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    Question I need an adjective to describe this person

    Hi!
    I need an adjective to say that someone isnīt fond of spending more than necessary, he just spends what he needs. I thought of the word mean, because he usually doesnīt like spending money, but itīs not the word iīm looking for, because he has no problem in spending for something necessary.
    Do you understand what i mean? Could you please help me?
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    Re: I need an adjective to describe this person

    He lives within his means, perhaps more thrifty than stingy, but basically financially savvy and careful with his money.

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    Re: I need an adjective to describe this person

    Do you know the word 'thrifty'? Someone who is thrifty does what you just described, they are careful with money.
    But watch out: there is also the word 'spendthrift' which we use to describe someone (or some instituiton) who spends too much.

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    Re: I need an adjective to describe this person

    I am not an English teacher, but I love the English language.

    May I suggest:
    frugal - avoiding waste
    economical - using the minimum of resources to accomplish a task or goal
    parsimonious - excessively unwilling to spend

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    Re: I need an adjective to describe this person

    You could add penny-wise to the list.

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    Re: I need an adjective to describe this person

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could add penny-wise to the list.
    penny-wise but pound-foolish

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    Thank you all guys. You were of great help!

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