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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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The physicians then classified the skimping discharges by type of service omitted:
Trust us: The folks who created most of these programs know a thing or two about skimping on the writing.
School safety - especially on this project - is hardly the place to start skimping.
The items included skimping on worker safety and quality control, using foreign steel without authorization, only pretending to follow laws on minority subcontractors, inflating bids and deliberately altering bookkeeping records to mislead authorities.
Instead, copious amounts of tedious plot building couple with the filmmakers' skimping on gross-out effects to suggest that the title would really be more accurate, in all senses of the word, were it changed to ``They Bite.
Riffing off old prisoner-of-war movie motifs and coyly reminding us at every opportunity that we're watching lumps of colorful Play-Doh, directors Peter Lord and Nick Park keep matters constantly amusing without skimping on suspense, action or real emotional involvement.
The opening sequence during the Vietnam War is nice and concise; it sets up personalities and relationships while not skimping on the terror and horror and the difficulty of decision-making under fire.
The report accuses the state's education system of obsessing on university preparation while skimping on instruction for the workplace.
United Airlines is defying the current trend of skimping on airline food to see if quantity will attract passengers.
Following are ways universal design can make your kitchen all-inclusive and less labor-intensive without skimping on style.