1. Balance the books 结账、结算
determine that accounts are in balance, bring the two sides into equilibrium, settle an account by paying what is due
The accountant says he can't balance the books till our last check clears.
2. Bring home the bacon 养家糊口
earn a salary, make money for your family
When our parents died in an accident, and my sister and I remained alone, I had to leave college and bring home the bacon.
3. Go Dutch 各自付账
share the cost of something
When I wanted to settle the bill, she insisted on going Dutch and pay for her meal.
4. Gravy train 钱多活少的好差事
a source of easy money, a job that pays a lot with little work
My brother took up a job in a beach restaurant and hoped to get on board the gravy train, but in fact he had to work more than in a factory.
5. Nest egg 储蓄金
savings, money kept in reserve
Don't worry about the job you lost. We have a little nest egg to live on until you find another.
6. Cook the books 做假账
cheat in accounting, manipulate financial records
Nobody noticed that one of the managers was cooking the books until the company got totally bankrupt.
7. Golden handshake 解雇费
a (large) sum of money paid to an employee when he/she leaves the firm
Grandfather didn't really want to retire too early, but he couldn't resist the golden handshake that the company offered.
8. Cheapskate 守财奴
somebody who doesn't like to spend money
We would need a new fridge, but my husband is such a cheapskate that I don't think we'll buy one before the other completely falls apart.