I like to think of myself as thrifty, as I'm always looking for a "cheaper" price on a good deal.
I traded my son's old laptop for a 2006 Whizzer in good condition.
Most of my project bikes are either Giant or Diamondback, for which I've paid $100, $125 and $160.
I bought a 1976 Huffy bike with non-running BikeBug engine for $35.
For cheap, you most times get what you pay for, or less.
For thrifty, you almost always get many times what you pay for.