Frugal Living

The 1820 Webster's dictionary gives the following definitions of frugal, frugality, and frugally:
FRU'GAL, a. [L. frugalis. See Fruit.]
Economical in the use or appropriation of money, goods or provisions of any kind; saving unnecessary expense, either of money or of any thing else which is to be used or consumed; sparing; not profuse, prodigal or lavish. We ought to be frugal not only in the expenditure of money and of goods, but in the employment of time. It is followed by of, before the thing saved; as frugal of time. It is not synonymous with parsimonious, nor with thrifty, as now used.
1. Prudent economy; good husbandry or housewifery; a sparing use or appropriation of money or commodities; a judicious use of any thing to be expended or employed; that careful management of money or goods which expends nothing unnecessarily, and applies what is used to a profitable purpose; that use in which nothing is wasted. It is not equivalent to parsimony, the latter being an excess of frugality, and a fault. Frugality is always a virtue. Nor is it synonymous with thrift, in its proper sense; for thrift is the effect of frugality.
Without frugality none can become rich, and with it few would be poor.
2. A prudent and sparing use or appropriation of any thing; as frugality of praise.
FRU'GALLY, adv. With economy; with good management; in a saving manner. He seldom lives frugally, that lives by chance.


Living frugally, therefore, means seeking to avoid unneccessary expenses, making the most of what one has, and avoiding unneccessary purchases. Under each of the topics listed here under Frugal Living, you'll find ideas to make the most of what you have, so that you may enjoy a beautiful life living within your means. Even if your income is small, and your purchases of the neccessary are few and far between, you'll find many things which can benefit and bless your life.

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