I'm thinking of words like fiscal, astute, shrewd, thrifty or business-savvy.

However, I know there's got to be a better word for someone who looks for great deals, a person who understands price and finds great value.

For example, a man believes his computer is not working fast anymore. He looks up prices for a new computer, costing $1200. Instead, he researches that his computer needs more memory. Rather than buying a new $1200 computer, he installs $20 of memory to make his computer work smoothly. This man is [deal oriented].

Anything along the lines of extreme financially savvy-ness is great. Another way to think about it is someone who can create something from nothing, or can do a lot with very little.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  • That doesn't have anything to do with "making deals". What you describe is simply being a savvy consumer.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 23, 2016 at 19:19
  • I see what you mean. I guess I'm looking for something more value-driven which creates great deals or circumstances. Sep 23, 2016 at 19:21
  • perhaps meticulous ?
    – Murad
    Sep 23, 2016 at 19:22
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    When someone talks to me about "great deals" I make it a point to count my fingers after shaking their hand.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 23, 2016 at 19:23
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    Actually, you're not describing a bargain hunter or a negotiator, but rather someone who uses their money carefully, balancing expenditure with the underlying reason for spending in the first place. I think 'deal' might not be quite the right word here, but that's the point of the question.
    – Lawrence
    Sep 24, 2016 at 0:02

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The Oxford Dictionaries website gives as the meaning of resourceful:

Having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.

Although this word doesn't explicitly address the idea of frugality and the search for cost effective solutions that is part of your question, we can, I think, imagine that the difficulties overcome might well include budgetary ones. And the ability to upgrade rather than replace aging technology can certainly be called resourcefulness.


"a value-conscious shopper" is a buyer who seeks best prices.

  • Being price conscious means knowing how much an item would cost and avoiding buying things which are expensive for them. They generally see value for money and are value conscious too. They seek lowest price for the products they buy. They are a segment of buyers. They always lookout for best prices.

"a conscious consumer" also comes to mind, and I agree it can mean different things to different people. To me it means exactly what you describe, trying to spend less without reducing the quality of your purchased product.

  • Hi Centaurus, I was really looking for a single word that fits all the above. I think resourceful covers it. Sep 24, 2016 at 2:08
  • @DomainsFeatured It covers anything. It's nonspecific.
    – Centaurus
    Sep 24, 2016 at 2:14
  • In all fairness, I did ask the question and @PresterJohn did a nice job of explaining how it specifically covers my description. Also, I think it nicely spans what I asked "Anything along the lines of extreme financially savvy-ness is great. Another way to think about it is someone who can create something from nothing, or can do a lot with very little. " Sep 24, 2016 at 4:02

Unfortunately, I believe you need to provide more context. You are searching for an esoteric word (if it exists), while providing an unequal measure of specificity.

I infer the word that best describes this type of individual is "efficient", or maybe"opportunist". However, I submit those with an assumption, that is:

  • The individual who bought the RAM rather than a new device, did so in a manner which was optimal for his time to cost ratio. That is to say, his quantified effort into research, learning, purchasing, manual installation etc... did not out weight the cost of the new device.

Though the nature of the hypothetical is trivial (researching and replacing RAM). There are cases in which it is not; e.g. replacing the broken screen on an iPhone (manually), may not be as efficient as paying a third-party (at higher cost) to provide the repair.

  • Ealianias, it's just an example, not all encompassing by any means. I like your time-cost take on it. Indeed, someone who is efficient with time and aware of the costs while making the most of any situation...is resourceful :-) Sep 24, 2016 at 1:35
  • Resourceful is far more accurate, I myself had a hard time thinking of a word that fit. I became too focused on the example.
    – user23426
    Sep 26, 2016 at 13:17

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