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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
  1. adjective
    mindful of the future in spending money
    synonyms: careful
    provident
    providing carefully for the future
  2. adjective
    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
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    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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