One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘why dip into our savings, if we can tighten our belts instead?’
economize, cut back, make cutbacks, make cuts, retrench, husband one's resources, budget, be economical, be more economical, make economies, be thrifty, be sparing, be frugal, buy cheaply, buy more cheaply, use less, decrease wastage, reduce wastage, scrimp, scrimp and save, scrimp and scrape, cut corners, draw in one's horns, count the pennies, count your pennies, watch the pennies, watch your pennies
save, save money, cut expenditure, cut costs
North American pinch the pennies, pinch your pennies
US dialect rake and scrape
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