So I put a bounty on something. Then I figured it out. Can I just wait the next 7 days for it to expire and then get my points back? Is there any way to salvage them? Please, people, I'm desperate for SO fame and fortune.
A bounty is like placing an ad - you pay money to get more eyeballs on your question.
It doesn't guarantee you will get an answer or that any answers you do get will be of any help.
Like paying for an ad, you don't get money back if it didn't work as you expected.
Reading about how the bounty system works would have told you all this.