I hate the sound of the word “frugal” but maybe that’s just what society has done to me. When you look at the Latin root of the word, it’s actually rather pretty:
“Frugal” shares a Latin root with frug (meaning virtue), frux (meaning fruit or value) and frui (meaning to enjoy or have the use of). In other words, “frugality” is enjoying the virtue of getting good value for every minute of your life and from everything you have the use of.
I read this in the book Your Money or Your Life which is awesome enough to deserve its own post.