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save (one's) own bacon

To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, usually without regard or concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the IRS audit, the CEO was more concerned with saving his own bacon than ensuring his employees' jobs remained secure. Just be sure not to leave yourself exposed in this scandal—you can be sure that the senator is looking to save her own bacon, and you should be doing the same.
See also: bacon, save

save (one's) own hide

To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, usually without regard or concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the IRS audit, the CEO was more concerned with saving his own hide than ensuring his employees' jobs remained secure. Just be sure not to leave yourself exposed in this scandal—you can be sure that the senator is looking to save her own hide, and you should be doing the same.
See also: hide, save

save (one's) own neck

To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, usually without regard or concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the IRS audit, the CEO was more concerned with saving his own neck than ensuring his employees' jobs remained secure. Just be sure not to leave yourself exposed in this scandal—you can be sure that the senator is looking to save her own neck, and you should be doing the same.
See also: neck, save

saving grace

A redeeming quality of something or someone. The only saving grace about that house is the large eat-in kitchen. Aunt Gertrude's incessant talking can be annoying, but her kindness is her saving grace—I know that she would help us with anything, no questions asked.
See also: grace, saving

dip into one's savings

Fig. to take out part of the money one has been saving. (See also dip in(to something).) I had to dip into my savings in order to pay for my vacation. I went to the bank and dipped into savings. There wasn't much left.
See also: dip, saving

in the interest of saving time

in order to hurry things along; in order to save time. Mary: In the interest of saving time, I'd like to save questions for the end of my talk. Bill: But I have an important question now! "In the interest of saving time," said Jane, "I'll give you the first three answers."
See also: interest, of, saving, time

saving grace

Cliché the one thing that saves or redeems someone or something that would otherwise be a total disaster. Her saving grace is that she has a lot of money. The saving grace for the whole evening was the good music played by the band.
See also: grace, saving

a saving grace

a good quality that makes you like something or someone although you do not like anything else about them It's a small cinema and the seats are uncomfortable, but the saving grace is that people aren't allowed to eat during the film.
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saving grace, a

A redeeming quality, especially one compensating for drawbacks or negative characteristics. For example, She may not be too knowledgeable, but her saving grace is that she doesn't pretend to be . This term, dating from the late 1500s, at first referred to the concept of being saved from eternal damnation, and was used more loosely only from the late 1800s on.
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Interested participants are asked to register online at the Black America Saves page with their savings goal.
On the DVD, students from Chicago area schools share lessons on the history of money, spending, saving, donating, investing and using credit.
Not modifying your spending habits and committing to saving money
The couple have been saving and investing regularly since they first married 10 years ago.
But if you put off saving until the child is 12, you'd have to save $109 a month to reach $10,000.
Hilton Garden Inn began the late check-out promotion last year to commemorate the end of Daylight Saving Time with a 2 p.
Commerce Department is trying to get across to Americans who are saving too little, with the savings rate at zero, according to its report out earlier this month.
According to the study, close to three-quarters (72 percent) of low-saving employees said they didn't know how much they need to save for retirement, but believed they should be saving at least two-to-three times as much than they currently were.
In comparison, the inability to find additional dollars to save is the most common obstacle to saving for those in their prime savings years (35-54) who are juggling multiple expenses such as daycare, mortgages and saving for college.
While most people with children younger than 18 say they can save for retirement and college expenses, when forced to prioritize, fully one-third (33 percent) admit they are saving mostly for retirement and putting only a little money toward college, the survey showed.
Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.
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