10 Ways to Stretch Your Paycheck in a Downturn

1. Stop buying bottled water

Americans spend a staggering amount on bottled water - $15 billion last year. Name brands in small bottles can cost more than $10 per gallon while tap water costs about ½ of a cent per gallon.

If you feel the tap water in your area needs further filtration to be palatable, many commercial filtration systems are available that filter water directly at the tap or in containers which translate to a cost of approximately 18 cents per gallon.