Powering playtime

We
have been away enjoying the relative peace and tranquility of life in
Portugal, but the boys have come back having missed their toys and eager to
resume playing with them in earnest. We
are going through batteries at the rate of knots, they have so many toys that
still have batteries and it can get expensive regularly replacing them, why
does each toy need about six these days! 
I guess it’s for all the flashing lights, movement and sound, toys are
so damn sophisticated lately. My two
are certainly not content to stick to marbles and conkers to save me
re-mortgaging the house to keep them in batteries.

We
did try rechargeable batteries for a while but I am hopeless I kept forgetting
to put them on charge, so we have our little charger sitting forlornly on my
desk fed up of the inactivity! I guess it serves as a suitable ornament for my office or a dust magnet!!!



So I
think buying batteries outright might be easier, although it can be an
expensive business doing this so often and we have other financial priorities
at the moment and sparing an outright ban on all battery toys here (I think I
would have a rebellion on my hands!) I need an alternative. Fortunately you can buy them in BULK from
some sites with very tempting discounts for multiple purchases.

If it’s not the toys then it’s definitely the Wii remotes,
especially when the boys have all their friends playing too. Play dates can be tough, adding more children
into the delicate mix of life here, the last thing I need is a riot because one
of them does not have a controller to use for the duration of their visit! Plus life is quite peaceful when the boys
enter the gaming zone! Arguments seem
to seize and order is restored. I only
have to get involved to bring snacks and drinks or possibly the odd time help
with a tricky level.

We have been buying batteries from our local supermarket,
but the Co-operative works out VERY expensive to do that, totally not
recommended. It was a slight
improvement buying them from The Factory Shop but I think the best deals are
found online not on the high street. I
think if I had realized quite how many batteries you need when you have
children I think I would have had an eye on marrying someone high up in
Duracell. Sadly I did not put that much
forethought into my decision-making, actually my hubbie is rather lovely so I
do have no regrets honest! Although I have always wanted to own a Duracell bunny so that could have been a deal maker!

So to save me camping outside Duracell
headquarters I think I will head to Battery Station instead.

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