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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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Now organisers have finished counting the pennies and say they are delighted with the proceeds of the tree which totalled pounds 3,796.
Nearly two thirds admitted going over budget, or not bothering about counting the pennies, on vacation.
The Parkhead club have to qualify to reach the Champions League next season and now are counting the pennies - and the cost of losing out on the SPL title.
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But he was already counting the pennies, spurning a chauffeur-driven limousine and walking to London's Waterloo Station where he bought a pounds 9.
The Parkhead club need to go through a couple of qualifying rounds to reach the Champions League next season and are counting the pennies at the moment - and the cost of losing out on the SPL title.
Solihull School pupils have now finished counting the pennies they collected during the Christmas event and have raised an impressive pounds 18,500.
And meanwhile many of us are counting the pennies and worrying about redundancy.
But workers, pensioners and those on benefits are still left counting the pennies.
So the many are left counting the pennies as the few flick through bundles of pounds 20 notes.
Gordon Brown's admission that the global outlook is worsening leaves people counting the pennies and worrying about their jobs.
Yet public service staff remain hostile, with cuts to awards for nurses and the police leaving workers counting the pennies.
BRITNEY Spears's ex Kevin Federline looked like he was counting the pennies yesterday as he bought a pair of underpants from budget US store Walmart.