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Five Things to Do the Old-Fashioned Way

Five Things to Do the Old-Fashioned Way
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BY NINA MALKIN

Thereai??i??s an app for that, a website for this and a ai???smartai??? device for virtually anything. So itai??i??s often a point of pride for 50+ers to flex our tech savvy. Yet we may be better off tackling some everyday tasks with analogue equipmentai??i??i.e., our brain, our body. See below, and before you grab a gadget consider an old-school approach. The benefits? Everything from saving money and getting better service to enhancing relationships and improving health.

In-Store Specials. Buying with a mouse click is convenientai??i??until you return an item multiple times to obtain what you couldai??i??ve gotten right the first time at a brick and mortar store. Whatai??i??s more, trawling aisles and toting packages counts as exercise. Learn how many calories youai??i??ll burn on various shopping trips with the calculator here: www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-fitness-calorie-counter. Finally, old school shopping keeps businesses alive in the communityai??i??for me, that means weekly visits to an amazing mom and pop produce market in my neighborhood. I get incredible bargains and enjoy the sensual pleasure of choosing my own fruits and veggies. Beat that, Fresh Direct!

Hotel Help. When I decided to treat my mom to a seaside getaway, I hit those travel sites that promise super savings. None offered great deals, so I got inspired to call the hotel directly. No surprise, the first phone number I found online was for a national reservation service, but scrolling down yielded the contact info I wanted. During a pleasant conversation, the on-site human being asked, ai???Would you like me to see if we have any special promotions for that room?ai??? Indeed I did, and scored a $30 discount, a $30 dinner voucher, 15 percent off any spa service and a complimentary cocktail. Cheers!

Ask Around. Have you always depended on the kindness of strangers? Didnai??i??t think so. Why, then, take their advice? The Web abounds with reviews of everything from products to service providersai??i??and itai??i??s not a bad place to start. But your best bet for recommendations is people you know and trust. Asking friends, family, neighbors and business associates will garner great counsel; itai??i??ll also improve your rapport with these folks by showing the high esteem you have for their opinion. Bonus tip: When traveling, chat up locals to discover the best pub, burger joint or music venue in town.

Animal Act. Savvy pet owners know veterinarians routinely charge a large markup on pet meds. So, yes, itai??i??s cheap and easy to purchase regular remedies, such as flea and tick prevention, from your favorite online discount pharmacy. Still, it can be wise to buy from the doc. For instance, websites wonai??i??t break up dosages, while your vet can sell you the exact amount Fluffy needsai??i??saving you money. Plus, your vet will offer instruction on administering meds, explain potential side effects and otherwise guide you to help your furry friend get well. Thatai??i??s called serviceai??i??and itai??i??s a value. Bottom line: Vets are aware theyai??i??ve got competition from websites and may work with you on price. Use your smart phone to check costs of a medication and see if your practice will match it, or at least forgo the dispensing fee. Bonus tip: Discuss prices with the office manager, not the doc.

Check It Out. Nearly 40 percent of adultsai??i??and over 25 percent of us age 55 to 64ai??i??never write checks (go here for full poll results: where can i buy clomid pills, acquire lioresal. www.gobankingrates.com/checking-account/internet-killed-traditional-checking-personal-check/). Are online bill pay and peer-to-peer payment apps easy and expedient? Clearly, yes. But are they foolproof? Not on your life. Technical glitches and security breeches happenai??i??yet customers are likely to blame themselves, not their bank. No wonder MyBankTracker.com still recommends balancing your accounts the old-fashioned way, with a pen and check register (go here for full article: www.mybanktracker.com/news/2013/01/22/balance-checkbook/). Not only will writing down every transaction ensure you know what youai??i??ve got and what youai??i??ve spent, it will keep your second grade math skills sharp. Thatai??i??s right, challenge yourself to add and subtract without a calculator.

 

 

 

 

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