ケチ vs. せこい vs. 節約 : Which Is Really Better?
The meaning of ケチ,せこい and 節約 is close to each other about money. However, natives know there are different words. After figuring out how to use them, your expression would be expanded. Today, let me introduce how you use ケチ, せこい and 節約 properly.
Stingy / Cheap / Cheapskate
ケチ can be used as the meaning of a person who is stingy, cheap. a cheapskate and so on. When it comes to money, he/she might be stingy, however, his/her personality is fine. When saying ドケチ, that means “really stingy”.
Small-minded / Freeloader / Cheating
Unlike ケチ, せこい can be used as a person who is small minded and freeloader. Basically, people can be friends with people who are ケチ(stingy) however, they don’t wanna be friends with a person who is せこい(small-minded).
Frugal / Save money / Economizing
節約 doesn’t have the negative meaning such as ケチ and せこい. Rather 節約 can be used as the positive meaning by natives. A person who buy only things that he/she just needs and has a goal of buying something that is pretty expensive.