The F Word: Is There a Difference Between Frugal and Cheap?

The F Word- Is There a Difference BetweenWe’ve all heard it. Maybe you’ve even been called it. The F Word.

Frugal.

I’d like to think that there is a difference between frugal and cheap. However, popular nomenclature seems to want to treat these two words as synonyms. Case in point? This lovely open letter written by Giuliana Rancic’s husband to her.* The letter really is quite touching. He pays tribute to her strength and it’s quite easy to picture him beaming with pride as he writes.

He also says the word frugal. Even though I think the word he’s looking for is cheap. Or maybe even rude.

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