If you’re a student, you’re qualified to get software’s for cheaper via an educational license. Students include those from elementary, high school, and college students. Age doesn’t matter – you just have to be a student.
Where do you get these software’s on the cheap? Places like Academic Superstore which cater to educational, non-profit, and library entities. As far as I know, this site is only for those in the United States but check for sites in your area that may cater to students and teachers specifically.
Here’s some price comparisons between Amazon and AcademicSuperstore (AS):
Photoshop Extended CS5 Teacher & Student Edition
Amazon ($208.98) AS ($198.95)
Amazon ($169.99) AS ($84.95)
Anime Studio Pro Version 6
Amazon ($128.48) AS ($89.95)
Be aware that the terms of usage may differ from the educational version versus the regular retailed version. For example, I know that the educational Photoshop software has a clause that states that you cannot use artwork made using that program for commercial purposes. be sure to do your research before you buy educational software if you’re interested in selling your digital works.