FREE alternatives for expensive software programs

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Computer & IT

Last updated: 27 January 2020, 10:19 GMT

If you are looking to buy software packages, you will know how much these can put a dent in your budget. Even if you are paying monthly, there is a serious price to pay for these programs.

We’ve rounded up the best free alternatives for expensive software packages! This way you can save lots of money to spend elsewhere.

Swap Photoshop for GIMP

If you are in need of an image editing tool, you have most likely been considering Photoshop. The Adobe package is not cheap! Unless you need Photoshop for highly professional purposes, you can probably swap it for GIMP. It can be a bit daunting to use at first, but take some time and it will work a treat! It’s available for Linux, Windows and Mac, and a full-featured program in its’ own right!

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Swap Microsoft Word for Google Drive 

The Microsoft Office package is often seen as a necessity, but most people only tend to use Microsoft Word. This is a text editing program that allows you to write anything from a simple note to a long essay. Why not swap this for Google Drive? This free, online tool does the same thing. You can create, edit and share text documents effortlessly. And it’s much better for your wallet!

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Swap Adobe Audition for Audacity 

Again we’re seeing an Adobe software program. Audition is an audio editing program that comes with the expensive Adobe package. Audacity is a worthy replacement if you want to save some cash. It has the same basic features, like recording and editing audio, as well as applying effects. It might not be quite as high-spec as Audition, but it will do for most tasks!

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Swap Basecamp/Asana for Trello 

Are you looking for a project management program? I’ll be surprised if you have not heard of Trello before.  This app is taking over the world, and for good reasons. It is very easy to use and gives you a well-ordered overview of your tasks. You can create different boards for projects, make lists and easily share these with others. All the features you need for free!

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Swap Quickbooks for Wave

Accounting software is pretty much a must for a small business. But especially small business often struggle to budget for software like this. Not to worry! Wave is a great alternative for other accounting software programs like Quickbooks, and it’s 100% free. Wave is web-based and offers features like invoicing, receipt scanning and accounting.

As you can see there are plenty of free alternatives for otherwise expensive software programs. If you are a small business, sole trader or have a hobby, you don’t have to spend money on your software package! Simply make these swaps to free programs and you can save yourself a lot of cash.

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