My computer has been getting unbelievably slow.  I have a cute little white Macbook, purchased by my parents for me before my freshman year of college in 2007.  This means the computer has just turned 6 years old- which is probably, hmmm, 94 in human years?


It's been getting slower and slower every day.  It is extremely frustrating.  I like to open tons of tabs while I surf the internet.  My computer does not like tons of tabs and retaliates by freezing up for awhile.


This weekend, after a particularly annoying computing experience, I did a little online research for new laptops.  I focused on PCssince I've decided that getting a Mac just isn't worth it to me.  As much as I love my Mac, it would run at least $1,000 while a normal PC laptop would be closer to $300-400.  I just don't think it's worth the extra $600-700.  There are so many more things I could use that money on!


The other night, after doing a little more online shopping and still not finding anything I was in love with (or wanted to pay $400 for), Mike suggested trying to clean up my computer's hard drive to make it run faster.  Oh.  Duh.  I hadn't thought of that!


I googled how to do it (obviously) and found an article by Business Insider detailing "13 Ways to Make Your Mac Run Faster".  I implemented almost all of their suggestions, and crossed my fingers that the computer would run faster.


I'm not sure if it's my imagination, but I think the computer really is faster.  Or perhaps I've chilled out on my out-of-control open tab behavior.  Whatever it is, the computer is still chugging along and I'm very happy about this.


Also, I cleaned off the outside and the keyboard area of the laptop to make it look pretty again.  (so many fingerprints and so much dirt can accumulate from 6 years of use, gross!)  I'm a visual person- anything to make it look pretty makes me want to keep it longer :)


So before you go out and make a major purchase, see if there's anything you can do to make your old items keep working.  The longer I can keep this computer running, the longer I can keep my money in my pocket!



Have you ever fixed an item that you were going to replace?  How much did it save you?