10 Popular Idioms about Money and Finance in English

Learn 10 common idioms about Money and Finance in English with meaning and examples.

(To) nickel and dime

  • Meaning: To negotiate over very small sums; to try to get a better financial deal, in a negative way
  • Example: We don’t want to nickel and dime you, but we’d really appreciate it if you would lower your estimate by another $250.

A penny saved is a penny earned

  • Meaning: Every small amount helps to build one’s savings
  • Example: Don’t buy a new car. Save your money. A penny saved is a penny earned.

  • Meaning: A year marked by strong successes
  • Example: Our website has had a banner year – we’ve added more than 50,000 new followers!

Crunch the Numbers

  • Meaning: Do calculations before making a decision or prediction.
  • Example: Let me have the accountants crunch the numbers. I’ll get back to you with a response to your offer next week.

Useful idioms about Money and Finance

idioms about Money and Finance

Dime a dozen

  • Meaning: Very common and of no special value; easily available
  • Example: Your marketing manager quit? Don’t worry, you’ll find another one. They’re a dime a dozen.

In the Red

  • Meaning: Losing money; (of a market index) below a specified starting point
  • Example: The company isn’t bankrupt yet, but it’s in been in the red for several years now, and investors aren’t happy. 

Nest Egg

  • Meaning: Retirement savings; wealth saved for a future purpose
  • Example: I haven’t built much of a nest egg, so I need to retire to somewhere with a low cost of living.

Pinch pennies

  • Meaning: To be careful with money, to be thrify I got just a 1% raise this year.
  • Example: My boss is know for pinching pennies!

Pretty penny

  • Meaning: A lot of money; too much money (when referring to the cost of something)
  • Example: The architect charged us a pretty penny, and his plans were not very good.

You Can Take It to the Bank

  • Meaning: I absolutely guarantee this.
  • Example: The project will be finished by the 31st. You can take it to the bank.

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