Episode #8×19: Goodbye to the iPod, How Many Friends Does Science Say You Need?, Inflation Updates

  • It’s the end of an era: Apple has announced it is discontinuing the iPod, and we pour one out for “1,000 songs in your pocket.”
  • Can the iPhone ever match the level of escapism an iPod provides?
  • What’s your rate of inflation? We take the quiz together and compare where we’re feeling the most strain when we’re paying bills.
  • Andrew’s doomsday prepping has him stockpiling Dunkin’ Coffee from Costco, and Pam is about to walk away from a business she’s frequented for years due to its price increases.
  • Related: the latest casualty of supply chain shortages is baby formula, and some “pro-lifers” want to gate keep formula on the basis of citizenship.
  • How many friends do we need? The New York Times has some helpful data, and we share our own “friendship numbers.”
  • Have some friendships grown closer during the pandemic? More distant?
  • Buy now, pay later‘ trends are sending some millennials and Gen Z’ers spiraling into debt. When is it worth financing a purchase, and when is it better to pay in full?
  • With over a third of shoppers under 40 missing at least one payment, it’s clear that ‘paying later’ is easier said than done.
  • This week’s recommendations are all products we recommend NOT paying in installments for: The Pink Stuff for easy cleaning (Andrew), Bleame Crystal Hair Eraser (Laura), and Holo Taco nail polish (Pam). 
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Scrib’d (https://www.try.scribd.com/MILLENNIAL to try Scrib’d for 2 months for .99) and Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • We’re kicking off an After Dark series in which we interview… each other?!
  • How do we handle burnout as creators, and where do we draw lines in terms of what we share on the show?
  • Do we ever feel pressure to share MORE on the show?

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