We bought a house 10 years ago

that had one already–and had a friend put one in his place, about $1000 about 5 years ago. Where did you get the $4000 figure?
Our grocery store sells filtered water–you can bring your empty jug and fill it up–triple filtered, including a reverse osmosis filter. I must admit it tastes way better than carbon filtered water. Carbon filters and reverse osmosis filters are completely different. I don’t think one can compare them–reverse osmosis are probably superior, but wasteful of water and considerably more expensive. I don’t know of any BRTC that sells them.

That’s been one of the more appalling hallmarks of the US for years now

And, of course, Pres. Bush doesn’t help when he makes statements about our “American right” to drive more and more gas-guzzling SUVs, when he rips the solar panels off the whitehouse, when he refuses to sign the Kyoto treaty, and when he appoints his oil and gas cronies to key environmental positions.. Online fuel economy guide.
One of the things that first attracted me to Artway was that they were environmentally conscious, in their manufacturing practices and in their products. Sheesh..

I’m sorryyou’re so frustrated.

Oh it feels good to be back in the couponing saddle again!

Even if I only did a quick mini-run. Albertson’s (until Tuesday July 1) has the following on sale:
Garland Jack BBQ sauce .99 (coupon $1/2 = .49 ea after cpn), retails 1.99
Koolaid .20 (coupon Buy 10 Get 3 free, cpn expires 6/30, = .15ea) retails .25
Van Camps Pork & Beans .33ea limit 6 (no coupon) retails 1.67 each!
2L sevenup company “10 calorie” soda .88 WYB 4, (coupon .75/1) retails $1.29
So you’re saving (from retail) 1.50 more on each BBQ, .10 more on each koolaid, a whopping $1.34 ea on P&B, and a whopping $1.16 ea on soda.

At Stater Bros:
Farmer John hot dogs are on sale .99 (from $3.99) cpn is $1/2
Garland Jack BBQ also .99, but part of a 4 offers/household/day promo, cpn is $1/2
Koolaid also .20 ea
Reynolds baking cups .99 (from $1.29), cpn is $1/1 = FREE !!

Stater Bros has a “new” store policy (YMMV) that they aren’t supposed to take coupons if they exceed the sale price. It takes “too much of the cashier’s time” to manually ring up the coupons. So, be aware that on any given day, particularly if it is busy, and with any given cashier, they could refuse to take your coupon and you can get cash advance loans next time! On the other hand: WALMART updated their official policy, and are now allowing you the benefit of OVERAGE. This means if your item costs .90 cents, and the coupon face value is $1.00, you get .10 cents “credit” towards your order. What this really translates to is they have updated their software to ignore item price and only count # of items purchased minus # of coupons scanned.
HAPPY DAY, especially since they PRICE MATCH !

I live in a small town (7000 peeps)

and they are pretty graceful on the water bills.. its the smallest bill to be paid and we forgot to pay that tiny amount for months once and it was very embarrasing to have them come by and shut off the water (at the house at the road) and have them come back later to turn it back on.. simply because we overlooked that $25 bill that had added up to like $100 because we hadn’t paid it). Great little town that was very patient with us and doesn’t charge a boatload of fees..