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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COUNTING HER PENNIES: Gina Haley gets busy collecting as many 5ps as she can to fill her Smarties tubes Picture by DAVE CHARNLEY
But while Mrs B's singing may have been silenced for now, she doesn't need to start counting her pennies just yet - Team Beckham are still worth an estimated pounds 50 million.