Yep, as of the new year we’ll officially be paying for water delivery.
The chemicals down here are ridiculous, which rules out tap water. I’ve found that Brita filters won’t cut it either. It’s so bad that it took me almost two months to get used to the smell of our shower.
So shortly after we arrived in Arizona, I went on Craigslist and got a cheap water cooler and some five-gallon jugs. Which is great, except…
A gallon of water is about eight pounds, which means our five-gallon jugs are 40 lbs. My fatigue and Tim’s joint problems have been making things difficult.
We can just refill one-gallon jugs. But a second person needs to be in the car to keep everything upright on the ride home. And it’s rare that both of us feel up to doing that.
For the past couple of months, we’ve been getting two to four sealed jugs at a time. Any more than that, and Tim worries they’ll spring a leak over time. Probably because two have in the past.
I’ve been assuring myself that we’ll get back into the swing of the five-gallon jugs, but there’s no sign of things letting up.
Tim is having difficulty moving around, and I’m totally stressed out by holiday email volumes at work. Plus there’s a chance we’ll be trying one last time to have a baby, which means I won’t be allowed to lift much. be lifting much.
So I finally admitted that Tim has had a good point for the last three or so years.
I checked out Water.com (Sparklett’s and some others), which had a $28 rebate through Extrabux. There was also a $50 credit for your first order. But ultimately I got a better deal with Nestle Pure Life (also offers Arrowhead and a few others), which gave me 50% off my first order.
Marc and Nadine were interested, so we’re doing a group order, which brings down the cost for everyone. After the initial bill, our portion will be about $25 a month.
It’s still nowhere near as cheap as the $6 a month for five-gallon jugs. But it’s cheaper than buying sealed, one-gallon jugs indefinitely.
Obviously, I hate spending more money. But it’s important for me to remember that this is once again about picking my battles. As I’ve discovered time and time again, I can’t do everything perfectly. Or half of everything. Or… well, let’s not examine that number too closely.
The point is that it’s best to save my energy for a select number of things and be sure to do them well, letting the rest slide a bit. That’s the essence of imperfect frugality — the byword (byphrase?) of this blog. So that’s a good reminder going into the new year.
What compromises have you made for the sake of sanity?