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Surprising Ways to Save Money Every Day

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Jonathan Carlson

  • Costco's Trade-In Program has joined forces with Gazelle, a premier recycling service, to swap laptops, cell phones, cameras, MP3 players, Blu-Ray discs, games, and more for a Costco Cash Card.
  • Return six packaging containers to a MAC counter or online to receive a free lipstick through the Back to MAC Program.
  • Recycle ink and toner cartridges in exchange for $2 in Staples Rewards.
  • Starbucks gives a 10-cent discount to customers for using reusable mugs or tumblers. If you stay and drink your beverage in-store, request to have it served in a ceramic mug at no charge.
  • Earn prizes like sporting goods, electronics, and travel through, a rewards program that encourages people to recycle and engage in earth-friendly actions to rack up points.


  • Get Dixon Golf credits by recycling golf balls—Dixon will give 50 cents per ball for any brand and $1 for its own at participating store locations.
  • pays you for recycling, reusing, or conserving personal resources through discounts and coupons for entertainment, dining, travel, and more.


  • works with many companies to motivate customers to recycle for money, then donates the goods to a nonprofit organization or school of your choice.


  • CVS/pharmacy's GreenBag Tag initiative gives a bonus every time customers bring a reusable shopping bag or decline plastic bags; four scans earns $1 in Extra Bucks.
  • Receive a Best Buy gift card when you trade in old video games, musical instruments, and select electronics. You can ship items to a trade-in center (print out a prepaid shipping label at or bring them to your local store.