dip into savings

dip into (one's) savings

To take money from one's savings account in small amounts. When my car broke down, I had to dip into my savings to pay for all of the repairs.
See also: dip, saving
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dip into one's savings

Fig. to take out part of the money one has been saving. (See also dip in(to something).) I had to dip into my savings in order to pay for my vacation. I went to the bank and dipped into savings. There wasn't much left.
See also: dip, saving
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For people contemplating retirement on a limited income, the idea of keeping a large family home to accommodate grown offspring compels them to dip into savings or stay in the workforce longer than they'd like.
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Yet they spend $25,000 - about 179 percent of what they make - on necessities such as food and housing, which means they have no cushion at all for medical emergencies and are forced to either borrow money or dip into savings to cover such costs, CNN found in an analysis of the BLS data last year.
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