Freebies to help you cut costs

pigOne of the biggest things you can do is save your money. Shaving costs from your computer and other gear is a start. Free software can satisfy many of your personal and professional needs. You can get online for free, even while traveling. You can also cut back on expensive text messaging plans.

And here's a biggie: security software. You need protection. Otherwise, someone could really hurt you. Security companies want to sell you a pricey suite of programs. Don't go for that. You can get everything you need for free in my Security Center. It's the first link below.

Get your anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall programs for free. The programs work great and even the updates are free!

Speaking of free, use free software instead of pricey alternatives. It's a little known fact that you don't have to spend hundreds on programs like Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop. You can find free feature-rich alternatives online. Don't let the price dissuade you from trying them. These programs are terrific.

Using special software and a few tech tricks, you can significantly reduce your printing costs so you don't spend so much on printer ink and paper.

If that Internet bill is just too much, cut back and get online for free. Follow this link to find free Internet Wi-Fi hotspots.

Unless you buy the right plan, a single text message can cost 20 cents. Fortunately, you can send text messages for free. This tip shows you how.

In these tough times, we're all looking for ways to stretch our dollars. Fortunately, the Web can help us make the most of our dollars. Sites can find the lowest prices on items. Others provide good old coupons!

House prices are falling, and the cost of gas and food is on the rise. Specialized software and sites can help you manage these financial changes. And if you use the right resources, it won't cost you a thing.

How do you know which gas station has the best price? Keeping track of all the stations near you would be impossible. You're a busy person. I have the answer for you in this great tip.