Staying up to date with technology and modern trends can be a bit overwhelming, especially for Baby Boomers. But don’t worry; it’s never too late to embrace the digital age – it makes your life more convenient. In this cheat sheet, we’ve compiled twelve simple comparisons that can help Boomers get with the times.
From payment methods to entertainment choices, these tips will help you navigate the modern world effortlessly. So, let’s get right to it – there’s no time to waste!
Venmo vs. Checks
Instead of writing and mailing physical checks and depending on snail mail, try Venmo—a user-friendly mobile app for sending money to friends and family. It’s quick, secure, and eliminates the need for paper checks.
Digital Coupons vs. Paper Coupons
Swap the scissors for your smartphone and use digital coupons from apps like Ibotta or RetailMeNot. Save money and reduce clutter by going paperless. You won’t have to lug around a coupon book, and you’ll always have those money savers on you!
E-books vs. Hardcover Books
Embrace digital reading with e-books. You can carry an entire library on your tablet or e-reader, and you’ll never run out of space for your favorite titles. Don’t worry – you can keep those printed classics on the bookshelf!
Streaming Services vs. Cable TV
Cut the cord and subscribe to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Hulu. You’ll have access to a vast library of shows and movies without the hassle of cable contracts.
Smart Thermostats vs. Manual Thermostats
Upgrade your home with a smart thermostat like Nest. These devices can save energy and money by adjusting the temperature automatically based on your preferences. And they now offer more tips to conserve energy!
Mobile Banking vs. Visiting the Bank
Ditch long bank lines and start using mobile banking apps. You can check balances, transfer funds, and even deposit checks from the comfort of your home.
Video Calls vs. Phone Calls
Connect with loved ones face-to-face, even if they’re far away, using video calls on platforms like Zoom or FaceTime. It’s a more personal way to stay in touch.
Food Delivery Apps vs. Phone Orders
Ordering food has never been easier. Use apps like Uber Eats or DoorDash to have your favorite meals delivered to your doorstep hassle-free. And restaurant apps offer rewards programs that can save you money!
Digital Calendars vs. Paper Planners
Sometimes, seeing all your appointments right in front of you on that day planner feels good. But you can stay organized with digital calendars like Google Calendar or Apple’s Calendar app on your phone. Set reminders and sync your schedule across devices for convenience.
Fitness Apps vs. Gym Memberships
Maintain an active lifestyle by trying fitness apps like MyFitnessPal or Nike Training Club. These apps offer workout routines and tracking features to help you stay in shape. Some apps provide basic versions without paying a dime.
Ridesharing vs. Taxis
Say goodbye to traditional taxis and hail rides with apps like Uber or Lyft. They provide real-time tracking and cashless payments for a seamless experience.
Social Media vs. Letters
Stay connected with friends and family through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Share photos, updates, and memories instantly and have the entire family updated in minutes.
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Karee Blunt is a nationally syndicated travel journalist, focused on discovering destinations and experiences that captivate and inspire others through her writing. She is also the founder of Our Woven Journey, a travel site focused on inspiring others to create memory-making adventures with their loved ones. Karee is passionate about encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and live the life they dream of. She is the mother of six kids, including four through adoption, and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Karee on her about me page.