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15 Things That Are Cheaper Than a Bottle of Water

Water bottles range from super pricey to pretty cheap, but there are a few items you can get for even less than your water bottle.

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How much does a bottle of water cost?

A gallon of water costs $1.11 on average in 2016, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. However, prices value wildly wherever you go. In some cities, you may find yourself coughing up five dollars just for a bottle of water! And that’s just for spring water—with special varieties like alkaline water or charcoal water, you could be paying a lot more. Instead of coughing up that $5.00 for a bottle of water, refill your reusable from the tap and treat yourself to one of these products instead.

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A screen protector

This screen protector is sure to last longer than a bottle of water and will make your phone last longer too. While you’re at it, here are some things that cost less than a dollar on Amazon.

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"Whisper Quiet" Kitchen Cabinet Door/Drawer Furniture Bumpers - Small 5/16" Diameter x 1/16" Thin - 100 Bumpon Pads - Clearvia amazon.com

Furniture bumpers

For less than five dollars, you can have the assurance of protecting your furniture from damage. Install these sticky guys in cabinet doors and drawers too and you’ll never have to worry about them slamming again.

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NYKKOLA Sleep Restoration Natural Silk Sleep Mask & Blindfold - Single Strap Super-Soft Silk Eye Mask via amazon.com

A sleep mask

Eye blinds can guarantee a good night’s rest while traveling or even in the comfort of your own home.

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Unbleached Cheesecloth 9 Sq ft 100% Cotton Reusable-Great Filter or Strainer for Cheese/Kombucha scoby/Glass jar/Wine makingvia amazon.com

A cheesecloth

A cheesecloth has many functions. Use it to strain food, baste and stuff poultry, squeeze lemon juice without the seeds, or for canning your favorite fruits and veggies.

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SPICELY Organic Yellow Mustard Seeds, 0.45 OZ via amazon.com

Spices

For a mere three dollars, you can get a container of mustard seeds. This spice can help break up congestion and may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

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Pet Republique Dog & Cat Flea Comb - for Most Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Pets – Best Grooming Tool to Remove Fleas, Mites, Ticks, Dandruff Flakes – Safe & Fine Pinsvia amazon.com

A flea comb

Keep Fido or any other furry friend safe from fleas, mites, ticks and more with this flea comb. If you think this a steal, you should see how much some of these fast food items used to cost.

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Dropper Stop Inflatable Travel Pillow in Navy Bluevia amazon.com

A travel pillow

While spending cash on a water bottle will temporarily quench your thirst, this inflatable travel pillow is a cheaper investment that’ll make flights more comfortable for years to come.

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MACHEE Home Clear Orange Double Rubber Roller Massage Joints Finger Massagervia amazon.com

Finger massager

This massager for your joints is perfect after a long day at the computer. Using it can help increase circulation, reduce stiffness and soothe arthritis and joint pain in your hands.

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MantaRing - Cable Key Ring with Screw Lock - Strong, Flexible, Waterproof. One Ring for Keys and So Much More (Black)via amazon.com

A key ring

This cable key ring features a screw lock and is waterproof. It’s almost as good a deal as these items you can get for free on Amazon.

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Pengxiaomei 36 Piece Chalkboard Labels, Large and Reusable Blackboard Stickers Bundle for Pantry, Jars, Wine Glassesvia amazon.com

Reusable labels

These chalkboard labels can be used for pantry containers, basket, and boxes. When you need to switch the labels, simply wipe the old one off and replace it with some more chalk writing. The best part though? They’re simply adorable.

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Pengxiaomei Telescopic Back Scratcher, Portable Extendable Bear Claws, Metal Hand Massager Backslap Scalp Massager Tool with Rubber Handlesvia amazon.com

A backscratcher

The only thing more satisfying than a sip of water when you’re parched? Finally scratching that itch on your back. Ahhhh, sweet satisfaction.

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Kitchen/Canning Tongs by VICTORIO VKP1004via amazon.com

Kitchen tongs

For less than the cost of a bottle of water in some areas, you can get these kitchen tongs. Their cushioned handles will help make sure you never get burned again while handling hot food, all for three dollars.

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HotLife Professional Slant Tip Tweezers Best for Unwanted Hair & Eyebrow & Beard Removal, Stainless Steel Precision Tweezers for Your Daily Usevia amazon.com

Tweezers

These tweezers have endless uses from plucking unwanted hair to removing ticks or splinters.

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Seeds of Change Certified Organic Garden Carrot Mixvia amazon.com

Seeds

Garden seeds are the gift that keeps on giving. Plant them and watch them yield wonderful additions to your vegetable garden.

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Tigeo Professional Sharp Bypass Pruning Shears, Tree Trimmers Gardening Scissors,Hand Pruner, Garden Shears,Clippers for The Gardenvia amazon.com

Gardening shears

This handheld pruner will help keep your garden in tip-top shape. Now that’s one item you know you’re not overpaying on…but beware of these other items with outrageous markups.

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Erin Kayata
Erin Kayata joined Reader’s Digest as an assistant staff writer in March 2019, coming from the Stamford Advocate where she covered education. Prior to this, she was part of a two-year Hearst fellowship program where she covered crime and education in suburban Connecticut. She graduated from Emerson College and spent part of her undergraduate career writing for the Boston Globe. When she’s not writing articles about useful facts and pop culture, you can find Erin enjoying the local theater scene and working toward her goal of reading 50 books a year.