36 Things Frugal People Don't Do - How Many Habits Do You Have?

by Simplify

Christine, the Frugal Fit Mom herself, stumbled across an article online documenting 36 things that frugal people supposedly never do. So, she decided to see how many of the items on that list really resonated with her while scoring herself on how many habits of frugal people she actually has as a self-proclaimed frugal expert.

According to the list, most frugal people don’t skip budgeting, eat out more than once per week, or ignore their credit score.

Other frugal living tips you can glean from the list Christine found online is that truly frugal people never pay full price, spend time doing nothing, or drive everywhere they go.

To know if you're living frugally, Christine says to ask yourself if you pay full price for cosmetics, throw away things that are not trash, get annoyed when prices drop, pay attention to name brand items, or are afraid to invest.

Christine also points out that frugal people tend to cut cable, shop for the best deal on gifts ahead of time, refrain from spoiling their children, and refuse to buy bottled water according to the list she found.

Frugal people do not pay full price for items

Frugal people also never ignore small health issues, upgrade their phone every year, delay repairs, start the dishwasher half full, or buy something just because it’s on sale. Plus, people who live frugally don’t borrow money, enjoy retail therapy, have empty freezers, or window shop.

Things frugal people don't do

Lastly, frugal people know better than to buy too much house, spend money every day, buy expensive coffee, or throw away leftovers. Moreover, frugal people rarely, if ever, pay someone to do something that they can do themselves, pay a bank fee, pay late fees, buy convenience foods, ignore the clearance rack, skip free events, buy big ticket items without comparing, or try to live someone else’s life.

For more frugal ideas, discover 20 frugal living tips from the Great Depression or how to reduce food waste and save money.

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  • Bar51445932 Bar51445932 on Dec 16, 2022

    This is me. Good part of being frugal is we paid our house off several years ago. I am now a widow and thankful I don’t have a house payment.

    we traveled a lot so didn’t miss out on fun things or traveling!!

  • P P on Oct 21, 2023

    When we refinanced our house at a lower interest rate, we kept paying the same amount we had been paying, making sure the extra $$ went to principal. We planned we'd be paid off by the time my husband retired. But, he had to go on disability sooner- one one income I was able to drop back to the amount the mortgage company had calculated. Still paid off sooner than 30 years, but without me being on the hook for higher mortgage payments alone!