Saturday Savings: Where Does Your Water Come From?
Did you know that Americans spend about as much money on disposable plastic water bottles each year as they do on engagement rings: $11 billion dollars? We pitch into landfills 38 billion water bottles a year (in excess of $1 billion worth of plastic). These numbers are astounding. Drinking from a reusable bottle could save you $550.00 a year (one disposable plastic water bottle daily at its average cost) compared to a one-time $15-$25 investment for a reusable water bottle. (Thank you Wild Mint Shop.com for these statistics!)
Many of us use disposable water bottles every day. If you have a family with kids, you might go through cases of water each month. Even though that case only costs $4-7, you’re still spending money that you don’t have to (plus, creating more plastic waste).
Buy the water, not the bottle
Bottled water is up to 10,000 times more expensive than drinking tap water! If you aren’t happy with your tap water, have it tested to see what can be done or invest in a filter.
Instead of drinking from disposable bottles, buy a convenient refillable water bottle. Life Factory bottles are totally worth their cost. Not only do they make it easy to carry your own water, but they’re made of glass (not plastic), so they’re far healthier to drink from.
Another way to save but still drink store bought spring water, is to buy a big 2.5 gallon or more jug of water and refill your glass or mug from this. At least you will be cutting down on buying so many individual plastic water bottles.
But they sure are convenient…
I understand, however, that individual disposable bottles are super convenient. You can just pop one in your bag and toss it when you’re done.
If you insist on buying disposable bottles, at least buy them in bulk. Don’t pick up a 12-pack at your supermarket or buy individual plastic water bottles. Buy a 36 or bigger pack at your local wholesale store. If you don’t have a membership to a place like BJs, Costco or Sam’s Club, consider signing up especially if you have a family of three or more. You earn back the membership fee in the first few months.
Drink from the tap; save money (and save the planet)!
Written by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer
For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.
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