count the pennies
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Related to count the pennies: count your pennies
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.
count the (or your) penniesbe careful about how much you spend.
Variants of this expression are watch the pennies and, in the USA, pinch the pennies .