There are many reasons to stop buying bottled water. Most of the arguments against it center around the environment. While I agree that is important, it isn’t what fueled my decision. My recent choice to stop buying bottled water is purely selfish. But breaking away is hard – so how do you kick the bottled water habit?
Yes, saving money is important.
The trouble is, bottled water is so convenient! I don’t have to think twice about packing my lunch in the morning – I just grab a bottle and throw it in my lunch cooler.
And heading out to run errands is easier with bottled water and even at home in the evenings, I find myself drinking bottled water for no other reason that it’s easier than getting a glass out of the cupboard. (Yes, I am that lazy.)
But there is so much money to be saved. And I know you want to save money, too.
Here are some helpful tips to get over your bad bottled water habit.
1 – Add it up
My family of three consumes about a case of bottled water a week. At around $4.99 for each case, that adds up to more than $250 a year spent on something I could easily get for free.
When living a frugal lifestyle, whether it’s to work toward debt reduction or just saving for that next great vacation, every little bit helps.
And I can think of a lot of things I’d rather do with $250 than spend it on water.
2 – Realize it’s an illusion
Many brands of bottled water, including Dasani and Aquafina, are nothing more than filtered tap water.
That’s right – that same water that you can get at home for little to no cost goes through a filter, is bottled, and sold to you at a premium price.
It isn’t a magical, awe-inspiring mix of H20 and rainbows. It’s just simple tap water.
3 – Make your own magic
Buy a water filter. Run your own tap water through the filter. Voila – your own magic water.
Britta is a great option. That’s what I use at home and it’s always filled – I use it every day! They have filters that attach right to your kitchen faucet or water pitchers you can buy to store freshly filtered water in the refrigerator.
My favorite is the filtered travel bottle. This is the best of both worlds – you get filtered water that tastes great with the convenience of on-the-go portability.
Changing your mindset from the “grab and go” mentality to having to remember to fill your own bottles and pitchers with filtered water might take some getting used to.
But with the convenience of making your own filtered water at home for a fraction of what you’d spend buying it at the store, it won’t take you long to realize it’s worth it.
Give it 30 days and let me know what you think!