Water is an essential part of life, every single living thing needs water to survive.

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With that said, as humans, we have multiple ways to access drinking water.   We all know that we need to drink at least 64oz of water each day.  That's a lot of water when you think about it.

In order to drink that much water you want it to taste good and for most of us, water out of the faucet isn't that good.  So you look for other ways to get your water.

Lori Crofford
Lori Crofford

If you are like my family bottled water is the way to go.  It's easy to grab and go, and 4 bottles are usually all you need to hit your 64 ozs of water per day.  However, buying bottled water all the time gets expensive, and if you have noticed the cost of a case of water has risen by almost $1-$2 per case.  So to save money my family and I have started using a water cooler.  We have 5-gallon jugs that refill every few weeks at one of the water stations throughout Amarillo. The cost of the one we usually go to is 25 cents per gallon or $1.25 for 5 gallons.  However, when we went to fill up our three 5-gallon containers yesterday, I told my honey to grab $3.75 in quarters from the jar because that's what it costs per bottle, $1.25.

When we get to the water station and he looks at me and says it's $1.50.  I was like, "What?"  Luckily he grabbed a few extra quarters.

Lori Crofford
Lori Crofford

Inflation has hit the water refill stations.

Now don't get me wrong, it's still cheaper than buying cases of bottled water, but it's just irritating.  That is the last thing you would expect to rise.

I know people will say just drink water out of the tap, true, but see above, tap water is gross to drink.  Plus, the cost of water out of the tap, has gone up as well.

Get a water filter pitcher.  Yes, but the pitcher and replacement filters aren't cheap either and it ends up being more expensive.

I realize it is what it is, however, it's just frustrating.  I understand that a nickel or quarter rise in prices is pocket change, but one of these days, we are going to be nickeled and dimed to the point we are all broke.

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