Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to budget: Avis, enterprise, Hertz

champagne taste on a beer budget

Expensive or extravagant tastes or preferences that are beyond one's economic means. I only earn minimum wage, but I can't stop buying designer clothes and eating at the best restaurants—I guess I've got champagne taste on a beer budget!
See also: beer, budget, on, taste

shoestring budget

A budget or allotment of resources that is very meager, sparse, or just enough to suit its purpose. Unfortunately, due to government cutbacks following the recession, our department has had to produce the same levels of work on a shoestring budget. I did all sorts of traveling with just a shoestring budget when I was in college. You learn very quickly how to make the most of what you have!
See also: budget, shoestring

budget (something) for (something)

To set aside a specific amount of something, often money or time, for something else (such as an expense or task). Did you budget enough money for all of your bills this month? I was almost late to class because I didn't budget enough time for editing my paper.
See also: budget

budget something for someone or something

to set aside a certain amount of money for someone or something. Did you budget some money for the holiday party? I budgeted a few hundred a month for Andrew's college expenses.
See also: budget

budget for

To set aside some amount of money for something or someone: For the party, we budgeted $1,000 for musicians and food.
See also: budget


mod. [of something] of low quality or cheap. Don’t you dare bring back any of that budget pizza!

budget dust

n. a minor amount of money considering the size of the entire budget; money left over at the end of the budget year. The amount is just budget dust, chump change! What’s the big deal?
See also: budget, dust

budget squeeze

and budget crunch
n. a situation where there is not enough money in the budget. Facing another budget squeeze, the legislators were forced to put off their pay increase. If it wasn’t for the budget crunch, I’d get a good raise this year.
See also: budget, squeeze

budget crunch

See also: budget, crunch
References in periodicals archive ?
That said, as I have argued for some time, there is a distinct possibility that much of the development and diffusion of new technologies in the current wave of innovation still lies ahead, and we cannot rule out productivity growth rates greater than is assumed in the official budget projections.
3) Rolling Biennial Budget refers to a government's spending document consisting of appropriations and anticipated revenues for two consecutive years where each budget year appropriations are adopted separately (i.
The budgets would go through a lot of churn, traveling up and down the corporate ladder until they were final.
All types of budgets are reviewed from sales budgets and production budgets to other liabilities budgets.
Before he became president he had made balancing the budget the Holy Grail of politics.
Some analysts suggest that Congress passed the 1997 budget quickly so members could resume campaigning for reelection.
Set up your budget to measure costs from day to day and week to week.
Pitfalls not withstanding, the invitation to propose a new budget model was accepted because this author is convinced that such a model is a necessity if libraries are to thrive in these last years of the twentieth century.
Comshare has more than 20 years' experience in helping companies build customized budgeting solutions, and Commander Budget reflects that depth of experience," said Richard L.
This alternative budget would accomplish all the goals Clinton spelled out a year ago during his campaign: Cut the deficit in half, provide middle-class tax relief, "grow" the economy, and create jobs.
So, for a more realistic approach to developing your marketing budget, try to objectively answer these key questions:
Upon initial review, it appears the budget will take precious dollars away from transportation services that now serve hundreds of thousands of students and the disabled.
77 trillion 2007 fiscal year budget proposal to Capitol Hill, where it generated the predictable caterwauling from Democrats and some moderate Republican lawmakers who dismissed it as unacceptable.