cheap or frugal?

I’ve never been fond of these descriptives. I’ve also never been fond of the images associated with these words and I certainly would not categorize myself as either cheap or frugal. Surprised? 

I prefer to think in terms of being conscious or being aware. In other words, thrifty. Thrifty is defined as – (of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. That’s the key for me – not wastefully.  I’m neither cheap nor frugal – I’m thrifty.

I think the reason I struggle with the word ‘cheap’ is the fact that a lot ‘cheap’ stuff is just that ‘cheap’ – or of inferior quality and wasteful. Cheap isn’t always associated with quality or respect for our finite resources, actually, oftentimes, just the opposite…just look at how many ‘cheap’ plastic toys break just after one use?

The word, frugal is defined as – sparing or economical with regard to money or food. While being frugal is wonderful, it can come across as being a bit dull or limiting (not true I know, but some do fear this)…Now some may think this is silly – it’s simply a matter of semantics, right? Perhaps you are right, but for me, the word ‘thrifty’ is all about being aware of our money and our finite resources and I’m all about that.

I think if everyone was a bit more ‘thrifty’ (mindful), we’d all be a bit better off…it’s an advantageous lifestyle – not only for our own individual selves and others, but the planet as well.

 What do you think? Are you thrifty?

11 thoughts on “cheap or frugal?

  1. I believe I’m thrifty because I love buying from second hand shops. Why buy something new when people throw really good things away? I’m not keen on the, so called ‘disposable society’.

    • I couldn’t agree more – why buy new when just what you need/want is available and less than new? Less than new not only on your wallet, but our finite resources… You are thrifty and smart. I’m not into the ‘disposable society’ either – there really is so much unnecessary waste in our world…frighteningly so…

  2. My husband and I have always been thrifty too, especially when our four children were at home. I think being thifty also enables one to be more generous too. The money that is saved can be shared with others!

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