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A good salary and frugal spending habits led to a large bank account.
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  • A good salary and frugal spending habits led to a large bank account.
  • She was raised with frugal habits and always orders tap water to drink at a restaurant.
  • a frugal lunch
  • They’re so frugal with things here, waste is practically a criminal activity.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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  • The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • In order to secure my credit and character as a tradesman, I took care not only to be in reality industrious and frugal, but to avoid all appearances to the contrary.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • was worth a small fortune, more than enough for my frugal dad to retire a few times over and...
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • She was too frugal to take a rickshaw home to Lantern Market Street, only to have to turn around and come back.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • I was then frugal of my mirth:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • by being frugal and stashing it away...
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried

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  • ...they dared not make more than a frugal supper.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • My parents were frugal.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Their thinking was what the cognitive psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer likes to call "fast and frugal."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Be more frugal.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Don’t be frugal, now.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • You know how frugal he is.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • My father’s dislike of Baba’s frugality has made him a very generous man both materially and in spirit.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • It was made for a more frugal generation and I always had to say a secret prayer that the zip would make it up past my waist, but it gave me the outline of a 1950s starlet, and it was a "results" dress, one of those outfits you couldn’t help but feel good in.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Dour light was better than none, and they needed to be frugal.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The working-man was to fix his hopes upon a future life, while his pockets were picked in this one; he was brought up to frugality, humility, obedience—in short to all the pseudo-virtues of capitalism.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Nothing could be more frugal than this repast.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You should have left it to me, then, madame, who know what they are; but you wished to be frugal, and consequently to lend at usury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Many a year went round before I was a partner in the House; but I lived happily with Herbert and his wife, and lived frugally, and paid my debts, and maintained a constant correspondence with Biddy and Joe.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ’I passed the night in my cajack; and next morning, after a frugal meal of pemmican, and a draught of water from my flask, once more ventured forth.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Louise had brought her some fresh milk and a dish of fruit, and she partook of this frugal breakfast with hearty appetite.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I always thought her a frugal little person, but then I’m not as well informed about the intimate details of the Wilkes family as you seem to be.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She did most of her work herself, and, frugal, she bought few clothes.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Even so, these men were frugal of speech and used among themselves only that bizarre dialect whose origin I couldn’t even guess.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • While Hawkeye and the Indians lighted their fire and took their evening’s repast, a frugal meal of dried bear’s meat, the young man paid a visit to that curtain of the dilapidated fort which looked out on the sheet of the Horican.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • When not more profitably employed, the sperm whale hunters sometimes capture the Hyena whale, to keep up the supply of cheap oil for domestic employment—as some frugal housekeepers, in the absence of company, and quite alone by themselves, burn unsavory tallow instead of odorous wax.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They lived frugally.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Their frugal meal.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Their housekeeping was of a very frugal kind: not only because that was the safest way of life, involving the least offence to the people, but because they were not rich, and Charles, throughout his imprisonment, had had to pay heavily for his bad food, and for his guard, and towards the living of the poorer prisoners.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I drew a picture of our frugal home, made independent by my labour — sketching in the little house I had seen at Highgate, and my aunt in her room upstairs.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And they fell to upon their frugal supper.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Chid I for that at frugal nature’s frame?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • If one guest came he sometimes partook of my frugal meal, and it was no interruption to conversation to be stirring a hasty-pudding, or watching the rising and maturing of a loaf of bread in the ashes, in the meanwhile.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • While he was away at war Belle lived frugally and saved the money he sent her.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The family sat down to table, and a frugal meal of cold viands was deposited before them.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • An evening with John over the account books usually produced a temporary lull in the culinary enthusiasm, and a frugal fit would ensue, during which the poor man was put through a course of bread pudding, hash, and warmed-over coffee, which tried his soul, although he bore it with praiseworthy fortitude.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • One night he went to Don Sancho’s Inn, an elegant colonial restaurant, and sat in the most remote corner, as was his custom when he ate his frugal meals alone.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Sharon grew up in Norwich, Vermont, in an Irish Catholic family, a little strapped for cash, and frugal.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He lived frugally in a two-room suite in the Riverside Inn, where he acted as house physician for the aging guests during the winter season.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Let her take it, then; she would have to live in it more frugally, that was all.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Mortenson had lived with monkish frugality since his return from Pakistan.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • My little apartment here, my few essentials for the toilet, my frugal morning meal, and my little dinner will suffice.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This statement could be the motto for the Cynic school of philosophy, founded by Antisthenes in Athens around 400 B.C. Antisthenes had been a pupil of Socrates, and had become particularly interested in his frugality.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The old frugality of pih endured.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I held it above the level of my eyes so that it might cast its frugal glow ahead of me.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Much of this would be sold, but Wang Lung was frugal and he did not, like many of the villagers, spend his money freely at gambling or on foods too delicate for them, and so, like them, have to sell the grain at harvest when the price was low.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
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