25 Things You Should Never Buy — and What to Buy Instead

3. Bottled water

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According to the Mayo Clinic, bottled water and tap water generally are comparable in terms of safety.

In fact, more than 25% of bottled water comes directly from municipal water supplies. After treatment and purification, the water is packaged and sold at a steep markup.

If you’re concerned about the purity of your local tap water, invest in a faucet-mounted or under-sink filtration system, or a simple pitcher filter. Any of these options is far more convenient than lugging home cases of bottled water every week.

And by keeping a few reusable water bottles on hand, you can still stay hydrated on the go.

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