What I do is when I buy blank cd's or dvd's when they run out I use the spindle that they came in to store all my misc. cd's/dvd's like backups, misc programs and such. I just stick it on the shelf till I need it, I have a couple that I do that with.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'