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I'm thinking of a word and I can't quite figure out what it is.

Asked by Judi (39803points) September 29th, 2008

Part of me wants to say frugil, but it’s not quite that. It is a virture and it has to do with being able to save, to be thrifty, and make good use of what you have. Having creative ideas for recycling things and getting the most out of things. What is the word?

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robmandu's avatar

You mean frugal?

I also like prudent and parsimonious—depending on if you want positive or negative connotation, respectively.

Judi's avatar

Sorry, I had to get rid of google toolbar because it was killing my computer. I lost my spellcheck. I meant to say frugal, but I’m looking for a word that fits “____________ is a virtue”

robmandu's avatar

Frugality? Prudence?

sorry, but you already used some of the more obvious synonyms in your description, so I doubt I’m really helping much.

robmandu's avatar

Scrupulous!

Judi's avatar

Maybe, but it just doesn’t feel right. I know I heard it all the time as a child, maybe our society has changed so much that prudence just doesn’t sound a virtuious as I remember it.

robmandu's avatar

Conscientious?

SoapChef's avatar

Resourceful?

robmandu's avatar

Chary? had to hit the thesaurus for that one.

shilolo's avatar

Economical? Sparing?

AstroChuck's avatar

I’ve heard the term frugality is a virtue. But you said it isn’t frugal, right? Spendthriftness or spendthrifty, perhaps?

fireside's avatar

Here are Ben Franklin’s 13 virtues, maybe you are thinking of Temperance or Industry?

Some thoughts before i found that link:
patience is a virtue…
necessity is the mother of invention

la_reine's avatar

i know it doesn’t exactly mean frugal, but “patience is a virtue” does have that ring to it

mccabe's avatar

Industrious.

fireside's avatar

Innovative

marinelife's avatar

Thriftiness?

@AC Spendthrift is someone who wastes money.

charliecompany34's avatar

uh yeah, either frugal, prudent or thrifty.

loser's avatar

Was it beer?

AstroChuck's avatar

Marina- Duh. As usual, you are right. I swear, sometimes I don’t think before I write. I should have said thrifty instead.

loser's avatar

So, it wasn’t beer?

AstroChuck's avatar

Maybe it depends. What kind of beer?

sndfreQ's avatar

Conservation

a term bastardized by American politics and the MSM

poofandmook's avatar

it probably wasn’t beer.

glacier's avatar

I only remember being told, “patience is a virtue,” but that’s not near being thrifty at all!

PupnTaco's avatar

Another vote for “resourceful.”

AstroChuck's avatar

Mister Burnsness?

poofandmook's avatar

eeeeeexcellent.

stratman37's avatar

what’s another word for Thesaurus?

hoosier_banana's avatar

synonym dictionary

marinelife's avatar

That’s two words, which is not frugal or thrifty or parsimonious.

AstroChuck's avatar

Didn’t the Thesaurus become extinct 65 million years ago?

augustlan's avatar

Providence?

AstroChuck's avatar

That’s one mobbed up city.

augustlan's avatar

AC, you just made me snort! It was most undignified ; )

Judi's avatar

I think it must have been prudence. If it were beer it would be home brew. Do you think prudence (if that’s the word that has lost it’s appeal in this generation) will again become a virtue in the hard times this country is facing?

poofandmook's avatar

dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?

Judi's avatar

See? It used to be such a virtue that people actually named their children by it! We have been so consumption driven it almost seems like a funny notion. .

robmandu's avatar

< < has no idea what @Judi is talking about.

< < now, off to round up his kids Greed, Corruption, and that little tyke Conspicuous Spending Jr. for another day of leveraging personal credit to buy things to keep up with the Joneses. Daddy needs a new boat.

stratman37's avatar

Judi, let’s start a revival for Prudence. All it takes is one Flutherer to begin the revolution!

Judi's avatar

I told my husband yesterday that it’s time to stop spending. unfortunately, I am waiting for the fed ex guy to drop off my new computer and priner as we speak.

marinelife's avatar

Are those children? Or euphemisms? :)

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