Money escapes our homes in big ways and in small ways. The bigger things (like tuition payments, large purchases, insurance) are the ones that stick in our minds. We keep track of how much we spend on those big-ticket items.
However, as much as the big stuff hurts our wallets, the smaller items are the ones that sneak into our pockets and end up costing us a lot of money.
One of those things are disposable water bottles. We drink a lot of water around here, especially in the summer, what with a constantly working maintenance man and all. Water bottles are convenient, they may taste better than your tap water (my tap water tastes like lake in the summer... ew), and they don't seem that terribly expensive.
Oh, but they are. Just do the math!
We bought a bunch of BPA-free water bottles (and found one- it was in the lost and found for four years!). Every time one is emptied, it gets washed, dried, refilled, and stuck back in the fridge. Not only is this a better option cost-wise, but it's also better for the environment.
What about the taste? We also purchased a filter to put onto our kitchen faucet. This one switches from filtered to non-filtered by turning a knob. So far, we've only gone through one of the disposable filter inserts, and we've had the thing since July... so... six months. And like I said, we drink a lot of water.
It may seem like such a little change, but every little bit helps! If you're a big plastic water bottle person, give it a try!
Even if you don't drink a lot of water, consider changing switching to good old H20. Sugary beverages are super expensive, even more so than water bottles. Convenient? Yes. Delicious? Yes. Good for you? No. Cheap? No.
Making small changes to make yourself just a little more frugal is what it's all about.