money idioms

Money – how to get it and how to save it – is a hot topic as the economy is weak the U.S. and other countries. People use many idioms to talk about getting, saving, and losing money. Here are a few that you might hear. Challenge yourself to use one or two in conversation today!

  • Nest egg – money saved for the future
    I add a little money to my nest egg every month so that I can buy a car one day.
  • To save for a rainy day – to save money for an emergency
    My friend lost his job and then needed to have surgery. He is glad that he saved for a rainy day.
  • To blow one’s money – to waste money
    After payday, she blew her money on a trip to Las Vegas. Now she can’t make her car payment.
  • Broke – without money
    We can’t buy groceries this week because we’re broke. One of us should get a job.
  • In the black – making money
    Many people want to learn English, so our school is in the black. We’re very successful.
  • In the red – losing money
    People cannot afford to buy houses now, so her real estate company is in the red. It is losing money every day.
  • To make a living – to earn money for one’s daily needs
    He makes a living teaching at IEI, so he can support his family.
  • To make ends meet – to make enough money to pay bills
    If she loses her job, she won’t be able to make ends meet. She might be evicted from her apartment.
  • To lose one’s shirt – to lose all of one’s money
    He lost his shirt when his business failed. Now he lives in his car.
  • On a shoestring – very cheaply
    My mother taught me how to cook a delicious meal on a shoestring. I can feed six people for $10.
  • To tighten one’s belt – to take steps to reduce spending
    If you quit your part-time job, you’ll have to tighten your belt. You can’t eat in a restaurant every night.



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