Are cheap batteries a good way to save money? – LifeSavvy

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We all use batteries, most of us daily. And unless you’re using up all the rechargeable batteries, you’ll probably run through them pretty quickly. Luckily, you can pick up a large package at your local dollar store for cheap, right?

Think again.

There are items that are absolutely worth buying at a dollar store. But batteries are not one of them. This may give you a discount in the short term, but will likely end up costing you more in the long run and putting your electronics at risk.

Batteries on dollar store shelves tend to have lower wattages and have likely sat on the shelves for very long periods of time, maybe even for years. And batteries are one of those things that lose power as they sit idle.

On top of that, batteries lying around are more likely to leak, which can permanently damage or even ruin your electronics. That $1 pack of batteries can end up costing you a whole lot more if it leaks inside your expensive game controller or portable electric shaver.

Some products are worth – and your money – the extra bit for a more expensive version, and batteries definitely fall into that category. If you’re in a rush and need to buy them at your local dollar store, be sure to stick to name brands and try to save them for devices that don’t drain battery quickly, like alarm clocks.