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save (up) (for something)

to accumulate money in order to buy something. I can't buy a car because I am saving up for college. I don't have the money now, but I am saving up.

Save

(one's) face Fig. to preserve one's good standing, pride, or high position (after a failure). The ambassador was more interested in saving his face than winning the argument. Most diplomats are concerned with saving face.
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If you check Always create backup, Excel will automatically create a backup of the spreadsheet exactly as it appeared when opened, naming it "Backup of XXX." This backup is saved when you save the spreadsheet with new changes incorporated.
"We saved so that we would have enough for a down payment for a house," says Theresa.
Toward the end of Titanic, the 101-year-old Rose (Gloria Stewart) ends her gripping four-hankie account of "a night to remember" by telling us that Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) "saved me ...
We reckon as little as PS5 saved here and there - from takeaway coffees to washing powder and even a tin of paint - soon adds up to a tidy sum.
"There is no way I could have saved money and paid off my loans if I were living by myself," she says.
But he always saved a portion of it--starting with $25 a week from his early paychecks to more than 75% just before retirement.
It's no secret that the majority of the $601 billion in earned money income by black households in 2001 was spent on everything from rent and groceries to computers and cars--with very little of these earnings saved or invested.
According to the 2001 Retirement Confidence Survey, Fletcher is one of the 31% of African American workers who have nothing saved toward retirement, versus 19% of all American workers.
Younger generations are following in the tradition of these elders who believed that you saved for something and then bought it, rather than buying it and then paying it off (with interest) for the next 20 years.