pinch pennies

Meaning(s)

1. be frugal or very selective with spending money

Popularity

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Professional

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Social

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pinch pennies to save money

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 If you 'pinch pennies' or are 'penny-pinching' you are watching money carefully and spending as little as possible. You might use this in a social context - "We are pinching the pennies at the moment due to having high medical bills." or in a professional context. "We need to pinch pennies if we are going to survive this economic climate."

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  1. Everyone was sharing drinks at the bar. They were really pinching pennies.
  2. When they lost their jobs, the couple had to pinch pennies just so they could afford their rent.

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  1. Customers pinching pennies will be wise to larger sized products and special offer deals.
  2. Free transport in the city improved the lives of many working-class citizen's who had to pinch pennies in order to travel in the past.

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