We try to primarily highlight freeware here on Lifehacker, but occasionally you need a piece of software that costs a pretty penny. Remember: Just because you can't get an app for free doesn't mean you can't still get it on the cheap.
A lot of people take the BitTorrent route when they're stuck between a rock and their wallet, but rather than using pirated software, weblog Digital Inspiration suggests a few solid tips for finding software deals on the internet. It's a fairly comprehensive post, and some of the suggestions are obvious, but we like a few tips in particular. For example:
If there is a software program that you want to purchase, go to the manufacturer's website and subscribe to their email lists and also follow their blog, Twitter feed, or Facebook page. Many companies regularly post deals and offers through these channels so you can be the first one to find about new deals.
Everyone's looking to "leverage social media" these days, and Twitter's full of promotions from software creators. You can even set up a separate group in a Twitter application like previously mentioned TweetDeck that contains all your deal-tracking feeds so you don't have to clutter up your personal feeds with your attempts at money-saving.
Hit up the full post for more great suggestions, then let us know how you get the most from your dollar when you have to shell out cash for an application—or operating system—in the comments.
How to Buy Genuine Software Online for Less [Digital Inspiration]