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Back-to-school software: The five best freebies

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 10:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

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Last week I told you about five awesome back-to-school apps and gadgets. Today let's go old-school on back-to-school and talk about software.

Chances are good you've already spent at least a few hundred dollars on a laptop for your high school- or college-bound students. Do you really need to spend hundreds more on an office suite, anti-virus software, and backup utilities?

No, no, and no. Let's take a look at the best free software for laptop-toting students.

Avast Free Antivirus

Effective security software doesn't have to mean expensive security software. Avast Free Antivirus is among a handful of products offering comprehensive protection from both viruses and spyware. It even supports remote control, meaning a more tech-savvy friend or relative can connect to the PC to help troubleshoot problems.  There are also coupon codes available for Avast if you have a need to upgrade to their paid versions. 

Again, there are other security freebies worth considering, most notably AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, but Avast routinely scores top marks from both CNET editors and everyday users. It's the single most popular download on CNET's Download.com.

BatteryBar

How much paper-writing time do you really have left before your laptop's battery runs dry? Windows historically does a poor job reporting a system's charge status, meaning you might suddenly find yourself staring at a blank screen even though Windows said you had 20 minutes left.

Enter BatteryBar, a free, easy, and so-smart-it-should-be-built-in power gauge that's compatible with XP, Vista and Windows 7.

The program adds a full-time, at-a-glance gauge to the right side of the taskbar, which by itself is handy. Mouse over the gauge, however, and you get a wealth of additional information, including total battery capacity, charge/discharge rate, AC status, and even a lifetime estimate based on historical charge/discharge data. 

GIMP

Whether it's tweaking a photo to use in a school presentation, building a Web page, or creating graphics from scratch, perennial favorite GIMP rivals Adobe's budget-busting Photoshop in offering diverse, sophisticated image-editing tools.

Seriously, this is one of those programs that's so feature-rich, you can't believe it's free. But it is--and it's fabulous.

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012

When it comes to productivity software, every student needs a word processor, and many need a spreadsheet manager and presentation builder as well.

Google Docs 

Google Docs covers the basics pretty nicely, and it can even work offline (i.e. without an Internet connection) when enabled within Google's new Drive service. But for those schools that require a more traditional office suite, many parents feel obligated to pay a small fortune for Microsoft Office. Instead, check out Kingsoft's Office Suite Free 2012, which offers file compatibility with Microsoft documents and an interface that's cool, colorful, and familiar. 

SugarSync

A good cloud-storage service is essential for students--not just for sharing files, but also for making instant and effective backups of hard-fought school papers and presentations. 

Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive are among the many available options, all of them offering at least some free storage, but I give the nod to SugarSync for one important reason: It allows any files/folders to be tagged for syncing, not just those placed in an umbrella folder. That's a big convenience.

Plus, SugarSync offers 5GB of no-cost space, while the more well-known Dropbox offers just 2GB.

Coupon deals of the week

Published: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


            Colgate toothbrushes

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods.

Colgate Toothbrush

This week at Walgreens, Colgate toothbrushes are on sale for $3.50. Visit www.colgate.com and click on “Special Offers” to print out a coupon good for 75 cents off this item. When you check out, you will get $2 back in Register Rewards good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just 75 cents for this item.

Colgate Toothpaste

This week at CVS, Colgate Max, Total or 2-in-1 toothpaste is on sale for $3. Use the 50 cents off one Colgate toothpaste coupon found in most of today’s SmartSource inserts. Scan your Extra Care Card at the Coupon Center inside your area CVS store. You will get a coupon good for $2.50 off this item. Use both and you will get this item for free.

Garnier Fructis Hair Care

This week at CVS, Garnier Fructis shampoos and conditioners are on sale two for $7. Use two copies of the $1 off one Garnier Fructics shampoo or conditioner coupon found in most of today’s RedPlum inserts. When you checkout, you will get $3 back in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $1 per bottle when you buy two in total.

Oxi Clean Laundry Detergent

This week at both Walgreens and Rite-Aid, Oxi Clean laundry detergent is on sale for $3.99. Use the $3 off one Oxi Clean laundry detergent coupon found in most of today’s SmartSource inserts and you will get this item for 99 cents.

U By Kotex

This week at Walgreens, U by Kotex Fitness pads and tampons are on sale for $6.99. Use the $2 off one U by Kotex Fitness product coupon found in most of today’s SmartSource inserts. When you check out, you will also get 3,000 Balance Reward Points, which is the equivalent to $3 good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $1.99 for this item.

Windex

This week at Rite-Aid, Windex is on sale two for $6. Use the $1 off two Windex products coupon from the May 7 SmartSource. When you check out, you will also get 200 PlentiPoints, which is equivalent to $2 good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay $1.50 per container when you buy two in total.

Ziploc Bags

This week at Walgreens, Ziploc Slider storage bags and containers are on sale three for $6. Visit www.ziploc.com and click on “Coupons & Offers” to print out a coupon good for $1 off two Ziploc products. When you buy three, you will also get $3 back in Register Rewards good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just 67 cents per container when you buy three in total.

Coupon deals of week

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


            Blink RevitaLens

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods.

Blink RevitaLens

This week at Rite-Aid, Blink RevitaLens, is one sale for $7.99. Use the $3 off one Blink RevitaLens coupon found in most of today’s SmartSource inserts. When you check out, you will also get 200 PlentiPoints, which is equivalent to $2 good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay $2.99 for this item.

Colgate Toothbrush

This week at CVS, Colgate adult manual toothbrushes are on sale for $3.99. Visit www.colgate.com and click on “Special Offers” to print out a coupon for 75 cents off one Colgate 360 manual toothbrush. When you check out, you will also receive $2 in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay $1.24 for this item.

Centrum Vitamins

This week at Walgreens, Centrum vitamins are on sale for $6.99. Visit www.Walgreens.com/coupons and add a coupon good for $4 off this item. With this savings, you will pay $2.99 for this item.

Cheerios

This week at CVS, Cheerios cereal is on sale for $1.99. Visit www.tablespoon.com and click on “Coupons and Sales” to print out a coupon good for $1 off any type of Cheerios. With this savings, you will pay 99 cents for your box of cereal.

Glade Candle

This week at Walgreens, Glade candles are on sale two for $6. Use the $1 off two Glade products coupon from the April 9 SmartSource insert. When you check out, you will also receive $2 in Register Rewards good off your next purchase. This means that you will pay $1.50 per candle when you buy two in total.

Laundry Pods

This week at CVS, Tide Pods or Gain Flings laundry detergent pods are on sale for $3.94. Use the $2 off one Tide Pods or Gain Flings coupon found in most of today’s Procter & Gamble inserts. With this savings, you will pay $1.94 for this item.

Pantene Hair Care

This week at CVS, Pantene shampoos and conditioners were on sale three for $12. Use the $5 off three Pantene products coupon found in most of today’s Procter & Gamble inserts. When you scan your Extra Care Card at the Coupon Center located inside your local CVS store, you will also get a store coupon good for $2 off three Pantene products that you can use as well. With these savings combined, you will pay $1.67 per container when you buy three in total.

Revlon Nail Color

This week at CVS, Revlon nail color is on sale for $4.99. Although you will pay this price up front, when you check out, you will receive $3 in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With this savings factored in, you will ultimately get this item for $1.99.

Coupon deals of the week

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods.

Black Forest Candy

This week at Walgreens, Black Forest candy is on sale for $1.50. Although you will pay this price upfront, when you checkout you will get $1.50 back in Register Rewards good off your next purchase. With this savings factored in, you ultimately get this item for free.

Colgate Toothpaste

This week at Walgreens, Colgate Optic White toothpaste is on sale two for $8. Use two copies of the 50 cents off one Colgate Optic White, Enamel Health or Sensitive toothpaste coupon from the April 9 SmartSource insert. When you buy two, you will also get $4 back in Register Rewards good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $1.50 per container when you buy two in total.

Crest Mouthwash

This week at CVS, Crest mouthwash is one sale for $4.99. Use the $1 off one Crest mouthwash coupon from the April 2 Procter & Gamble insert. When you checkout, you will also get $2 back in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With these deals combined, you will pay just $1.99 for this item.

Irish Spring Body Wash

This week at Rite-Aid, Irish Spring body wash is on sale for $3.99. Use the $1 off one Irish Spring body wash coupon from the April 2 SmartSource insert. When you check out, you will also get 100 PlentiPoints good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will ultimately get this item for just $1.99.

L’Oreal Hair Care

This week at CVS, L’Oreal Ever Sleek shampoos and conditioners are on sale two for $15. Visit www.coupons.com and print out two copies of the $2 off one L’Oreal Ever product. When you buy $15 worth of this product, you will also receive $5 in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. When these savings are combined, you will pay just $4 per container when you buy two in total.

Revlon Nail Polish

This week at CVS, Revlon nail polish is on sale for $4.99. Although you will pay this price upfront, when you check out you will get $3 back in Extra Care Bucks, which is good off your next purchase. With this savings, you will ultimately get this item for $1.99.

Scope Mouthwash

This week at CVS, Scope mouthwash is on sale for $4.79. Visit www.coupons.com and print out a coupon good for 50 cents off one Scope mouthwash. When you check out, you will also get $3 in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $1.29 for this item.

Zantac Duo Fusion

This week at Rite-Aid, Zantac Duo Fusion is on sale for $8.99. Use the $4 off one Zantac Duo Fusion coupon from the March 26 SmartSource insert. When you check out, you will also get 200 PlentiPoints, which is the equivalent to $2 good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $2.99 for this item.

Zim’s Pain Relief

This week at Rite-Aid, Zim’s Max Freeze pain relievers are on sale for $5. Use the $2 off one Zim’s Max pain relief product coupon from the March 26 SmartSource. This will drop what you pay upfront to just $3. When you check out, you will get 500 PlentiPoints, which is equivalent to $5 good off your next purchase. When you factor in this savings, you not only get this item for free, but the store is actually paying you $2 to take it home with you.

Jessica Garringer is a bargain hunter, couponer and DIYer from the Beavercreek area. Contact her by e-mailing SavvySaverSavings@gmail.com.

Coupon deals of the week

Published: Saturday, April 08, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


            Zantac Duo Fusion

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods.

Arm & Hammer Spinbrush

This week at CVS, Arm & Hammer Spinbrush is on sale for $5.99. Visit www.ArmAndHammer.com and click on “Savings Center” to print out a coupon for $2 off one Arm & Hammer Spinbrush. When you check out, you will also receive $3 in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just 99 cents for this item.

Colgate Toothpaste

This week at Walgreens, Colgate Optic White toothpaste is on sale for $2.99. Use the $1 off one Colgate toothpaste coupon from the March 26 SmartSource insert. When you check out you will also get $2.50 in Register Rewards good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will ultimately get this item for free.

Garnier Hair Care

This week at Rite-Aid, Garnier Fructis shampoos and conditioners are on sale two for $7. Use two copies of the $2 off one Garnier shampoo or conditioner coupon found in most of today’s RedPlum inserts. When you buy two, you will also get 200 PlentiPoints, which is equivalent to $2 off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will ultimately pay just 50 cents per bottle when you buy two in total.

L’Oreal Hair Care

This week at CVS, L’Oreal Advanced shampoos and conditioners are on sale two for $8. Use the $4 off two L’Oreal Paris shampoos and conditioners coupon found in most of today’s RedPlum inserts. When you check out, you will get $2 back in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay $1 per container when you buy two in total.

Orbit Gum

This week at CVS, Orbit gum is on sale for $1. Although you will pay this price upfront, when you checkout you will receive $1 back in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. When you factor in this savings, you ultimately will get this item for free.

Propel Water

This week at CVS, Propel water is on sale two for $2. Although you will pay this price upfront, when you checkout you will receive $2 back in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. When you factor in this savings, you ultimately will get two bottles free.

Schick Razors

This week at Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS, Schick disposable razors are on sale for $5.99. Use the $4 off one Schick disposable razors coupon found in most of today’s SmartSource insert. With this savings, you will pay just $1.99 for this item.

Schwarzkopf Hair Color

This week at Rite-Aid, Schwarzkopf Ultime or Keratin hair colors are on sale for $9.99. Visit www.coupons.com and get a coupon for $7 off two Schwarzkopf hair colors. When you spend at least $15 on this product you will also get 500 PlentiPoints, which is equivalent to $5 off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $3.99 per container when you buy two in total.

Softsoap Body Wash

This week at CVS, Softsoap body wash is on sale two for $6. Use two copies of the 75 cents off one Softsoap body wash coupon from the March 26 SmartSource insert. When you buy two, you will also receive $2 in Extra Care Bucks, which is good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $1.25 per bottle when you buy two in total.

Zantac Duo Fusion

This week at CVS, Zantac Duo Fusion is on sale for $8.99. Use the $4 off one Zantac Duo Fusion coupon from the March 26 SmartSource insert. When you check out, you will also get $3 back in Extra Care Bucks good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay just $1.99 for this item.