Expressions about money お金に関する表現

They say that children understand from a very young age their parents’ standing in society, but I don’t have much recollection of my idea of my family’s standing when I was a kid. I remember that my mother was usually worried about our finances (as wives usually are, and mostly for good reason) and that most of our friends were very well off, but it wasn’t until junior high that I realised that most of the people around me were loaded and I wasn’t. They say that money is what makes the world go round and I suppose that I would agree on that.


One of my favourite quotes about money is Margaret Thatcher’s “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money” but anyway, I don’t think that you are so very interested in my views on socialism (Hint: I don’t think it’s so good), so please check out some very useful expressions we use about money.


Pinch pennies: to spend as little money as possible

Ex. When they first moved to Fukuoka they had to pinch pennies for a while until he managed to get a job.



Loaded: rich

Ex. My friend Takahiro is really loaded; he just bought a large piece of land in the centre of Fukuoka to build his own tower! He is planning to call it the “Takahiro Towers”.



Make a fortune: make a lot of money

Ex. He was able to make a fortune during the bubble years and is now living happily in his villa in Hawaii.



Make ends meet: earn just enough money to live on

Ex. Even after working two jobs without rest every day of the week, he was only just managing to make ends meet.



An arm and a leg: a lot of money

Ex. These cool, new striped socks of mine cost me an arm and a leg.