Christmas Already?

Last weekend the holidays were celebrated early in down town Reno.  The reason for the celebration was Reno’s annual Santa Crawl, and graduation for the University of Nevada occurred, of course.  Many millennials and people from Gen” X” celebrated this event.  Some graduates viewed it as the perfect celebration after graduation for all the hard work that the put into earning their degrees.

The Santa Crawl had over 50 bars who participate in the event.  All bars had specials on drinks and even created their own like the “peppermint candy cane” or “Reindeer sweat”. There were over 15,000 participants in the event, and at midnight everybody gathered under the biggest little city arch in downtown Reno.  Hotels offer many deals on their rooms.  The Cal-Neva had twenty-four dollar rooms for people who received their Facebook add.  I personally stayed in the Cal-Neva and the deal was unbeatable.  The rooms had been redone new carpet and paint, and the bathrooms were clean and worked great.  Having the room was extremely convenient after a long  night of celebrating.

 Many wise business owners made large profits off this event.  Several party stores sold out of the Santa costumes, reindeer costumes, and elf costumes.  Pharmacy stores like Walgreens purchased and sold Santa costumes before the event started for only fifteen dollars.  Many other businesses made sure to have their Christmas displays in the open to boost profits for the month as well.  Events like these should catch the eyes of business owners because they are a great way to make a quit profit off millinels and several other generations.

It’s the Season!

 

The weathers cold, it December, and Christmas is almost here.  This means there is a lot of shopping to be done between now and the 25th.  Now, that black Friday has passed, you would think the nightmare of extremely long lines would simmer down and the shopping nightmare would be over.  Wrong! The shopping season just continues to get crazier and crazier as the holiday seasons get closer.

Holiday season shopping can get hectic and crazy.  Most people already have enough to do when it comes to setting up their Christmas decorations, preparing a large dinner for the whole family, and looking forward to entertaining relatives and in-laws.  Christmas shopping just topples on to the stress and frustrations one can endure over the holidays.  The long lines, rude Christmas shoppers, the pushing and shoving to get that precious Christmas present that everyone desires, the hectic traffic, and the visits to multiple stores makes most people want to turn in to a Grinch!  Over black Friday this year, in Los Angeles, one shopper tried to get around the hectic Christmas shopping illegally by pepper spraying the lines in front of him so he could his hands on a $30 dollar video game.  This didn’t work out to well for him because he found himself in custody.

Since millennials are tech savvy, they choose avoid the hectic of Christmas shopping in a more legal way.  They choose to get their shopping on-line.  Not only can you avoid all the negative aspects that come along with getting out and going Christmas shopping, but you can do it with in the convenience of your very own computer chair.  This allows shoppers to visit many different stores and compare prices just with the click of a few buttons.  You can pay for your packages to even be wrapped and delivered to for your front door! Shopping on-line is also capable from smart phones which can make things even easier.  Shopping on-line also allows you to look at customer reviews so you that can find that significantly marked down flat screen TV that you were looking at buying may just be a big piece of junk!  On-line companies like Amazon.com have hundreds of great items on sale this year.  In conclusions on-line shopping is something millennials and many other people have picked up on because of the ease and convince of it.

Extreme Millennials

It’s that time of the year in northern Nevada and northern California, and the weather is getting cold!  that means snow is on its way and Millennial are preparing for an extremely popular past time.  This past time is skiing and snowboarding!  In all areas of the world where there are ski resorts, millennials flock to the hills.  These extreme sports fit right in with millennials need for thrill and excitement.  With the breath taking double black diamond ski runs and 40 foot ski jumps, millennials can fulfill their need for excitement. Skiing and snowboarding is also a great winter activity for millennials to enjoy with their good friends.  Skiing and snowboarding also offers millennials a chance to learn something new if they are not from an area that has ski resorts around.

In the Reno/Tahoe area, there are several ski resorts.  This opens up a huge market of millennials especially on the college campus.  Ski resorts set up tents on campus for students to sign up for their discounted season passes two months before the ski seasons are even open.  The student season pass are very affordable which makes them extremely popular in this area.  The University of Nevada, Reno even has their very own ski swap where discounted ski/snowboarding items are sold.  You can purchase a pair of skis or a snowboard for under $100.  At most ski resorts that is the cost to rent them for one day.

At many ski resorts there are a variety of activities to do, other than skiing or snowboarding.  Some resorts have large shopping centers where many unique outdoor items can be purchased.  Some resorts have ice skating rinks and sledding parks, which make perfect ideas for dates or just fun activities in general.  Many resorts have rentable cabins and condo near them which make great spots for millennials to enjoy small winter vacations too. In conclusion, winter activities may come a little pricey, but millennials can’t resist them with the price specials that are offered by the ski resorts.

Couch Surfing’s Appeal to Millennials

An increasingly popular site for Millennials is www.couchsurfing.org.  Couch Surfing International Inc. is a corporation out of San Francisco that offers its users hospitality exchange and social networking services.  Couch Surfing is operated in more than 3 million profiles in 246 countries and territories.  Couch surfing is free, and involves and entails staying on a local’s couch or in some ones guest room.  The site is a volunteer based global network where hosts and surfers can connect, create and view profiles, and exchange information to see if they would be a good fit for staying at each other’s residences.

Millennials started off on this site by using it to avoid paying rent and to avoid living in their parents basements.  Now, Millennials use this site frequently to give themselves the ability to travel without having to use their student loans.  I’ve personally have had a few friends use this site to travel to Europe and Asia.  My friends traveled for almost six months and didn’t pay a dime for hotel and boarding costs.  You should have concerns with who you stay with when using this site, but looking up peoples profiles and reviews help you select safe hosts.  This site connects the world’s travelers for free!

Many Millennials view the site as a way to create meaningful connections with the people and places they encounter, according to the website.  Millennials also feel rewarded when meeting other and helping others save money.  I believe the use of Couch Surfing is Millennials creative way to save money and adapt to the recession rather than live a less satisfying life.  Millennials tend to have low incomes and need sites like Couch Surfing for the luxuries of traveling.  In conclusion, this proves Millennials are economically sound, and can strike up real relationships with people outside of Facebook or Myspace.

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The Simple Life

It’s about time where a lot of our generation wants to explore the housing market. Generation “Y” doesn’t desire formal living rooms, throw pillows in every common room, the hot tube style bathtubs, and total dependence on a car.  I believe this is another way for Generation “Y” of expressing that they don’t want to live in their parents’ home, they’ve already experienced 18 years of that already!  One of the Key concerns for People from the Generation “Y” era is that they desire to walk everywhere.

Recent studies have shown that 13% of Millennials carpool to work, while 7% walk.  A lot of Millennials enjoy living around the downtown area in their cities because it has easy access to everything they need.  I know from personal experience, living near downtown in Reno, Nevada is extremely convenient!  You have the University of Nevada within walking distance which gives you the opportunity to not buy a very expensive parking pass, and gives you the luxury of sleeping in.  That’s really nice when you have early classes to attend to!  Also, on the weekends, when you desire to go get a drink at bar or night club you can walk home and avoid an expensive cab ride. 

Another advantage of living in a downtown area is that the grocery store, bank, gas stations, and many other preferred stores are all conveniently located within walking distance because downtown is the center of everything.  If you are a college student a lot of your college buddies probably live near or around your neighborhood.  I would have to say the only disadvantage of living near the downtown area is that all your friends who don’t live close decide to make your living room couch their homes on the weekends.

Outdoor space, if possible is also very important to have because Millennials enjoy having space for barbeques and friends.  They also enjoy the space for fire pits and outdoor games like horseshoes.  Extra rooms for fitness centers, game rooms and party rooms are important as well when Millennials are looking for housing.

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Smart Shoppers=Millennials

Millennials tend to be very smart shoppers.  Millennials live on low budgets, mainly because they are going through school and don’t have time to get good jobs.  Many millennial like myself, take part in coupon redemption and mailling lists. Redeeming coupons can save hundreds of dollars for food and items needed for around the house.  One of my favorite coupon redemptions is the Qdoba coupon on the back of the UNR football and basketball tickets.  These coupons can either be a 2 for 1 deal or $2 off deal.  So, essential you could get a gigantic burrito for $4 dollars there if you went with a friend.

Another tactic Millennials use to save money is shopping for furniture, or things for around the house at thrift stores.  Millennials save hundreds of dollars when doing this.  I recently purchased a slightly used couch at the Saint Vincent’s Thrift Store for under $100!  Millennial also save money at thrift stores by purchasing costume clothes and cheap dress up clothes.  Thrift stores like Savers have perfect dress clothes for events like sorority and fraternity dances. You can sometimes get an entire outfit for under $10 there!

Millennials are also very smart when it comes to grocery shopping.  Millennials usually prefer to shop at WinCo Foods or Wal-Mart. Both these stores have bathroom toiletries and food at outrageously cheap prices. You can almost get triple the amount of items at Wal-Mart then you would get at Raley’s, for the same price.  Millennial also understand that the off brands are virtually the same thing as the actual brands.  For example, Captain Crunch and Admirals Crunch have a price difference of $2 dollars, but take exactly the same!  In conclusion, when it comes to living off virtually nothing, and recognizing sales and good deals, Millennials have it down!

Stress- The Factor That Drives Millennials Crazy!

Millennials are a very unique generation that enjoys being involved in clubs, sports, multiple classes, working, watching their favorite TV shows, and starting a small businesses all at the same time.  This has millennial undergoing a lot of stress in their lives.  Millennials are also very concerned about surviving through life day by day because they are young and mostly live college life styles.  This can potentially cause a lot of stress-related headaches.  Perfectionism and always trying to impress people is also a major cause of stress for Millennials.  If they’re not getting a 4.0 GPA to show their parents, they feel ashamed.  Getting all A’s and maintaining a good social life is very stressful no matter what generation your from.

Some Millennials deal with stress by thinking there being productive.  So Millennials like to do a lot but accomplish little.  For example, my roommate likes to multitask.  He likes to watching TV while concurrently writing a paper, texts friends, and browse the internet on his Iphone all at the same time.  Actions like theses may make you feel productive when you really aren’t being productive at all.  Multitasking may help you avoid some stress, but it could also affect your grades and social skills.

Stress also causes Millennials to not to commit to solid plans.  Many Millennials like to keep their options open for as long as they can for school events and social events.  Millennials don’t like to create set plans for reason such as forgetting an important date on the calendar and needing to cancel last minute, or if a major project comes up that will require a lot of their extra time.  Having a flexible schedule can help Millennials avoid stress but it also makes them seem unreliable.

When dealing with stress Millennials should just take it on head first.  They should use their stress to motivate themselves to complete all their tasks presented to them.  As a Millennial, you should also put your priorities first and complete your most important tasks before others, even if it means eliminating some of your free time.  Finally, just do your best and if you have any questions, comments, on concerns, just make a comment below!