Eating Healthy On A Budget: Water

***Missed the first post in the “Eating Healthy On A Budget” series?  Check it out here.***

Juice and soda can be expensive both in the cost of your groceries and the cost on your physical body.  (I am a BIG fan of juice but not of drinking calories.)  So I need to find an alternative when I am thirsty!

May answer is water.  It can be very inexpensive and has many health benefits.

I know this seems really basic but it’s an area I struggle in.  Sometimes I will get through a day and realize the only water I had was at the gym.  That’s NOT good.

So now I am trying to drink more water.  And keep an eye on ways to have inexpensive quality water!

I have a Brita pitcher in my house.  It has saved me thousands of dollars in bottled water since I am not crazy about my tap water.  I also keep a few extras of the Brita filters (that’s an item I stockpile) so that I am never paying full price.  My Brita pitcher is about 8 years old and still works great.

And, of course, there are coupons for many water purification companies:

$2/1 Brita Filter Product printable
$5/1 Brita Water Pitcher printable
$4/1 Select Brita Systems, exp. 6/26 (SS 04/17/11)
$1/1 Brita Multipack Filters, exp. 6/26/11 (SS 04/17/11)
$1/1 Brita Bottle, exp. 6/26/11 (SS 04/17/11)
$4/1 PUR Faucet System @Target, exp. 8/15/11 (RP 06/12/11 R)
$2/1 PUR Replacement Filters @Target, exp. 8/15/11 (RP 06/12/11 R)
$3/1 PUR or PUR Flavor Options System, exp. 7/31/11 (P&G 06/05/11)
$4/1 Pur Faucet Water Filter System @Target, exp. 6/15/11 (RP 04/17/11)
$2/2 Pur Replacement Filters @Target, exp. 6/15/11 (RP 04/17/11)
$2/1 PUR Replacement Filter @Target, exp. 6/15/11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)
$4/1 PUR Faucet Water Filter System, exp. 6/15/11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)

You can also snag some of these items on Amazon.  These are the ones I use:

Brita 42629 Slim Pitcher $9.99 (FREE shipping)

Brita Water Pitcher Replacement Filter (3 pack) $20.10

Whether you get purified water or drink from the tap, increasing the water consumption of yourself and your family can have a positive affect both on your body and your wallet!

Thanks to CrossFit Chesapeake for their contributions to the “Eating Healthy On A Budget” series!

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  1. Mari says

    Yup, I have a cheap $18 Brita pitcher, because I can’t stand our tap water’s taste, and I haven’t exactly calculated how much money I’ve saved but I used to drink about 5-6 bottles of water a day, which meant about a case every 3-4 days with everyone else in the family drinking a couple too. Our house was LITTERED with water bottles since we had to sort of contain them inside until we had room in our recycling bins for them. Finally I got some sense and started using BPA-free reusable water bottles and picked up a cheap Brita. With buying the filters for cheap at BJ’s, I have to have saved at least $1,000 dollars, probably more, over the past 18 or so months that I’ve been doing this. The thing that so pleasantly surprised me was that I was looking into the really expensive Britas (it had to be Brita because we had several filters left over from years ago before our old pitcher was thrown out for lack of use) because I figured with my picky taste only the expensive ones would do the trick (like, not leaking as much and will have an indicator to tell you when to change the filter), but then my mother picked up a pitcher at the grocery store because she knew I wanted one, and I had to hide my discontent because it looked/was so cheap so I assumed it wouldn’t work, but to my delight it did, and still does!