Despite a sustained drive to upgrade and modernise Russia's armed forces, President Vladimir Putin has had to tighten purse strings
following a sharp decline in global oil prices and the need to prioritise some domestic spending programmes.
For many, January is a month to tighten purse strings
after a busy Christmas and New Years period.
It's the time of year to tighten purse strings
and reduce waistlines.
Schlumberger, whose comments are closely watched for a glimpse into industry trends, said the first quarter of 2016 would be weaker than the current quarter as customers tighten purse strings
further, hurting the usual year-end sales of software, products and multi-client licenses.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the need to tighten purse strings
, consumers are upgrading to luxury ice cream brands to give themselves a treat.
NEW DELHI -- Car sales in India saw their slowest pace of growth in June since March 2009 as rising interest rates and fuel prices force consumers to tighten purse strings
in the world's second-fastest growing auto market after China.
The number may fall this year as the deepening recession forces producers to tighten purse strings
, especially on indie pics, but the line-ups of the three majors will be relatively unaffected.
Schools face closure as councils tighten purse strings
. In Edinburgh, 22 schools are under threat.
Maybe they might tighten purse strings
and not buy that wide-screen TV or new car but they will not give up their two weeks holiday abroad.
James Cooper, policy adviser at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, warned the increase would "kill off confidence and tighten purse strings
She said that the survey showed that investment intentions had changed very little from this time last year, but in the current economic climate, investors were more likely to tighten purse strings
than increase spending, which would hit all sectors heavily.
In the UK and Ireland, profit climbed 19 per cent, with sales at its credit services division, which provides information to lenders, up four per cent despite a decline in consumer lending as personal insolvencies rise and banks tighten purse strings
DURING the last series of Spendaholics, financial experts Jay Hunt and Benjamin Fry gave top tips on how to tighten purse strings
and crawl out of debt.
"He was at Mallorca then and was gettable for around pounds 8m, but itwas at a time when we were trying to tighten purse strings