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What Does Frugal Mean?

Your Two Cents: How Do You Feel About "Frugal"?


There are certain words that completely get under my skin. Sometimes I'm annoyed by the way a word sounds, and sometimes it's the meaning that causes me to turn against the word. Frugal is a two-time offender for me; I feel the same way about frugal that many of you feel about moist. It's a word with good intentions — it really just means economical— but its connotations seem cheap to me.

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trish0683 trish0683 8 years
I think of myself as a good saver and a smart spender, but if someone calls me frugal I feel as though I am being called cheap. My philosophy is that I won't pay full price for something that I know I can get at a discount. This pertains to clothing and food. I always use coupons and I check for sales each week. If something is full price, but I know it won't be going on sale anytime soon, then I have no qualms about buying it at full price. If something is on sale, I'll stock up, but only buy what I need. I shop at farmers markets for fruit and veggies, and I'm not afraid to look at thrift stores or low price stores like payless. But I know what I am buying. I prefer to spend a little more to get something that will last, than to buy something that is made poorly.
mrs-h mrs-h 8 years
I'm frugal and proud of it, but the word itself...yeah, I don't like it. Can't put my finger on exactly why, but it tastes bad.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 8 years
I said other. I disagree with a lot of folks. I feel like cheap is an even worse term. I would prefer folks call me financially savvy. This is savvysugar after all, no?
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 8 years
i would consider it a total compliment..
chynablue chynablue 8 years
Don't call me frugal. Call me smart or opportunistic.
rosey rosey 8 years
Do people actually use the world frugal anymore? I don't have any problems with it, I don't think, probably because I associate it with that cooking show The Frugal Gourmet which I remember watching as a kid all the time. So, I guess since I don't exactly associate it with money and/or real life implications, I can't really decide how I feel about it.
kathybyrd kathybyrd 8 years
I see nothing wrong with the word frugal.However, I really like the word pragmatic better. I think it's complimentary.
kathybyrd kathybyrd 8 years
I see nothing wrong with the word frugal. However, I really like the word pragmatic better. I think it's complimentary.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
When I hear the word frugal I think of someone who is cheap and that just annoys me. I don't like the word. I'd rather someone say I am wise with my money or something like that.
sugardoll83 sugardoll83 8 years
"Frugal" just seems so dirty. I'm awful, but it makes me think of shopping at those discount grocery stores (I visited one once) where the food is either old or canned. However, just because I go to the sale rack first when I visit a store, I don't consider myself "frugal." (And neither would my bank.) I'd like to start thinking of "frugal" as a good thing... because right now I overspend, and then spend more. But I'd rather spend too much than be "frugal." It's this weird sense of control thing. If I can spend, I have control. If I have to limit myself (where I'd actually have more control) and be "frugal," I feel scared and powerless. It's this f'd up class thing, I think.
rlveronica rlveronica 8 years
Yeah, I don't think it's negative, but I wouldn't use the word. It really depends on the situation!
starsmom starsmom 8 years
Frugal makes me think of someone sitting in the dark with the heat turned off.......or of Ebenezer Scrooge.......I'm all for managing one'smoney and being thoughtful and careful....I just think the word itself is abrasive.
JubeeDancer JubeeDancer 8 years
I would much rather someone call me frugal than cheap...which I know I am but paying $20,000 a year for school is not easy!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Frugal makes me think of: Jeff Smith the Frugal Gourmet some penny pinching money bags who doesnt tip Frusion, fruit loops...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Frugal makes me think of:Jeff Smith the Frugal Gourmetsome penny pinching money bags who doesnt tipFrusion, fruit loops...
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 8 years
"Frugal" makes me think of people who never treat for coffee and never chip in enough for dinner!I agree, this word does not have good connotations!
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 8 years
"Frugal" makes me think of people who never treat for coffee and never chip in enough for dinner! I agree, this word does not have good connotations!
homekeeper homekeeper 8 years
I think there can be good "frugal" and then not so good "frugal"! For example, reusing lint would be a not so good frugal.....seriously people do this and I have read about it! Do a google search. =0 Then there is good frugal, where you have finding ways to reuse things or find the cheapest way to get something, etc. A lot of people call me frugal because I find ways to save money, such as making my own detergent, etc. That is a good thing and saves me money on grocery items so I can use it on what I want, like shoes! ; )
homekeeper homekeeper 8 years
I think there can be good "frugal" and then not so good "frugal"! For example, reusing lint would be a not so good frugal.....seriously people do this and I have read about it! Do a google search. =0Then there is good frugal, where you have finding ways to reuse things or find the cheapest way to get something, etc. A lot of people call me frugal because I find ways to save money, such as making my own detergent, etc. That is a good thing and saves me money on grocery items so I can use it on what I want, like shoes! ; )
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
To me, "frugal" is about affluent people making sure they stay affluent. They have money, and want to keep it that way. "Budget" on the other hand...
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
The word in and of itself sounds awful but knowing the meaning makes it less negative and thus I wouldn't mind if someone called me Frugal...though that would probably be the last thing they'd call me lol
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
I'm with wackadoodle- I always call myself cheap. There are definitely things that I will spend money on, but, yeah, I'm cheap.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I just flat out call myself CHEAP. I have moments where I splurge on a purchase but I spread those out throughout the year.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Aisa84 thats what I think of too!I HATE being frugal! I mean I watch what I spend but I always make sure I have money to do what I want and pay my bills and have some left over. Hence why I got a 2nd job AND have a sugar daddy who covers a lot of my expenses ;)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Aisa84 thats what I think of too! I HATE being frugal! I mean I watch what I spend but I always make sure I have money to do what I want and pay my bills and have some left over. Hence why I got a 2nd job AND have a sugar daddy who covers a lot of my expenses ;)
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