pinch and scrape

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pinch and scrape

To spend as little money as possible; to be very frugal or tight, especially with the aim of saving up for something bigger. Ever since we had our second child, we've had to pinch and scrape to make sure they both get what they want for Christmas.
See also: and, pinch, scrape
References in classic literature ?
Everywhere was manifest a pinching and scraping, a tightenig and shortening down of expenditure.
There was a lot of pinching and scraping to get by,'' she says.