If you have a computer, tablet or cell phone, you know that software and apps-related costs can quickly add up. But there are strategies to easily cut these costs. In addition to asking for a student discount, which will often save you 40–60% or more, are here a few strategies:
1. Read the purchased licensee terms
Some software such as Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Office 365, may allow multiple users for purchased software, without additional cost (for example three users). In these cases splitting the purchase with a friend or roommate could cut your cost at least in half.
2. Try freebies first
3. Go vintage
Buying the most recent version of software can be costly. In addition, you may be paying for upgraded features that you may not need or use. Buying the older version could result in significant savings.
4. Free operating systems can still cost you
New operating system software may be offered for free. While upgrades offer enhanced features, they may force you to upgrade your other software programs at an additional cost, cancelling any savings. This is especially true on older computers which may not even benefit from a new operating system’s enhanced features.
5. Download the free version of apps
The difference between a free and similar paid app is often a few less features and some ads, but the free version usually works just as well.
6. Get notifications of when apps go free
AppGratis (Android, iOS) Freapp (Android, iOS) along with AppsGoneFree (iOS) offer daily downloads of apps that have just become free – or are at least free for that day. Also, sometimes free alternatives to costly well known software works great. both Openoffice and LibreOffice offer a free office suite that’s comparable to Microsoft Office.
Other free essentials include:
• Antivirus protection: AVG, Avast and Avira offer free versions.
• Image editing software: GIMP and Lightworks Free offer powerful and affordable alternatives.
• Research organizer: Zotero allows you to collect and organize your on-line research information for free.
• Email: Outlook may cost a couple hundred dollars, however Gmail or Thunderbird are free alternatives that fill most students’ email needs.