hard-fisted, close-fisted, parsimonious, niggardly, costive, close, penurious, niggard, petty, stingy, tight, tightfisted, give, miserly, mean, cheap, penny-pinching.
" Perhaps the Garden of Eden was an orange grove," said Mary, pinching
herself to see if this really were a dream.
No- on my sacred sam, I didn't, said Beale eagerly; pinching
leads to trouble.
Her face was brilliantly flushed; her eyes were dry and glittering; but she did not speak; her lips were set together almost as if she was pinching
them tight to prevent words or sounds coming out.