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With the price of batteries and the holidays around the corner, we all could use a tip to save money and batteries. All battery operated items do not use the same amount of power. At times, I would start to install new batteries to discover I have mixed old batteries with the new. I would try to get the new batteries in the item, then discard the old batteries. To solve this problem: Before removing the old batteries, I would us a bright permanent marker to put an identifying mark to know that the batteries were on the second round. I would use the batteries in an item that used less power. In most cases, I have discovered you can go at least two rounds with one set of batteries. I hope this can be as helpful for someone else.
By Diane from Myrtle Beach, SC
Editor's Note: Make sure you recycle old batteries rather than throw them away. Check with your local waste management company. Some stores have battery and lightbulb recycling.
I take the batteries out of their packages and store them in a large plastic box with built in dividers from The Container Store. Then I can see at a glance how many AA's and AAA's we have.
I was purchasing a small package of batteries at a time, but with requests for larger quantities from the family, soon found the small packages not enough. At one time, I'd put the batteries in their original packages into separate ziploc bags, but that proved to be annoying, hence the large box idea.
I also made sure to have our back up flashlights all require the same batteries, as we already have in the house. During a power outage, no one needs last minute surprises.
By Holly from Dallas, TX