scrimp - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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/skrɪmp/
present tense
I/you/we/theyscrimp
he/she/itscrimps
present participlescrimping
past tensescrimped
past participlescrimped
  1. to spend money only on what is necessary and to save as much as you can

    They scrimped and saved for years to buy a house.