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The story of our broken laptop charging cord.

shipDisaster stuck last fall when our first laptop’s cord broke. Luckily we had just been given a “free” laptop from Telus for switching our services to them. The joy of having two computers in the home vanished. For the last few months we have had to share one laptop between the four of us. We had to ask to borrow the computer from our six-year old to pay a bill or check a reservation. But the worst part for me was the WordPress functionality. The other, newer computer would not let me insert random photos into my posts. That’s my favorite part. I hate just having a row of photos on the top of a post because that’s the only way it will let you do it. I also have some school work saved on this computer that I didn’t want to lose.bc

I hesitated buying a new cord because of the price. In Canada I could have paid $89.99 for a new cord at Walmart. On Amazon.com I paid $9.88. Picking it up across the border cost $5. For a savings of $75.11 before tax.

Yes, the drive to Ship Happens in Blaine, Washington did use some time and gas. (note that this is just a stolen picture from Google. I do not know who that is in the picture).nn But I brought a friend. We had lunch at Bob’s Burgers , ate some ice cream and bought some milk.That pretty much paid for the cost of gas. Milk is soo much more expensive in Canada. aa Plus I drove my Prius which really improves the gas usage.ship

Not only did I save a lot of money but I saved a laptop from the recycling centre. The cord is now in the recycling bin though.

It seems like the computer isn’t staying as well charged as before but that’s okay. We couldn’t afford a new one so I can suffer staying plugged in.

~Stephanie

p.s. I still have to post about the massive overhaul we are doing on our little house! It’s spring cleaning on overdrive.

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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One thought on “The story of our broken laptop charging cord.

  1. Oh finding a good replacement cord (for cheap) is a pain. I killed a laptop cord and about 3 replacements. Explains why I don’t currently have my own laptop (just my mother’s old, ex work computer that I don’t have internet connected!). Loved the quirky photos!

    Posted by sarahn | May 7, 2013, 5:20 pm

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