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Old 05-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #41
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I never shop for bowels - even at Dollar Tree.

Go ahead, call me gutless...
The dollar tree near me carries tripe and chitlins. Although I never buy these particular delicacies. So you could shop for bowels at dollar tree.

I forgot to mention another thing I have bought at dollar tree. Wheat bread. Nature's own brand I think. The kind usually $3 or so at the grocery store. Keeps the bowels regular.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #42
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RE: AA & AAA alkaline batteries...
Just make sure you are getting ALKALINES, not 'super heavy duty' or 'heavy duty'. Alkalines a far superior to those old types.
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I have not bought a non-reachargeable AA or AAA battery in years.
All my stuff runs on Sanyo Eneloop (a rechargeable battery, which keeps charge for a long time, more than 5 years with their 3rd generation).
At about ~ $2.50 per battery they are ten times more expensive than DT alkaline, but I've definitely got my money worth back and probably lowered my environmental footprint.
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I have not bought a non-reachargeable AA or AAA battery in years.
All my stuff runs on Sanyo Eneloop (a rechargeable battery, which keeps charge for a long time, more than 5 years with their 3rd generation).
At about ~ $2.50 per battery they are ten times more expensive than DT alkaline, but I've definitely got my money worth back and probably lowered my environmental footprint.
I've looked into these Eneloop rechargeables several times, they don't make economic sense for me. I don't have many things that 'gobble' AA or AAA's - mostly remotes, clocks, and other things that go a year or more before needing replacement. So a 10 year payback at least, and that doesn't include the cost of the charger (and opportunity cost). Some of my older chargers for ni-cads died before 10 years - one incident like that could wipe out my payback for a long time.

I try to avoid anything that would gobble AA/AAA, those are probably better served with rechargeable lithium cells, or NIMH (cordless phones).

I dated that 48-pack from Costco that I bought earlier. I forget the exact numbers now, but it lasted several years, and that is spread out across many remotes, clocks, weather station remotes, etc. I'd be looking at $100 outlay to replace most of them, the $4 opportunity cost alone would buy 16 batteries a year.

I don't think alkaline batteries have much of an environmental impact (and you have to add the charger to the equation), but it would be nice if these super low power devices had some sort of way to power themselves to avoid trashing even those little things. I've seen plans for things that pick up sounds/vibration, solar of course, or movement (picking up the remote would generate a little current), or radio waves in the air. Clocks and remotes and things use so little average power, it seems possible.

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I was in the Dollar Tree about a year ago looking for something and I found chicken broth, 32 oz box for $1. Bought a dozen. They also carry beef broth. That's a good buy. A 13 oz can in a regular store is $.85. I also bought some Dutch Mill brand cookies for $1. Same box of cookies in Publix is $2.79. Needed some mitts for grilling so I picked up a couple of those also. Another thing I have purchased there is bleach. Never go there on a regular basis but these are the type of things I might buy now that I know what they carry.
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I've looked into these Eneloop rechargeables several times, they don't make economic sense for me. I don't have many things that 'gobble' AA or AAA's - mostly remotes, clocks, and other things that go a year or more before needing replacement. So a 10 year payback at least, and that doesn't include the cost of the charger (and opportunity cost). Some of my older chargers for ni-cads died before 10 years - one incident like that could wipe out my payback for a long time.
I try to avoid anything that would gobble AA/AAA, those are probably better served with rechargeable lithium cells, or NIMH (cordless phones).
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I understand your economic payback, for me it definitely makes sense, because nowadays most of my AA/AAA and C/D (I use sleeves and put AAs there too) usage comes from kids toys and believe me - some of them have been re-charged daily.
At least even my youngest (4 y.o.) can exchange the batteries in most of the toys and even put the empty ones in the charger
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