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?