I have Microsoft Visio and Project at work. I realized that by having them at home, I could get more work done (assuming I actually want to, of course). So I started looking for a way to get these packages without spending an arm and a leg. I can’t purchase the academic versions because I’m not a student (and my karma won’t let me live with myself).
It turns out that Microsoft has a purchasing program for organizations that license with them. It’s called the Employee Purchase Program. If you have software at work that you could use on your home computer, then this is definitely worth a look. I’m not providing the web site because each organization has a unique program identifcation code. But I can tell you that the prices are much more reasonable than retail. I managed to purchase both Visio and Project 2003 for my home computer at prices almost comparable to the volume license costs at work.