It’s almost the end of daylight savings time… which in our house means that it’s time to change the batteries in five smoke detectors and two carbon monoxide detectors.
And then, of course, Christmas is coming. And despite all of our efforts, someone will give the kids toys that need batteries, lots of energy-sucking toys in need of batteries.
So what are some ways you can save on batteries?
When it comes to your smoke detector batteries, visit your local fire department. Many fire departments give away smoke detectors and batteries during their fall open houses. Their goal is to help you stay safe, so check with your local department to see if they can help.
Use rechargable batteries for those toys. I wouldn’t recommend recharables for my smoke detectors, but for the kids toys, rechargable batteries work well. Watch for sales around the holidays and make sure to use coupons.
Use the Drugstore Game to pay for your batteries. If you’re not familiar with the Drugstore Game (as the frugalists like to call it), here’s how it works: You use manufacturer and store coupons at places like Walgreens and CVS to rack up big rebates and get everything from toothpaste to razors for free. You can use your rebates to pay for your batteries. You get free toiletries, AND you can raise some funds to power your stuff. There are tons of great blogs out there that work out the money-saving scenarios for you. Two of my favorites are Money Saving Mom and Common Sense with Money.
Keep your eyes out for battery coupons. The Sunday papers have been having Rayovac, Energizer, and Duracell coupons. You can also check out the Energizer contest to win stuff and get a $1 off coupon here.
Buy your batteries in bulk. Just like any other purchase, you should be aware of the unit price. Sometimes you may find that by buying a large package of batteries (think 10-count or more), you will get a better price for each individual battery. If they’re properly stored, this stash of batteries will last you for years. Be sure to check out warehouse deals, too.
What are some ways you save on batteries?