(Let the hate mail unleash! Haha… )
Seriously though, I can’t get enough of it. And everyone tells me that I’m wasting away money and harming the environment, but if it weren’t for bottled water I honestly wouldn’t drink any water at all! And that’s just a fact – I won’t do it. I WISH I could do it, and I WISH I didn’t have a drinking problem (bah-dum-ching), but if the last 10 years has taught me anything, it’s that I will only hydrate myself if you put bottles of water around me.
(Actually, that’s kinda a lie. I WILL drink water if you add iced tea mix to it or any other combination of awesomely flavored substance, but never in it’s pure form. Unless (yikes, another lie!) I’m playing sports and sweating as if we were in the Sahara. I don’t care what substance you put in front of me then, I will drink anything.)
My personal choice is just not tap. I don’t like it. And I know some of you are betting that if I were to take a taste test I wouldn’t know the difference, but no matter what your outcome would be I still wouldn’t drink it. (Not that I believe I would fail, unless you put it next to Deer Park – bleh. I challenge any of you to a duel with Dasani! That ish is laced with something illegally good! Haha…) Cuz the fact is, I live in perceptions :)
It’s just like that article we had here on every dollar being just as valuable as another — we just don’t act rationally some times. A $5 bill given to me by my grandma is MUCH more highly regarded than a $5 bill I find in the streets. Or $5.00 that gets added to my Mastercard in cash-back rewards. That’s the way it is sometimes whether it makes sense or not. And I’m okay with that. It’s just that the Water Police isn’t! (Are you a part of them? If so, I wanna hear your thoughts! :))
I get the environmental aspect of it all though. More plastic = bad for our Earth. I do feel bad about that part. I know recycling isn’t *as* good as just never buying it in the first place, but I do always place them in their separated blue bins:) Which actually reminds me of another pro about bottled water, incidentally enough. You can throw them away no matter where you are!! The one major point anti-bottlers have, besides it all “tasting the same,” is that you can still put tap into containers and enjoy it just the same as you can in packaged bottles. While that’s technically true, you still have to CARRY it around everywhere with you! And how fun is that? I like my water like I like my beer – Light and tasty, and then easily discarded. You don’t see people going after beer drinkers for throwing their bottles away do you? ;)
And then there’s the financial part. Which is good because I was starting to wonder why I was blogging about it again here, haha… But yes — it’s more expensive. If you’re good you can snag the killer deals when they come out and get all extreme couponing up in there, but ultimately it does add more to your budget. I’d guestimate we spend about $30 a month more due to this watery habit of mine. Not the biggest amount ever added, but definitely noticeable. That’s why you prioritize and consciously choose whether it’s worth it or not to your family. Just like everything else.
And to me, I consider it to be money well spent. I’m keeping hydrated, and my body is feeling pretty damn happy about it :) It still has to deal w/ my beers and my wines for substitutes every now and again, but for the first time since I was a kid I’m back to drinking good ol’ American water again. And environmentally friendly or not, I’d take a lot of water over ZERO water any day.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you passionate one way or the other? I really would like to hear it, I promise I won’t get mad ;)
PS: Maybe I’ll start drinking this kind instead? A happy medium :) Boxed Water is Better (nice find salemonz!)
(Photo by sskennel)