1. Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterized by frugality; sparing; economical; saving; as, a frugal housekeeper; frugal of time.
I oft admire
How Nature, wise and frugal, could commit
Such disproportions. --Milton.
2. Obtained by, or appropriate to, economy; as, a frugal fortune. “Frugal fare.”
adj : avoiding waste; "an economical meal"; "an economical
shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a
sparing father and a spending son"; "sparing in their
use of heat and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts";
"thrifty because they remember the great Depression";
"`scotch' is used only informally" [syn: economical,
scotch, sparing, stinting]