At first I didn't believe this, but it is true. Just go to your local drug store's camera department (Walmart, Eckerd, CVS, etc.) and ask if you can have some of their used AA batteries. They get tons of them out of disposable cameras these days, and have them just laying around. I can get enough batteries for the whole neighborhood if I wanted them. I also ask for their AAA batteries for use in my pager. They are all alkaline and as good as new. Give it a try, and you'll never buy another AA or AAA battery again!