thrifty

Being thrifty means being careful of your money and how you spend it. Think twice before you spend, but if you must shop, hitting the sales and using coupons are good ways to be thrifty.

Note the similarity between the adjective thrifty and the verb thrive, and you'll realize that being careful with your money might be an important survival tactic. Everyone worries about having enough — look at how thrift shops have become important sources of clothing and other goods for many people, allowing them to buy without spending a fortune. Being thrifty is a solid virtue, as suggested by the old German proverb, "Prudent men woo thrifty women."

Definitions of thrifty
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adj mindful of the future in spending money

Synonyms:
careful
provident
providing carefully for the future

adj careful and diligent in the use of resources

Synonyms:
provident
providing carefully for the future
economical, frugal, scotch, sparing, stinting
avoiding waste
penny-wise
thrifty in small matters only
saving
characterized by thriftiness
Antonyms:
wasteful
tending to squander and waste
improvident
not provident; not providing for the future
extravagant, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift
recklessly wasteful
pound-foolish
unwise in dealing with large sums
uneconomic, uneconomical
wasteful of resources
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