Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Elizabeth Manuntag. I come from humble beginnings. I grew up in the city, raised by hard-working parents who appreciated the value of every dollar they earned and spent. It was my mother who loved a sale – the red tags, the clearance bins, the BOGOs, the additional-50%-offs. So it’s in my blood to immediately head for the sale racks, and pick apart the bargain bin to make sure I didn’t leave anything behind. I’ve always loved shopping, but I never felt the need to buy anything at retail price if I didn’t absolutely have to.
My love of fashion and beauty was always a weakness. I yearned for those expensive brands calling out to me from the pages of Teen Vogue and Cosmogirl, ones that I knew I could never afford. But I vowed to look as good as any girl who spent a fortune on her outfit, only I wouldn’t spend a fortune. This stemmed a natural occurring phenomenon that I call “style saving”: looking as fashionably presentable as can be within a budget. I started to get a lot of “You paid what?” comments when people ask me how much I paid for a particular piece of clothing, accessory, or pair of strappy wedge sandals. I started to become proud of how much I would save, and it was always fun to challenge myself to find the best sales and see how much money I saved.
This blog will be my journey to make style make cents; finding alternatives to pricier luxuries in life without sacrificing quality. Focused on clothing, I’ll document the sales I hit up, the online hauls I take in, the best ways to thrift, and everything in between. I hope I can provide some insight on that girl in the corner of the store rooting through the sale racks full of seemingly crap clothing from last season (you’d be surprised what you can find if you take the time!).