Salvage batteries when weeding out old toys
I had a DUH moment when reading Duane's hack and realizing how many perfectly good batteries I've thrown away:
If you're like us, part of the approaching holiday season is weeding out the older toys to make room. Before you go putting toys into the attic (or trashing them), take a second to take out the batteries. I mean, why waste them? I reclaimed 9 AA's this afternoon. True they're not fully charged, but if there's a toy sitting around with dead batteries and you have no new ones in the house, you might as well give it some hand-me-down batteries.
Tip: Keep a small Phillips head screwdriver near your batteries so you can easily open the screw-on batter covers to swap them out.