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  • SC = Store Coupon
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  • WYB = When You Buy
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6 Uses For Your Old Laptop

on 9.9.2015 at 3:29pm
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6 uses for your old laptop

Getting a new laptop is a very fun day. It feels like a whole new world of pages loading quickly, new features, and trying to remember passwords. If this leaves you with an old laptop though, here are 6 uses for it.

Now if you plan for this laptop to be gone forever from your house, you need to clear it off. Be sure you have any documents, photos, etc. transferred. Once you’re 100% sure everything you want is off, you need to clear the hard drive. This simply helps to protect any information that is hidden on it. You could even remove and then destroy the old hard drive to be extra safe.

Once your identity is safe, here are your options for letting your old laptop go or putting it use again.

Sell It For Parts

There are people out there who know way more about computers than I do – including how to build them. You may be able to list the computer on Craigslist or a Facebook yard sale site to get $20 or so for it. Be sure to be honest in your listing of the computer’s age and abilities. This option is especially great for those of us who have a tendency to drop laptops…

Donate or Recycle It

If you simply want to get rid of the laptop, you can donate or recycle it. You can go here to find a recycling center in your area. If you’d rather donate it, you can contact your local school or organization to see if they can use it. If they don’t need it, you can send it to a refurbisher.

Hand It Over To The Kids

If you are able to clear off your old computer, it’s going to run a lot faster.  This makes it a perfect option for playing DVD’s. You can set it up so that it is easy for the kids to use. They can also play games, practice typing, etc.

Wall Mounted Digital Picture Frame

If your screen display isn’t damaged, it makes a great digital picture frame. You’ll need to remove the lid and keyboard casing, and then turn the screen outward before mounting. To help with the cosmetic appeal, be sure to select a deep frame and matting. You can go here for detailed instructions.

Use as Media Player

Instead of buying a Roku you can use your old laptop for streaming. To help make everything run as smoothly as possible, there is free software you can download like Plex. It’s a free media center for videos, music, pictures, and more.

Put the Hard Drive to Use

If the hard drive still works on your computer, you can use it as an external hard drive. You’ll need to remove the hard drive from the computer and place it in a USB caddy. External hard drives typically run $70-$150 so this has great value.

Print Extra Coupons

You are allowed (2) coupon prints per computer. If you need more than (2), you can use an old computer to print them. If your old laptop is painfully slow, you may need to do a little work beforehand. The easiest option would be to move everything you want to keep to an external hard drive and install a new operating system. Linux Mint is one option.

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6 uses for your old laptop

    • Jarrod

      I think printing more than 2 coupons is unfair and dishonest. Just my opinion though

      • Crystal Goodwin

        Why when you are allowed 2 per computer. Companies are very aware that most families today own more then 1 computer.

      • Brian

        This isn’t the Jarrod from Subway is it?

    • Plexusgirl

      I have a family of 8. At times I do print more than 2 coupons as I must double/triple recipes per meal. I’m not a hoarder or extreme couponer…just someone trying to feed my family.

    • Donna Petrowski

      I also use my old lap top to print extra coupons

    • Crystal McCarroll

      Lol @Brian.