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economize on (something)

To reduce some expense in order to save money. Ugh, I can't believe Mom and Dad got rid of cable to economize on their bills.
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economize on something

to save money by cutting the cost of something. We will have to economize on our food budget. We can only economize on a few things.
See also: economize, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This economizes on mechanical work input and substantially reduces the need for cooling insofar as this is possible to any great extent with rubber at all.
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Tribalism, feudalism, fascism, communism, and socialism all are forced to economize (ration) scarce means among competing ends.