Do y’all drink tap water? I grew up on it. In the mountains, I’d stick my head up under the faucet to drink straight from the tap.
What came out of the spigot was always ice cold and tasted better than any bottled water you can buy.
I was spoiled in that way.
It wasn’t until I moved to Wilmington that I discovered not all water is created equal. Some water has a stench that permeates an entire home and stains everything it touches.
Hard water. Ugh. It caused me to give up tap water before I was out of grade school.
Even after we got city water, I wouldn’t drink it. It smelled funny and conjured memories of days spent at the swimming pool. Plus, it was loaded with GenX.
I stuck with juices and sodas until I was in my twenties. That’s when Brandon and I started buying bottled drinking water. I can stomach bottled water. It doesn’t taste as good as mountain water, but at least it has no odor.
Does it cost more? Yes. Is it worth it? Up until recently, I would’ve said yes. But as grocery prices continue to skyrocket, I find that I can’t really afford to be a water snob anymore.
We spend $85 a month on 20 cases of bottled water. That’s more than a grand every year. That $1K could be put to much better use. So, I’m ditching the bottled water and going back to the tap.
We invested $20 in a PUR water pitcher and a four-pack of filters for $24. We will probably use 9 filters a year. That’s $103 per year for decent-tasting drinking water.
Next year, the cost will be $83.
It won’t taste like the delicious tap water of my childhood, but as long as it doesn’t reek of chlorine, I’ll be happy.