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5 free downloads every student needs

Gimp

For your graphic needs, nothing beats a full blown photo editor you can use to tweak and edit any image in limitless ways. Unfortunately, professional grade editors like Adobe Photoshop can be too expensive for the average student.

Fortunately, there is a free alternative to Photoshop. It's called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) and has a lot of the same capabilities as Photoshop. There are filters, brush tools, gradients, smudging, cropping and erasing tools. You can add colors with a pencil, a paintbrush, or fill in whole areas of your image. Did I mention it's free?

Click here to get the download instructions for this amazing alternative to Photoshop.

Mint

Speaking of budgets, students will definitely need a way to easily visualize their bills and expenses.

Mint is a very handy app for monitoring your finances. It can automatically track your spending. All you have to do is enter your account information.

You can set aside how much you can spend per month on different categories. For example, you can set $150 on gas, or $300 on groceries. At the end of each month, Mint gives you a financial report, which will let you see how close you stayed to your budget.

Read more about Mint including download instructions by clicking here.

Cold Turkey

In situations where you can't afford distractions, Cold Turkey is your answer. You can choose common distracting sites to block, or add your own custom sites. It's also a great solution to keep your kids from visiting gaming sites when they should be doing homework.

Set how long you need to avoid distractions and then click the Go Cold Turkey! button. Until the timer is up, those sites will be completely inaccessible from any browser.

Click here to learn more about Cold Turkey.

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