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Words used to describe spending behaviour - thesaurus

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a fool and his money (are soon parted)

used for saying that someone who is not sensible spends their money carelessly

be burning a hole in your pocket

if money is burning a hole in your pocket, you want to spend it immediately

blank cheque


mainly journalism complete freedom and authority to spend as much money as you want on something. This is usually used when you do not think this should happen.

credit history


a record of how someone has paid back what they owed in the past, used as a way of deciding whether to lend them money

easy come, easy go

used for saying that someone has spent money quickly, after getting it easily, and that they should not worry because they have spent it



if you are free with something, especially money, you spend or give a lot of it

have money to burn

used for saying that you think someone is spending too much money on things they do not need

have more money than sense

used for saying that you think someone is wasting their money

he who pays the piper calls the tune

used for saying that the person who provides the money for an activity, business etc can make the decisions about it

the last of the big spenders

someone who spends a lot of money, often in a way that is designed to impress people. This expression is often used in a humorous way about someone who spends a very small amount of money.



showing disapproval someone who is very careless about money and spends more than they need to

you can’t take it with you

used for saying that someone should spend their money, because they cannot spend it after they are dead



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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