For the past year or so, I've had to manually charge the Protege's battery before going anywhere, every single day. Either the battery is not "holding its charge" or there's a component that's draining the battery.
Today I charged it and it started just fine, then when I got into the car for the trip home from shopping just a couple hours later, the battery was completely dead and it wouldn't start at all.
The alternator is relatively new and outputs good voltage. The battery seemed to be in good shape originally, but with all of the charging and uncharging of the battery, it's probably almost kaput by now. I have no idea where to even start looking at this point.