This year is all about saving money every day while trying to increase your income potential. If you did one thing each day that could save as little as $5 over the course of a year, you could have an extra $1800 in your pocket at the end of the year. Not all of these tips may apply to you, so to keep it fair, not all of them will apply to me.

So today, a note popped up on my screen at work that said a worm had been detected and it needed to scan my computer right away. It was urgent, urgent I tell you! My computer was about to die! This is young on my face, not dumb. I hate scam pop-ups; I get at least one phone call every couple months from my mom, asking if she should click on the button. For goodness’ sake, NO!

It did, however, remind me that I am way overdue for a malware scan. A lot of scans are expensive, so my geek husband set us up with AdAware by Lavasoft. It has a free version, very reliable, highly praised. I set it up on my computer and away we went, scanning for any potential issues. One hour and seven minutes later, it had discovered and removed 33 cookies from the computer, but nothing major was wrong. Norton and McAfee cost $40 for one computer each year. Considering that we have four computers in our home, open source is a great deal. We save $160 a year, but you’ll save at least $40.

I use open source software for everything I can. On my mac I used Neooffice. On my Dell mini, I use Openoffice.org. Not having to pay for constant upgrades is a real bonus. Not having to pay for Microsoft products isn’t bad either.

Open source software saves me hundreds of dollars over the life course of a computer, and so far has been completely compatible with proprietary products. It’s good to save money.

365 Days of Saving Money: $2455 Annually (Running Total)