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Did you know there is an AA size battery, and sometimes a AAA battery, inside disposable cameras that is used to power the camera flash?
When you take these cameras in to be developed just let the clerk know that you would like to have the battery inside back. Almost every one of us have some sort of electronics that we could use the rest of the life of that battery for and be saving some money by doing it.
And, whether or not you use disposable cameras, it certainly wouldn't hurt to ask the person doing the film developing if they have any batteries from other people's cameras or if they would mind starting to take them out and save them for you. Hey, it doesn't even have to be your favorite film developing store. Just visit a few and ask if they are willing to keep them for you and just be sure to pick them up every week or two.
It never hurts, nor does it cost anything to ask.
When you go to develop your film for your 35mm disposable camera, don't hand in the whole thing. Just give them the film. Then replace the film to use again.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
A lot of people have opted to put disposable cameras on their reception tables in hopes of having their guests catch a few memorable candid moments. I took that idea a little further... I had a scavenger hunt! This way I could tell my guests exactly what moments I wanted captured on film, I also didn't have to buy 20 cameras, I only got 8 (this also kept down the developing costs) and asked people to pair up if they were willing to join in on the hunt.
I made bags that contained the camera, list of moments to find, a couple of ring pops, a pen, and some other party favors. I was extremely happy with the results, we got so many wonderful and meaningful photos. Where as table cameras usually end up with pictures of forks, or people just sitting around the table... I did have a point system set up, and there was supposed to be a prize giveaway which didn't work out as planned (due to people leaving early etc), but it didn't deter people from having fun taking the pics!
Keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment. If you're in an accident, get photos of the scene - it may help with your insurance claim.
By Louise, the Frugal Yankee
Put a disposable camera on each reception table, these often capture very special candid moments! Do not buy the overpriced ones you see in wedding catalogs though! You can buy them in packages of 6 at walmart for $10.99 and there are many free templates for camera covers on the internet.
Keep a disposable camera in your car's glove box. In the event you are involved in a car accident, you can take photos of any cars involved as well as the scene of the accident to protect your interests.
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My father taught me this frugal tip: The batteries in a disposable camera are reusable! Before you get the film/disposable camera developed take out the batteries which are normally AA which normally work in remote controls.
Source: My father
By GingerLilyMay from Bedford Hills, NY
I never knew this, this is a great tip. (01/02/2008)
I would appreciate knowing HOW to do this. Sounds great if it is not dangerous in any way. Where are the batteries in one of those? How do you open it without damaging the film to be developed? Thanks. (01/03/2008)
This is not a good idea. It says right on the camera that they are not to be opened! My husband is an assistant mgr. for one of the major drugstore chains and as such he sometimes has to cover in their photo dept. I can't tell you the number of times that he has had people tell him that they tried to open the camera and got a nasty electric shock. Please don't try to open them. Also, you should never use "used" batteries in any other item. (01/03/2008)
Hello again - - - I am adding on to my above post. Not only can you get a shock, but you can also burn your hand. My hubby had to deal with a customer who did just that. The cameras are only supposed to be opened by someone in a photo dept. who knows what they are doing. The only reason they are to be opened is to remove the film, once again by someone who knows what they are doing. (01/03/2008)
I might suggest if you really want your used batteries, just ask the photo-lab for them when you take in the camera. The photo lab just collects them all in a bin and sends them back to Kodak or Fugi who in turn probably test them and recycle them or dispose of them. They would be yours just for the asking. (01/03/2008)
By June S.