I don't know anything about smart phones or apps, never having owned one, and this is something my age group loves doing (in addition to actually playing with eachother's phones). I don't see movies in the theater and by they time they are available cheaper I forget about them or have lost interest. I hate printing directions out (a GPS is actually something I'm going to invest in this year).
I don't know about the hottest, newest restaurants. I barely know about the darling (but always overpriced) boutique restaurants, other than the ones I've been dragged to. Concerts are not my thing. Unless there's a 75% chance I get to meet the artist, I don't even bother. Manicurist? What's that? I do my own manicures and pedicures...never had one professionally done in my 30 years.
Car loans? I'm still learning about my mortgage. Car leases? Hunh? I don't know anything about electronics past 1999. I'm worse than my parents...they have kindles and tablets...even my 9 year old niece. Meanwhile I still own the tv/vhs combo I inherited from my great grandmother when she died at 101, 10 years ago. I also still have my college laptop from 8 years ago and don't plan on getting another one until I go back to school in 2017. I use the family desktop for most of my internet'ing however.
I have an ipod, a gift from an exboyfriend from 6 years ago. It sill has the songs that he put on it, because I haven't really attempted to figure out how to change them.
You had me understanding / agreeing with your enjoyable role as a luddite until this part. I just don't get the 30 yrs old, owning own tv / pc / vhs (you have your own personal space), yet living at home(?) and going back to school in two+ years at age -- um -- 32??! vibe... are you getting some bad-ass life skills right now that balance out your choice to not be up to date on tech in the meantime?
There is more to MMM (like being a self sufficient, independent adult loaded with skills) than just not spending your own money while saving a lot. Are you able to stand on your own two feet without family, but are just choosing to save money by co-habitating? Maybe you only use the family desktop once a week when you bike over to your parents home for a visit or are a full time caregiver at home to someone who is disabled and I read this all the wrong way? Why so long until you go back to school? Please correct me!
I lived on my own most of my adult life, however I rented my house out about a year ago and moved in with my grandmother who lives in a 3 bedroom house by herself. She's self-sufficient but appreciates the company and help around the house. I do pay a nominal amount for rent and buy a lot of the household basics through my Costco membership. I get to hang out with granny (and my parents and sister live close by), while saving money. I wasn't looking to rent my house out until I had to leave to go to school in a different city however a random conversation with a coworker looking for a place to live with another coworker turned into me moving out, and them moving in, just a few short months later.
As to why I am waiting to go back to school, I have a bachelor's in English, but am attempting to change careers; however the career I want to change to (wildlife conservation) is not only competitive, but extremely low paying (I'm talking 50% less than what I can earn now). So because of that, and not wanting to take on student loans, I have to continue earning enough money to tie up some loose financial ends (pay off my mortgage, and save up a DP for a house in the city of the school I will need to attend). I would hardly call 32 ancient for going back to school. My best friend just got her BS last year at 29, and there are plenty of people much older than 32 attending college; get this, I'll be 35 by the time I get out...the horror! :)
As for skills I have been working the last 2 1/2 years part time at a zoo to reap as much experience as I can as job offers are based both on education and heaps of experience. I just had an interview last week for a position as an environmental education instructor, and have worked in numerous positions in the zoo over the years I've been there. I have more experience than most of the fresh-faced bio kids with their brand new science degrees. That being said I likely won't get the job due to my lack of science background, but seeing as how I never applied for it (I was scouted by the VP of the education department who consulted with my supervisor before sending me an email inviting me to apply), I consider just the fact that they would consider me despite my lack of appropriate education as a goodwill token that I am doing something right. So, because I'm going back to school to essentially earn less money, I'm not really all that in a hurry.
As for my lack of techy knowledge. It's one of my "weakest points" and something I hope to dust off for professional reasons. I get computers and basic programs just fine, but the more "accessory" type tech I just never was interested in using and therefore got left way behind. However it's a different world and I'm realizing more and more how customers and employers are expecting you to be more in the know.