stretch money

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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.
See also: money, stretch

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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Laura Ingalls Wilder's descriptions of the seasonal foods they enjoyed and the clever ways Ma stretched their money to clothe and feed everyone engrossed me.
And people have stretched their money as far as it will go over the past few years, the study found.