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Hit the Save Button with Software Deals: Free Quickbooks, Microsoft Office 365

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If tax time has you stressed, or your computer's acting up like a child throwing a temper tantrum, you have two options: fight or flight. We suggest the former, and we've got just the weapons you need! These software deals can help straighten your finances, knock out viruses, and help you update your arsenal of creative tools.

  1. Microsoft Office 365 University 3-Month Subscription for Windows and Mac bundled with 20GB of SkyDrive Storage
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: Free
    Expires: May 12

    Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice deal is geared towards students and means micro prices (as in free) on Microsoft software. And it's the best deal we've seen on these services. Office 365 streams full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. Plus, with this suite, several people can create, collaborate and edit full Office documents remotely. SkyDrive allows users to make changes at the same time on the same document, in real time. Note that an Internet connection and .edu email address are required.

  2. Intuit QuickBooks Online SimpleStart for Windows and Mac
    Store: newegg
    Price: $0 via $90 mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Lowest By: $80
    Expires: March 18

    Is It Worth It?: Free. Diddly squat. Bupkis. Ask yourself if that computes, then dive in on this Editors' Choice deal that comes just in time for tax season. This software allows you to monitor sales and expenses, track data online from a PC, Mac, or mobile phone, and more. The QuickBooks line gets high marks from financial professionals, but remember what your CPA would say: a) don't forget the $90 mail-in rebate and b) file on time — that is, take advantage of this rebate before it expires on March 18.

  3. Panda Security Antivirus Pro 2013 3-User for Windows
    Store: newegg
    Price: $2 profit via coupon code "VMEPROMOMAR13" and $20 mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Lowest By: $27
    Expires: March 14

    Is It Worth It?: Theoretically you could buy this software, never use it, and still come out ahead: How's that for an Editors' Choice? To get this deal and score $2 profit, you must apply the coupon code "VMEPROMOMAR13", checkout via V.me by Visa, then fill out this $20 mail-in rebate. Features of this software include antivirus/firewall functions, a multimedia/gaming mode, home network manager, Panda safe browser, and more.

  4. The Spring 2013 10-App Bundle Downloads for Mac
    Store: StackSocial
    Price: $50
    Lowest By: At least $67
    Expires: March 23

    Is It Worth It?: As Apple-related bargains go, this one rocks: It's $67 below the best price we could find for just three programs elsewhere. It features 10 apps including Roxio Toast 11, LaunchBar, Animationist, iFinance, and more, valued at more than $390. We're big fans of Roxio Toast 11 Titanium, which makes it easy to capture, burn, convert, copy, and share digital media. As for Animationist, it helps you prepare title art for your YouTube videos, iMovie or Final Cut projects, as well as showcase videos, and TV broadcasts.

  5. Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription for Windows and Mac
    Store: Adobe
    Price: $29.99 per month with a 1-year contract

    Is It Worth It?: Are you ready to create? Here's an deal that's tied with our mention from three weeks ago as the lowest per-month price we've seen for this digital editing suite subscription. It includes access to all Adobe Creative Suite 6 apps, as well as online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing in the form of 20 GB of cloud storage. The deal is for existing users of CS3 or later, and after the first year, the rate jumps to the standard price of $49.99 per month.


Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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