I don't know if this couints for the theme of the thread but...
In Crystal, before i went to catch Suicune, i spent all my money and bought like 20 ultra balls and a few more great balls, i was also loaded with a couple friend balls, speed balls. I saved right in front of it, of course, then had at it. The first 2 or 3 attempts failed and i kept running out of balls so i had to restart and try again. Finally, i said ' Screw it.' and left to get more ultra balls. I used up ALL of my points in the Buena's Radio Contest and picked up as many as i could. The next time i battled Suicune, (i saved again, mind you) i caught him after 4 great balls
while trying to wear him out for ultra balls. FOUR GREAT BALLS. What a waste