In my dance mom post the other day, I forgot to talk about my success.
At the beginning of the year, I resolved to not purchase bottled water. I already don't/didn't buy bottled water, for the most part, but sometimes it's just such an easy thing to do - you know, purchase water in a plastic bottle when we're out and about at functions like dance competitions. The girls have to stay hydrated, after all, and the dry air in those auditoriums is migraine-inducing for Deus Ex Machina.
Fact is that it's a costly convenience - even more costly than we allow ourselves to consider.
I am very pleased to note that we did not purchase any bottled water at this recent competition. It was available, of course (at $3/bottle from a vending machine ... or at the store a block from the venue).
Instead, I had brought with me one of my canning-jar to-go cups. It's just a reused canning jar with a reused black plastic lid with a hole drilled in it (the lid was from a glass salad dressing jar - and we saved the jars, too) and a reusable straw (one of those that comes with the plastic reusable drinking cups that are all the rage these days - but which don't last as long as the straws last).
I know - still a lot of plastic, but all of it, we reuse, which means we don't buy more.
Home-brewed iced tea - to go
Anyway, I had it with me, and then, I found that rare treat - a water fountain (also called a "bubbler"), and I just refilled it when we wanted water.
It was free ... and probably the same kind of water that's in those expensive plastic bottles.
Most of us uber frugalistas understand that our saving $$ is also saving the planet. Win/win. Right?