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Frugal and cheap are often used interchangeably but they are not the same.
As an example, someone following a frugal lifestyle would research and ensure they were getting the best price on an item they needed, and buy the best quality they could afford. That smart frugal person knows that buying quality costs less in the long term.
A cheap person would buy the cheapest version of the thing they require, and it would probably break on them.
The frugal person would happily save money on things like fancy meals and designer labels so they can enjoy a family vacation every year because living a frugal life means balance.
A great example of how to be frugal without being cheap is when you go out for dinner. You might choose to just have a starter instead of a main meal or entree, and drink table water instead of wine and still give a generous tip. That’s frugal. A cheap person would skimp on the tip.