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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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Before, I didn't have to worry about stretching money like I do now." says Sylvester.
"Financial Fresh Start: Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy" is a guide for making the most out of one's personal finances, stretching money to go further, and finding the tips they need to drive themselves further with success.