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We used to... Stand on street corners, looking forlornly at passing cabs
Now we... Call Uber
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Uber is an app that connects you with private drivers who will pick you up and drop you off at your convenience. Just open the app, request a car and your chauffeur will text you to confirm pickup (typically within a few minutes).
We used to... Check jcrew.com daily to see if that sundress had dropped in price
Now we... Just Hukk it
Hukkster is a website that alerts you to sales on items you’ve got your eye on. All you have to do is add a little widget to the corner of your Web browser. (It’s easy, we promise.) Then, whenever you see a product that’s just a hair too expensive, click said widget. You’ll be instantly notified when the item goes on sale.
We used to... Brave the lines (and economy-sized cereal boxes) at Costco or Sam’s Club
Now we... Shop for stuff we need with Boxed
Boxed is an app for buying bulk items at wholesale prices. (Think an 80-pack of K-Cups for $44 or 36 rolls of Charmin toilet paper for $22.49.) There are no membership fees. Plus, first-time orders and any orders over $75 ship free in two days or less, straight to your door.
We used to... Owe our friends money after a night on the town
Now we... Venmo them ASAP
Venmo is a lifesaver for those of us who don’t carry cash. (What? ATM fees are expensive!) Once you securely link up your bank account, you can instantly exchange funds with any other user, totally free of charge. Conversely, pals can Venmo you money, which you can then transfer back to your bank.
We used to... Schlep to the framer every time we got a new lithograph
Now we... Head to the online framing shop Framed & Matted
Framed & Matted is great. Simply enter the dimensions of the item you want to frame, choose your frame color and material, then play around with matt size. Once you’ve settled on a look, place your order and voilà: Your custom frame will arrive in under a week.
We used to... Mix up our birth control and our thyroid medication (oops)
Now we... Take the right pill at the right time, thanks to PillPack
This new online pharmacy mails your meds in presorted daily packages with clear instructions about what to take when.
We used to... Think a lot about donating to worthy causes
Now we... Actually donate to worthy causes, with the help of CharitySub
This monthly subscription service forces you to donate to one charity each month. After billing your credit card for $5 every 30 days, CharitySub gives you the option of donating to one of three nonprofits, ranging from a foundation that funds Down’s syndrome research to a rehabilitation center for injured animals.
We used to... Resign ourselves to never learning Italian
Now we... Totally parliamo Italiano, thanks to Duo Lingo
Duo Lingo turns learning (or brushing up on) a language into a game. Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening and translation challenges--but it’s as addictive as Candy Crush.
Things that were good about the “good old days”: More human interaction, fewer robot telemarketers.
Things that were bad about the “good old days”: No Google. No GPS. No Spanx.
As you can see, we’re all about innovation here at PureWow. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite new services that have totally changed the way we live--from the app for paying back your pals to the online pharmacy that presorts your medication.
Check out our list here. Then see if you’re still so committed to that doggone nostalgia.
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