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Mrs. V explains to Mom how this is exactly right for me, and Mom, instead of being practical and sensible and thrifty like she usually is, seems to agree.
Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  careful and diligent in the use of money or other resources
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  • Mrs. V explains to Mom how this is exactly right for me, and Mom, instead of being practical and sensible and thrifty like she usually is, seems to agree.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • I don’t know, but anyway, that is how I now see her: an adjusted, sleek, elegantly graying and still beautiful woman ungrudgingly accommodating herself to middle age, very sophisticated now in her thrifty use of dirty words, warmly married, philoprogenitive and (I’m almost certain) multiorgasmic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He gratefully swished his mouth with whisky for disinfectant purposes, though, and thriftily swallowed it.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I am not used to this poverty; I left a thrifty business in the Barbados to serve the Lord.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • Well, Jessica, go in; Perhaps I will return immediately: Do as I bid you, shut doors after you: ’Fast bind, fast find,’ A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • He was sober, thrifty and pious; he went to the altar every first Friday, sometimes with her, oftener by himself.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • She was a thrifty and kind mistress, a good mother and a devoted wife.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They had not established their position skilfully enough, or perhaps they were too thrifty.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I told my wife, "she had been too thrifty, for I found she had starved herself and her daughter to nothing."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • No thrifty child had tucked a wad of gum under the table.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye

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  • She did not understand why he spoke with such admiration and delight of the farming of the thrifty and well-to-do peasant Matthew Ermishin, who with his family had carted corn all night; or of the fact that his (Nicholas’) sheaves were already stacked before anyone else had his harvest in.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He was becoming impatient to get away on his journey now; however, he was not to lose this thrifty dame’s society so easily.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The thrifty man had gathered up the bits of gouged-out wood and taken them home.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Mr. Wine said the way he showed me how to sharpen the pencil was the thrifty way.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • I would do his bidding and teach others to rise up as he wished them to, teach them to be thrifty, decent, upright citizens, contributing to the welfare of all, shunning all but the straight and narrow path that he and the Founder had stretched before us.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Then who so pleasing, thrifty, and satisfactory in every way as Elizabeth-Jane?
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The women stayed at home and made shoes and mended clothes, if they were thrifty, and thought of preparations for the feast of the New Year.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Before the days of strikes in that section of the country, I knew miners who had considerable money in the bank, but as soon as the professional labour agitators got control, the savings of even the more thrifty ones began disappearing.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • These descendants of the sect of Zoroaster—the most thrifty, civilised, intelligent, and austere of the East Indians, among whom are counted the richest native merchants of Bombay—were celebrating a sort of religious carnival, with processions and shows, in the midst of which Indian dancing-girls, clothed in rose-coloured gauze, looped up with gold and silver, danced airily, but with perfect modesty, to the sound of viols and the clanging of tambourines.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He scorned the improvident, and now the improvident would be just as good as the careful, the sound, the thrifty.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • And there lay a small piece of broken hacksaw blade, the tiny length of steel that he’d picked up in his thriftiness at the building site without any intention of bringing it to camp.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Yet she could talk about being thrifty in Mexico.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Farther down the hill, on the left, on the old road in the woods, are marks of some homestead of the Stratton family; whose orchard once covered all the slope of Brister’s Hill, but was long since killed out by pitch pines, excepting a few stumps, whose old roots furnish still the wild stocks of many a thrifty village tree.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • His father seemed to think this idea not unreasonable; and then Angel put the question— "What kind of wife do you think would be best for me as a thrifty hard-working farmer?"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He was going his matutinal rounds to collect cabbage-leaves, turnip-tops, potato-skins, and the miscellaneous refuse of the dinner-pot, which the thrifty housewives of the neighborhood were accustomed to put aside, as fit only to feed a pig.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He was thrifty and energetic.
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • She looked somewhat worried with her new duties, but soon bristled into pride over her neat cabin and the tale of her thrifty husband, and the horse and cow, and the farm they were planning to buy.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Pope Julius the Second was assisted in reaching the papacy by a reputation for liberality, yet he did not strive afterwards to keep it up, when he made war on the King of France; and he made many wars without imposing any extraordinary tax on his subjects, for he supplied his additional expenses out of his long thriftiness.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Whenever he stayed home in the evening he went to bed early, and thriftily got ahead in those dismal duties.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Carol had a suspicion that the thriftier housewives made the afternoon treat do for evening supper.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I have five hundred crowns, The thrifty hire I sav’d under your father, Which I did store to be my foster-nurse, When service should in my old limbs lie lame, And unregarded age in corners thrown; Take that: and He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age!
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Spirits are not finely touch’d But to fine issues: nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • In this unfashionable region Catherine the Great, always indifferent to precedent and thrifty of purse, had built herself in her youth a many-peaked and cross-beamed cottage-orne on a bit of cheap land overlooking the bay.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Those who are more thrifty (as I must confess the times require) may flea the carcass; the skin of which, artificially dressed, will make admirable gloves for ladies, and summer boots for fine gentlemen.
    Jonathan Swift  --  A Modest Proposal
  • …was quite in keeping with those italianos though candidly he was none the less free to admit those icecreamers and friers in the fish way not to mention the chip potato variety and so forth over in little Italy there near the Coombe were sober thrifty hardworking fellows except perhaps a bit too given to pothunting the harmless necessary animal of the feline persuasion of others at night so as to have a good old succulent tuckin with garlic de rigueur off him or her next day on the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Dr. Sloper, when he went to call, said to himself, as he glanced at the objects I have enumerated, that Mrs. Montgomery was evidently a thrifty and selfrespecting little person—the modest proportions of her dwelling seemed to indicate that she was of small stature—who took a virtuous satisfaction in keeping herself tidy, and had resolved that, since she might not be splendid, she would at least be immaculate.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • When near at hand he saw that the rancher was a thrifty farmer.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • She’ll decide to be thrifty and offend Frey with a paltry sacrifice.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • Newman took an interest in French thriftiness and conceived a lively admiration for Parisian economies.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Savory, thrifty lips!
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • These poor Christians are not thrifty like our country people at home; they have no veneration for property, no sense of material values.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • He used to be a wild drunken rascal, neglecting his work and beating his wife, they told me; now he’s thrifty and decent, and he and his wife look comfortable together.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • I have a problem with people who buy human food for their pets, but larding Marley’s meals with scraps that would otherwise be thrown out made me feel thrifty—waste not, want not—and charitable.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • And more quietly, soberly, in this crowd, moved the older thriftier workmen: the true carpenters, the true masons, the true mechanics— the canny Scotch-Irish of North Carolina, the fishermen of the Virginia coast, the careful peasantry of the Middle-West, who had come to earn, to save, to profit from the war.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Posted separately, the "homespun" was a copy of John Quincy’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory, but before it could arrive, Jefferson had concluded that it must be some article of home-produced clothing, and so in reply to Adams wrote at length about the virtues of the spinning jenny and loom, and of the thriftiness of household manufactures.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He was too thrifty to use one when it could possibly be avoided.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • …will find their numbers dwindling from census to census; when the six roomed villa will rise in price above the family mansion; when the viciously reckless poor and the stupidly pious rich will delay the extinction of the race only by degrading it; whilst the boldly prudent, the thriftily selfish and ambitious, the imaginative and poetic, the lovers of money and solid comfort, the worshippers of success, art, and of love, will all oppose to the Force of Life the device of sterility.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • "Thrifty man!" cried the doctor.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • A sheaf of peacock arrows<11> bright and keen Under his belt he bare full thriftily.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Yesterday, at Thrifty Car Rental in downtown D.C., she felt like she was walking a tightrope.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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