Pour it Up, Pour it Up–How Millennials Spend on Their Vices

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Despite how grim a young professional New Yorker’s bank account might be looking on any given week, happy hour is a must. It’s not a practice; it’s a way of life. We budget our discretionary funds appropriately so we can hit up a good happy hour at least once per week and boozy brunch like bosses on the weekend.

It makes sense that this is the norm among my circle friends. Budget tracking app Level Money did an analysis of anonymous data from January to June 2014 and found that millennials in Massachusetts, Colorado and New York, in that order, are the top spenders at bars and liquor stores. (The fact that $15 cocktails are the norm in the city probably doesn’t help matters.) Millennials in more conservative states keep themselves a bit more sober, with Mississippi and Alabama rounding out the bottom for boozy purchases.

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I’m Still Here!

Dear readers, I haven’t neglected this blog. I still love reading, researching and writing about millennials. I’ve just had a lot on my plate the last couple months, but I’m making an effort to update much more frequently! Thanks so much for reading.

Leave Tips for What?! Millennial Dining Habits

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I get it—we’re poor. But if we have enough money to dine out, we should probably be tipping accordingly, am I right?

Approximately one-third of US millennials don’t. According to a recent online survey by Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Michelin, 30% of Americans between 18 and 34 admit they usually tip less than 15% of a bill for good service. (Note: Thatz not okay. The Emily Post Institute, and well, society, says you should leave 15%.) The majority—70%—of Americans usually tip between 15% and 20% for good service, with those who are older than 65 driving this customary behavior. Millennials are least likely of all age groups to tip within the 15% to 20% range. Just 55% do it regularly.

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Millennial Ladies Love Their Ink

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As a preteen, the word “tattoo” struck anxiety into my mousy little heart. It was synonymous with the following words: “Pirate,” “Miscreant,” “Biker.” Why would anyone get inked up if they had a legitimate job to go to each day?

The day my eldest sister came home proudly displaying her tattoo of a hummingbird fluttering around a flower, I was in shock. She was an adult, but I felt scared for her … like she had done something so, so transformative that would negatively impact every facet of her life from then on out.

I was wrong, obviously.

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When Social Media Invokes Sadness

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My dear friends, I apologize for neglecting this blog for the last month or so. I’ve been traveling quite a bit. I just got back last night from visiting my BFF in Shanghai, which was a treat. She and I hadn’t seen each other in a whole year, so it was great to spend a lot of time doing what we do best when we’re together–bursting into random fits of laughter and analyzing what was, what is and what will be.

In particular, we had a really interesting conversation about what drives people our age to succeed and what brings others down. I brought up social media, as I always do.

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