San Diego is one of the most frugal cities in the United States, according to online finance site That website assembled some data from more than a million users to create an interesting infographic showing the most frugal cities in the United States.

Here’s its introduction:

We all know that Americans have cut back on their spending during the recession but where are they cutting back the most? Comparing 20 cities across 25 “discretionary” categories we found that five cities spend less than the national average and cut more of their spending (yr over yr) than the national average. Our latest map is based on the aggregate data from over one million users, a representative sampling of US consumers.

Among the categories for that “discretionary” spending: clothing, books, electronics, hobbies and sporting goods

Here is the graphic:

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Be aware: There’s some conflict in the comments below the site’s original post about the way in which analyzed the data.

But I’m interested in your anecdotal take. Have you, your families and your friends in San Diego cut back more than the people you know in other cities? Do you think San Diego deserves this recognition? Leave a comment below, and if you’re not reading this in Survival, go there.

Hat tip to reader PA.


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