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

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 bus can be your bus, if you wish it to be My bus can be your bus, the journeys will build our history Everything that can be, has been done, but not by us We'll experience it all our way, if you get on my bus Some days we'll be counting our pennies, others we'll count the pounds We'll do it all with fun in our hearts, as the wheels go round and round We'll wipe each other's tears, when/if we cross Sorrows Bridge Just as we'll keep one another safe, should we travel a precarious ridge At the moment my bus is white, for colouring I'll hand over to you, Remember the bottom needs painting, for that black will do.
We're all still counting our pennies, tightening our belts, making do.