From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Frugal \Fru"gal\, a. [L. frugalis, fr. frugi, lit., for fruit;
   hence, fit for food, useful, proper, temperate, the dative of
   frux, frugis, fruit, akin to E. fruit: cf. F. frugal. See
   Fruit, n.]
   1. Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not
      wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application
      of force, materials, time, etc.; characterized by
      frugality; sparing; economical; saving; as, a frugal
      housekeeper; frugal of time.
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            I oft admire
            How Nature, wise and frugal, could commit
            Such disproportions.                  --Milton.
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   2. Obtained by, or appropriate to, economy; as, a frugal
      fortune. "Frugal fare." --Dryden.
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