Note – Today, June 6 is the last tax-free day in Florida’s 2019 hurricane season
As I wrote about earlier this week, Florida has a tax free week each hurricane season that tries to give us a small price cut for buying very specific supplies. In my area that is a 7% savings. But I have often found that I get better deals and sometimes better product selection by buying online.
For example, I have been looking for a low-cost source of AAA batteries, but wanted quality ones that would last in the hurricane supplies cabinet for a long time without going flat.
Limited Choices at HomeDepot and Lowes
I am a big DIY person, so I was just at both of my go-to big box stores and could not find the specific AAA batteries I wanted. They are the Energizer AAA Batteries (48 Count), Triple A Max Alkaline Battery. They also have the corresponding Energizer AA Batteries (48 Count), Double A Max Alkaline Battery.
I like these because they last 10 years in storage 🙂
Amazingly, these batteries also come with a warranty against damage to the gadget you are using them in. I will quote what I found: “Energizer will repair or replace, at our option, any device damaged by leakage from Energizer MAX Alkaline batteries either during the life of the battery or within two years following the full use of the battery. If exact replacement is not available, devices may be replaced with a product of comparable market value at the time of claim. Leaking battery and damaged device must be provided to Energizer as proof of claim.”
You can buy cheaper batteries at the dollar store but be aware that you might find you have a bunch of useless, corroded pieces of junk, just when you need them most. Try to go for quality on supplies like this that will be in storage. The quantity buy of getting 48 count helps reduce the per battery cost.
TIP – Take a permanent marking pen and write the month and year you bought them on the box. That way, when it gets closer to the expire date you can rotate them out of the hurricane supplies and start using them for your everyday needs. No waste 🙂