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    28 Useful Products That'll Help Save You So Much Money On Groceries

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    1. The ~Guac-Lock~, which squeezes all the air out of your guacamole so you don't have to scrape off a brown-ish layer when you go to eat the leftovers.

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    Or bother with any other half-baked hacks that theoretically keep the oxidation at bay.

    Promising review: "Rarely do I buy something that delivers 100% of what they claim it will. I'm happy to report that this completely lived up to my expectations. Truth be told, it works even better than I expected it to. I made a batch of guac a week ago. Two or three times during the week, I unlocked it, dipped a chip or two and then re-locked it. After a week, the guacamole is as fresh as if I made it this morning. I typically make a batch of guac each week and use it as a snack or as a spread on sandwiches. I also typically throw out 1/3 of the batch because it spoils before we can eat it. Not any more. I estimate the food I'm not wasting will actually pay for the Guac-Lock in about a month." β€”mhogan

    Get it on Amazon for $19.73.

    2. A filtered produce-saver container that actually does keep berries, lettuce, cucumbers, and all sorts of fruits and veg fresh for two full weeks.

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    I tested them last year β€” and wrote a full review β€” and still use them and love them. The secret's in the lid: it's airtight except for a small filter that lets in the precise, best balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Plus it's removable bottom lattice tray lets the air circulate all around the fruit and veg while keeping it out of any moisture.

    Promising review: "This product truly lives up to the hype. My fruit stay fresh so much longer then before, and I'm not wasting money." β€”Marianne Shymanik

    They come in a variety of sizes on Amazon: get a set of four medium-size containers for $19.99, a set of four with small, medium, and large sizes for $26.99, or see more size and set options here.

    3. Or a pack of fenugreek-infused sheets of paper β€” when you use them to line a bag or box with your produce, it'll encourage all of it to last longer. (They're compostable and recyclable, to boot.)

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    Promising review: "I love having kale and spinach for smoothies. Lately I've been purchasing large "tubs" from one of the large box stores, but they go bad quickly, so I end up disposing of a bunch of ruined kale/spinach. Using the Fenugreen FreshPaper Saver Sheets, this is no longer the case. Somehow it enables my vegetables to remain fresh longer. Often, I've used up the vegetables and can use the sheet for a short time on something else. I absolutely LOVE these sheets! No more throwing salad greens, kale or spinach 'money' down the garbage disposal! Excellent product!" β€”BigReader7

    Get a pack of eight sheets on Amazon for $10.49 (also available in a version for breads, cookies, and pastries.)

    4. An easy-to-use iced coffee maker so you can transform regular old ground coffee into delicious cold brew concentrate overnight, and break your habit of buying several of those glass single-serve bottles to drink through the week.

    A hand 1) scoops grounds into the filter 2) places the filter in water and puts the lid on the carafe and 2) pours out the now-brewed coffee
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    You just scoop out some ground coffee, measure your water, stick it in the fridge, and let it work its magic! And yes, it's dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "This thing is AWESOME! So small and simple. This makes enough for husband and I to each have big coffees in the morning and save money! Measure once and you're good to go: I filled it with 32oz of water then drew a big line on it for future fills. Measured out 15 tablespoons as recommended, which is pretty much spot on to the top of the mesh in the filter. Now I pour and fill every night with no need to measure." β€”Sarah Powell

    Get it on Amazon for $21.95.

    Maitland, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns and loves this! Read her full cold brew maker review for more.

    5. And a coffee jar that's not-only air-tight but also partially vacuum-sealed, so you can count on incredibly fresh beans every single morning β€” no matter how you brew your coffee.

    A clear container filled with coffee beans, topped with a black lid; the word "Coffee" is printed on the front in white letters
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    Even if you roast your own beans, or buy them freshly roasted. Several reviewers note that it's best for storing beans between three and 14 days; beyond that, you'd probably want to look into freezing options. BTW, by "partial vacuum seal", they mean that the air-tightness prevents the lid from being opened unless you press the button on the front.

    Promising review: "This easily holds the standard 12-ounce bag, with room to spare. The "press the button" mechanism to slide the top on and off works well and smoothly. Easy to clean and dry off. I know it's not a super-complete vacuum, but it's enough, and it's better than rolling up the bag the coffee came in. I didn't need something that was hermetically sealed, I just needed something that would keep the coffee fresh for the few days it takes us to go through a bag. This has turned out to be just right for that purpose." β€”Pop Bop

    Get it on Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 18 colors/designs).

    6. Some reusable K-Cups you can fill with your own ground coffee, if you love your Keurig. Besides helping with that grocery bill, they'll also cut down on your landfill contribution!

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    All you do is fill these with your favorite ground coffee, rinse 'em after brewing, and repeat.

    Promising review: "The single cup reusable k-cup is highly cost effective. A pound of coffee around $6 (Dunkin') will produce 50-75 cups, so 10 cents a cup. With Dunkin' Donuts k-cups running ~80 cents (price from Amazon), it does not take long to pay these off β€” 20 cups of coffee. I make them up once a week (10 for me, five for my girlfriend). This particular style cleans up easy. Works well and the bottom shape means that you can just drop it in. Of the three brands of reusable k-cups we own, this is the best." β€”Jenn Mottram

    Get the pack of four on Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A reusable silicone bag β€” you can buy a few once then use them for years, saving both the planet (from the plastic) and your wallet (from buying things you just end up throwing away after one use).

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    I've used a couple of these regularly (like, usually once a week or so for something or another) since 2016 and they still look as good as they did on day one. They're of course dishwasher safe, too; I run them through all the time.

    Promising review: "I've tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean and I trust that they aren't hiding gross crumbs in any of the crevices. My only complaint is the cost." β€”Megan A.

    Get the sandwich size on Amazon for $11.99 (12 colors/designs available; also available in snack storage, and stand-up sizes, as well as bundles).

    8. A sweet little brown sugar bear who can revive rock-hard brown sugar and keep the fresh stuff from ever reaching its personal stone age.

    The small terracotta bear (with a little bowtie!) sitting next to a jar of sugar
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    Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft even in a tight container. I purchased new jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! So I got this, soaked it and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again which was amazing to me! Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years." β€”diosa

    Get it on Amazon for $4.56 (also available as a maple leaf or gingerbread person).

    9. A fresh herb keeper that makes storebought or freshly-cut herbs last for up to ten days longer than they would have otherwise, so you can go ahead and buy that rosemary for tonight's dinner but still have time to figure out what *else* you're going to do with it, before it goes bad.

    The rectangular product, with a white square base, a window for monitoring water levels, and a clear plastic part that slides up to help protect the herbs
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    The top part slides up and down to best accommodate the whatever herbs you have at the moment and the lid flips open so it's easy to grab your them for cooking.

    Promising review: "Love this. My herbs stay fresh for over a week. You need to clean them and strip the bottom of the stems so no leaves sit in the water. Trim the bottom of the stem and set them in. Done! Fits in the refrigerator door." β€”FoxGlove

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A roll of durable, reusable, and machine-washable bamboo paper towels β€” a single roll of these can replace *sixty* rolls of regular paper towels for seriously less $$ than those sixty rolls would cost you.

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    You get twenty towels in a roll, and can be used just like you use regular paper towels.

    Promising review: "I've had these bamboo towels for a month now and am incredibly impressed! They're much larger than a regular paper towel, thicker, softer and more absorbent. I've washed the first ones several times now and they DO survive the laundry and perform just as well afterward. I've only used five bamboo towels this month, washed them and re-used. Several times. I would have been through a whole roll of Brawny by now. One caveat...when you wash them, you're supposed to air dry them, so I haven't sent any through the dryer. And I haven't needed to, because allowing them to air dry has not affected the quality of the towels when I 're-roll' them!" β€”A. Clark

    Get them on Amazon for $10.99.

    11. A pack of reusable, flexible wraps to help you prolong the life of your partially-used produce without reaching for disposable plastic wrap or foil.

    The beeswax wrap opened to reveal half of each of a butternut squash, a red bell pepper, and an avocado
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    It's made out of organic cotton, covered in a blend of beeswax and jojoba oil, among other things, and is completely compostable at the end of its life (it can last for up to a year).

    Promising reviews: "Works great! So far I have found the small and medium sizes to be the most useful. The small size fits a half of an avocado perfectly! And it keeps the avocado half fresh and GREEN for days!! Just that alone is worth the price. Easy to clean with some warm water. I look forward to trying these for other uses." β€”Nina from Nowhere

    Get a pack of three (one sheet each small, medium, and large) on Amazon for $18.

    12. Or a set of silicone Food Huggers that'll cuddle up to your cut produce in ways that plastic wrap never could even dream about.

    Five silicone disks in decreasing sizes: one hugging a tomato, one a lemon, one the top of a jar of nuts; two flipped over to show the underside edges and lips
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    Yes, they are made of silicone (a plastic) themselves, but they're super durable and nearly infinitely reusable. And you can use them to top off mason jars, small Tupperware containers, and that half-empty can of beans, too!

    Promising review: "Stop wasting produce! I am surprised that these "huggers" actually preserved a cut onion, a cut pepper, half of a cucumber, even half of a tomato ( in the fridge). Follow directions and insert the food properly for best results. I'm not throwing away halves of veggies that I don't need right away!" β€”Home Cook

    Get a set of five sizes on Amazon for $12.95 (available in five color schemes).

    13. A pack of five air-tight dry goods containers to keep pasta, flour, beans, cookies, and whatever else you have in your pantry tasting just as fresh as the very first day you bring it home from the store even weeks and weeks later.

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    I, for one, have had flour go stale more than once, and wished I'd put it in such a container. They're designed to be incredibly efficient with the space on your shelves, the rounded corners make for easy pouring, and you press the button on top to open and seal the containers.

    Promising review: "It's easy to open up the diaphragm lids to clean them out and reassemble them. It says in the instructions, but make sure they’re in the open position for taking them apart/putting them together or you’ll damage the lids. The clear plastic seems fine, and they work well keeping food fresh!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get the set of five for $49.95 (also available in eight different sets, with different sizes and numbers of containers).

    14. A two-liter rice stocker with a handy spout and measuring-cup lid for quickly and easily pouring out the exact amount you need.

    A hand pours rice out of the rectangular, handled container into a measuring cup, with another container containing cheerios in the background
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    Also useful for keeping bulk cereal or other grains sealed up tight.

    Promising review: "Ordered this container to store a customized mix of lentils that I frequently use for cooking. Super easy to click in place. My lentils flow out of the spout very easily, something I was not sure will work so well.The cup locks in place at the top so it is always there and you don't risk losing it amidst everything else in the kitchen. Overall a good product." β€”TheRealGT

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99.

    15. A cute bacon saver because sometimes you don't want to cook the full pound all at once. It can be nice to have a fresh slice or two every morning, plus then you get to fry your eggs in the leftover fat.

    The white tray, filled with a pound of bacon, and the pink lid, which has a little cartoon pig face on it
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    Promising review: "Someone should invent a bacon keeper... oh look they did! I was tired of using gallon-size freezer bags to store leftover bacon and looking for a green option. I know what you're thinking, who has leftover bacon? I do. I love it, but I'm not consuming an entire pound in a single sitting (often). I'm so happy with this purchase. We use it all the time. It doesn't really take up too much more space than the original packaging did. It's a little taller, but it still sits neatly on top of my egg cartons." β€”J Tuttle

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A bottle emptying kit that makes it easy to both enjoy every last bit of and get your money's worth for all your favorite condiments.

    A mostly-empty bottle of BBQ sauce, before, then after, flipped upside down on the screw-on pop-top lid that has three legs to keep the bottle stable β€” all the sauce gathered near the bottle opening
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    Besides saving you money on things like salad dressing and syrup, it can also be used on bottles of shampoos, conditioners, and lotions. One kit comes with six dispensing stands (which fit the widest-necked bottles); two each of the large, medium, and small adapters (to fit a range of bottle neck sizes); two full sets of reusable leak-proof gaskets (a little rubber ring that goes between the bottle and the dispensing stand); and a storage bag.

    Promising review: "This gadget is FANTASTIC. We placed it first on a squeeze bottle of honey, always aggravated that the last third of a bottle of honey was so difficult to have at the ready. It doesn't change the height of the bottle so it will store on the same shelf. It allows us to keep the honey stored upside down so every drop will be at the ready as the bottle empties. So impressed that it has a fail-safe cap so it closes off automatically when done squeezing the product and eliminates concerns of leakage. They are substantially constructed and should last a very long time." β€”O. Sutherland

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    17. A ventilated, expandable bread keeper so you can always enjoy perfectly fresh-tasting carbs no matter how many days it's been since you bought or baked your loaf.

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    Well, it does matter a little bit; this makes bread last longer, but not forever and ever. If you're in a dry climate, close the vent to keep the bread moist; humid climate-dwellers should open the vent to prevent mold. It also expands or contracts to fit your loaf, and comes with a handy little cutting board.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this box! No longer are we ditching bread! Whether homemade or store-bought, this box is awesome. We have two of them now! The simple design of this is what makes it the best, not to mention easy to use, easy to clean, easy to store and takes up far less room than any other bread box out there. Our first bread box was for normal store-bought bread, because we got tired of hard bread sitting out and cold bread from the fridge. The wife also makes homemade breads and we bought a second one just for her breads." β€”Airhead Reviews

    Get it on Amazon for $11.99.

    18. An air-tight powdered/confectioner's sugar container with a sifter in the lid, so you can easily add a dusting of sweetness to cakes, brownies, strawberries, or whatever your heart desires.

    A hand holding the small container and using it to dust something
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    It also has a built-in leveler to help you accurately measure when you're baking.

    Promising review: "I always seem to have a couple of bags of powdered sugar around. Each of them partially used and open. Each tucked somewhere different. I hate disorganization in the kitchen, so I saw this and had to have it. It snaps super tightly closed, so I'm not getting any clumps. The lid is easy to open, and I love having the edge to be able to level what I'm scooping out. It also has a shaker side, so I can sprinkle it over waffles and pretend I'm fancy. You gotta love that!" β€”J. Burnett

    Get it on Amazon for $7.82.

    19. A butter dish with tablespoon markings directly on it so you can slowly make your way through a stick of butter without it A) drying out and B) absorbing all the other flavors in your fridge.

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    Promising review: "Even the "simple things" should be recognized and appreciated when they do something right. A simple ceramic butter dish was fine. But now that I have this one, I really can't find a reason to ever go back. Here's what that ceramic one doesn't do: Let me know at a glance how much butter is inside. Allow me to completely remove the wrapper from the butter and yet still know where to cut for an x-Tbsp sized portion. Feature a cover that helps to ensure that when I'm putting the lid back on, I don't smear butter all over the edge or inside of it. Offer little ledges that help to ensure the butter doesn't go sliding out of the dish when I'm trying to balance a plate or an armful of dinner rolls in one hand, while clumsily attempting to butter things with the other." β€”FauxReal

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (also available as a wide-butter/cream cheese-size dish, $14.44, or in stainless steel, $17.99).

    20. Or little caps that you can stick directly on the end of a partially-used stick of butter so THAT doesn't dry out, if you prefer to keep the wrappers on.

    The yellow square butter saver on a stick of butter
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    Promising review: "Have purchased these for my own use and to give as gifts. Makes storing butter sticks in the fridge so neat and easy. Also measures one tablespoon with the width of the top of the cap, which is clever. A bit pricey, but a unique idea and very useful. I didn't mind the price because I didn't need very many of them and they are sure worth it." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get one on Amazon for $3.99 (also available in a rectangular European butter size).

    21. A microwave popper so you can skip the individual little bags in favor of bulk kernels, which are so much cheaper per popcorn batch. This gadget also lets you use the oil of your choice (olive oil popcorn is delish!) or skip the oil entirely, if you want.

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    Promising review: "This is a great little invention. Easy to clean and store, and it pops the popcorn perfectly every single time. Save yourself a ton of money, and just buy this and pick up some unpopped kernels from the grocery store. I bought a small organic bag for $3 and got about 15-20 bowls out of it. Now I can finally have some decent microwave popcorn without having to deal with the trans fats or palm oil that all of the major brands seem to use in their products nowadays." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90+ (available in nine colors).

    22. An unglazed ceramic garlic keeper β€” it helps absorb some of the extra humidity around it so you can use one or two cloves and count on the rest staying fresh for several weeks.

    A white pot that says "garlic" on it and has three holes at the bottom
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    It's best to keep garlic on the counter; you can keep it in the fridge if you prefer, but that could trigger it to sprout too soon, especially if you leave it out on the counter later.

    Promising review: "I love my garlic keeper! It is adorable and ideal for storing my garlic cloves. I can usually fit two large bulbs in the container which is great as we use a lot of garlic in our cooking. It keeps the garlic properly fresh longer than when we stored in cupboard β€” so glad I bought this." β€”Judith O'Hara

    Get it on Amazon for $12.32.

    23. Some cheese storage bags specifically designed to make sure your favorite ~fancy~ snack gets the ideal amount of humidity to stave off the dual threats of dryness and (undesirable) mold.

    The lined paper bags, box of bags ,and a wedge of cheese
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    Each pack comes with 15 bags with label space for labeling, so you can easily keep track of what you bought (and therefore need to eat) first.

    Promising review: "These bags work better with medium to hard cheeses. I've had Parmigiana stored for almost two months and it is still fresh! Other cheeses also stayed fresh for up to a few weeks. This is definitely a money saver. The only down side is that it keeps soft cheeses like brie fresh for up to about two weeks only if you are careful; there seemed to be some moisture build up in the bag with softer cheese. I would buy them again once my bags are used up, noting that a bag can be used more than once!" β€”Prairie Woman

    Get the pack of 15 bags on Amazon for $9 (+$5 shipping).

    24. A wine saver that vacuums all the extra oxygen out of your partially-finished bottle so it still tastes delicious up to a week after you open it.

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    You have to do the vacuuming yourself, but it's honestly not difficult at all! I've been using one for years: you just quickly wet the bottom of the stopper under the tap, stick it in the bottle, and pump until you hear a clicking noise. I've had one of these for years and use it regularly, and it still does its job with aplomb.

    Promising review: "My wife loves red wine. I don't. This means that when we open a bottle, she's had to do one of two things. 1) Drink it all at once. This leaves my 90lb wife in a pile on the bathroom floor. No fun. 2) Leave it open. The cheap stuff we buy goes bad pretty darn fast. This was a nice cheap vacuum that worked well and held a seal on a variety of sized bottles. My wife can enjoy a glass a day all week and not feel guilty about it going bad. I won't say that it's saved my marriage or anything like that, but it's nice little addition to our kitchen." β€”John

    Get a set of one pump plus two rubber "corks" on Amazon for $11.89+ (available in black or white).

    25. A cake keeper because sometimes cake's a grocery, and you want to be able to enjoy a single slice each night of the week.

    The keeper, with a plastic base, a lid that snaps on top of the base, and a handle on top of the lid
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    Will fit up to a 10-inch diameter cake, and is dishwasher safe! Just always follow my mom's golden rule of cake carrying when you use it: one hand can hold the handle, but keep the other hand on the bottom to help lower your chances of having an accident.

    Promising review: "I love this product! It keeps my cakes moist, it's light-weight, and so easy to travel with. I use it very often (at least four times a week), and I don't feel stressed when carrying cakes on crowded streets of NYC. It's great so far! It's sturdy, easy to clean, locks are really tight and secure. It's not too expensive and the quality is amazing!" β€”Marcela Novak

    Get it on Amazon for $23.67.

    26. An ethylene-gas absorber shaped like an apple that sits in your fridge (or even in your fruit bowl) and dramatically extends the life of (you guessed it!) all kinds of produce.

    The blue plastic apple, with holes on top, nestled next to a bunch of fruit and veggies
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    Ethylene = the gas that fruit and veggies release as they ripen (bananas are especially notorious for releasing it, which is why other fruit ripens more quickly if you put it next to bananas).

    Promising review: "These REALLY work! We have to move them away from our fresh fruit so it would ripen! My produce is lasting at least three times as long without spoilage. Great product and have already bought many as gifts. They don't seem to work on tomatoes but they are great with bananas, apples, kiwi, pears, grapes, plums, peaches, lettuces, mushrooms, and many more fruits and vegetables." β€”Jacki

    Get a pack of two (which happens to be enough for an entire year) on Amazon for $19.99.

    27. Some durable Jetz-Scrubz sponges β€” they will literally be the only kitchen sponges you'll need from now until *next* summer. Yes, that means these three sponges can last you twelve full months or longer.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Especially if you practice good sponge hygiene: use plenty of hot water and soap with your dishes, always rinse out any lingering food particles, and squeeze out any excess water before setting it down to dry. And once a month or so, toss it in the top rack of your dishwasher. I personally used one of these from August 2018 all the way through September of 2019 before it was beat up enough for me to toss it β€” while I don't often have a lot of tough dishes to scrub, that's still way longer than I've used any sponge before or since!

    Promising review: "These sponges are awesome. I buy this three-pack of the rectangular sponges about once per year, and that really is all I need for the entire year. They don't get stinky and the best part is as long as you don't cut them cleaning a knife or something they will stay completely intact, unlike your typical sponge which starts coming apart in a week or less." β€”Nathan Norman

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $15.50.

    This is a BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best kitchen dish sponge for a reason!

    28. A filtered water bottle so you don't have to lug around those bulk packages of single-use plastic bottles anymore. Each single filter can replace about 300 of those store bought bottles!

    A model drinking from the water bottle's built-in straw
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    This is Brita's water bottle, so it uses small versions of their charcoal filters. It's top rack dishwasher safe, and easily fits in car cup holders!

    Promising review: "With the fact that tap water tastes like dirt here in Texas, I have bought tons of bottled water. When I saw this item, I was super skeptical that it would make the "dirt" water taste like the refreshing Ozarka that I was accustomed to, but I bought it anyway. After using it for two days, I can tell you that it most definitely does just that. I highly recommend the product for those who want great tasting water straight out of the tap... even those of us in Texas!!!" β€”jt s.

    Get one on Amazon for $16.99+ (available in six jewel-tone colors or insulated stainless steel) and the pack of three replacement filters for $11.94.

    You, saving SO much money over time (not to mention helping to reduce food and plastic waste at the same time):

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