skimp and save

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
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That being so, I find it astonishing that those responsible for taking the financial decisions so often skimp and save by providing simply not enough handlers.
"Assembly Members accepted an 8.3% pay rise and then talk down to our members who are having to skimp and save in order to exist."
While they skimp and save, the leaders of countries in the Middle East and elsewhere are laughing all the way to the bank.
We are entitled to voice our opinion if what we see in front of us is players not putting their foot in after we skimp and save our money for season tickets.