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skimp and save

To reduce or limit one's spending in order to save money. I'd love to go out to dinner with you, but I'm really skimping and saving right now. I'm sorry, honey, but your father and I can't afford to buy you a new bike right now—you'll have to work more hours and skimp and save.
See also: and, save, skimp

scrimp and save

To spend as little money as possible; to be especially frugal, especially with the aim of saving up for something bigger. Ever since we had our second child, we've had to scrimp and save to make sure they both get what they want for Christmas.
See also: and, save, scrimp

skimp on (something)

To choose to consume or spend on something very sparingly or frugally as a way of conserving one's money or resources. I got so used to skimping on food when I was broke so that I could afford my rent. Now that I have a decent salary, it's hard not to have the same mentality. We cut corners where we had to so that we could afford the wedding we wanted, but we made sure not to skimp on a good photographer!
See also: on, skimp

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

skimp on something

to use too little of something; to save something by using less of it than needed for something. Please don't skimp on the gravy. i like my potatoes swimming in it. They skimped on quality a little when they furnished the lobby.
See also: on, skimp

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

skimp on

To fail to provide for or supply something appropriately; be stingy with something: That pizzeria always skimps on the pepperoni.
See also: on, skimp
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Trucking has always been a dangerous business, but from 1935 through 1980, strict economic regulation protected "for-hire' carriers in large part from the vagaries of the free market and thus took away some of the pressure to skimp on safety measures.
So wrap up warm, wear several layers of clothing and don't skimp on heating.
If price is an issue for you, retailers may pitch you less robust units with smaller hard drives and less RAM, but you shouldn't skimp on the core features.
Firms providing prepared meals always skimp on the ingredients to maximise profit.
Let's hope the fine hasn't meant he's had to skimp on the sun-tan lotion or he'll come back with an even redder face.
And you ought to know what to expect if you skimp on a clapped-out old banger with no MoT.
It's also a problem too many face because house builders tend to skimp on sound proofing Legislation is being brought in for new developments, but that isn't going to help you.
l Don't skimp on haircuts - have one at least every two months.
She added: ``But that doesn't mean you have to skimp on taste.
won't have to skimp and there is the pounds 30million reserve built up during the years of over-payment.