count (one's)/the pennies

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count (one's)/the pennies

To be careful with one's money; to adhere to a strict budget. Can we go out to dinner next week instead? I'm just counting my pennies right now.
See also: count, penny
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count the (or your) pennies

be careful about how much you spend.
Variants of this expression are watch the pennies and, in the USA, pinch the pennies .
See also: count, penny
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When he is completely dependent on the state handout and is forced to count his pennies with arthritic fingers, and can only shuffle the aisles of the supermarket because of arthritic knees or a hip replacement, will he change his tune?