I consider myself to be this type of person. A search did not yield anything, but I did find this website. What is the word you use to describe someone who does not like excess, in the sense of quantity of material possesions and / or in purchasing something more expensive because it has a couple of extra features that are not really needed?
prudent - wise or judicious
frugal - requiring few resources
discreet - showing prudence and circumspection
economical - avoiding waste or extravagance
practical - suitable for a particular purpose
It sounds like being a minimalist to me, although some folks might confuse it with minimalism in art or music.
What is minimalism? If we had to sum it up in a single sentence, we would say, Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
The "Minimalist" disambiguation page on Wikipedia has an entry that points to Simple Living and explains that 'Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one's lifestyle. These may include reducing one's possessions, generally referred to as Minimalism...'
There seems to be a lot of variation in what might specifically constitute a minimalist life style, but I think that context will make it less ambiguous.
In addition to Rayner's suggestions, there are
- parsimonious (avoiding excess)
- stingy (ungenerous)
- miserly (inclined to hoard money)
- Spartan (characterized by self-denial)
Stingy and miserly are pejorative. Spartan might evince a degree of admiration. Parsimonious is purely technical, a neutral evaluation. A solution to a problem might be described as parsimonious, if it is the simplest possible answer.
There are many others.
The term ascetic comes to mind:
characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.
"an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor"
synonyms: austere, self-denying, abstinent, abstemious, self-disciplined, self-abnegating; simple, puritanical, monastic; reclusive, eremitic, hermitic; celibate, chaste
"an ascetic life"
a person who practices severe self-discipline and abstention.
synonyms: abstainer, puritan, recluse, hermit, anchorite, solitary; fakir, Sufi, dervish, sadhu; archaiceremite
"a desert ascetic"
(I just saw this term in a comment on this question.)
If you feel excess is a bit unethical, then self disciplined would work.
If the issue is monetary, then frugal or shrewd would work.
If you find excess in bad taste, then unostentatious would work.
In general, you are a sensible person.
One could say that this person is not materialistic, or they may be moderating. You could find antonyms for materialistic/greedy. For example:
I am not a very materialistic person.
I am a moderating person.
You could also say something that states that it is easier for you to restrain yourself(abstemious). Thrifty might also be an acceptable term.
I like the word content (or contented), meaning satisfied with what one has. Contented people are grateful for what they have; they are not acquisitive, envious, or discontented because they think they do not have enough stuff, or stuff that is the "latest and greatest."
From the free dictionary
adjective: moderate or sparing
At the more extreme end you might call them an ascetic.
From the Free Dictionary... Noun: A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
Unextravagant. That is, the opposite of extravagant:
spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful: an extravagant shopper.
excessively high: extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
- exceeding the bounds of reason, as actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
- going beyond what is deserved or justifiable: extravagant praise.
Another word you may consider is sparing. Here is the explanation given by the free dictionary:
sparing adj. 1. Given to or marked by prudence and restraint in the use of material resources. Synonyms: sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical
I suggest temperate, sense 2
tem·per·ate ˈtemp(ə)rət/ adjective adjective: temperate 1. of, relating to, or denoting a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures. synonyms: mild, clement, benign, gentle, balmy "temperate climates" antonyms: extreme 2. showing moderation or self-restraint. "Charles was temperate in his consumption of both food and drink" synonyms: self-restrained, restrained, moderate, self-controlled, disciplined; More
: given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality.