What does the word thrifty mean to you?

What does the word thrifty mean to you


Thrifty – ‘showing a careful use of money, especially by avoiding waste’  Cambridge dictionary


What does the word thrifty mean

Being thrifty has so many connotations.

To me, the word thrifty means being smart, savvy and sensible. Being wise and not spending more than you have. Being careful so you are not in debt or stressed about money. it means being prepared for the future, being able to have choices, being able to provide for your family.

I know to some people it means being tight, scrimping, mean and they hate the word and the very thought of being thrifty. They want to live in the now and indulge.

I am intrigued.


What does the word thrifty mean to you?


Things to never buy again



Being thrifty means being smart and not buying things you do not need. Why don’t you have a go at downloading this list and ticking off the things you can do without




You can download your own poster of things you need never buy again right here

Things never to buy again

I do hope you work through it and find it valuable

Keeping yourself accountable and aware of being thrifty through small challenges like this one will absolutely keep you on a thrifty track and help you save money in no time at all.



  1. April 11, 2014 / 11:44

    I think thrifty is another word for Savvy!
    Why spend when you don’t have to? Or it gives you more money to spend on other things!

  2. April 11, 2014 / 12:32

    I am with you on your interpretation, and I think the negative ones you list are just the other side of the same coin, and usually employed by those who are a bit rubbish with money but wish they weren’t really!

  3. April 11, 2014 / 12:44

    To me thrifty means making the most of what you have, for example repurposing things like furniture instead of buying new, wearing clothes until they fall apart rather than replacing them every season. And of course being careful with the money that you spend, whether that’s shopping around or thinking twice before making a purchase.

  4. April 11, 2014 / 15:51

    Oooh, interesting one! To me thrifty means being sensible with the money on things like food, buying locally, looking for good deals etc. so that you can spend that money on really fun things instead! (or saving it if I am being sensible!) 😀

  5. April 11, 2014 / 18:45

    I’m with you Becky on your interpretation!

    Proud to be thrifty!

  6. April 11, 2014 / 19:05

    Thrifty always connotes creativity to me, I much prefer it to ” manage money’ or ‘save money’ 😉

  7. April 11, 2014 / 19:19

    I’m with you Becky, it means just that to me 🙂 Sadly I’m not very good at thrifty and my husband is even worse!

  8. April 11, 2014 / 19:43

    It means staying within your means. The only thing I find is that it takes more time – you have to plan and especially take more time shopping. I always spend more when I’m in a rush. I know I’m not as thrifty as I could be> My worst time is the supermarket shop as I never stick to my list.

  9. April 12, 2014 / 08:46

    Yes, I’d go with your definition. I like the make do and mend phrase as well 🙂

  10. April 12, 2014 / 09:49

    There are people who thinking being thrifty is in some way mean or “tight fisted” but to many it’s a necessity. I like to think of it as being responsible, we live in a world of limited resources and being thrifty often means recycling and reusing what others would throw away – and we should all be striving to do that!

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