Millennials Embrace High-Low Budgeting

High-Low BudgetingMillennials are savvy shoppers and are often smart about their spending. They research items before they buy them, get their friends’ opinions, find the best deals, and search for discounts or coupons. However, they’re also interested in luxury items and to make such purchases, they embrace high-low budgeting. This means, they’ll splurge on items they really want, such as a tablet or handbag, but they’ll shop at more affordable stores, make their own items, and prepare their own food in an effort to cut back on spending. According to Ypulse research among 1200 14-34-year-olds, 51% say they’re sometimes willing to splurge on luxury items, but they always buy inexpensive items to balance it out. We’ve been noticing this behavior which reflects how resourceful Millennials are and how they’ve adapted in today’s economy.

For example, technology is of huge importance to Millennials and they’re willing to buy the latest devices, which they consider crucial for entertainment and communication purposes. They’re also willing to splurge on some staple clothing items that they know they’ll get plenty of use out of. They’ll even buy designer items on occasion, however, they’re highly aware of how to do so in the most affordable way. They embrace flash deal sites like HauteLook and Gilt Groupe, where they can buy such items for less. They also pay close attention to when stores offer free or reduced shipping and when coupon codes are available. In fact, 43% say they won’t buy an item online if they can't get free shipping.

Additionally, they’re interested in designer collaborations for less such as Target for Neiman Marcus, which enable them to have a taste of luxury in an affordable way. They’ll also buy inexpensive basics at mass merchandisers such as Target or Walmart, trendy items at fast…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “My dream car has always been a Chevy Silverado. After I have paid off all of my debt including student loans I will save to pay cash for the truck I want. I have a 3 1/2 year plan to pay off my debt and if I then take the money I am paying towards my debts and keep saving I should be able to buy my truck 1 year after that.” –Female, 22, OR

The mall doesn’t hold the same place in American culture it did twenty years ago, but it may still play a role in teen shopping tastes. A Teen Vogue survey reports that teen girls still like shopping in malls, with 65% of 16-26-year-old females saying they will do the majority of their holiday shopping in store. The top reasons they preferred mall shopping to online were seeing products in person, hanging out with friends, and bonding with their moms. (Awww.) 61% say they create their own wishlists by walking through the mall as well. (Chain Store Age)

Start hoarding bourbon. In 2015, the smooth spirit will be more expensive, thanks in large part to its popularity with Millennial consumers. Domestic bourbon sales have increased 36% in five years, and some distilleries are rationing their bottles for the first time since Prohibition. How’s that for the power of the craft cocktail trend? Bacon, that perennially trendy meat, will also continue rise in price. (Deal News)

McDonald’s sales continue to fall, and their problems attracting young consumers have been well documented this year. The number of 19-21-year-olds visiting the chain every month has dropped by 13% since 2011. “Desperate to change its image,” the brand’s latest turnaround plan (is this plan E?) includes self-service kiosks, a trimmed down menu, and a search for a “big idea” that will appeal to young consumers’ interest in social good. (Business Insider)

What did Millennials read online this year? A lot of BuzzFeed. Digiday’s look at 2014 in Millennial media consumption found that 39 million 18-34-year-olds visited BuzzFeed at least once, but traditional publications online are also attracting these younger readers. Over 20 million visited The New York Times, and almost 8 million visited The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, some “self-proclaimed” Millennial sites like Ozy and Vocativ reportedly “actually attract an older crowd.” (Digiday)

A generation delaying getting married and having children is creating interesting cultural shifts, and some hilariously awkward family moments. When one twenty-something found herself as the only single sibling and was deemed too old to be on her parent’s holiday card, she began to make her own tongue-in-cheek cards “celebrating” her solo, childless status. These hilarious missives, featuring booze and uncomfortable scenes, have gone viral, and she has become a holiday hero of the unmarried. (Mashable)

Have some lingering questions about Millennials that you need answered for an upcoming meeting? That’s what Ypulse is here for. Silver and Gold subscribers have access to Ypulse's trend and Millennial experts for quick, personalized feedback on any topic. After each insights article, subscribers can submit questions and requests directly to our experts and receive instant responses. (Ypulse)

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