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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Ordinary people are being forced to count their pennies, never mind the pounds.
As diners count their pennies as the economy struggles to recover from the recent recession, luxury eateries are having to fight harder than ever for business.
TWO out of five teenagers are vowing to count their pennies in 2011, according to a survey.
But although the FAW are nowhere near the cash-strapped organisation they were four years ago, they still have to count their pennies.
Housewives may not be aware of it as they count their pennies on their weekly expeditions around the supermarket shelves.
As they count their pennies and gaze at their one bar electric fire this Christmas, I hope Britain's pensioners will find some crumbs of comfort in the fact that at least two people have escaped the credit crunch.