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Old 01-24-2023, 07:51 AM   #776
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I have a few big things like a swing set that uses size D batteries.
Any advice on what's most efficient? Just keep buying batteries or go for some rechargeable ones?
Any recommendations on what to buy?
I picked up some AA to D shells from Lees electronics in Vancouver. It puts 2 AAs in the space of 1 D cell. That way I could just keep buying AA and AAA for everything.

AA and C are the same length, so you can jam an AA where a C goes if you do it right.

For the swing, you're going to have to use Alkaline and not Rechargeables. The voltage difference will be apparent and the swing won't work well under load.

Kids toys use an ungodly about of AA and AAAs.
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Old 01-24-2023, 09:50 AM   #777
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Previously there was mention of having a savings account for your child from money given during birthdays, CNY...etc. I have a RESP setup and have monthly contributions which already maxes out the government grants so it doesn't make sense to over-contribute to the RESP account. Instead of a savings account (as it's not generating much interest), are you guys investing the child's money somewhere else?
It does make sense to keep contributing to your RESP b/c the RESP is effectively tax free for your kid (they'll make so little in their school years that they basically pay no taxes) so even if you don't get the grant it's a great tax haven for your money.

Ideally, you front load your contributions to get the maximum growth - I'm doing $500/mo for my kid's first ~4 years or so before lowering it to just get the match. Some folks who have lots of money do all the front loading in the first year. More info: https://www.looniedoctor.ca/2019/04/26/resp-lump-sum-2/

I manage my RESP via an ETF from Wealthsimple - it's the easiest way to contribute IMO with fairly low costs involved.
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I picked up some AA to D shells from Lees electronics in Vancouver. It puts 2 AAs in the space of 1 D cell. That way I could just keep buying AA and AAA for everything.

AA and C are the same length, so you can jam an AA where a C goes if you do it right.

For the swing, you're going to have to use Alkaline and not Rechargeables. The voltage difference will be apparent and the swing won't work well under load.

Kids toys use an ungodly about of AA and AAAs.
Makes me wonder why these toys don't just come with internal rechargable batteries
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Old 01-25-2023, 10:14 AM   #779
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Makes me wonder why these toys don't just come with internal rechargable batteries
100% cost issue when it's cheap plastic disposable toys. Much easier and convenient to design for and use.

Plus there's no standards for charging ports that they use. My kids small remote control cars that had LiPos in them all had different plugs. jst, or barrel but different sizes. They all had cheap USB charger cables, but they were junk and fell apart.

Lucky I have a airsoft/ r/c lipo charger and use that with the stripped cables.
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lol, random share:

The other day, my wife randomly said that my face looks really huge now...
Funny thing is, I was thinking the same that her face looked really huge for the past while too.

Because we've both been interacting with our newborn for the past 6 weeks and staring at his little face for so long, in comparison, our faces look huge to each other now, especially when we hold the baby's face next to each of ours. lol... this is so weird.
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Have you started noticing mommy/daddy brain yet like literally forgetting shit all the time, whether it's forgetting to do something or forgetting you and wifey told each other something.
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Have you started noticing mommy/daddy brain yet like literally forgetting shit all the time, whether it's forgetting to do something or forgetting you and wifey told each other something.
lol... not that I know of yet... I think.
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