Last summer I got this rain barrel which was on sale, but I never hooked it up, mainly because it rained so much last summer I didn't need to water my garden, but also because getting a rain barrel is only half of it, then you need a diverter/overflow control gizmo to set it up. I looked around for something in a reasonable price range. There are some ingenious systems out there, like this for $29.95:
or this for $34.50:
but I wasn't about to pay almost half what I paid for the barrel itself! My whole goal was to SAVE money on water! So I went to the home store and picked up this in the gutter section for $2.39!
When I want to collect rainwater, I angle it like this:
And when I don't, I simply tuck it in to the bottom part like so:
I can live without all that fancy overflow control stuff. I figure, I'm in my garden often enough; if I notice the thing's full, or if I'm going out of town, it takes half a second to reposition it. Works for me!