Let’s face it, some programs are just too expensive for you to splurge on. Sure they’d be nice to have, but do you need them? Especially when sometimes the price is too high to justify.
Besides, you’re saving all of your money for an iPad, which you totally need.
Here are some free substitute programs for those popular, big-ticket ones:
When you need to compress a file, but don’t want to spend $30, try PeaZip.
I’m not sure why MobileMe is so expensive, especially after you buy pricey Apple products, but you can try Google Sync to sync your Gmail, calendar and contacts.