How to Convince Your Parents to Get You a Laptop

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How to Convince Your Parents to Get You a Laptop
Laptops are useful for students. (teens with laptop image by Alexey Klementiev from

Convincing your parents to buy you a laptop computer can be tricky. Depending on your situation, you may need to get creative. If you are a top-notch student or need it for an ongoing project, there are many good reasons to argue for the purchase of a laptop. However, if you just want it to socialise and play games, the convincing can be tough.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Drop a few hints on how much easier it would be if you could have a portable computer so you don't have to transfer so much data back and forth from home to school. Explain how much easier it is for your friends that have laptops to get their school projects done.

  2. 2

    Compare prices and find good deals both on and off line and show them that you have done your research. Sometimes parents just need to see how serious you are about what you really want. When you show them that you have found the best deal, they will see that you are willing to work a little to get what you want.

  3. 3

    Offer to pay for part of the laptop or pay them back in the future with work or money from a current or upcoming job. Having existing money set aside to help with the purchase or making an agreement to pay them back and detailing how you plan to do so shows planning and responsibility.

  4. 4

    Sign a contract or make an agreement with your parents that if you use the laptop inappropriately you know they will take it away or sell it. Showing that you are planning on being responsible while surfing the Internet from the beginning can help to convince your parents to buy you a laptop.

  5. 5

    Point out the advantages of freeing up the shared home computer for other family members. When you have a laptop, you will no longer need to share with others in the house and more time will be saved for all involved.

Tips and warnings

  • When mentioning your friends that have laptops, be sure not to mention any friends that your parents consider bad influences.

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