4. Return the Empties

In some states, the cans and bottles your favorite carbonated beverages come in are returnable for a deposit fee, usually either 5 cents each or 10 cents each. Once a month, gather your empties and return them, rather than just putting them in your recycle bin. Bonus points (and change!) for collecting the returnables you see as litter, and for getting them from friends and family you know won't return them. In one year, I saved almost $150 just in returnables from my own bin.

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