On my newest laptop I resisted the urge to purchase the Microsoft Office suite. Instead I've installed the free LibreOffice suite. So far on the few occasions I've needed it LibreOffice has done the job.
I still use the previous laptop, my workhorse computer with Office installed. for most of my business type work.
LibreOffice isn't the only option. There's a useful review of alternatives at 9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office.