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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.
See also: and, save, skimp

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!
See also: on, skimp
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

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.
See also: on, skimp
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

skimp on

To fail to provide for or supply something appropriately; be stingy with something: That pizzeria always skimps on the pepperoni.
See also: on, skimp
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Conversely, skimping on medically indicated services maximizes hospital profits in other DRG sequences.
* Omission of medically indicated services (skimping).
The physicians then classified the skimping discharges by type of service omitted:
In this case, six independent variables--rate of poor quality care (of all four types), proportion of poor quality because of skimping, proportion of skimping discharges with revised DRGs, net dollar payment for revised DRGs, test costs, and proportion of positive tests--determined the dependent variable: dollar change in payment.
Well worth it, despite the skimping on the massacre scenes.
Reimbursement is worsening, but skimping on care has become unacceptable.
There is little doubt that skimping on safety has resulted in unsafe trucks on the road.
Yet, he blames the impresarios even more for skimping on the $5,000 cost of ferocious, full-grown and well-bred bulls, "Without a good animal, it is very hard for even the best bullfighter to look good," explains Paez.
Both denied skimping on safety, saying they saved money elsewhere.
But busy modern life means women are skimping on pampering time, just hopping into the shower to scrub up in seconds.
Leslie Reynolds and Company was hit by huge fines after skimping on its tax bill, according to Revenue figures released yesterday.
The eyes have it this summer, so don't even think about skimping on the old kohl.
Watering down milk and skimping on medically-prescribed diets were others ways they tried to make incomes stretch.
It's one thing to hoodwink the customers by skimping on materials.
PARENTS are skimping on their own clothes to dress their young children in designer gear.