What is the best way to backup my MacBook Pro?

I live in a nursing home and have very limited space.   I am also on a fixed income so it can't cost very much.   So, what would be the best and an inexpensive way to backup my MacBook Pro?

You will need an external HDD with a capacity that is at least the size of the internal MBP drive.  A larger one will not hurt.  Then employ Time Machine which is the backup application already on your MBP.
Peruse the Newegg website and Amazon for external HDDs that fit your budget.

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