I've been contemplating purchasing a rain barrel for awhile now. The benefit of a rain barrel is obviously that it will allow me to capture the rain water and use it to water my gardens. The rain water is free, so I might as well tap into it and save myself some money.
The reason I haven't bought a rain barrel yet is because they're a little pricey. Home Depot carries them, but their cheapest rain barrel is $89.99 and it's sold out. Now granted, it's bigger than the one I'm going to get, but I just don't see spending an extra $59.99 for 2 additional gallons.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is providing 50 gallon rain barrels to residents of Cook County for just $40.00.
To order your rain barrel, click here. But be forewarned, you can only get it at 3 locations in the county on 3 days each month.