Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink – at least not for under a buck per bottle nowadays! Bottled water has gotten to be exorbitantly expensive, and for some, a status symbol. Even if you only drink “designer water”, you can still save some money by shopping smart, and replacing that soda pop or energy drink with refreshing (cheap) water. Here are a few tips on saving money on water.
Some market watchers have estimated that bottled water is marked up nearly 4,000% over the production cost. As of the date this post was written, you can get a 24-pack of bottled water (Great Value brand) from Walmart for $3.48. That works out to $0.15 cents per bottle. If your bottled water tastes are a bit more refined, you can pick up a 24 pack of Voss water for $38.88, or $1.62 per bottle. Picking up a similar bottle of water at your local convenience store or gas station will cost you anywhere from $0.99 (on sale) to $3.99 per bottle. How much is your “designer” water habit worth?
One way to save even more on your daily liquid intake is by installing a water filter in your home and filling your own bottles. Health experts will tell you that using a metal, BPA-free, reusable bottle for your water is not only better for the environment, but healthier for you, as well. These bottle last for years and even if you spend $10-$30 on a high quality bottle, that’s still cheaper than a couple of month’s worth of plastic bottles. And if you like living on the wild side, you can always refill those store-bought plastic water bottles at your faucet for cheap, but keep in mind that those cheaply made plastic bottles break down over time and release unhealthy particles into your water.
If you were to purchase a DuPont 4-stage water filter for your kitchen faucet (available at Walmart, Lowe’s, or Amazon), you would have an initial investment of $40 for the faucet housing and a two hundred gallon filter. Replacement filters sell for about $10 per 100-gallons of filtered water. That’s a cost of ten cents per gallon. While a four-stage water filter is one of the best readily available to consumers, if you’re serious about water filtration, you can opt for a while-house filter installed by experts, like the Culligan Man. Water filters are available that fit under your kitchen sink, on your refrigerator water line for dispensing filtered ice and water, and for installation on specific pipes leading to particular faucets in your home.
Water on the Run
One of the biggest mark-ups for water is found at your local restaurant. The pizza place my kids like to frequent charges $2.99 for a large fountain soda, which is outrageous enough, but they also charge $2.89 for a bottle of water. To save even more money, ask for a cup of ice and tap water (which they may charge you $0.10 to $0.50 for) or just bring your own bottle from home. Especially if you’re toting kids, toddlers, infants, or diaper bags and backpacks filled with feeding supplies and snacks, most establishments won’t say anything about you drinking from your own bottle.
So, how much does your water intake cost? How much do you think it SHOULD cost?
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