Saving Money on Bottled Water

Posted on May 10th, 2012 by Coupon Cathy

Our household of two adults and two toddlers consumes a minimum of 16 gallons of water every week. That’s a lot of water! If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where you can actually drink your unfiltered tap water without concerns about chemicals, prescription drugs, heavy metals (like mercury and lead), pesticide residue, bacteria and hormones in your water, then this article is not for you! Feel free to click on the next Thrifty Divas link 😉

However, if you are like me and do have a concern about what’s in your water, then you have a couple of options to get clean water and save money at the same time.

Filters and Water Systems

Of course, you can always get a filter or even a water system installed to clean your water. There is usually a larger up front cost that pays off in the long run when you consider all your water costs.

Bottle Your Own Water

This is what we do! Why pay about one dollar per gallon for bottled water that has been sitting in the back of a hot truck, which increases the rate at which the water absorbs the plastics from the container?! Then, those bottles sit for who-knows-how-long in warehouses and store shelves before we buy them in the effort to buy good “clean” water for our families.

You have probably figured out by now that for our family it is not just about saving money, although we do! We want better water! So, we use our own plastic gallon jugs–and two 5-gallon jugs. We simply take them to our local grocery store, which has a Glacier water refill machine. The water has undergone reverse osmosis, ultraviolet exposure (to kill bacteria) and carbon-filtration to improve its taste. AND, it only costs $0.29 per gallon!

It tastes better than the jugs we sometimes buy (to replace our old ones) and it doesn’t sit very long in the plastic. And, it’s a GREAT price.


How do you save on buying drinking water?


  1. Kim May 10, 2012

    Do you use a water dispenser?

  2. sara May 14, 2012

    Hello, where do you get your own jugs at? Did you purchase it from a store? My household of 4 drinks water from gallon jugs and bottle water, we have tryed Almost everything at our apartment and now reading what you said is so true in so many ways. I want to do this. I’ll look into seeing where the best way to get the jugs and how often, we need to switch them out? or do we? Also do you have a water dispenser? Thankyou so very much for your time.

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