Many people claim to be frugal. Many people are frugal. Many people don't have a clue how to be frugal. Most people don't realize what it takes to be frugal. Frugal is defined as being economical with what you have, not wasting anything, and being careful with your money. Being frugal means you do not throw away something that could have use down the road. Being frugal means you do not waste a refrigerator full of food or let the leftovers go to waste. Being frugal means you do not foolishly throw away your money on a cool new fancy car when a good sturdy used car will suit your needs perfectly. A lot of people believe that they can not be frugal because it doesn't come naturally to them. Being frugal doesn't necessarily come naturally. Many ideas and processes come into place to be frugal. Some people are born with the "frugal gene" and are good at being frugal. Many people have had to learn to be frugal either by upbringing or trial by fire.