Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 9, 2013

Rescue Word of the Week #10 – 2013: Frugality

The rescue word of the week is frugality.

Please help save this word from the endangered-word list by adopting it and using it in your thoughts, your speech, your writing, and your deeds.

What does this word mean to you?

My two cents (but please share yours):

Frugality is a combination of wise spending and sensible conservation of resources. I believe the key element in frugality is old-fashioned common sense.


  1. Frugality seems to come easier for those of us who grew up in the 1950s and earlier. People growing up since then tend not to value anything as much because it all came to them much easier than it did to us.

    • Hi David, I agree that people value something more if it costs them (money, effort) more. This is why writers should be cautious about giving their books away for free. I suspect that on average free books are rated on quality slightly lower than expensive books are rated. The you-get-what-you-pay-for belief is widely held. Cheers, Ashley

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