This post is sponsored by Klean Kanteen & Green Sisterhood.
One reusable water bottle can save your family over $500 a year.
Americans are purchasing more and more water packaged in plastic bottles. According to IBWA, bottled water sales were up 6.7% in 2012, now at 11.8 BILLION! There is no reason to spend so much money on bottled water, yet it happens so easily.
Ashley jerked her minivan into the parking spot outside her local warehouse store. She sat for a moment, trying to regain her sanity, as her kids yelled from the backseat, “Mom! Mom! Mom! Mommy! Get me out! Let’s go, Mom! Mom! Mom!” Ashley unscrewed the cap of her plastic water bottle, chugged the remaining sips, took a deep breath, and said with a sigh,
“Okay. Let’s go inside.”
She unloaded the children, putting them side-by-side in the gigantic cart’s seat, and pushed the hulking device towards the door. “Mommy, me thirfsty,” said Ashley’s 2-year-old, Brayden. ~sigh~ Ashley had left the extra bottle of water she brought in the car.
“Okay, let’s get you some water.” She pulled the cart up to the small, refrigerated case by the cash registers.
“Me, too! Me, too! I’m thirsty, too!” Now Ashley’s oldest, 4-year-old Gracie, was hollering for a drink. Ashley grabbed two bottles from the cooler, then thought about how she’d better grab one for herself, too. Her children had a lovely habit of not liking to share. Ashley paid for the drinks, opened the bottles for each child, then continued her shopping.
On Ashley’s list for this trip was another two cases of bottled water to refill their refrigerator. “It’s summer, now, though, and we’re going through this water quicker than usual, anyway. Better get four cases,” she thought. She roamed the store, found the remaining items on her list, kept the children occupied, paid for the order, and left.
On warehouse-store day, Ashley always took the kids out to lunch at a local sandwich shop. In an effort to keep them healthy, she declined the juice and soda with their meals and instead opted for bottled water. (Their bottles from earlier were either finished, spilled, or had rolled under the car seat.) They enjoyed an easy lunch, and Ashley drove the kids and their purchases home.
Ashley unpacked the groceries at home. Her husband, Brian, walked in the door, then, placed his briefcase and half-empty water bottle on the table, and gave her a kiss. “Hey, how was shopping today?” he asked.
“Great!” replied Ashley. “Got a lot of great deals!”
But, did she?
Case of water: $5.98/24 bottles= $23.92
Assuming Ashley’s bottle and her husband’s came from a case of water they kept at home, that’s $.25 each.
We’ll average a guess and say that the three bottles Ashley bought at the warehouse store, plus the two at the restaurant, cost $1.00 a piece. So, $5.00.
In one day, Ashley’s family spent almost $30 on bottled water.
If Ashley continues to buy cases of water for her family, and we’ll figure the amount conservatively, counting the children as one person:
For a family of 3:
2 bottles/person per day is
7.5 cases/month for family of 3, which equals
And that’s not taking into account the extra bottles they might purchase at restaurants, at sporting events, at the beach, or on a road trip!
The Money-Saving Option:
1 stainlesss steel water bottle: 27 oz, $19.95.
$59.85/family of three
$79.80/family of four (if each child has her own bottle)
Imagine never spending another dime on disposable plastic bottles. I asked some moms what they would do with an extra $500:
“Buy a plane ticket to California for a friend’s wedding!”
“I’d put it in savings ($100 for each child and the rest in my savings).”
“Buy the vintage credenza I have had my eye on and have it delivered; I would have money left over for the vintage painting that I want!”
“Use it to pay for flights to visit my family.”
“Pay it towards the balance of our bathroom remodel!”
“Buy a bunch of expensive cookware I’ve been wanting.”
“Pay for the gas to drive cross-country with the fam.”
“Buy a ton of bulk herbs and pretty glass jars to keep them in.”
“Buy a lot of local grass fed/organic meat and stock my freezer.”