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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.
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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 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
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Ed Miliband would save thousands of pounds for singles or couples scrimping and saving to purchase a place of their own while protecting tenants from Rachman landlords who bump up rents or kick them out if their faces don't fit.
All the scrimping and saving went for naught when the company collapsed financially in 2011.
And, ironically, their very special big day was all the more memorable for their scrimping and saving.
Overpaid, over-rated, with inflated egos and uncontrollable libidos, they are just about as far removed from the ordinary football fan - scrimping and saving to afford a season ticket - as it is possible to get.
They are cutting corners by scrimping and saving on what they pay their staff.
All the time, scrimping and saving so you can enjoy your last years.
Rather, tap into the time-honoured expertise gained through a lifetime of scrimping and saving.
After scrimping and saving most of his working life, pensioner James Smith had enough to live off with some left over to leave his family.
David said: "After scrimping and saving and having two jobs for 17 years, it's a bit of a shock to the system.
IT'S worth scrimping and saving to spend just one holiday in your life on a Caribbean island.
These are tough times for the sort of scrimping and saving required to boost net worth.
Can just imagine blue-collar Baghdad Bob coming home from a busy day of street looting: "Hey, honey, remember those 200 CCs of pure industrial grade anthrax we were scrimping and saving, hoping one day to raise a stake big enough to buy?
Suppose you're Tony' Ridder, the CEO of Knight Ridder, and you've had a terrible year, not making quite as much profit as the previous year and being forced to do all sorts of terrible things like laying off people and cutting the salaries of the working stiffs and scrimping and saving in every possible way.
Kim, of Long Lawford, near Rugby, said: "After two years of scrimping and saving, I'm glad this expedition is finally happening.
After a year of scrimping and saving, people need a pick-me-up - and there's nothing better for that feelgood factor than bagging a bargain.