I'm careful with money, but I refuse to go over board with extreme frugality. My mother was the cheapest woman I have ever met, and I was raised in a household where nothing
was bought when it was needed, and I often went without things I needed, even thought the money was there, so she could brag about "saving money."
I grew up very resentful of being dressed like a homeless person as a child and was terribly bullied because of it. Also, her need to buy the absolute cheapest of everything actually often ended up costing more
money, as food was wasted being burned in cheap pots and pans, clothing wore out more quickly, things that were bought cheaply broke and needed to be replaced etc.
There is a happy medium between being a spendthrift and using "thriftiness" as a form of simple greed. My mother is a prime example of "Thrift as a thinly veiled form of greed." She has no appreciation for quality
and then doesn't understand why her cooking never turns out (due to low quality cookware, worn out appliances, and low quality food ingredients,) why her belongings wear out or break faster than other people's why her clothing doesn't fit properly, why her body and face care items "don't work" when if she spent some money on quality
she not only would get results and have longer lasting goods, but she would have less stressful life.
I'd rather spend the money and get something of quality that will last me years than "save money" have buy something that will break or wear out or never work at all.
I'm careful, but I don't worship money, so I do spend when I can, and try to get quality goods for things that are important.
So, no, I'm probably not all that thrifty, but in the end, I get better results than some people, and the things I save to buy end up lasting longer and working well.