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The Addiction: Bottled Water
Why It's Making You Poorer: In 2011, the average American drank 29.2 gallons of bottled water, up 3.2% from the previous year (even though we all know we need to stop). Assuming the average bottle of water costs around $1.35, it turns out Americans spend roughly $315 per year on H2O.

How to Stop: Either switch to tap water, or, if you feel strongly about filtration, try a Hydros bottle, a kind of to-go Brita filter. The bottle costs $28 and comes with a filter, and a 3-pack of extra filters costs $25 (the company assumes that you should go through 4 filters a year with average use). That's $53 for the year, and $262 that you can put into your savings account.

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