skimp on

skimp 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 skimping 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 skimp on a good photographer!
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skimp on something

to use too little of something; to save something by using less of it than needed for something. Please don't skimp on the gravy. i like my potatoes swimming in it. They skimped on quality a little when they furnished the lobby.
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skimp on

v.
To fail to provide for or supply something appropriately; be stingy with something: That pizzeria always skimps on the pepperoni.
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. M&S Woodfired 8-inch Pizzas, PS2.99 each Waist-friendly pizzas that don't skimp on quality - though they do skimp on size a bit.
From over 70 quick, easy recipes to 'dangerous meals' such as brunch and what to skip to skimp on calorie intake, this is packed with tips the diet-challenged reader can live with, and is a 'must' for any public library lending collection.
It's refreshing to read a title from the past which doesn't skimp on the lard or the fats, and intriguing to read about Estes' Southern childhood and early years as a railway attendant, while the easy recipes for Baked Milk (an early form of custard), or Parsnip Fritters.
In a recent report, Britain's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the world's largest beer consumer group, asserts that the consolidation of Czech breweries under foreign ownership is having a detrimental effect on Czech beers, as the new managers skimp on ingredients and alter long-established brewing methods.
PENSIONERS in the Vale of Glamorgan have been urged not to skimp on heating during the current cold snap.
So wrap up warm, wear several layers of clothing and don't skimp on heating.
If you're planning an effort that will last three hours or more and the conditions may be hot and humid, don't skimp on salt in your regular diet, and consider carrying a small pack of pretzels to help maintain normal blood levels of sodium.
Constructed with less plastic to alleviate tired, cold, and sore feet, this design does not skimp on performance.
DON'T SKIMP ON SNOOZING: A new study shows that people learn a new skill much better after more than six and preferably eight hours of sleep.
One reason the roads are getting less safe is that federal deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980 so increased competition that less scrupulous trucking companies have tended to skimp on maintenance and permit unsafe practices by their drivers.
If you skimp on any of these components, you'll definitely be compromising performance.