Money Expressions

French expressions related to money
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French proverbs related to money

L’argent attire l’argent.   Money makes money.
L’argent est la racine de tous les maux.   Money is the root of all evil.
L’argent ne pousse pas sur les arbres.   Money doesn’t grow on trees.
L’argent ne tombe pas du ciel.   Money doesn’t grow on trees.
L’argent est roi.   Money talks.
avoir le beurre et l’argent du beurre   to have one’s cake and eat it, too
On ne prĂȘte qu’aux riches.   Only the rich get richer.
Qui paie ses dettes s’enrichit.   The rich man is the one who pays his debts.
Un sou est un sou.   Every penny counts
Le temps, c’est de l’argent.   Time is money.
Tout ce qui brille n’est pas or.   All that glitters isn’t gold.

French expressions related to money

l’argent de poche   pocket money
L’argent lui brĂ»le les doigts.   Money burns a hole in his/her pocket.
avoir des Ă©conomies   to have some money saved up
avoir des oursins dans le porte-monnaie (informal)   to be stingy
avoir des oursins dans les poches (informal)   to be stingy
bon marchĂ©   cheap, reasonably priced
un bon rapport qualitĂ©-prix   good value
Ça coĂ»te les yeux de la tĂȘte.   That costs an arm and a leg.
Ça ne vaut pas un radis. (familiar)   It’s not worth a penny.
Ça vaut le coup   It’s worth it
C’est cadeau   It’s free, it’s on the house
C’est pas donnĂ© !   It’s expensive!
dĂ©shabiller Pierre pour habiller Paul   to rob Peter to pay Paul
emprunter de l’argent Ă    to borrow money from
ĂȘtre avare   to be stingy
ĂȘtre nĂ© avec une cuillĂšre en argent dans la bouche   to be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth
ĂȘtre prĂšs de ses sous (informal)   to be tight with one’s money
faire bouillir la marmite (informal)   to bring home the bacon, be the breadwinner
faire des Ă©conomies   to save up
jeter son argent par les fenĂȘtre   to throw one’s money down the drain
mettre du beurre dans les Ă©pinards   to make ends meet
ne pas avoir un radis (familiar)   to not have a penny
NoĂ«l malin   ~ Christmas sales
un panier percĂ©   spendthrift
pour une bouchĂ©e de pain   for a song, for next to nothing
qui n’a aucune valeur   worthless
qui n’a pas de prix   priceless
rouler sur l’or   to be rolling in money
se la couler douce (informal)   to have it easy, have an easy time of it
valoir son pesant d’or   to be worth its / one’s weight in gold
le Vendredi fou   Black Friday
vivre selon ses moyens   to live within one’s means

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