What does it mean to be frugal? | WTOP: Frugality sometimes gets a bad rap. It’s often seen as self-sacrifice. Frugal behavior is often viewed as giving up things you really care about in order to save a trivial amount of money. It’s often seen as being the opposite of fun.
Those characteristics might be accurate if frugal behavior is taken to an extreme. But those extremes undermine what frugality is all about.
Frugality is actually about aiming to get maximum value out of your money. It doesn’t mean that you don’t spend money on things that are important to you. It means that you don’t spend money on things that are not important to you.