From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfrugalfru‧gal /ˈfruːɡəl/ adjective1SPEND MONEYcareful to buy only what is necessary opp extravagantAs children we were taught to be frugal and hard-working.He led a remarkably frugal existence.2DFDa frugalmeal is a small meal of plain food syn simple opp extravaganta frugal breakfast —frugally adverb —frugality /fruːˈɡæləti/ noun [uncountable]
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frugal• Since those officials are not under the thumb of councillorsworried about rates increases, they are less likely to be frugal.• Entrepreneurs have to be particularly frugal and inventive.• He was a hardworking, frugal and thrifty man who was saving to buy a small cottage from his employer.• He was very frugal, and would often use a teabag three or four times over.• The monks lead a frugal life, allowing themselves only the bareessentials.• He found the president eating a frugal meal and using potterydishes and knife, fork, and spoon of iron.• But it is a frugal state, and the politics of frugality often breedconservative social and civicdecisions.• Hiddenhotel costs can be a source of frustration to the frugal traveler.From Longman Business Dictionaryfrugalfru‧gal /ˈfruːgəl/ adjectivecareful to buy only what is necessaryThe pay settlement must be frugal in order to avoid layoffs.People who rely on the basic retirement pension must live a frugal existence.We’re having to be very frugal with our training budget this year. —frugality noun [uncountable]Most departments were being told to cut spending and practise frugality again this year. —frugally adverbIf you want to retire young, you’ll have to live frugally and invest wisely.