May 22, 2008

Free and Legal Software

Posted in saving tips at 11:37 pm by kimsan23

A great way to save money is to use free software. Popular programs available in the market today cost an arm and a leg to buy. I’ve looked at prices of orginal software and it dawned on me why people buy or download pirated versions – the real mc coy is just too expensive!

I’m a fan of using original software (for good karma) and a few months ago, I was thrilled to discover, through a friend, the website Portable Apps. This site has free, open source software that can run from a USB or portable drive. Aside from saving money, you also save on hard drive space by not having to install the applications in your PCs.

Other portable programs are available through Sourceforge.Net and Wikipedia — they have this whole section on portable applications.

It takes some getting used to to using these freebies but in the long run, they are so worth it.

Let’s support the open source developers by using and testing their programs. After all, they contribute to our goals of saving money and spending less on computer software by providing quality products that have even been adjusted to be compatible with popular operating systems.

When I computed what I’ve saved by using portable apps — I even saved what I would’ve spent if I had bought the cheapest pirated application.

In line with the theme of this site, I bring you –> GNUCash Portable. I have not learned how to use it but let me quote from the Portable Apps website:

GnuCash Portable is the open source financial management software packaged as a portable app, so you can take your financial data with you. It has all the same great features as most commercial money management programs and more. Plus, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your finances along with you wherever you go.”

Features

  • Double-Entry Accounting
  • Bank/Liability/Expense Accounts
  • Stock/Bond/Mutual Fund Accounts
  • Small-Business Accounting (Customers, Vendors, Jobs, Invoices, Accounts Payable/Receivable)
  • QIF/OFX/HBCI Import, Transaction Matching
  • Reports, Graphs
  • Scheduled Transactions
  • Financial Calculations

More info on the GNUCash website.

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