penny-pincher


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penny pincher

Someone who is extremely frugal or miserly with their money; someone who is very unwilling or reluctant to spend. My ex-husband was such a penny pincher that, on the rare occasion we would go out to eat, he wouldn't even leave a tip! It was when I was completely broke in college that I became something of a penny pincher.
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penny-pincher

n. someone who is very miserly; someone who objects to the expenditure of every penny. If you weren’t such a penny-pincher, you’d have some decent clothes.
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Posh penny-pinchers think nothing of buying a bottle of spirits in duty free so they can enjoy a snifter on their balcony rather than pay for overpriced drinks at the bar.
Tree huggers and penny-pinchers can probably agree: A thermostat that learns your habits as you use it, and then heats and cools your home accordingly, is a smart investment.
Instead, the penny-pinchers honed in on the Albion Street tourist office as an easy win as the cuts got underway.
Braking is exceptionally impressive and, although you won't get many miles per gallon (19 on average), this is not the vehicle for penny-pinchers. Of course, there is an array of class-leading safety features on board, including anti-lock brakes, anti-slip regulation, electronic stability programme, electronic brakeforce distribution, tyre pressure monitoring, driver, front and side airbags and more besides.
Conservatives are penny-pinchers where public services are concerned, and aren't particularly bothered about the rest of us who rely on them.
I WOULD PREFER that waiters were paid a living wage, making them immune to the whims of penny-pinchers like you and me, but the system we actually have makes it customary to tip at least 15 percent of the final bill, no matter how much work is involved.
In my own country, the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) became a political football, particularly at election time as politicians sought to portray themselves as guardians of the NHS and the opposing party as cruel penny-pinchers. For British readers out there, remember the saga of Jennifer's Ear, back in 1992?
The other groups are "involuntary penny-pinchers," who have been hard hit by the recession, and "apathetic materialists," who have been the least changed by it.
THE PRICE The keenly priced market menu offers two courses for pounds 9.95 and three for pounds 12.50 (for penny-pinchers, whom I admire, that's pounds 2.55 for homemade ice creams or sorbets).
And he may be as poor now as a Highlands crofter but, unlike the carpers and penny-pinchers, he'll always have plenty of days in the sun to remember.
Great ideas to help out the penny-pinchers at money saving expert after their failed Betfair sting:
"Undesirable" customers are the skin-flints, tightwads and penny-pinchers who constantly apply for rebates, purchase returned merchandise at a discount after buying and returning it themselves, or resell marked-down merchandise at a profit on the Internet.
clickthrough, such false economizing penny-pinchers will have to live with the patrons they already have, praying that age will not wither or the Web lure these few familiar faces away.
But Whitehall penny-pinchers dealt the biggest blow to Middlesbrough Council.
Then there's the unpronounceable words, so-called penny-pinchers in Ceredigion and, of course, the never ending sheep jokes.