These days, broke is the new black. It started in college. There, we were taught to love free stuff. Even things we hated, we loved because we got it for exactly zero fortune. I have my favorite Hello Kitty sleepwear that I got it for free during my freshmen year, without even fill-out the survey initially required to obtain it. Whoever said nothing in life comes free had never met Generation Millennial. We could have it all - and have it all for cheaper.
Among friends it's no longer a competition of who has the most expensive clothes - it's who has the most expensive clothes and got them at the best bargain. You paid 50Php (approx. $1.25) for that shirt when it was originally 800Php (approx.$20)? It is now instantly cuter - and has street cred. It was a bargain purchase. It's broke-chic. we're young and struggling and most likely living off of ramen noodles - anything goes if we can get it at a steal. This doesn't just apply to girls either. Sure, bargain shopping the Forever 21/Banana Republic/American Apparel Warehouse Sales, (and ukay-ukay meccas!) is every post-grad gal's dirty secret to looking yo-pro appropriate in the office, but boys hunt bargains just like we do. And they talk about their money problems just as much, too.
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