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Why Pay for Bottled Water?

It seems like a lot of things we really need in life cost money.  Okay – most things do.  Shelter – where you live – costs money.  As does transportation, clothing, insurance, and many other things that are needed in day-to-day life.  One of those “other” things includes food and water.  Can’t go too long without either, particularly water!

Speaking of water, this is one area where some people spend a good deal of money.  Now, of course water isn’t totally free for us, since we usually have to pay a water bill each month.  However, a glass of tap water is not that expensive at all.  Even if it cost you a couple of pennies, that’s next to nothing for a glass of water.

That’s right – something we absolutely need is that cheap!

Despite this, there are people that will spend money on buying bottled water outside.  That might make sense for some people living where tap water is of poor quality, but probably not for most people living in technologically advanced nations.  Certainly, here in the U.S., we can say that mid-size or larger cities should likely have good enough water that we can drink.  Januarybe we could filter it, but that’s not overly expensive.

All this being said, why buy bottled water?  I think it might have limited use, such as if you kept a bottle or two in the car for emergencies, or even at home for that purpose.  Buying in bulk, perhaps one could pay $0.10 to $0.15 per bottle.

But for day-to-day life? Why spend that kind of money on water? I’ve seen people buy bottled water daily at work (in a prior workplace), at quick-serve restaurants, out of vending machines, and many other places.  I’ve even seen people buy water at coffee shops – when they could just ask for a cup of water for free with their other purchases.

The savings one could earn by cutting out such purchases could be significant, depending on their habits.  It’s sort of like that commonly known (in personal finance circles, anyway!) concept of cutting out that expensive coffee drink each day, and watching the savings add up.  The difference with water is that you can get an alternative – tap water – that probably has very little difference to what you would pay for.

So, why buy water? One could always bring a refillable container, or simply use a water fountain, right?

Readers, what do you think of the concept of buying bottled water instead of just having tap water? How often do you buy bottled water?

 

Do You Buy Organic?

Many of us care about being responsible with nutrition.  Because of that, the reality that there are so many claims that people might make about food makes it easy to let yourself believe a lot of them.  They might not guarantee that the food is healthy anyway, no matter how much you might pay.

Terms such as the following come to mind:

  • Light
  • Low Fat
  • Low Carb
  • Natural
  • All Natural
  • Healthy

When you think about it, just because something is “low fat”, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy or good for you.  Plenty of candy is low fat, yet loaded with sugar that makes it less than healthy.  Also, big mound of greasy bacon strips might be low in carbs relative to other options, but that doesn’t make it supremely healthy. Not by a long shot.  The same principle applies to the other descriptors.  The “natural” label is one that I find humorous sometimes.

Anyway, if these labels don’t necessarily guarantee that something is going to be healthy, then would they be worth a premium? In other words, would you pay more for food with them?

One label that I didn’t mention above is one that I think many people would pay a premium for.  That is, food that is labeled organic.

I know of a few people that would swear by organic food choices, to the point of seeming obsessed.  Stores seem to oblige by offering many organic options, though quite naturally (there’s that natural word again!) there is often a nice surcharge for the privilege of buying organic.  I’ve seen things like strawberries and spinach for $1 more each, for an organic container versus or non-organic option.  If you want to buy something like organic macaroni and cheese (yes, I’ve seen this), you can knock yourself out and do this too.  The more you buy, the more it adds up the expenses for you, and the revenue for someone else.

Organic is almost a way of life for some people.  It seems like it’s expensive at times, and often I wonder just how much benefit one really gets for the extra money spent. Perhaps there is some, but I’m guessing it varies by product.  The ROI – or return on investment of funds spent on organic food, is somewhat unclear to me.  I don’t doubt that there could be some benefits, it’s just the notion of quantifying them and making sure that they’re worth the extra money that’s the question.

These days, I might go out of my way to buy organic dairy.  Perhaps organic spinach or kale.  Not much else though, at least not that I can think of offhand.  Though some other things I buy happen to be organic, but it’s not a matter of me going out of my way to do so.

What about you?

Readers, do you regularly buy organic? If so, what types of items and why? If not, what are your reasons?