How to Pay Less for Apps and Software
Software can be expensive. If you’ve ever tried to write a program, you’ll know why. Programming is very time consuming, and extremely frustrating. Imagine writing a novel and finishing it, only to find out you can’t even open the book. Why? Because somewhere in those thousands of letters there’s a colon where a semi-colon should be. Now find it and hope that’s all that’s wrong in the book.
Still, we can’t all afford the software we’d like to have. Buying the computer for $400 was the cheap part. Now add 10 programs at $40 each and you’ve just spent another $400. Yikes!
There are less expensive ways to get that software, though. You could even get it for free, legally.
Most software you can download comes with a free trial or a free version that’s got some of the better features locked. Go ahead and download it and try it out. At some point in using the software, or at the end of trial, some companies will offer you a discount on buying the full version. I’ve seen discounts of as much as 40%. On a $40 piece of software, that’s $16 staying in your pocket.
Discount codes are the new coupon. When buying something online, during the check-out process you’ll often see a box for entering a discount code. But where do you get these discount codes? Do a search in Google for the name of the software and the phrase “discount coupon code”. You might find nothing, or codes that have expired. But nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Academic and Non-profit Discounts
Many software companies offer their software at a lower price to students and non-profit organizations, like churches. You usually do have to provide proof of being a student, teacher, or non-profit organization, but if you’re any of those, that’s easy to do. For example, one site offers Microsoft Office Professional Plus to students and teachers for $30. Compare that to the regular price of around $400 from Microsoft’s website. That’s huge savings.
Open Source Software
Open source software is usually free to use, and most of your favorite paid-for software has an open source twin now. Can’t afford Microsoft Office? Try LibreOffice. Can’t afford Adobe Photoshop? Try GIMP – Gnu Image Manipulation Program. You may find you have to do some things a little differently, but that’s a small price to pay to save a lot of money.
With just a little effort, you could find yourself saving large amounts of money and boosting what you can do with your computer. It doesn’t get much better. Happy computing!