And let's not forget the various free alternatives, such as Google Docs, LibreOffice and WPS Office.
All that being said, some people have a particular need for Microsoft's suite -- and if you're one of them, you might as well try to score a deal. Like this one: Today only, Amazon is offering a $50 gift card when you purchase a 12-month Office 365 Home subscription for $99.99. That's for a digital download.
This version supports up to six users, and they don't all have to be in your house. Each person gets a 1-terabyte OneDrive cloud account, which is definitely one of the bigger value-adds here.
You also get Publisher, which is one of the few remaining desktop-publishing tools, and Outlook, one of the few remaining full-featured mail clients.
The regular $100 annual price bugs me. I'd really like to see Microsoft drop it to $50 -- but that would be unparalleled, so we have to settle for sales like these.
Blue Yeti USB microphone: $70 (save $49)
A good microphone is essential for everything from podcasting to Skype calling, and Blue makes some of the best consumer mics out there. They can be a little pricey, though.
Ah, but this: For a limited time and while supplies last, BuyDig has the Blue Yeti USB microphone in Steel Red (drool) for $69.99 when you apply promo code MICD. Price elsewhere (including Amazon) for this color: $119. The black one can often be found for $100.
This attractive desktop mic works with PCs and Macs and supports four recording patterns. I haven't used one myself, but the user reviews everywhere you look are overwhelmingly positive.
Definitely Cheapskate approved.
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