launch of Friend with Benefits, we got busy with Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. and Square One Coffee to create a custom Brightside brew.

It’s time to take total control of your spending

Rather than always borrowing from your future self, find out how good it feels to spend money in real-time with our spend card.

Budgeting with buckets

Ditch the spreadsheets and discover a different way of tackling your spending and saving goals.

Your money. Your way

Money doesn’t need to be complicated. With Brightside, you can take control of your money and find ways to make it work for you. Feel empowered, live your best life, and be your own expert.

Media Release: ATB Financial introduces new digital-only banking app

That’s Living on the Brightside campaign set to launch to Albertans.

Money Honey: Brightside x Milk Jar Candle Co.

A unique candle collab that matches dollars and scents, co-created to spark positivity and help celebrate life’s brightest moments.


A unique Calgary art installation for you to stay connected and inspired this summer (while safely staying two meters apart).

Introducing #YoureMoneyMonday

Rewarding Brightsiders for living, saving, and repeating.

One Brightsider’s journey to saving more than she ever thought possible

Here’s how Paula uses Brightside to save more than she thought possible, why she hates rice and beans, and what she’ll never sacrifice to save.

Gettin’ crafty while co-creating

Sip, sip, hooray! We brewed up something special with your help.

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The blog on money, savings, and everyday life with Brightside in Alberta.