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Money Tip: Do Get This Creative With Saving Tricks

While chatting with a girlfriend over a leisurely al fresco lunch this weekend, she told me about a friend of hers who managed to pay for an entire Fiji honeymoon by getting creative with her saving. During the year leading up to their wedding, she and her fiancé saved all of their empty bottles and would periodically exchange them at the recycling center for cash. Every cent of those proceeds went into their honeymoon fund, and when all was said and done they had enough to pay for their romantic island getaway.

This saving solution isn't for everyone, especially those who don't go through a lot of bottled beverages, but it does suggest there are little saving tricks in all of our lives just waiting to be discovered.


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Trvchick Trvchick 8 years
Our whole family recycled dailys, like cans plastic bottles and glass. We did have a goal to see if we could save enough to go camping just on those proceeds. Well all of California was on fire this summer, so we bought a mid priced above ground pool instead. Saving money for a honeymoon took me on a quest and what I found was freakin fantastic. Membership benefits that give you the ability to freeze the already discounted itinerary by booking today. whether you have the money or not!Remember lay away plans? Theres a 5,000.00 limit. Not too shabby, its Travelencia. I was so impressed that its now my home business.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 8 years
how much to glass ones go for? even if it's 50 cents, that's still 2000 to get to $1K. That's 5 or 6 glass bottles a day. Wouldn't you get more money, um, not drinking that many bottles of anything a day? I don't mean to sound snarky - it was obviously a creative way to save that worked for them, so good for them. I just find the math confounding.
MelissaIsTheBest MelissaIsTheBest 8 years
Does anyone know a link to find out if your area has a recycling exchange like this?
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
Plastic bottles hardly pay anything, that's why in the picture the bottles are glass.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
cool, as far as I know GA still gives your some moola for your recyles, I will have to check into that!
sundrops sundrops 8 years
I'm sharing the Texas doesn't redeem pain. Of course we don't usually buy drinks in that form any way.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
We save our aluminum cans and when we have a buttload of 'em, we take them to the recycling center and use the cash they give us to go out to dinner or see a movie.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 8 years
We've been planning on starting to do this with our aluminum cans.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
i feel your pain fleurfairy.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
if one bottle = 5 cents (like it does here) than they would have had to turn in 20,000 to get about 1 grand. who has that many bottles? I dont use bottles at all, unless its liquor and i dont go through those that quick!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
Cool for her. And yes, I agree: By getting creative, we could save lots and lots of money!
krrn krrn 8 years
yeah this would definitely be cool if you use a lot of bottles. i once had two parties in two days and when i returned all the bottles, i got close to 20 dollars. the moral of the story is to throw a lot of parties and return the cans. one year my family kept a bottle of change that everyone threw their extra change in every day. by the time we went on vacation, we had an extra 75 dollars.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Texas doesn't redeem money for recycling :(
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
In WA you don't get $ back for turning in your cans
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Great idea! Bummer that we don't have that much canned or bottled stuff to bring in. We do have a change jar that we throw our money in. I was thinking about starting a jar like that for Christmas shopping. At the end of the day just fill my change and maybe a few bills in there. We'll see. Anyone know of any good sites for setting up a personal budget? It's something I really need to do!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Just the other day I was thinking that I could exchange the soda cans and give the money to my son as his allowance. My parents buy canned drinks by the bulk and they don't exchange the cans at the recycling center. I don't think I'll have trouble gathering the cans.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 8 years
For my savings, I put every single cent I catch hold of into an empty bottle (I have had it for years). Every time the bottle runs full I dump it into a box and keep on trying to fill it up. I have a box FILLED with change, and to be honest, I am dying to know how much it is!!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
This is a great idea, I wish I could do this but I don't drink out of bottles like that.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
No a bad idea!!! We have a kazziollion in the garage that NEED to go in this week so maybe we will start doing this for our va-cay we want this Christmas time!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Wow. That's awesome.
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