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Tap Water – What a Deal!



Groupon, Living Social, Woot, ManDeals… It seems like every other day a new daily deal site is popping up! 
I don't know about you, but my inbox is positively flooded with deals for kids' art classes, spa visits, and teeth whitening. But hey–who doesn't love a deal?  We certainly do–we're the Discount Filter Store, after all!

Dollar symbolWhether you're searching for  a water filter for your fridge, a weekend getaway, or an LED kitty collar (yes, it's a real thing!), you'd probably prefer to buy your goods at a discount. Let's face it–with the price of gas hovering at a bajillion dollars a gallon pretty much everyone in the country but Bill Gates and Warren Buffet could stand to save a couple of dollars whenever they can, right?

By the way–you're going to love us for this–we found a way to get all of our daily deals and coupons in one daily email. JACKPOT! You've got to check out yipit.com (after you read this awesome blog post, of course!) You inbox will thank you.

Truth is, while you could join every deal site out there, you might be overlooking the easiest possible way to save money every day. And you don't even have to have an internet connection to get this deal, folks! It's right in your kitchen. You know, that cool, clean, live-giving fluid that come straight out of your faucet and refrigerator dispenser? That's right. We're talking tap water. Bottled water money

(Wait–before you turn up your nose at the thought of drinking from the tap, ask yourself when was the last time you changed your water filter. Hmmm?)

Tap water is just as clean and just as safe as bottled water…and at $0.002 a gallon is monumentally less expensive than the same stuff bottled water. (Did you know? 24% of the bottled water we buy is tap water repackaged by Coke and Pepsi.)1

Klean kanteenYes, you can buy a half-liter of Evian for $1.69. Seems cheap, right? But here's the deal. If the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000!


Put another way, if you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with  tap water before that water would cost $1.69. 


I don't know about you, but we here at Discount Filter Store think that $0.002 for a gallon is a pretty darn good deal. Consider this: a gallon of Hershey's syrup costs $13.23. Tobasco sauce–$94.46 a gallon. And a gallon of scorpion venom? That'll set you back a cool $38,858,507.46.2


There are lots of great ways to save dollars. Switching from bottled water to tap water might just be the easiest one. Just get yourself a refillable water bottle (we like this one from Klean Kanteen), fill 'er up, and carry on. Or Groupon. Or clip a coupon. 

Come on!

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1 Charles Fischman, Message in a Bottle, http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/117/features-message-in-a-bottle.html?page=0%2C0 (July 2007).

2 Cockeyed.com, The Price of a Gallon, http://www.cockeyed.com/science/gallon/liquid.html.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Ready for Hurricane Season in 7 Easy Steps


Here in North Carolina, just as soon as the Hurricanes' season ends, the hurrican season begins. We say goodbye to Skinner and Staal (too soon this year, my friends, too soon) and hello to flashlights and batteries. Yep, the start of the Stanley Cup finals means the start of  hurricane season for all of us on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Hawaii.

H003-hurricane-gefahrenkarte-hinterland-gefaehrdetimage via The Weather Channel

The good news: getting ready for hurricane season isn't nearly as difficult as training for the NHL hockey season. Here's the down and dirty guide to being ready when the next storm hits:

  1. Know the location of your nearest shelter (your county's Emergency Management website will have this information. Have pets? The you should have a plan for them too. Check out this great info from the US Humane Society on disaster planning for your pets.
  2. Catalog your belongings before disaster strikes with this nifty (free!) iPhone app that allows you to store photos, barcodes, and serial numbers of your personal property. This way you'll be ready to make insurance claims or take tax deductions for storm losses.
  3. Avoid the pre-hurricane run on the grocery stores and stock up now on 
    • batteries
    • a radio
    • flashlights, candles or lamps, and matches
    • canned foods, pwdered milk, and other non-perishable foods you can prepare without cooking
    • lumber, plywood, and masking tape to protect your windows
    • first aid supplies
    • a manual can opener
  4. Keep your gas take at least half full at all times.  Gas pumps won't work if the power goes out!
  5. Neither will ATMs. Stash some cash now in case you need it during a bad storm.
  6. Go ahead and refill your prescriptions. 
  7. Be prepared for drinking water contamination. Have some clean, airtight containers on hand that you can fill up if a hurricane watch is issued. Sorry, your Brita filter won't cut it your county orders a boil water advisory… even filtered water must be boiled if your county suspects bacteria in the water supply! 

Quick note–once officials give word that the water is safe again, you'll need to take a few precautions:

  • Replace all water filters (faucet, fridge) that were installed when the water went bad
  • Toss your ice cubes and disinfect ice cube trays and containers
  • Run cold water faucets for one minute before using the water.
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters set below 120°.

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What to Drink, When: How to Hydrate for Exercise


Water, Sport Drinks…Coffee? What do you drink to stay hydrated–and does it matter? We break down your best options for keeping hydrated before, during, and after exercise. 

Glass water

Before you jump on that treadmill, tie your running shoes, or reach for that Wii controller, pour yourself a glass of water. (From the tap, of course!) But be sure to start drinking 2-3 hours before you work out! Don't wait till you get to the gym to fill your water bottle!

 

Don't like the taste of your tap water? You're not alone. In fact, it's the number one reason more exercisers drink flavored water. Be careful, though-some flavored waters can deliver as much sugar as soda while others contain potentially problematic artificial sweeteners. Do yourself a favor and filter your tap water. You'll be surprised just how good your water can taste! 

 

Coconut
Looking for a natural alternative to plain water? Coconut water might be your best bet. It's naturally rich in electrolytes, with twice the potassium of a banana. But with a price tag of $2-3 a serving– is it really worth it?

 

 

Many of us turn to sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade during longer, more intense workouts. Sports drinks replenish the sodium and potassium your body loses through sweat–but they're relatively pricy and ugh-those plastic bottles.  Try the powdered mixes instead–they work just as well, cost far less than buying sports drinks by the case, and leave your recycling bin lighter.

 

Most of us are used to that morning cup of joe–but few of us think of coffee as a workout enhancer. But if you can stomach it (pun intended), a cup of coffee or two before or during exercise can give your workout a boost. 

 

Post-workout
Turns out that most of us don't exercise heavily enough to need a sports recovery drink. Water is just fine for most people. But if you need few more choices for what to guzzle down before you hit the shower, read on.  A dose of juice can ease inflammation and quelch those exercise-induced free radicals. And what's even better than a carb-loaded sports drink? Milk.  It helps with muscle recovery and replenishes glycogen stores–it really does do a body good!

 

Perhaps the best post-workout beverage option we've heard of, though, comes from a group of Spanish researchers who claim that your best option might just be…

 

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Yep.  Those Guinness ads were right all along. Beer is good for your health after all! Turns out a
pint of beer works even better than water to replenish lost carbohydrates and rehydrate your body. 

 

So now we know the secret of Babe Ruth's success…

Your Guide to Good Ice–No Zamboni Necessary


If your ice cubes are starting to smell like the Flyers' locker room, don't despair!  Before you drop your gloves, try these simple steps to better tasting, clearer ice:

Ice cube

  • Use a water filter! Whether it's a pitcher filter, under-sink filter, or refrigerator filter, a fresh filter will reduce taste and odor problems. 

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  • Empty your ice bin! Ice cubes can pick up odors from the inside of the freezer and
    refrigerator–especially from open food containers. So dump that funky ice like a puck from the blue line!

 

  • For the clearest cubes, boil your filtered water before freezing it.

 

  • Don't have an ice maker? Try using a stainless steel ice cube tray like this one we found on Amazon.com. Your water will freeze faster and you won't get that weird plastic taste. 

 

 

So don't be a hoser! Light the lamp with top shelf ice to serve your family and guests. 

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Community : Water – Ryan’s Well Foundation


Welcome to the first installation of "Community: Water," where each month we'll highlight a non-profit organization funding clean water projects for people all over the world.

Many of us here at Discount Filter Store have small children, so this story really touched us.

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Ryan Hreljac was a first grader when he learned that people in Africa were sick–and even dying–because they didn't have clean water to drink.

 Hefigured that $70 would be enough money to drill a well in a place like Uganda and started doing extra chores to raise the money to pay for it.

It turned out the well would cost more like $2,000 to drill — but Ryan was undaunted, and he raised close to $3,000 that year. *image courtesy of Gaiam Life

From Ryan's Story: About_us_2

Ryan is now a 6'6" 20-year-old student at the University of King’s College in Halifax on the east coast of Canada, where he studies international development and political science. Ryan also travels the world speaking about water issues and “the importance of making a difference no matter whom you are or how old you are.”

Any kid can follow his lead, says Ryan. “Kids can begin with anything from helping out around the house to starting their own project,” he adds. They’re real words of wisdom, coming from a man who considered himself, at age 6, just as responsible as anyone else for solving a problem affecting people a world away. 

To date, the Ryan’s Well Foundation has built more than 700 wells that provide clean drinking water to more than 745,000 people in Africa as well as Haiti. The organization has also built more than 900 latrines to improve hygiene and sanitation in these communities.

*Image courtesy of Ryan's Well Foundation

All we can say is wow! Ryan is proof that any of us can make a change in the world.

You can make a difference too!

 

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FAQ: How Do I Find the Right Filter for My Fridge?


If you have access to your current filter, your filter part number should be printed on a label on your filter. Here's a common one:  Water-filter-refrigerator-ge-smartwater-mwfSee? It's an MWF

Other examples of filter Part Numbers:

 

Don't know your filter part number? It's easy to search for your filter with your Refrigerator Part Number.

Your refrigerator model number should be printed on a label inside your fridge:

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Questions? Send us an email and we'll respond within 24 hours. Or give us a call at 1-800-277-3458.

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FAQ: Is Bottled Water Safer than Tap Water?


Not at all!

 According to a report commissioned by Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund International, "bottled water may be no safer or healthier than tap water, while selling for up to 1,000 times the price." 

Glass water

 

 

The Government Accounting Office says that bottled water isn't any safer than tap water and could actually be more dangerous.  The Consumerist notes that "tap water is covered by the Safe Water Drinking Act, administered by the aggressive and powerful Environmental Protection Agency, while bottled water falls under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act overseen by the powerless anything-goes industry-lovers over at the Food and Drug Administration."

 

 

National Geographic notes that bottled water is a drain on the environment:  Bottled water money

  • The U.S. public goes through about 50 billion water bottles a year, and most of those plastic containers are not recycled.
  • Transporting the bottles and keeping them cold also burns fossil fuels, which give off greenhouse gases.

The plastic in water bottles may pose a health risk. According to the NRDC, "chemicals called phthalates, which are know to disrupt testosterone and other hormones, can leach into bottled water over time."

The Pacific Institute estimates that producing the plastic in water bottles requires more than 17 million barres of oil and produces more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. 

Tap water

 

 

So why do some people still insist on choosing bottled water? The number one answer is simply "taste" according to surveys conducted by the IBWA. Yet a simple water filter installed in your refrigerator, faucet, water line, or water pitcher drastically reduces the chorine and impurities that can give tap water an unpleasant taste.

 

 

 

Aren't you ready to give up the bottled water habit? 

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DiscountFilterStore Real Customer Reviews : “Makes your day nicer”


Vivian contacted us when she realized the filter she ordered for her parents was the incorrect model. Initially, she wasn’t sure that we would be able to exchange the filter for the correct one. We happily explained that once we knew which filter her parents needed, she could either exchange the filter or return it.

Makes your day nicer

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Vivian realized the filter had already been opened and we received this email:

“After all this, I just realized while beginning to pack up the filter for return, that it was opened – the cellophane/plastic wrapper was removed. So, I will not be returning this after all. I will try to find someone who uses this. The order is closed – put to rest. Thanks again for all your help.”

You can almost hear the discouragement in that email! When we reassured her we could still accept the return, regardless of the condition of the filter, Vivian sent this comment:

“Megan has been responding to my various inquiries and problems over the past few weeks, and it was always a pleasure to hear from her. She was above all polite, kind and provided in an organized way any information I requested or that she felt would be appropriate. It really makes your day nicer, and of course makes you feel more inclined to deal with people who are like this.”

DiscountFilterStore: Smart Shoppers of the week 09/30


Big Filter Saver

DiscountFilterStore customers are saving lots of money on filters! A few of you have shared on our Facebook page how much you’re saving and it’s really amazing to see just how much you’re saving with every order. Local stores put a hefty markup on their filters and shopping online for filters saves you lots of cash. What you choose to do with the savings is entirely up to you!

Keep the feedback coming! I love to see how much all you savvy web shoppers are saving.

DiscountFilterStore Real Customer Reviews : “Blown away at the customer service!”


We love to hear from our customers and this review from Brian T. of Liberty Township, OH was a particularly nice surprise! Thanks for the great feedback Brian!

5 star customer service

After receiving and installing two of the off-brand discount filters (I tried the inexpensive versions first) I was pretty disappointnted in the quality of the filtration. The water still smelled and tasted like chlorine, it was almost as bad as having no filter installed at all.

I wrote about it on a review. The store was not an issue, but the filter was less than good. To my amazement, a few days after the review was written, the store credited me for the purchase @ 100%!! I didn’t even ask for this!

I immediately went out and bought the more expensive PUR filters from them. They work great. This is the kind of great customer service that’s missing from most retailers in today’s internet world. They didn’t have to do this, but they did it because it was the right thing to do.

I’ll order my fridge filters from these folks from now on. Great store, good prices, and proactive customer focused support. What a breath of fresh air.

- Brian T.