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stretch money

To be exceptionally frugal, thrifty, or parsimonious; to be very careful and prudent when spending money. A possessive pronoun can be used between "stretch" and "money." We had to find creative ways to stretch our money after Janet lost her job. I was underemployed for a number of years after college, so I became very good at stretching money to last as long as possible.
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stretch one's money

 and make one's money stretch
Fig. to economize so that one's money lasts longer. We have to stretch our money in order to be able to buy groceries at the end of the month.
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It's incredible that we don't give inflation its due attention for all the hand wringing we do to stretch our money further in other ways.
You want to be mortgage free before you retire and we'll be able to do that now - stretch our money a bit better and have a few nice holidays in between."
This means we are all having to stretch our money further just to cover basic necessities.
The ultimate gift we can give this holiday season is to find creative ways to stretch our money further so we can help more of the children and families that need it most.
"The only way we can stretch our money is to compare the shops for the cheapest prices.
As my husband Mike is signed off work due to illness, it's crucial that we stretch our money. But it can be a struggle as our children Oliver, 14, and Lydia, seven, grow out of things so fast.