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scrimp and save

To spend as little money as possible; to be especially frugal, especially with the aim of saving up for something bigger. Ever since we had our second child, we've had to scrimp and save to make sure they both get what they want for Christmas.
See also: and, save, scrimp

skimp and save

To reduce or limit one's spending in order to save money. I'd love to go out to dinner with you, but I'm really skimping and saving right now. I'm sorry, honey, but your father and I can't afford to buy you a new bike right now—you'll have to work more hours and skimp and save.
See also: and, save, skimp
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scrimp and save

 and pinch and scrape
to be very thrifty; to live on very little money, often in order to save up for something. We had to scrimp and save in order to send the children to college. The Smiths pinched and scraped all year in order to go on a Caribbean cruise.
See also: and, save, scrimp
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

scrimp and save

Economize severely, spend as little as possible, as in For years we had to scrimp and save, but now we can enjoy life more. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, save, scrimp
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I am one of the hundreds of planholders who scrimped and saved to pay Prudential Life Plan for a guarantee of college education for our children, a monthly pension in old age and funeral expenses in death.
Many had scrimped and saved believing budgeting in this way would give their families a better Christmas.
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Devey scrimped and saved to launch her own business Pall-Ex in 1996 - Lord Sugar would definitely approve - after she failed to secure backing from the banks.
COMEDIAN Jason Manford scrimped and saved for a budget set of wheels only to end up getting in hock for a pounds 35,000 Jag.
I desperately need the break I've scrimped and saved for.
It would however make a difference to every decent, hard working person who has been careful with their money, scrimped and saved, and wants to leave something to those who follow them.
Me, being a person who has scrimped and saved and gone without over the years so that I could buy my own house and pay the mortgage, would like to know when the council is going to give me anything free.
These are people who have probably scrimped and saved and paid their taxes all their lives, and why should the Government be able to take from that.
The pensioners who have scrimped and saved for their retirement who are not entitled to a Passport to Leisure card and pay full council tax are being penalised with these changes.
The hard-working families who scrimped and saved with Farepak only to see their Christmas ruined should have a chance to know the full facts behind the collapse of the company.
They forget the fact they've scrimped and saved to provide it.
Craig Pope, 20, and Claire Owen, 21, scrimped and saved to buy their five- month-old daughter, Seren, presents for her first Christmas.
My mother scrimped and saved during her working life and has a grand total of pounds 7,000 to her name.
In the depression (ugh!!) era, we scrimped and saved and it scrimped some more.