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.

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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!

Millennials and Fraud On-line

On-line fraud has been an extremely large issue over the past decade for Millennials. Every now and then I will get obvious fraudulent e-mails that say something like, “You’ve one a billion dollars, click here to receive your prize.” Emails like that, typically aren’t the issue for me or most of my generation because we know offers like those are way too good to be true. It is false e-mails sent from a friends of ours name, which sometimes can be tricky. Also, some scammers have even created false on-line shopping sites to help them steal your credit card information. Scammers create false websites that imitate sites like Amazon.com, which have functional shopping carts and check out pages where your personal information is stolen. Millenials have lost thousands of dollars from operations like these.

Currently, research has shown that the majority of Millennials are concerned about being scammed online. A study from Mashable, showed that 62% of Millennials (ages 18 to 24) are worried about their personal information being abused and misused on-line. For being such a tech savvy generation, we are still just as vulnerable as every other generation when it comes to on-line scams. Since, so many Millennials have smart phones these days, they are even more vulnerable to scammers when they make purchases from them, make banking transactions, and when they conduct their social media sites. Many mobile service companies offer fraud protection programs and virus protection downloads for smartphones. This is something Millennials should seriously consider before conducting personal activities on their phones.

Some tips to help avoid on-line fraud consist of not trusting any site that calms to be secure. You should also send an e-mail to the seller to make sure the e-mail address is active and legitimate. Make sure to never give out your credit card number on-line unless the site is a secure. Finally, make sure that you are buying merchandise from a justifiable source, and also be cautious and aware when dealing with your personal information.

The Sharing and Caring Generation

Generation “Y” is a very involved and caring generation. For many of us growing up, awards and prizes have even been given to people who came in 12th place, so we know how it feels to always receive something nice. Generation “Y” workers seek to balance work and life, and want to give back to the community. Generation “Y” doesn’t want to just give money to support a cause. They want to actually help out, and give to those that are less fortunate with their tools and skills that they have. Generation “Y” also helps the less fortunate because it is just the right thing to do. So, whether it’s working with the Salvation Army, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, American Red Cross, or can food drives, we want to be part of helping others.

Many people from my generation helped rebuild homes in New Orleans after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. This help thousands of people recover from their losses in New Orleans. Generation “Y” also believes in joining socially responsible companies. This means that Generation “Y”is researching companies through networking, and keeping an eye out for companies environmental track records.  Generation “Y” is also very aware of global warming and take many steps forward to help decrease the factors that contribute to global warming.

Generation “Y” is also very interest in ethics and civil rights. Generation “Y” expects organizations to have a code of ethics that is actually practiced on the workforce, rather than just talked about. Generation “Y” believes in diversity, and diverse workforces. Like plenty of research has shown, people from Generation “Y” are motivated by opportunity for advancement, a company’s involvement in the community, and ethical companies. Generation “Y” believes in helping and giving to the needy, supporting companies/organizations who like to help, and making the world a better place.