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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!
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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 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.
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budget for

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

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Treasury and other government agencies are budgeted at $180.
Employment, budgeted at 794, reflects an employment increase of 11 over actual 1991.
Salaries and other personnel expenses account for about 52 percent of 1992 Reserve Bank budgeted expenses and are expected to be $47.
Expenses for Services to Financial Institutions and the Public, which include all of the priced and some of the nonpriced services, are budgeted at $992.
Salaries and other personnel expenses account for about 52 percent of 1991 budgeted expenses and are expected to be $49.
8 million), comprising half the budgeted expenses of this operational area and employing 5,814 persons.
Expenses for the automated clearinghouse (ACH) service are budgeted to increase $3.
Expenses associated with public programs are budgeted to increase $3.
Salaries and other personnel expenses account for nearly 52 percent of 1990 budgeted expenses and are expected to be $36.
1 million), comprising almost half the budgeted expenses of this service line and employing 5,478.
A staff level of 2,250 is budgeted, an increase of 41, or 1.
The 1989 staffing level is slightly lower than that budgeted for 1988.