There are a lot of amazing new releases in terms of technology happening this year and it’s going to keep the ripples going strong in the industry for long.

But, even though the technology upgrade is certainly marvelous what really makes it worthwhile is when you can balance it all out. Cutting down costs and saving money on your software is one of the best ways to pay for things that you should really be paying for. The key is to try replacing software requirements with free and cost-effective pricing alternatives. In fact, for any software there is a free or nearly free alternative that certainly makes a difference in your budget.

Availing software alternatives and choosing from a list of cost-free effective solutions will ensure that you can save a lot of money on your software requirements. Some of the easiest ways to cut down costs on essential software is enlisted below. These are software that almost covers all computing basics.


Today there are many anti-virus software that let you avail PC protection at a low pricing or even for free! However, the basic anti-virus software suites too have their glitches such as frequent add-on installation requests and pop-ups urging you to upgrade to premium versions, and more. Microsoft Security Essentials is good for malware protection and it comes for free. The Windows Defender feature in Windows 8 and 8.1 provides an enhanced rootkit and bootkit protection.

The smart security features that come with the third-party solutions provides a lot of facilities, but Microsoft Security Essentials does a lot of these with ease. Hence, you can always opt for another free anti-virus that will provide the same kind of protection. If the basic free software does not deliver the best results, then try going for a premium security suite of your choice.

Password Managers

Try out KeePass that effectively manages your password database. Although the one drawback about the software is that you need to be responsible for your own password database encryption; however, premium services will handle that task for you. With a pay of $12 a year password managers are able to provide assistance both on the desktop and mobile.

Using KeePass on mobile requires you to avail support from a third party app as KeePass does not have any kind of official app for mobile.

Cloud Storage

Cloud syncing and storage service is an absolute best since they allow you to get access to data no matter which device you’re working on. It enables you to continue and resume your work from anywhere on a PC, laptop, phone, or tablet. Make sure that you install the desktop app for a cloud service of your choice such that you can have files to travel with you at all times.

Services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive provided a huge surge in storage space increase just last year that set the pricing sky rocketing. In fact, Google Drive and OneDrive rolled out unlimited cloud storage to Google Apps and Office 365 subscribers recently, which is really a better hard drive in virtual storage than a real one!

Image Software

Get Photoshop and Lightroom at $10 a month with an Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription. In that way you still save $120 every year if you avail some free version software for all imagery requirements. and GIMP are two of the most powerful desktop apps that you can attain. Try online photo editing tools such as Pixlr Editor if you want to edit photos in cloud.

Productivity Suite

With a productivity suite installed, you can always get things done faster. Microsoft Office is the legend of them all and you certainly don’t need to pay huge with this as the basics allow you to work liberally. LibreOffice and OpenOffice are the open source options that you can choose as well. Google Docs online too provide all kinds of facilities in productivity management. Make sure that you have the basic editing provisions available on your computer even if you don’t plan to use a productivity suite.

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