Frugal Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old frugal quotes, frugal sayings, and frugal proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Being frugal does not mean being cheap! It means being economical and avoiding waste. Catherine Pulsifer
By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest. Agesilaus
Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor. Samuel Johnson
Im not a real frugal or thrifty,.. I just don't waste money on little things that don't matter, but spend on big things that do. Brian O'Reilly
How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart. Nikos Kazantzakis
Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. Elise Boulding
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. Lao Tzu
The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything. Benjamin Franklin
Being frugal doesn’t mean slashing your spending or depriving yourself of things that you enjoy. It means knowing the value of a dollar and making every effort to spend it wisely. Frank Sonnenberg
Being frugal, conscious of making money, is not a negative thing. That sensibility of creating value and finding value and reinvesting in those customers is what separates great restaurants from the average ones. Joe Bastianich
Living a frugal lifestyle gives you the opportunity to invest more money towards your future. John Rampton
It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind. Lucretius
Deprive yourself on nothing necessary for your comfort, but live in an honorable simplicity and frugality. John McDonough
Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty. Samuel Johnson
Frugal lifestyle can be very rewarding way of life. Not only do you save money, you learn to enjoy life differently, or as Art Buchwald once said –'the best things in life aren’t things'. unknown
If frugality were established in the state, if our expenses were laid out rather in the necessaries than the superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness. Oliver Goldsmith
The most substantial people are the most frugal, and make the least show, and live at the least expense. Francis Moore
Train your son and daughter to an employment, to frugality, to hold the high front and to walk the fearless step of independence. Timothy Flint
Frugal living is simple. Live on less than you earn and be happy with what you have! The rewards will fill both your life and your bank account. unknown
Thrift means that you should always have the best you can possibly afford, when the thing has any reference to your physical and mental health, to your growth in efficiency and power. Orison Swett Marden
Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character. S.W. Straus
We are not to judge thrift solely by the test of saving or spending. If one spends what he should prudently save, that certainly is to be deplored. But if one saves what he should prudently spend, that is not necessarily to be commended. A wise balance between the two is the desired end. Owen Young
Saving is an essential part of planning a prosperous future. Save also part of frugality and avoid waste. unknown
Frugality is enjoying the virtue of getting good value for every minute of your life energy and from everything you have the use of. Vicki Robin
Frugal living is about making the most of your limited resources. People who are frugal understand the importance of sticking to a budget, spending their money wisely, and avoiding an attitude of materialism. Amy Hoover
Think of frugality as a game. Maintaining a frugal lifestyle will be difficult if you're stuck in the mindset that saving money is something you must do because you're poor. If you consider thriftiness a game and learn to view comparison shopping and coupon clipping as ways to stretch your creative thinking skills, however, the task will be much more enjoyable. Amy Hoover
I’m frugal. I’ve always been this way. When I was young, my mom would give me my allowance, and I’d peel off a little each week and have some to spare. Tyra Banks
I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do.One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out. Jeff Bezos
Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality. John Tyler
A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life. Keith B McMullin
Frugality is good if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses; the last is bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begets covetousness; the last without the first begets prodigality. William Penn
Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world. Lao Tzu
Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, I love to go and see all the things I am happy without. Jack Kornfield
I have come to realize that truly rich people are rich not because they are frugal or they chose to be frugal, but because they are so grateful, contented and full of self-worth that they don't have to prove anything to anyone with material possessions. This way, they appear frugal. Jan Mckingley Hilado
I'm known for value for money. I was brought up to be frugal, and it's definitely a factor in my success. I was born in the Fifties, which was a frugal era, and my family had to be very careful with money out of necessity. John Caudwell
And a workman, even of the lowest and poorest order, if he is frugal and industrious, may enjoy a greater share of the necessaries and conveniences of life than it is possible for any savage to acquire. Adam Smith
I have always had a reputation for being frugal - less kind people might call me cheap. But my interest in building up a nest egg goes back to those days in Arnhem when I learned that money can grow, just like trees. Audrey Hepburn
Were a man to order his life by the rules of true reason, a frugal substance joined to a contented mind is for him great riches; for never is there any lack of a little. Lucretius
The principle of diligence and frugality should be observed in everything. This principle of economy is one of the basic principles of socialist economics. Mao Tse Tung
It just makes us have to be a little more frugal. Obviously something has to suffer somewhere. Robert Blackburn