It’s said that there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, thanks to technology, today there are plenty of free resources available to you that can actually help you save money. There are also services available online that can help you reduce your monthly expenses. Here is a good list of resources that you should consider using in order to help you lower your monthly bills:
Open Source Software. Open source software is free software available on the internet that can often substitute for software programs that you would actually have to buy. A great example of a very popular open source program is Open Office. Apache Open Office is a free online software product that can be used to substitute for Microsoft Office software. Open Office allows you to open and save your documents and excel cell spreadsheets in Microsoft Office compatible formats. This is a great tool for college students who need to use Microsoft Office software, but can’t afford it.
Open sources software may vary. You can find open source software to help you record music, play videos, listen to music, edit photos, play games, and much more. For more open source products available on the net, The Cheapest Way has a very comprehensive list available.
Cheap TV and movie sites. Cable is way overrated and overpriced, and judging from the way that cable companies treat their customers, cable’s days are numbered. Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of online companies that will allow you to watch your favorite shows for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for cable. For less than $10 a month, you can stream as much movies shows and TV shows available on sites like hulu.com and Netflix.com. Before you decide cancel your cable and rely on sites like hulu and netflix, make sure you have a strong internet connection. If you want to watch these streamed movies and TV shows on your big screen television instead of your computer, there are plenty of ways to connect your computer to your TV. Chances are you will probably only need an HDMI cable, which is the typical connection for this activity.
Free books online. If you love reading, and find that you spend a lot of money buying books, there are several online resources available to help you find free e-books. The most popular of these sites is Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg allows you to download e-books in several different formats like PDF and Kindle formats, to name a few. The books offered are not the most recent bestsellers, but if you enjoy classical novels, this site is a great resource for you.
Social Saving Sites. There are plenty of group coupons sites available that will help you save money. Groupon, Restaurant.com, and LivingSocial are some of the most popular and useful sites available. The way sites like these work is that they allow you to buy $25 gift cards for about $10, which is a 60% savings. Sites like these usually cater to businesses that are looking for more market visibility, so in the end it’s a win-win-win situation. You win because you get a 60% discount. The business wins because they get a new customer. And Restaurant.com wins because they make a little profit out of the transaction.