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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

scrimp on (something)

To choose to consume or spend on something very sparingly or frugally as a way of conserving one's money or resources. I got so used to scrimping on food when I was broke so that I could afford my rent. Now that I have a decent salary, it's hard not to have the same mentality. We cut corners where we had to so that we could afford the wedding we wanted, but we made sure not to scrimp on a good photographer!
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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

scrimp on something

to try to economize on the use of something; to fail to use enough of something. Please don't scrimp on the quality of the food. There is enough money. You don't have to scrimp on anything.
See also: on, scrimp

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

scrimp on

To consume something sparingly in order to conserve it, or be frugal when buying something in order to save money: When my salary was cut, I had to scrimp on food in order to pay my rent.
See also: on, scrimp
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We must tackle the over-riding belief that January is a month for scrimpers and savers.
Which is true and there's a lot to be said for the knowledge that feckless folk cop the lot while the scrimpers and savers get their nest egg means-tested to pieces.
Were these Russian "charity experts" not scrimpers and icers who believed that the central task of charity is to restrain generosity?
It's something Fox has had plenty of experience of, having been a celebrity chef for many years and starring as the resident food waste expert on Channel 4's Supper Scrimpers.
So, this special edition of Super Scrimpers couldn't have come at a better time - even if it doesn't tell us how to forage for our Christmas dinners and buy all the family's presents for under a fiver, any tips that will help us put a bit more cash aside for the festive season will be most welcome.
Richard is the food waste expert on Channel 4's Supper Scrimpers.
Super Scrimpers, Cook Me The Money, Cash In the Attic, Make Do And Mend, The Ultimate Guide to Penny Pinching, Making Space, and the most recent, The Great British Sewing Bee (why the American 'bee')?
These scrimpers will embrace the wartime spirit and show us their clever - and funny - ways of saving money.
Super SCRIMPERS SPECIALS c4 8pm Strict Mrs Moneypenny (left) is on hand with pennypinching tips to get us through those many cold, dark nights - from cleaning the house to entertaining the children.