Frugality sometimes gets a bad rap, because it is often confused with being cheap. However, there is a difference between being frugal and being cheap. In general, frugal actions are those that save money and/or resources, while not harming anyone else. In fact they usually benefit everyone involved in some manner. Cheap actions, on the other hand, usually occur at the expense of others. They may damage relationships as well. Here are a few frugal vs. cheap examples:

FrugalCheap
Saving excess napkins given to you to use later instead of putting them in the garbageStopping into a restaurant for the purpose of taking napkins so that you don’t have to buy them yourself
Getting your food to-go to avoid spending extra money on drinks, appetizers, etc, but still leaving a tipRefusing to tip or under-tipping
Getting your pet’s shots done at the local animal shelter to take advantage of their low ratesNot vaccinating your pets to save money
Using up extra condiments given to you instead of throwing them awayLoading up on more condiments than you could possibly use so that you don’t have to buy them
Using the computer at the library to access the internet, so that you don’t have to pay for internet access at home.Using your computer at work (without permission) to access the internet, so that you don’t have to pay for internet access at home
Regifting a present that was not your style to someone because you know they would LOVE the giftRegifting a present that was not your style because you think it’s ugly & you just want to get rid of it
Creating your own decorative wrapping paper for a giftHanding over an unwrapped gift because you don’t feel like springing for wrapping paper
Using buy one meal, get one meal free coupons while eating out and tipping on what two meals would have costUsing buy one meal, get one meal free coupons while eating out and tipping on the cost of just one meal