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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According to Paulo de Sa, a senior manager at the Bank's mining unit: "Times are tough, so the mining companies are counting their pennies, but there is a lot of interest because it is exactly when commodity prices are weak and the companies are reducing their investment budgets that having the information to guide their priorities is valuable.
All is asked is that there is clarity at a time when so many are counting their pennies about how the pennies at Stormont are being spent.
With everyone still counting their pennies, value for money is as important as it ever was, and TJ Hughes is there to answer consumers' prayers.
Pupils at St Francis' Catholic Primar,y in Nursery Road, Handsworth, will be looking forward to counting their pennies and turning them into pounds after opening a new school bank in association with HSBC.
The marathon charity event also had accountants at Newcastle firm HW counting their pennies.
Maybe the economy isn't in as good a shape as we'd like, maybe people are counting their pennies a little more carefully.