Save money by making your own bottled water
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We’ve been buying bottled water now for more than 10 years. Call me spoiled if you will, but I just can’t stand the taste of tap water. We’ve tried the Brita pitcher, the Pur 3 faucet mount filters, and many others. None of them tasted as clean as bottled water.
We generally try to purchase our bottled water when it’s on sale, but it’s not nearly on sale as much as we would like it to be. We drink roughly 120 bottles of water a month. A 24-pack of Dannon water runs $3.99 – $4.99 depending on where we buy it. That’s 5 packs per month at the cost of $19.95 – 24.95 per month, or $239.40 – $299.40 per year.
Enter the RO/DI Filter
I’ve written before about my saltwater aquarium hobby and how particular saltwater fish are about their water. Saltwater aquariums require pristine water conditions, and as a result I ended up having to purchase an RO/DI filter to create 99% pure water for my tank. RO/DI stands for Reverse-Osmosis/Di-ionizing. While both of these processes are required for maintaining a healthy saltwater aquarium, only the reverse osmosis filter is required for creating excellent quality drinking water. Actually, drinking water that has been through the DI process can be unhealthy, not to mention it tastes funny.
Many of the bottled waters being sold in stores contain nothing more than standard tap water that has been run through the reverse osmosis process. RO water is generally 99% pure and tastes as good as most bottled waters. Here’s the best part, it’s significantly cheaper. I purchased my RO/DI filter on eBay from from a company called purewaterclub*com for $100.50 including shipping, the cost of 4 months of bottled water. The filter cartridges in the RO filter, given normal usage, will last about a year before you have to replace them.
Many stores have machines that dispense pure drinking water. Our local Wal-Mart has one of these. If you read about the water the machine is dispensing, it’s RO water. That machine basically has a high volume RO filter in it. Chances are though, the RO filters cartridges aren’t changed as often as the should, and the water isn’t near as pure as you would get at home.
The money you can save by purchasing your own filter is tremendous. Just in a year the savings would be almost $200.00! That would take a nice chunk out of your debt snowball.
Benefit your plants too
One of the downsides of the RO filters is they only make about 1 gallon of pure water for every 5 gallons of input water. So for each gallon that goes into the filter, you get 1 gallon of filtered water, and 4 gallons of “waste water”. Many people just send the waste water down the drain. Instead, I have the waste water running into a cheap trashcan. Turns out, plants thrive on the waste water. We’ve been using the waste water to water our flowers and shrubs for about 2 months now and they look great. We also use it to top off our garden pond, since there are no fish in it. The waste water has really made a big difference in our plants. This is particularly true for our roses, as they seem to really like whatever is in that waste water.
Tired of spending your hard earned money on bottles of water? Tired of throwing away all of those plastic water bottles? Purchase your own water filter and make your own bottled water. They are easy to install and it literally took me all of 15 minutes to mount it and have it up and running. The water tastes just as good as bottled water and is far cheaper.
Do you have an RO filter or other type of water filter? How does yours work? Are you loyal to bottled water? If so why? Share your thoughts, add a comment!