count (one's/the) pennies

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count (one's/the) pennies

To be responsible with one's money. Can we go out to dinner next week instead? I'm just counting my pennies right now.
See also: count, penny

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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My usual supplier put their prices up more than you would reasonably expect and as I count my pennies I looked elsewhere.