save for a rainy day

save (something) for a rainy day

To reserve something, especially money, for use in a time or period of unforeseen difficulty, trouble, or need. I know you want to buy a new TV with your Christmas bonus, but you should really save it for a rainy day. I save a portion of my wages each month for a rainy day.
See also: rainy, save

save (something) for a rainy day

 and put something aside for a rainy day; hold something back for a rainy day; keep something for a rainy day
Fig. to reserve something--usually money--for some future need. I've saved a little money for a rainy day. Keep some extra allowance for a rainy day.
See also: rainy, save

save for a rainy day

Provide contingency funds for when times are tough. There's no clear answer to when this expression began (some have traced it back to the 16th century), but it's clear that a “rainy day” is the symbol of gloom. The wise course, therefore, is to sock away funds to tide you over when times are tough.
See also: rainy, save
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Experts expressed concern that Government policies have driven some hard-pressed households to give up trying to save for a rainy day as they continue to grapple with high living costs and poor interest rates which fail to give them any real returns.
MY wife and I are 88 years of age and fortunately both our parents taught us how to be frugal and save for a rainy day.
Bank of America is enabling Americans to save for a rainy day one penny at a time.
Conducted by Roper Public Affairs, the survey found that 70 percent of Americans would save for a rainy day, while 57 percent report that they will buy something they need.
plans to put his $20,000 jackpot straight into the bank to save for a rainy day.
The largest number, 46 percent, responded they would pay off credit cards and other bills, while 21 percent said they would save for a rainy day.