How Texas State Students Navigate College Life on a Budget

Julius Johnson

As the spring semester approaches at Texas State University, students are gearing up for more than just academic challenges. A nationwide surge in thrifting among college students reveals a budget-savvy trend that’s gaining momentum. According to a recent Forbes study, a staggering 72% of students have thrifted before as a means of curating their wardrobes and homes affordably.

Thrifting is not merely a cost-cutting strategy; it has evolved into a lifestyle choice, especially resonating with the eco-conscious values of Texas State’s student community. The allure of thrifting extends beyond the affordability factor to its environmental impact. In a cultural shift, students are increasingly aware of the consequences of consumerism and find solace in repurposing pre-loved items. This conscious effort to reduce waste is indicative of a collective commitment to a greener lifestyle.


Texas State senior Andrew Goodwin has been thrifting since he was a freshman as a way to save money.

“When I was starting my semester I didn’t really have many clothes and what not” Goodwin said, “That’s why I went to thrift to help find stuff for cheap, It also helps that a lot of thrift stores are near campus and you can walk there.”

His sentiment echoes the experiences of many students who find not only cost-effective solutions but also a unique charm in second-hand treasures.

Andrew is not alone in students who like to thrift. Store Manager Jason Garcia at Goodwill in New Braunfels has also seen a boom in business lately.

“We get more young customers closer toward the end of the school semester”, Garcia said. “Which makes sense since that aligns with the academic calendar”.

The aura of thrifting lies not just in the affordability but in the environmental impact of reducing waste. As students become increasingly aware of the consequences of consumerism, the act of repurposing pre-loved items resonates with a growing consciousness of sustainability. From clothing to furniture, the choices made in thrift stores ripple beyond individual budgets, shaping a collective commitment to a greener lifestyle.

Once seen as a must-do for budget reasons, thrifting is now a lifestyle choice that vibes with the eco-conscious values of Texas State students. As more students get into the thrifting scene on campus, it’s not just about saving money—it’s a mindful move towards a greener and more sustainable lifestyle.

Thrifting isn’t confined to furniture and home decor; it extends to fashion choices as well. Cori Broome, a Texas State senior, primarily indulges in thrifting for clothes. In a SoundCloud interview, he shares his perspective on how thrifted pieces contribute to his unique style and self-expression.

In conclusion, thrifting at Texas State University is more than a fleeting trend; it’s a conscious choice that aligns with financial prudence, personal expression, and environmental responsibility. As students embark on the thrifting journey, they aren’t just curating wardrobes and homes; they’re contributing to a cultural shift towards mindful living.

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