How To Score A Cheap Laptop For College
If you’re gearing up to start college in the fall, chances are that you have a long back-to-school list full of dorm room essentials, school supplies and other “must haves” to prepare you for the next phase in your life. Unfortunately, the expenses of going away to college can be dizzying and finding a place where you can cut corners might seem impossible. And if a new laptop is on your list, there’s a huge, necessary expense that will drain your bank account fast.
But all is not lost. There are some ways you can get a cheap laptop that will meet your needs. We have a few tips to help you save some bucks.
Take advantage of back-to-school promotions.
Don’t panic and buy your laptop early in the summer. In the month leading up to school, both brick-and-mortar and online retailers will offer deals on laptops to help you save cash. Don’t forget – if you purchase your laptop through BIGWORDS, we have tons of coupons and promotions available through our website so you can save more on top of our drastically reduced prices.
Buy used or refurbished.
Computers are like cars – you can often get one that’s been lightly used for a significantly lower price than you’d get for a brand-new machine. Check out ebay and even your local pawn shop – you’d be surprised at what’s available.
Don’t buy a laptop with the first retailer you see. Shop around for the best price and take advantage of coupons and promotions to ensure that you’re saving as much money as possible.
Do your research.
We get that it’s tempting to head straight to the Apple store when you’re in the market for a new laptop, but there are plenty of other great options available on the market at a fraction of the cost. CNET has a great list of budget laptops and several of them are available on BIGWORDS at the best prices around, including the Acer Chromebook 15 and HP Stream.
Don’t get more than you need.
If all you’re doing on your computer is typing papers and doing standard work, chances are that you don’t need packed software suites and an extreme amount of memory. While it can be tempting to give into the upsell, don’t buy more than you need for now – you can always build up later on if you need to.
Figure out what you’re going to do about tech support.
Does your school have free, on-campus tech support? If so, buying a care package with your computer might not be necessary. However, issues do arise with computers and if you see expensive trips to an IT expert in your future, purchasing that care package probably makes sense.
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