OK, it still keeps raining here in AZ. I will pick up a 4th rain barrel tomorrow from my local feed store tomorrow. $20 for a cleaned and reused food grade storage container. That is the cheapest i've seen for anything strong enough to work as a rain barrel.
So once that one is full, i will have 220 gallons of free water to use all year for landscaping, gardening, pet washing, car washing, and as an emergency water supply in case of power outtages.
Here is my boy John Crichton relaxing on water barrel 1 -