How Frugal Is Your Hometown?

If you’re from Atlanta, get ready to break out the Champagne — or, rather, the cheap sparkling wine. According to, Atlanta is the most frugal city in America, based on usage of online coupons. Other frugal towns include Tampa, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Minneapolis.

This is Atlanta’s second year atop the list, as reported by Forbes:

According to, the city of Atlanta is the most frugal city in the nation. Although Atlanta topped the most frugal city list in 2009, coupon use by city residents almost doubled in 2010. In 2009, users in the city printed out about $531 in coupons. This figure jumped to about $1,000 in 2010. …

Tampa, Fla., came in as the number two most frugal city in the nation with an average of $863 in coupon savings during 2010, quite a big difference from the average savings in Atlanta.

If your city didn’t make the cut, you can always check to see how well it ranked in another recent list: America’s Rudest Cities, from Travel & Leisure. Los Angeles and New York topped that list, and none of the most frugal showed up in the top 10. Does that mean you really can be cheap and cheerful — or just that cost-cutting and politeness are strong values in the mostly southern and midwestern cities atop the frugal list?

What is the most frugal city in the United States? [Forbes]
America’s Rudest Cities [Travel + Leisure]