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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 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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There's a casino for gamblers, a pound store for scrimpers, and a football ground for those who think Leicester City can stay safe in the English Premier League.
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.
Initially only Channel 4-commissioned shows such as Undercover Boss, 24 Hours in A&E, Rude Tube and everyone's favourite Super Scrimpers will be available but Channel 4 has said it is hoping to add US studio content to the service "as and when possible.
The scrimpers return with a series of money-saving tips, from teaching us how to make a stylish pin cushion to telling us of a nifty way to organise our DIY essentials.
Award-winning personal finance blogger Miss Thrifty, real name Karyn Fleeting, commented, "The tanked economy and our straitened household budgets have turned us into a nation of smart shoppers and clever scrimpers.
profoundly lets go: to the solemn misers, lust-striken scrimpers, she
Like the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Great Recession seems destined to turn many Americans into lasting coupon-cutters, scrimpers and savers.
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.