13 Common Idioms about Money and Finance
1. A penny saved is a penny earned
She runs her own business and does all the work herself because she believes that a penny saved is a penny earned.
When I travel, I prefer to stay at a hostel instead of an expensive hotel because I think that a penny saved is a penny earned.
John doesn’t make a lot of money, so he’s very cautious in using his money. He supposes that a penny saved is a penny earned.
2. Beyond one's means
The trip was just beyond our means.
The living expenses in big cities are beyond my means, so I’d rather live in the suburbs.
Can I see a cheaper one, please? This expensive fridge is just beyond my means.
3. Someone's bread and butter
His family’s bread and butter comes from his small business.
Tutoring is her bread and butter right now.
I am financially dependent on my parents but I am going to earn my bread and butter after I graduate.
4. Cut one's losses
They decided to stop the unprofitable project to cut their losses.
To cut our losses, we must be cautious in dealing with this financial issue.
A real finance manager must know how to cut our losses in case our business doesn’t work out.
She left him when he was down-and-out.
That old man is a down-and-out, coming over twice a week to take the leftover food.
After the bankruptcy, he became a down-and-out.
6. Dutch treat
It was our first date and we had a Dutch treat dinner together.
Why don’t we go Dutch? Sharing is always good.
Let’s go Dutch today. I’ll pay for my order.
7. Money talks.
That she won the beauty pageant is understandable. Money talks.
Who doesn’t think that he will be promoted? His dad is a millionaire and money talks.
Don’t worry. I can handle this scandal. I’ll see Mr. George, the chief editor of the newspaper, as money talks.
8. Bring home the bacon
In my family, my dad is the one who brings home the bacon while my mom stays at home and takes care of us.
Finally, I got a job after two years of unemployment. I can bring home the bacon now.
We work so hard on this YouTube series because we hope that it will bring home the bacon.
9. At all costs
I’ll be the winner at all costs.
The director asked the finance staff to prevent the losses at all costs.
I’ll win her heart at all costs.
10. Earn a living
She’s financially independent. She can earn her own living.
I have to work very hard to earn my living.
Earning a living seems hard for single moms.
11. Money doesn't grow on trees.
I wanted to have a new car but then I changed my mind because my old car was still in good condition. My mom always reminds me that money doesn’t grow on trees.
I can’t believe that you would spend your full salary on this silly tour. Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know!
Parents must teach their kids that money doesn’t grow on trees.
12. Pour money down the drain
This second-hand fridge isn’t working well. Buying it is just pouring money down the drain.
You’re pouring money down the drain. What a waste! We never use cookers in our home. We never cook.
Don’t pour money down the drain by buying that low-quality computer. It’s going to break soon.
13. Born with a silver spoon in your mouth
He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, so he has never known what hard work is.
Those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth need to learn how to use money economically.
Although she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she lives a very modest life.