Five Essential Goods Cheaper than Bottled Water

There are certain things in life that we need to survive. Bottled water is not one of them. It’s costly to both the environment and to your wallet. Besides, why would you want to waste your money on that, when there are so many other more important needs that are way cheaper? For example:


Several recent news reports have revealed that booze is cheaper than bottled water in New Zealand, which is bad news for this binge drinking population… (or is it?) Regardless, it could be really bad news for bottled water companies. I know we say it all the time, but when it just makes more sense to spend the money on beer or wine, why would anyone pay for a plastic bottle of something they can get for free from a tap? Think about it…


As expensive as a gallon of gasoline is these days, believe it or not, it can be cheaper than a bottle of water, depending on what kind of water you drink. If you’re the kind who prefers Fiji over Evian (which we think is still pretty naive), you’re looking at spending more than $3 for a liter bottle. A gallon of gas is only $2-something in some parts of the U.S. You do the math…

Iced Tea

Water tastes even better with tea flavor in it, right? (I’m sure @toddx can back me up here.) Why would you want to buy bottled water when you can drink iced tea instead? A box of 100 Lipton tea bags is about the same price as 2-3 bottles of water from a vending machine, and you can choose to drink it sweetened, unsweetened, caffeinated, or decaffeinated, flavored with peach or lemon, or just plain – the possibilities are endless! Not only that; the production process for bottled water depletes so many of our earth’s resources – including water! And, as @toddx so kindly pointed out to us on Blog Action Day, “Without water, there can be no iced tea.” You don’t want that, do you?

Ramen Noodles

If you or your kids have ever attended college, you know what I mean when I say Ramen Noodles is an essential good. It’s practically how all of us survived through those regrettable years, right? (That, and alcohol, which, as you know now, is also cheaper than bottled water.) Depending on where you shop, you can get as many as 5 or 10 packs of Ramen Noodles for only $1. That’s over a week’s worth of food! Compare that to the price of a bottle of water… I think you see where I’m going with this.

Filtered Water

You may think we sound like a broken record, but we can’t emphasize it enough. Not only does drinking filtered water save our planet from the detrimental effects of plastic bottled water waste… it saves you money! And, these days, I can’t think of one person who’s not looking to save a buck or two. Okay, so maybe the previous four goods are not really that “essential” when it comes down to it, but, in our humble opinion, filtered tap water is. With regular tap water you run the risk of ingesting cancer-causing contaminants, and with bottled water… well, I don’t need to repeat myself do I? Drinking filtered water will help ensure the health of you and your loved ones.

Please do yourself and the rest of the world a favor by visiting Filters Fast online to purchase your water filter today. We have a huge selection of refrigerator water filters, faucet water filters, undersink filters, pitcher filters and countertop filters to suit your needs.

Sex changing chemicals in your drinking water?

What if your drinking water could induce a sex change?

In some parts of the country, it can. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, atrazine, an agricultural weedkiller has been found at high levels in drinking water during growing season in several Midwest farming states. Studies on the chemical have shown that exposure to small amounts can turn male frogs into female frogs.  It’s frightening to imagine what long-term exposure might do to humans.

This is not the first time sex-changing chemicals in water have raised concerns. In 2003, the Potomac River was found to contain large numbers of fish with intersex – a condition in which male fish develop premature egg cells. Further study attributed the condition to the presence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals which mimic or block the production of hormones – chemicals found in pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides like atrazine.

The degree to which these chemicals are harmful to humans is currently in debate. Manufacturers of atrazine maintain that their studies say the product is safe (not surprisingly.)  Outside studies, however, have raised enough alarm to move the Obama administration to further review the substance, which may lead to tighter restrictions.

Meanwhile, you continue to drink water polluted with atrazine (and who knows what else?). And by the time the government decides to take action you’ve developed…

Well, I won’t even go there.

Bottled water may seem like the answer, but the toxic BPA in many plastic bottles has been said to mimic estrogen, and is therefore also labeled a “gender bender.” Not to mention, bottled water is expensive. Looking for a solution that will save you money along with your sex organs?

Move to Europe, where they don’t spray atrazine. Or, better yet, just filter your water. (I bet you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you?) Jokes aside, Filters Fast carries several brands of refrigerator filters, undersink water filters and water faucet filters that remove large amounts of atrizine, as well as other pesticides and harmful chemicals, from your water. Before you buy, use this Watersafe All-in-One Drinking Water Test Kit to determine how much of these pollutants your water contains.