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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Further downward wage pressure could add to more global imbalances, debt woes and reluctance of customers who count pennies to consider new products - particularly in the United States and Europe, the big consumer markets for global producers.
Ms Munro, who denied she was being vindictive by handing over coppers, said: "I admit it's annoying to have to count pennies but that's all I had and I'm not the kind of person to leave a debt hanging.
It employs professionals who deserve better than to count pennies, service debt.
In the past, we have given in and allowed the money managers to do nothing more than count pennies.
But instead of thinking about raising standards in our classrooms, the council has decided to count pennies.
With pounds 200million in the bank, and annual operating costs of just pounds 21million, he doesn't count pennies.
This year, Red Roof plays an even more instrumental role as Americans count pennies and guard their pocketbooks but are not canceling their travel plans.
NASUWT spokesman Tino Ferri said: "The council has decided to count pennies.