I hate buying things. I hate giving up my money. The solution? No, not stealing, that is illegal and although it may work, it'll catch up to you. My solution is simple. Freeware! Almost anything that you can think of or need is avalible onm the internet as a free program. Not that 10 day trial shareware, but free software that works very well. I have Spybot 1.4, Ad-Aware SE, CWS Shredder, Anti-Vir, PC Cleaner, Open Office, Mozilla Thunderbird, Opear 8.01, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape Navigator, dbPowerAmp, Winamp, iTunes, Cheeta Audio Converter, Wavepad, and the list goses on and on. Usually I'l find a program that I need in about an hour of internet surfing and program testing. Of course some of it takes alot longer, Open Office took about 1 and a half, but the rewards? Free software that works at par with retail software.
If I can't find the program and it is simple enough, like a calculator or something, I'll make it. Obviousely I can't make a program like Microsoft Office by myself, so I look for the eqivalent of that online. Simple stuff I make, RTF Editors and such, but I don't buy it. Free legitamate software.
Never buy something when you can find it for free. It may take some looking, but it is and always will be out there and you can find it. (Thank god for google)