scrimp and save

scrimp and save

 and pinch and scrape
to be very thrifty; to live on very little money, often in order to save up for something. We had to scrimp and save in order to send the children to college. The Smiths pinched and scraped all year in order to go on a Caribbean cruise.
See also: and, save, scrimp

scrimp and save

to spend very little money, especially because you are saving it to buy something expensive (often + to do sth) We had to scrimp and save to buy our first house.
See also: and, save, scrimp

scrimp and save

Economize severely, spend as little as possible, as in For years we had to scrimp and save, but now we can enjoy life more. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, save, scrimp
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You work, pay your taxes and National Insurance, scrimp and save to buy a house, get a pension and maybe save a few pounds.
As most taxpayers scrimp and save, the idea someone is claiming a benefit they are not entitled to infuriates the general public.
A report by Direct Holidays found that as people have less money they are willing to scrimp and save to get a break.
I know he's right but all we do is work and scrimp and save.
Two hundred pounds may seem like a bit of a hefty price tag for a pair of earrings in these trying times, but we're honestly willing to scrimp and save when it comes to pieces as beautiful and versatile as these by Ben Amun.
It's laughable when she's worth pounds 320million - hardly a woman needing to scrimp and save.
You see a lot of winners with posh houses, but we've had to scrimp and save all our lives.
The majority of council tax and income taxpayers are not local government or central government employees and therefore have to either scrimp and save to provide their own pension for retirement (and be victimised by the taxman and DSS upon retirement) or rely upon the wholly inadequate state pension to provide for their retirement.
The bill is very costly, so all those seniors who scrimp and save to leave something to their grandchildren better leave enough for the tax bill that's coming.
This will encourage those who must scrimp and save to do so.
In 1880s Whitechapel, despite being among the crude and the brutal with the Ripper on the prowl,Fiona Finnegan sees a rosy future for herself and her sweetheart Joe,as they scrimp and save to open their own shop and work themselves out of poverty.
Now, under the new Welfare Reform Bill announced last week, any family which has bothered to scrimp and save more than pounds 6,000 will lose precious benefits.
But despite the economic climate all the signs are that, come what may, we Brits will scrimp and save to ensure we get our precious and much-needed annual holiday.
This power-mad pair have never had to scrimp and save, and have little idea of what it is like to live in the real world.
WORK all your lives to scrimp and save for your retirement, develop a life-threatening cancer and you are told you cannot have the treatment, because it costs too much.