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frugal +‎ -ista, after the pattern of fashionista.


frugalista (plural frugalistas)

  1. (informal) A person (especially a woman) who is fashionable while being thrifty.
    • 2005 February 11, “OUR FRUGALISTA IS GETTING MARRIED!”, in Palm Beach Post (FL), page 4E:
      Our Frugalista is getting married.
    • 2008 July 27, “Consumed - Silicon Clips - The Coupon's New Life Online”, in New York Times:
      Maybe the modern, tech-enabled consumer remembers Mom’s frugalista boasts as puzzling behavior in a less-sophisticated era. But with $4 gas and rising prices, it’s something to think back on with fresh understanding
    • 2008 July 30, “The body beautiful”, in
      This week: cheap thrills and freebies for the frugalista. There's no shame in being a frugalista.