1. Making sure you were glued in front of the TV on Thursday nights. Fox Television/ George Lange / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images /Hulton Archive It was the best night for TV. Living Single aired on Fox, while NBC had its Must-See TV lineup, which really was all about Friends and Seinfeld; with the latter being the REAL watercooler show everyone talked about the next day. 2. Taking photos with your friends at the portrait studio in the mall (on a very regular basis). View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined Obviously there was no Insta or filters, and digital cameras were not really a thing. So in order to ensure great pics you'd take them at the mall with your friends (sometimes even coordinating with outfit colors, etc.). 3. Then trading those mall photos with other friends. Maisey Yates @maiseyyates Mr. Yates SAYS there’s a story behind this very 90s pic. I prefer to think him and his friend were walking through the mall in their SICK Quicksilver clothes and thought: IMPROMPTU JC PENNEY PORTRAIT STUDIO PHOTO SHOOT TIME! 02:30 PM - 16 Apr 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite You'd get those photos printed in wallet size prints and then you'd share or trade them with friends (sorta like high school Pokémon). 4. Carrying around day planners. etsy.com These were basically like a primitive smart phone (LOL). Not only did you have everyone's phone number, address, and email address written in them, but, you also carried around all those wallet size photos of your friends in there. 5. Accessorizing your pager. forums.vwvortex.com, picclick.com Cell phones were still pretty expensive, so most teens stuck with beepers, which you would, of course, accessorize with chains and colorful cases that coordinated with your outfit. 6. Begging your parents for your own line. Nancy Honey / Getty Images That was the ultimate "status" symbol! Also, you of course actually wanted to talk with your friends for hours on the phone back then. One big thing about having your own line was that your parents would usually impose a "no calls after 9:00 p.m." rule. 7. Waiting in long lines to buy concert tickets (in person). Steve Eichner / Getty Images Getting good seats for a popular concert usually meant having to go down to your local Ticketmaster or the venue and waiting in line to buy them in person. But, you could take your friends with you and make it into a thing! 8. Watching The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and having all sorts of fan theories about them. Deborah Feingold / Getty Images, Getty Images Kids today have Sabrina and Stranger Things, back in the day these were your spooky shows you couldn't get enough of. 9. Having big CD collections and showing them off in a CD tower that you would place in the corner of your room. Ted Thai / The LIFE Picture Collection via, theatlanticstore.com The bigger the collection the better! 10. Joining random chat rooms and pretending to be someone else just to fit in. Twitter: @the90slife You were bored and curious about what the hell people were talking about. 11. Having an email address name that didn't even include your name (usually something cutesy like: email@example.com) — also, rarely checking your email. David Corio/Redferns People rarely sent emails, so you really didn't have a reason to check it. Also, half the time you'd forget your password and would have to create a whole new email address. 12. Having like 10 different magazine subscriptions. Entertainment Weekly, YM The internet was still in its early days and magazines, along with TV, were really the only way to keep up with pop culture. 13. Buying magazines dedicated to celeb style or haircuts. Twitter: @Aaliyah_Spain, famousfix.com Again, the internet was still in its early days, so if you wanted to show a picture to your hairstylist of a celeb hairstyle you wanted, you probably would need to rip it out of the magazine. Also, these magazines were the only place you could get a tutorial on how to replicate a look. 14. Watching viral videos on VHS tapes. 3monkeysandafootball / youtube.com And you usually heard about these videos through word of mouth. Then you'd have to find someone who actually had a copy of it in order to see it. 15. Carrying around your discount cards with you at all times. reddit.com It did make you feel VIP when you'd save 50 cents on a soda at the movies. 16. Buying bottled Starbucks Frappuccinos. Rob Loud / Getty Images There weren't as many Starbucks around back then as there are today (and in some towns and cities none at all), so it was just easier to buy cases of Starbuck Frappuccinos at the grocery store and take one with you to school in the morning. 17. Going to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at least once with your friends. Michael Ochs Archives It was always a fun event (whether you were a fan of the film or not). 18. Going to swing-themed parties. Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag Everyone had at least one friend in the late '90s that threw themselves a swing dance-themed birthday party. 19. Feeling special because you ordered clothes from catalogs. deliascatalogs.tumblr.com Hard to believe, but there was a time you were stuck buying clothes only from the stores around you. Retailers like Delia's and Alloy allowed you to buy cool clothes that were unique and not everyone else could get (unless they bought it through the catalog too). Plus, they showed you how to style all the new looks. 20. Wearing clothes with large designer logos on it. etsy.com, etsy.com It was all about sporting clothes with the logos of Calvin Klein Jeans, Polo Sport, DKNY, and Tommy Hilfiger. 21. Wearing wide-leg jeans. etsy.com Unlike the baggy jeans of the early '90s, these actually fit your waist. The only problem was that you would constantly step on the bottom of them and they would get all ratty. 22. Looking at porn either in a magazine or watching it on a VHS tape. Universal Pictures Those were basically your only two options. Well, you also had the distorted porn channel. 23. Taking the majority of your personal photos with a disposable camera. Science & Society Picture Librar / Getty Images Good cameras were expensive and probably only something your parents would own, these were a cheap and convenient alternative — even if it didn't take the "best" photos. 24. Wearing only silver jewelry. deliascatalogs.tumblr.com Gold was considered gaudy. 25. Wearing Adidas sandals with white socks. http://ttps://zappos.com It was a look! Also, it usually got your socks all dirty by third period. 26. Having skincare routines that involved lots of astringents. Chris Hattings/ youtube.com walmart.com Basically you knew it was working if it both stung and dried out your skin. Also, they always smelled like alcohol. 27. Wanting a 3-CD drawer changer stereo for your room. VWestlife / youtube.com Having a stereo system that played more than one CD was actually pretty luxe. 28. Picking up your free local alt-weekly newspaper every Thursday. bobdylan-comewritersandcritics.com It had everything you needed to know for the weekend: movie listings and times, concerts happening, etc. 29. Buying pricey imported CD singles from artists you really liked. South China Morning Post / South China Morning Post via Get They always came with B-sides or remixes you wouldn't be able to get any other way. 30. Hanging out at Barnes and Noble for hours. Star Tribune Via Getty Images / Getty Images Literally, you'd sit on a couch and read every magazine (especially the pricey import ones). 31. Making sure you had lots of extra blank VHS tapes on hand. etsy.com There were no DVRs back then and if you wanted to watch something later or over again you had to tape it. Also, if you knew how to program your VCR, you were really living the good life, 'cause you didn't have to be home to watch something (revolutionary). 32. Trying to decorate your room like something out of Friends or The Real World. NBC / Getty Images The home designs on the shows were truly GOALS. 33. Making sure you took your portable CD player with you whenever you were going on long car trips. http://ttps://etsy.com It was truly a lifesaver, of course you also had to make sure you also took extra AA batteries with you too. 34. Giving your parents the phone number for whichever friend's house you were going to go hang out at. Mark Peterson / Getty Images Otherwise there was no real way for them to reach you (especially if you didn't have a beeper). And nothing was more embarrassing than if they actually called. 35. And finally, going to Blockbuster with your friends or family. Boston Globe / Getty Images There was something so satisfying about going there and walking around the aisles and looking at all the different titles (even though most of the time you just ended up renting the same movie again).