Need a word to describe someone who doesn't need the product but buys it because he/she has a coupon.

I would use 贪小便宜的 , but what is a proper equivalent in English

Have seen the posts https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/308698/a-word-for-a-person-who-never-overpays, still couldn't decide which is the best one.

Note:I am looking for the English equivalent of 贪小便宜的,rather than a Chinese synonym.

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You can use 葛朗台, which is actually the Chinese translation of the main character's name in Eugénie Grandet, a novel by French author Honoré de Balzac.

A less witty one would be 小气鬼,which is equivalent to the English penny-pincher or cheapskate.

  • I believe OP was asking for an English translation rather than a Chinese one but you've included penny-pincher and cheapskate so that might suffice.
    – Mou某
    Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 3:01
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    Just want to say while penny-pincher and cheapskate fits well, 小气鬼 is not really a good translation for these words. 小气鬼 is usually referred to someone narrow-minded
    – Alex
    Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 21:23

Need a word to describe someone who doesn't need the product but buys it because he/she has a coupon.

You want 1 word, in Chinese (or English?), for a compulsive redeemer of coupons.

Such a word does not exist.

I would like to redeem this coupon.

If he has a coupon for something, he will buy it.

a compulsive consumer: 一个强迫症消费者

thrift: 节约, 节俭
thrifty: 节俭的

a compulsive saver: 一个强迫症节俭者。

A person who has to use coupons if he has them might then be:

a compulsive redeemer of coupons: 一个强迫症使用优惠券者???

She just has to use coupons.

Wasn't there a Hongkong film "消费狂“ about a woman who could not stop buying?

  • Thanks, I guess " a compulsive redeemer of coupons" is something I am looking for unless there is a more accurate but simple alternative.
    – mfg
    Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 7:01

1. a cheap ass
2. niggard
3. (likes to) take (petty) advantages of (others)


贪小便宜的 basically means a stingy person or cheapskate. I think this is a pretty good description.

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