Updated on 01.25.11

The Switch to Hand-Bottled Water

Trent Hamm

One of the more costly (and unhealthy) routines I once had was grabbing sodas out of the refrigerator, taking them into my office, and gulping them down. Not only was it costing my health, but it was also an expensive routine. Even if you buy in bulk, a can of soda is still going to cost you a good quarter.

Obviously, this was a routine that needed to change, both for my body and for my wallet.

My first approach was to start buying bottled water in bulk. Once the caffeine headaches passed, this routine worked pretty well. I’d buy the bottles in bulk, keep several of them in the fridge and just refill my supply when it got low.

There were two problems with this approach.

The first one was flavor. Drinking lots of bottled water and little else is simply bland. My taste buds yearned for something else.

The second problem was cost. Buying bottled water instead of soda was healthier, but it didn’t really save me any money.

Eventually, I solved both problems. I started handling my own bottled water.

Water bottles

How did I get the bottles? As you can see, they’re mismatched. I’ll pick one up whenever I find one on deep discount somewhere because they do sometimes wear out after years of use – the straw attachment will break or something. I usually try to never spend more than $1 on them and I’ll sometimes pick up branded ones for free.

My filling procedure is pretty straightforward. I’ll fill several bottles, put them in the fridge, and just go through them as needed. When I see the number in the fridge getting low, I fill more bottles. It doesn’t take too long – maybe a minute to fill several bottles. Once they’re filled, it becomes very convenient to just grab a bottle from the fridge and gulp it.

It’s easy to add some variety, too. I’ll add a couple teaspoons of lemon juice to a bottle. I might add a teaspoon of honey to a bottle – or both lemon and honey.

My favorite tactic, though, is to toss a teabag or two into the bottle as soon as I fill it, then let that teabag stay in there until I’m ready to drink the bottle. If it’s got tea in it, I thoroughly shake the bottle before drinking it. I usually leave the teabag in until it’s easy to retrieve it and throw it away.

There are a lot of benefits of doing this beyond just saving money.

I very rarely have headaches. Before cutting out sodas and other beverages, I used to get a few headaches a week. Now I get one once a month at most, and those are usually due to other factors, like exercising without being adequately hydrated.

I lose weight easier. It’s more than just replacing soda with water. Being hydrated improves your body’s function in a lot of ways. For me, one of them is that weight loss becomes much easier.

It’s much easier to just bring my own water to the gym. That means I’m not dropping a dollar into the can to take one of their overpriced bottles. Having a bottle in the fridge at home means I just grab it and go out the door. This also makes sure that I stay hydrated there by keeping me from being cheap and not spending that dollar on bottled water.

It helps with road trips, too. If I’m driving somewhere, I’ll just toss some bottled water in the car. This way, I’m not tempted to stop somewhere to purchase an overpriced beverage because I already have beverages in the car, ready to go.

If you’re trying to break a soda addiction – or even if you’re trying to get out of a chain of buying bottled water – give this a try. It certainly worked for me.

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  1. Chris says:

    A few years ago, I broke my caffeine habit by switching to canned club soda (not significantly cheaper, but a little cheaper, without the health cost). And I recently moved from canned club soda to an in-home carbonating machine.

    Unfortunately, carbonating at home doesn’t seem to save me too much money (maybe a dime for every liter bottle), but it’s more environmentally friendly and I still get the fizzy taste that I consider very thirst-quenching. It’s a great deal!

  2. Amanda says:

    I too fill my own water bottles. Usually in preparation for leaving the house, I don’t have them prebottled in the fridge.

    Also, I only use stainless steel bottles for fear of chemicals leaching from the plastic. That’s the actual reason I switched.

    I use filtered water.

  3. Krista says:

    *Facepalm* Trent, you’re a genius! Everyone talks about using your own bottles rather than pre-bottled, but it honestly never occurred to me to fill up SEVERAL (smaller) bottles in advance! I’m a 32-oz-Nalgene kinda gal and I try to drink a couple a day, but it’s always warm before I finish it and too big to fit in my car’s cupholder (and therefore gets left at home). I definitely think I’ll give this a try! Thank you SO much for taking the time to post about the smallest habits in your life that I KNOW you occasionally must think “Who REALLY reads this stuff?”

  4. carmen says:

    I don’t understand why you even need the bottles. The frugal option is simply to drink glasses of water straight from the tap, or from a jug kept in the fridge if this isn’t cold enough.

    One bottle should suffice for when you take water out of the house, to the gym for example.

  5. Katie says:

    Okay, I don’t want to be mean, but sometimes the amount of words on this blog drives me crazy. How hard is it to say “I like to pick up water bottles free or cheap and put them in my fridge.” I’m pretty sure most of us don’t need a tutorial on how to make sure you have a water bottle with water it in your fridge.

  6. brad says:

    Interesting that water and soda cost the same for you. A 12 pack goes on sale where I live for a few bucks and change, but for $3.50 I can purchase 35 bottles of water (16.9oz) from my local warehouse store.

    Additionally, did I miss the post where you detailed joining a gym?

  7. Interested Reader says:

    This is another one of your quantity over quality posts.

    Do you really need to tell us how to fill a water bottle? I think anyone who can read your blog can figure out you fill the water bottle from the tap.

    And don’t you have glasses that you can use and ice in your fridge? It seems like setting up a supply of water bottles for the fridge takes more time than putting ice in a glass and turning on the tap.

  8. bubba29 says:

    water in a plastic bottle tends to taste like plastic, in my experience. to save money, i too despise store bought bottled water. i filter mine and put it in stainless steel bottles when needed. it’s “green”, safer, and cheaper.

  9. Nick says:

    Awesome ideas here, Trent. I don’t mind the boring flavor of water, but I might just add some tea, lemon, or honey and give it a whirl. Thanks for the tips!

  10. marta says:

    Um, filling a bottle isn’t rocket science.

    Shorter Trent: always have a bottle with tap water at hand and take it with you everywhere.

  11. Bob says:

    Hey guys give him a break. There are only so many ways you can say “spend less than you make” and make it interesting.

    I want to know what the Fiji peasants are going to do if everyone follows this advice to give up bottled water! Don’t you even care? Not to mention all the work the recyclers are missing out on by not getting those used bottles. And then there are the workers who make the bottles and the petroleum products used. Next thing you know, gas prices will be dropping and my stock in BP will plummet! Oh the humanity!

    Seriously, having pre-filled bottles staged in the fridge is a good idea.

  12. Gretchen says:

    I gotta agree with #5.

    A day after you talk about spending all this time on your blog and you write about filling water bottles?

  13. Aaron says:

    I agree with # 5 and # 7 wholeheartedly.

  14. Linda says:

    Not to mention the fact that bottling your own water keeps tons of plastic out of the environment.

  15. Teresa says:

    I have to agree with everyone else. It’s not too hard to figure out how to fill up a water bottle. Personally, I think all those bottles of water would take up too much space in the fridge.

  16. Des says:

    What might be a more substantial way to present this information would be a cost breakdown/comparison of different day-time beverage options a la Amy Dacyczyn. You could show cost per ounce of vending machine soda vs. brought-from-home soda vs. Crystal Light vs. filtered tap water vs. tap water…or something like that. I always liked Amy’s breakdowns, and that would make this post feel like it took more than 5 minutes to produce.

  17. Johanna says:

    @IR (#5): I actually find it easier for me to keep a supply of water in the fridge than to keep a supply of ice in the freezer. Ice cube trays are fiddly, and I always forget about them, and the ice always shrinks away to nothing by the time I need it. But whatever floats your boat.

    Agree with you (and others) on the first point, though. Trent, part of being a writer (of nonfiction prose, anyway) is having something to say that your readers don’t know already.

  18. I bottle my own water too. It is much easier to stay hydrated when I have a bottle of water on my desk then getting up and walking to the kitchen for a glass of water.
    If you are writing a lot and in flow you forget to do a lot of things but drinking water is not a problem.

  19. Rachel says:

    This is a good tip – but I’m curious what you did to satisfy your need for flavor? I simply can’t drink plain water all day, I have to add some juice or something. Would be curious as to what you do about that.

  20. Interested Reader says:

    @10 – I have an ice maker (not in the door, in the freezer) so I just scoop out the ice I need. When I didn’t have an ice maker I’d try to remember to empty the ice cube trays in an container and then refill them – but a lot of times I’d forget and just keep a pitcher of water in the fridge.

    This might have been more interesting if Trent had pointed out that a lot of bottled water is nothing more than tap water all fancied up. Or talked about the enviornmental/social justice issues of some of the more “exotic” bottle waters where the bottling of water distrupts the access of locals to get fresh water. Or even the issue of how are natural resources – springs and rivers, are being controlled more and more by private companies and how this could impact the future.

    But that would be thoughtful, well crafted writing and it’s what Trent wants to do someday. Not now.

  21. valleycat1 says:

    LOL – just the other day I was trying to buy a glass water bottle for my desk at work with an acceptable type of top or straw (I really dislike plastic) when I got the light-bulb moment that it’s called a glass. Since I use it at my desk, it really doesn’t need a travel top on it.

    I have to agree with the others that this is a 2-sentence topic at the most: instead of buying individual water bottles, drink tap water out of a reusable bottle. If taste is an issue, filter it yourself.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    @Trent — your dentist will be happy too. Ours used to always warn us that frequently drinking coffee or soda is the equivalent of constantly bathing your teeth in sugar and acid. (Not to mention the staining!)

    I only drink water because I tend to mindlessly sip while working, reading or relaxing.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    @valleycat1 My friend’s company bought everyone stainless steel bottles to use at work. No more stocking the break room with wasteful bottled water, and no spills on equipment!

  24. Tyler says:

    I’d check the water bottles – if you are getting them at a tremendous discount, they may be the bottles containing BPA.

  25. Jon says:

    Bet he wishes he hadn’t laid this egg!

  26. Angie says:

    I agree with several of the other posters. Both the puzzle blog and this one could be condensed into one paragraph.

  27. christine says:

    Maybe not everyone is a financial blog junkie, and might be looking for some simple suggestions to begin with. Maybe some well crafted thoughtful and civil comments would be helpful to newcomers and people who enjoy this site. I used to enjoy the constructive suggestions following Trent’s entries, and I thank those of you who are continuing to post those.

  28. Inquisitive Raven says:

    For everyone wanting to know why Trent doesn’t use glasses, consider this: He’s in a household with kids. A sealed bottle won’t spill water all over the place the way a glass will. Having two furry poltergeists (i.e. cats) and being something of a klutz, I find that particular feature invaluable. Also, if the bottles are pre-filled, you don’t have to think about getting a bottle as you head out the door. I keep track of which of my bottles/sports cups fit in my car’s cup holder and try to always have one filled.

  29. Anna says:

    Ok, so yeah, I agree, this was a very simplistic post. However, I disagree that it is mostly without merit. It is not so much substantial in content as it is in encouragement. Sometimes I read PF blogs just for some “cheerleading.” I find that articles like this (as long as they are not all a blogger posts) can be a reminder to keep doing the simple things.

  30. dawn19 says:

    You should have taken the job!

  31. Leah says:

    This also saves costs in a less visible way. Bottled water has a lot of externalities — that’s the fancy word for costs you don’t pay up front. There’s a cost to the environment from the fossil fuels used to ship the water all the way to throwing away plastic bottles.

    I use BPA free plastic bottles because the stainless steel ones tasted weird to me (we have really hard water, which might be a factor in that). I tried using glass bottles a few times, but nothing is more fun than cleaning up wet glass off the floor.

    I am a fan of the sealed water bottle. I use a glass at home, but at the office and when out and about I definitely use a water bottle that I can close up.

  32. Pat S. says:

    My wife and I sprung for the BPA free water bottles a few years back, as well. We never were the type to drink bottled water regardless, but we do feel better knowing that we are preventing whatever carcinogens are present in other plastic bottles from entering our drinking water.

  33. Rebecca says:

    I agree the post was over drawn out, but I do the same routine at home. I have 3 32oz bottles that are filled up at night for the next day. I strive to drink that much in water a day, and when I do I feel better and eat less. My kids also have their stainless sports bottles in the fridge, each with their special design, and they know they can go and get a drink when ever. I also don’t need to worry if they tip over or get left in another room. They drink tons of water now!

  34. Lex says:

    Do you filter your tap water? I thought that this would be what the post would be about! Most of the time I just have a pitcher of water in the fridge from the tap, but in special circumstances (pregnancy) I feel better/safer drinking mineral water. I haven’t really looked into the filtering solutions and what they really mean and whether they are worth it. I would be interested in a followup post breaking down the costs!

  35. Jon says:

    Since I don’t like cold water it’s even easier for me. Drink, fill, repeat. No fridge space compromised.

  36. Kelly says:

    I buy a case of water at Aldi’s for $2.49! I don’t like the taste of our tap water(city water) at all! I recycle plastic bottles & sometimes buy the Walmart brand single drink packets to add flavor.

  37. Paige says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve read the comments here and this will be the last time in a while again! I actually liked this post. I have lots of water containers but I hadn’t given serious thought to the convenience of pre-filling them and storing them in the fridge.

  38. Renae says:

    I had a diet coke habit that I finally tackled. Eventhough it was diet, I didn’t like the constant dehydration, expense, and soda cans all over the place. I went to Costco and got their pack of 3 -plastic cups with screw lid and straw. I fill it up with ice water and use it with my morning commute. I refill it all day at the office and feel much better.

  39. David says:

    @Johanna (#10): water more likely to float boats than ice (see “Titanic”, passim)

  40. The topic of water has so many possibilities and you opted to discuss how you fill up a water bottle? FAIL! Entire movies have been devoted to this subject and are very interesting. The politics, the rights of people, the environmental impacts of bottled water, water rights, pollution and environmental impact of disposable plastic bottles.

    It’s a real shame that you didn’t take the time to really research this issue because it’s important and something more people need to become aware of. By dancing on the safe side of the issues (ie, never discussing anything of “real” importance), you’re doing a disservice to your readers. If you don’t want them, send ’em my way. I could always use a few more.

  41. STL Mom says:

    I think that for someone who is used to grabbing a cold can of soda out of the fridge, having the water bottle already filled and in the fridge makes it an easy substitution.
    I am a person who tends to run out of the door at the last minute, so having a water bottle ready to go really does make a difference to me.
    It’s not really about how to fill a water bottle. It’s about how to change your habits. For many people, the new habit has to be just as easy and appealing as the old habit. Add just one extra step, and it’s easy to slip back into the old habit.

  42. valleycat1 says:

    #18 – When I was growing up with 4 siblings, and when my kids were small, no one used water bottles once they could drink out of a cup, and sippy-cup type lids were used only long enough to train a child how to maneuver a glass. Granted, we also didn’t have computers then. But everyone survived by learning early how not to knock over glasses. You learn to place glasses away from the edge of the table, or don’t drink near the computer. We were only allowed to eat & drink in the kitchen or dining room as a general rule.

  43. Reggie says:

    How do you keep all those bottles clean? Are they all dishwasher friendly?

  44. Hope D says:

    I think Trent has a good idea about getting free water bottles. Many people can pick apart his writing but, it made me visualize the ease of doing this myself. I thought this is a good idea. I could find some cheap containers, fill them myself and put them in the fridge. I need to kick my soda habit,too.

  45. Lulu says:

    @interestedreader – You make some great points about the quality of this post and some possibilities for making it better, but your rude comments have me desperately wanting to point out that you have your own issues – “are natural resources”, huh? Please leave out the ugly comments in the future – they aren’t helpful to Trent and negate anything else you have to say.

    Trent, yes, this one could use some work, BUT, I love the part about tea bags, honey, and lemon. I had never thought to put honey in cold water before.

  46. krantcents says:

    I have been doing this for years with one small difference. I bought a couple metal bottle at Costco, they hold up better. I have different sizes for different uses. Smaller bottles for small lunches, bigger ones for all day.

  47. Janis says:

    I appreciate a “you can do this; it ain’t rocket science” post like this.

    There are two adults, two laptops, various gadgets, and three cats in our household. The cats are not climbers, thankfully, but the adults are klutzes, which is why I often like to put my filtered tap water in a stainless steel bottle. Another reason for the bottle – far worse than anything anyone else has mentioned so far – is that we live in a part of the country that has been plagued by stinkbugs. We do our best to reduce the in-house population (with dedicated bug vacuums on each floor of our house), but it feels so much better to drink from a bottle and not have to worry about finding something floating (or doing the backstroke) in your glass…..

  48. Steve in W Ma says:

    I am not super paranoid about plastic, so I’m happy to use a reused plastic water bottle, the kind most people throw away, to hold my water.

    I prefer a capped bottle because it offers more protection from spilling onto things like computers or my entire desk at work.

    Also, the uncapping procedure is a nice ritual that adds physical interest to the act of taking a sip of water.

    I actually have never bought a bottle. Ever. The world is inundated with them. People usually forget them in my place of work, I take them home after a week or so when it’s apparent that they are not coming back for it in the lost and found, or I just use a reused plastic bottle–even one that someone threw in the recycle bin. If you’re paranoid about diseases then take it home and disinfect it. I have a couple of nice stainless ones too. I usually use the stainless one to bring milk to work (from my one gallon jug at home) for tea.

  49. Steve in W Ma says:

    Incidentally, sippy straw bottles drive me INSANE. So hard to clean. Like, YUK. I don’t trust them.

  50. Steve in W Ma says:

    This tip of Trent’s–basically, having a ready-to-go self- packaged drink or two available for travel or whatever in the fridge along with keeping a couple of ready made homemade meals in travel containers in the fridge almost all the time, would save so many people SO much money if they just implemented them.

    Also, at least 3 or four frozen, prepackaged “leftover” meals in the freezer, and some ready-packaged “snack” type food available ready to take in the pantry. This means–all packed up, laveled, and ready to grab. All of this makes it SO easy to prepare for the day’s lunch or whatever even when all the time you have is to pause by the fridge while on the way to front door

    I do find that throwing a label on all of these items (not the drinks, the meals and snack packages though) seems to help a lot, maybe by making them easier to identify, or maybe because I just remember they are there better after going to the effort of labeling them. I usually label them either with masking tape and marker, or a simple slip of paper, cut to shape with a paring knife on my cutting board, with a dab of Elmer’s glue on the back of it.

  51. Steve in W Ma says:

    valleycat, the type of glass container you are looking for is probably actually called a one-quart narrow mouthed mason jar.

    Grandma’s Nalgene.

  52. Susan says:

    Our staff was received an inservice on the cost of bottled water, ie transportation, plastic bottle manufacturing,the societal cost to third nations who are beginning to charge for water rather than allow people to get it free from a well, etc. While it would seem self-evident that having a pitcher of cold water or hand-filled bottles of water in the fridge would seem self-evident, it is not. A few staff members absolutely refused to drink water from the tap or a bottle in the staff room fridge. They would rather pay $1.50 from the vending machine. I think it is wise to remember that everyone is not at the same place on their ‘frugal’ journey…

  53. kristine says:

    Just a few words: capitalism, Bolivia, water.

    Google that combo and you will get a much better blog entry. A private US company bought the country’s entire water supply, and with the monopoly, and got the Bolivian gov to declare it a crime to even collect rainwater for personal use. You had to buy, or die. There were riots in the street, blood was shed, and they voted out their president.

    This can happen here if we all buy bottled water, and let our public supply take a beating. I recommend the book “off the grid”. It tells the history of water rights in America, and how municipal water and power, given new technology, is really obsolete, and no longer cost effective compared to what is available for individual housing units.

    A cost breakdown of the producing, and disposing/recycling of the bottles vs. the cost of filtering water, would have been interesting. A comparison of water bottle types would have been interesting. A comparison of plastic numbers and suitability for holding water would have been useful. This entry as is should be one line in a list of tips.


  54. Michele says:

    Trent- my question is do you use herbal tea bags to add to your water bottle?
    Otherwise, you are still drinking caffeine.
    My husband and I started drinking filtered water (we got a Britta water pitcher on sale) from a couple of BPA free bottles we keep in the fridge…and stopped paying for three 24 packs of bottled water a month. We drink a lot of water! Our local water has a wierd aftertaste, so we buy a new Britta filter every three months. We also use filtered water in the Keurig- less descaling.

  55. Pam Maltzman says:

    We have an office in the home too. Keeping things from spilling on computer components is one issue. I have been using plastic bottles of various sorts, but some of them do leach into water (I could taste it).

    I have a portable ice maker (not working now); when it was working, it made better-tasting ice cubes than I could make with trays. Will be saving up to get it either fixed or replaced this year. For right now, we have a cheap source of packaged ice at the local WinCo Foods.

    We filter all our water. I have one of those large Pur filtration units, plus a pitcher. Getting the chlorine out makes it taste better to us.

    I ended up getting three of those Camelbak bottles with bite valves. They don’t leak if you accidentally tip one over. Mine hold only 24 ounces. Vitamin Shoppe stocks them, among other places, and the price has come down by a couple of bucks since I bought the first one.

    Voila!! The water is ice-cold, tastes good, and doesn’t spill on my keyboard–or in my car, when I go out to do errands.

    The bite valves do have to be cleaned (they build up gunk inside), but there are cleaning kits for that. Or you can just buy some pipe cleaners and twist them. The clear bite valves are the easiest to deal with.

  56. Liane says:

    Trent, I appreciate your realization that drinking soda excessively was damaging to your health and your wallet. It didn’t take a dramatic health scare and recommendation by your doctor to figure out what you needed to do, and, you simply explained, without any frills, how you switched from soda to water – turned a bad habit into a healthy one.
    I don’t read your posts to critique your writing style – I read it to learn more about living frugally.

  57. Carol says:

    Wow, rough crowd here today.
    I was going to add that adding fresh fruit to your water is also a great break from the normal everyday water.

  58. Alane says:

    To me the real issue is reducing what goes in the landfill, and reducing the costs of producing what goes in the landfill. Most cities have good water, and if you need to filter it so it tastes better. But don’t spend money to make trash. This is our children’s future world and all they have right now.

  59. Kristen says:

    The part I liked best about this post is the section on adding variety/flavor to your water. For me and my roommate, the hardest part about drinking water over tea or juice is that after a while, water is boring.

    I like to mix it up by using frozen strawberries instead of ice cubes, or adding a bit of lime juice and stevia (to cut down on the sugar I’m drinking) to make a quick limeade.

    My roommate finds that fun straws also increase her willingness to drink water.

  60. renee says:

    I thought your post made for a nice read. I keep bottled water in the fridge and grab one when I head out the door or go to work in the yard. Some are new bottles, some are refilled bottles. All the G’kids have their own lidded cup/bottle to keep spills from happening. When I am home I fill a glass. Cucumbers are good in water,and the strawberry idea is good. #10 – sometimes everyone needs a reminder.

  61. Stephanie says:

    @Kristine–I looked up the Bolivian water conflict and it was heartbreaking. I never knew about it until I saw your comment. I agree with a lot of the comments about the decline in the quality of TSD here lately. Usually I just skim Trent’s articles and only read the comments–that’s where I usually learn the most as was the case here with your comment.

  62. Interested Reader says:

    Stephanie – you may also want to google Fiji water thyphus. You’ll read about how there have been outbreaks of thypus because local Fijians don’t have access to enough fresh water. The water for the Fiji brand bottled water comes from either the biggest or the second biggest source for fresh water and it’s entirely owned by a corporation.

  63. Marie says:

    I have a quart Mason jar with a handle. I put some ice in it and add water from the tap. No storage necessary. Unless your tap water is really bad, drink it. I grew up drinking the nastiest tasting water on earth, but I have it to thank for great teeth.

  64. Megan says:

    I have almost always been opposed to the idea of buying bottled water (or any sort of bottled drink). There have always been bottles of water in reusable containers in fridge, even when I was a kid.

    The only exception I have made to my “no bottled water” policy was buying Faygo sparkling water when I lived in Michigan. I developed a taste for sparkling water while on study abroad in Germany, and I just like the fizz. Sometimes I crave it.

    Now that we live in Colorado I can’t get my sparkling water anymore (Faygo doesn’t distribute it’s sparkling water this far West). When we first moved out here, I would satisfy my fizz craving with soda, but now I try to stay away from soda because a) the sugar, b) the calories, and c) the expense (I can’t drink diet soda because I’m allergic to fake sugar (and it tastes gross)).

    The solution: The SodaStream. It seems like a pretty frivolous purchase at first glance, and I might never have bought it for myself but I got it for Christmas and now that I have it, I love it.

    I use their flavored water add-ins occasionally ( a pack of three came with it and I bought another pack since), but mostly I just carbonate my own water and add a little bit of lemon juice. It’s great. Now I get my fizz and save on cost (the carbonation for the SodaStream tacks about $0.50 onto cost of bottling my own water, as opposed to the $0.99 I was paying for pre-bottled water, plus the social cost and carbon footprint of any bottled water.)

  65. Karen says:

    With a lot of others this seems like a “repeat” artcle.

  66. kristine says:

    Wow. I now know that should never, ever, buy Fiji brand water. The earth, and all her splendor, seems to be riddled with price tags. How long before someone starts selling the rights to species of wild birds, and you have to pay if one nests in your tree? The human genome is already being patented, piece by piece. That’s like patenting your liver, because maybe you are the first person who figures out how a liver works, so noone else can make medicines to fix anybody’s liver, because you own the rights! It’s a mad world sometimes!

  67. Tally says:

    I don’t trust the tap water here to be clean enough. Especially since I have to run the tap for 5 seconds before non-rusty water comes out. I’m happy with bottled water.

  68. kristine says:

    Oh, and pardon my manners…thank you Stephanie! And you, too, Interested Reader for that enlightenment.

  69. Jeffrey says:

    Drinking water from the tap is a great way to reduce waste in more ways than one.

    However, I’m a little concerned with buying super-cheap containers and the risk of leaching whatever cheap material they’re made from. While I don’t have any hard facts to back this up, I’m a little weary after all the BPA talk. Perhaps this was way hyped up, but I would still rather spend an extra few dollars on the container than take the risk. I also think well-made products can provide better tasting water than cheap ones that may negatively influence flavors.

  70. Jonathan says:

    Sometimes when I read through the comments it makes me wonder why Trent even bothers providing us with free content here on TSD. I suppose he realizes that only a small percentage of readers post in the forums, and that there are likely many many people who value his articles for something more than a topic to complain about. Personally I prefer skipping articles completely that do not interest me, or finding pieces of the articles that I can use in my own life, rather than complain about them. To each his own, however.

  71. Bianca says:

    Dear Trent,

    I am a blogger from The Netherlands and share your vision on frugality.
    However, I decided to invest in 2 Klean Kanteen water bottles, since they’re BPA-free. The thing with regular plastic containers is that after reusing them over and over again small particles of hazardous material will mix with your tap water. Although not cheap, maybe this is a sustainable and safer solution?


    Best wishes,

  72. Vickie says:

    Nice article….I agree, it’s easy and convenient to have bottles of water ready in the fridge. My son is always thirsty when I pick him up from school and we were always stopping to get him something to drink. Then of course while you’re already in the store the snacks look good. Saves us a lot of money to NOT have to have that daily stop.

  73. Jane says:

    We’ve had the SodaStream (a.k.a. Soda Club) for years, and we love it! My husband drinks the actual sodas, and I just prefer the seltzer. Seltzer is so overpriced in this country, so you save a ton by using the carbonator.

  74. Aryn says:

    @Tally – Get a Brita pitcher, fill it, and keep it in the fridge. We also tried a Pur filter directly on the faucet. Those will resolve the issue of the rusty water, which is most likely from the pipes in your house/apartment. It will also improve the taste of the tap water.

  75. G says:

    I refill our water bottles everyday for the school day and car trips.

    One thing that I love to use is a high quality water bottle brush (a baby bottle brush is similar but does not compare as well). The Oxo brush (about 16$) has a long handle and gets the bottom on the inside of the bottle clean, especially from juice or milk. (We like an ounce of juice in our large bottle of water.) It keeps the bottles clean and gets rid of “the smell” my kid complains about if the bottle is not squeeky clean. This brush is really worth the money, I have one I have used for years.

    Great post.

  76. PBM says:

    I totally agree with #70. If you don’t like the article, just skip it. As you can see, there will be some that appreciate the reminder or whatever.

    Quit yer griping, how about it and take a thankful pill.

  77. kristine says:

    Many people have poo-pooed those how have complained of late, but the truth is, this site has a reciprocal relationship. The blogger is asking people for their time, or at least hoping to get it, and this readership provides his main source of income. He provides content in exchange.

    In this kind of self-employment, there is no other performance review other than the commenters. And from my background in advertising, I can tell you that you want the squeaky wheels. Your worst luck is customers/readers who say nothing, then quietly just go away when they lose interest. This affords no notice to be aware of a shortcoming, and no opportunity to change it. Winning back almost never works, and is almost never cost-effective.

    It is 10X easier to keep a client/ customer/reader than it is to recruit a new one. Calling out complacency may seem rude or ungrateful, but instead, it is valuable feedback- a call to action, and it can keep an endeavor on track.

  78. Ruth says:

    Wow, so many negative comments. I for one loved the post and liked the idea about putting lemon juice in water…. I’m going to try it now! It sounds great.

    and for the others who are so negative… just let it go, it was a great post… but it was good.

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