Definitions

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  • n. A person who is fashionable while being thrifty.

Etymologies

Blend of frugal and fashionista (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Miami Herald" reporter Natalie McNeal who is also known as the frugalista is doing it and doing it, how successfully, we're going to find out.

    CNN Transcript Feb 7, 2009

  • Checking in with the "frugalista" next week, very same hour here.

    CNN Transcript Feb 7, 2009

  • a frugalista is the new hotness (right Natalie?), but sometimes in my efforts to save money, I find myself feeling a little declasse.

    afrobella

  • They're spending less money, using credit cards less, and the terms "frugalista" and "bargainista"

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Other words making the Times 'list of "recession-speak" language were "frugalista," which is someone who makes the necessities of being frugal into a fashion statement, and

    Latest News - UPI.com

  • Libba Oliver says Morgan's father calls her his "frugalista," because she doesn't ask for a lot from them.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Its sister term, "frugalista," even turned up on the Oxford Dictionary's shortlist for word of the year.

    The Daily Pennsylvanian

  • Kmart has taken its shoe business in-house and is introducing low-priced sneakers endorsed by NBA player Al Harrington and women's shoes aimed at attracting the "frugalista," a retail executive said Wednesday.

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  • The word beat out other finalists like, "frugalista," "moofer," and "topless meeting," which is much less sexy than it sounds.

    TakePart Social Action Network™

  • Wednesday), I'm afraid the Houston Chronicle is tardy to the "frugalista" party.

    chron.com Chronicle

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  • This is a word for 2009- someone who has tightened their belt to favour the cheap n easy and save the wallet squeeze

    June 17, 2009

  • I wonder how long op-shop stuff will be fashion.

    November 22, 2008

  • Hush, Luke has gone to fetch the warm water.

    November 22, 2008

  • William Safire's pick of word of the year 2008:

    ...one entry on the Oxford shortlist rings my bell, with its rich etymology, current utility and potential staying power well beyond the nonce. It is frugalista, defined as “a person who lives a frugal lifestyle but stays fashionable and healthy by swapping clothes, buying secondhand, growing own produce, etc.�? This could become the nom de guerre of the “recession warrior.�?

    November 22, 2008