Toshiba Laptop Deals

Even if Christmas is in your rear-view mirror, there is not a certain season for new laptops.  In this age of technology, people of all ages need one to get along in society.  Toshiba is one of the better known and reliable brands in the industry.  One of the best way to get a deal is to go directly to the manufacturer, at Toshiba Direct.

You can get tablets, laptops, desktops.  The tablets and laptops start at $349.99.  One of the best things about using the Toshiba Direct site is that you can customize your own laptop. Now if you want a much better computing experience, you should really consider the 17.3 inch screen.  It makes a “bigger” difference than originally thought.  It does take up a little more space, which would be relevant when transporting the computer; but not as much as you would think.

 

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As the new semester approaches, it is time to look for those textbooks.  Consider used textbooks from Amazon Marketplace.  Prices change continuously, so you have to monitor it.  Find out the rental fee and wait for the book to get close to that price.  When you buy used, you can also sell the books back at the end of the semester.  See if your local bookstore will pay more or if you want to send it to Amazon for a gift card (perhaps to use for the next semester’s books).

HP Laptop Deals

HP is one of the most popular laptop brands. We will discuss the features, pricing and performance of the new models available.  Best Buy also has refurbished models, starting at $244.99 if that is of interest to you.  The EliteBook andProBook are also available indirectly through Best Buy, but are rather pricey, ranging up to $2,500.

Screen sizes vary from 11.6 inches to 17.3 inches.  Obviously, the larger screen is easier to see and more entertaining to watch videos.  However, these are also harder to transport as the screen gets bigger.  The smaller screen seems to be much sharper.  So, it depends on what you are “looking for.”  Our personal preference would be to have a screen that is at least 14 inches.

The RAM varies from 4GB to 8GB. Basically, the higher the RAM, the more programs you can have open and properly functioning at once.  The Hard Drive capacity varies from 320 GB to 1 TB.  The larger the hard drive, the more data you can store.  If you are planning on storing a large amount of videos and programs that need large memory, the higher capacity might be for you.

All of the new HP’s come with Windows 8, WiFi capability,  The entry level computer is $349.99, and the top of the line HP notebook

Touch Screen models start at $799.99.

One of the best parts about buying a computer from Best Buy is that they offer 6 months free of virus protecction from Micro Trend, Webroot or Kaspersky or an additional 6 months for $19.99.

So, if you are looking for HP Laptop Deals, click below:


FRUGAL BONUS:

Keep buying that Sunday newspaper from a large city in your area for the extra coupons.

Make sure your family is protected in case you are not around.  Even if it is a small amount that you can afford, it will still help.  Do some research on rates online and what type of life insurance (term, whole life, universal, combinations).

Top Christmas Ideas

There is still plenty of time to shop for Christmas. You should always be on the lookout for a good Christmas gift.  Sometimes, those small and thoughtful gifts will score the most points: sleep pants, Nutella, bagels, drink cups, special candy – perhaps that is only available during the holidays, leggings, panty hose, Joe Boxer (anything, can’t go wrong with Joe Boxer) underwear, sports bras, socks, sleep pants – Joe Boxer!

Kitchen items always go well this time of year.  There are plenty of stocking stuffer ideas – whisks, cookie scoops, spatulas, silicon mats.  See if your city has a commercial kitchen supply place.  They normally allow the general public to shop there.  The selection is incredible and the prices will be pleasantly surprising.

Pier 1 has some very nice hanging lanterns.  They are designed for tea lights to go in.  Very elegant and only $14.  A gift for your sweetie or for yourself.

 

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Make sure you change your oil as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.  This will save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.  If you can find a local oil change place that is honest, this will also benefit you.  Take all your cars there so the records will also be available in case this comes up when you are trying to sell your car.

Outlet stores have great selections of particular brands and low prices.  Sometimes, slightly defective items will be nearly free.

Do you do a lot of baking? Does your oven show the correct temperature?  Perhaps an inexpensive oven thermometer will help your cakes turn out better.

Need an idea for a chemistry class experiment?  Try determining the conductivity change of water when you add nothing, iodized salt, non-iodized salt, salt substitute (potassium chloride).

Great new recipe:  Italian Stuffing (from Ciao Chow).

If you love Cajun food, look for Crawfish at your local grocery store.  Some stores have whole crawfish that you can boil in crab/crawfish boil.  Make sure to add corn on the cob and small red potatoes for an awesome treat:

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