Last week, you got a list of free tools to help you manage your money. This week, you’re getting a list of free tools that will save you money. Enjoy.
Not going to dwell on entertainment too long, because you’ve probably found oodles of free entertainment online already. Just wanted to make sure you’re aware of these two great services:
Pandora – free streaming music that does sophisticated analysis based on the songs and music you already like, and serves you more stuff it thinks you’ll like.
Hulu – free, legal, ad-supported streaming television. I use it to watch new episodes of Dollhouse as well as vintage TV, like old episodes of Buffy and MacGyver. There are even some movies available to stream!
RescueTime – will knowing how you spend your time on the computer save you money? Maybe, if it makes you more productive! This little utility sits silently in your taskbar and monitors what programs and websites you use, so that it can tell you about it later.
Remember The Milk – the best online to-do list manager I’ve ever seen. If you suck at keeping to-do lists (like me), this will help. You can add tasks from your cell by text message, by email, or on the website itself. And of course, there’s an iPhone ap (but you’ll need a pro account to use that).
Pidgin – wouldn’t it be cool if all of your friends used just one instant-messaging client? It seems like AIM is the tool of East-Coasters and that West-Coasters love MSN. And then some of your older relatives might be on Yahoo! Add in Google Talk, and you need one program to manage all of those accounts. Pidgin does that, awesomely.
Digsby – manages multiple instant messaging clients, like Pidgin, but also adds in email notification and social networking, like Facebook and Twitter. Developed by some guys who went to my college, so RIT represent!
Firefox – you know what makes you more productive? Not using Internet Explorer. I’m just saying!
LinkedIn – if social networking and your rÃ©sumÃ© had a love child, it would be LinkedIn. More and more employers are looking at LinkedIn during the application process, so make sure you get a profile up there before they go looking for you!
Replacing Paid Services or Expensive Software
Google411 – why pay for 411 when you can just call Google411? Put this number in your cell phone, because it works great. I used it last month to find a restaurant that had an open table on Valentine’s Day.
Skype – super easy voice and video chat. The boyfriend and I use it to talk to each other when we’re in different cities, and it’s a great way to talk to my mom when I’m away from her, too. For free. Or you can pay for a calling plan, and use Skype to make and receive calls to landlines and cellphones.
OpenOffice – no money for Microsoft Office products? Use OpenOffice instead! Great for throwing on a flash drive, so that you can be sure you have access to your documents on any computer.
AVG Free Antivirus – works great, protects your computer for free.
Spybot – tracks down malicious spyware on your computer and eliminates it. Excellent.
Paint.NET – edit your graphics and photos for free. A powerful little tool!
RetailMeNot – I always check this site before I order anything online. I never want to miss a coupon that I could have used!
Come on guys, you know you have stuff to add to this list! Put it in the comments.