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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!
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.
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budget crunch

A financial situation in which resources are limited. We're in a real budget crunch and can't afford a setback like this right now.
See also: budget, crunch

budget dust

A small and/or inconsequential amount of money, often as remains after a larger budgeted amount is spent. To most people, $2,000 is a lot to spend on anything, but to the country's mega rich, it is merely budget dust. After paying for all of those repairs, only budget dust is left over.
See also: budget, dust

budget squeeze

A financial situation in which resources are limited. We're in a real budget squeeze and can't afford a setback like this right now.
See also: budget, squeeze

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

v.
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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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

verb
See also: budget, crunch
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The protective goals of changing spending allocations and changing revenue mix and/or burden distribution were each significantly and positively correlated with four activities that involved directly engaging decision makers and decision-shaping institutions: providing information and analysis to legislatures, cooperating with executive-branch budgeters, challenging budgeters, and pursuing fiscally relevant legal changes.
The budgeter needs to include everything in the budget that should be there.
These categories were used to perform a cluster analysis, which yielded six consumption clusters (listed in order of cluster size): the "basicneed-meeters," the "housing burdened," the "healthcare burdened," the "transportation burdened," the "happy retirees," and the "balanced budgeters.
Additionally, the survey found, good budgeters have "extensive discussions" with their parents about saving money (67%) compared to those who aren't good budgeters (34%).
Lawmakers should resist the temptation to raid a small-budget, high-yield program that costs less money than federal budgeters shave when rounding decimal points.
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The KC-130F models have exceeded their design life and are flying on 'borrowed time,' which impacts the maintenance Marines working excessively long hours and the pockets of the program budgeters.
The survey revealed the most popular budgeting method is to take a set amount of travellers cheques - 44pc of budgeters reported this to be their favoured method.
According to The Wall Street Journal, federal budgeters are looking at programs that directly affect the war against terrorism, homeland defense and economic recovery for increases, and all others are getting "the balanced budget treatment," meaning that, to provide increases in priority programs, other programs must be cut.
To answer these questions, we surveyed executive and legislative budgeters in the 50 states.
The Congressional Budget Office predicts a surplus to run from now through FY2015, and the surpluses now accruing outside the Social Security Trust Fund are forcing Congressional budgeters to re-think the very nature of the budget process.
Out in Oregon's Ochoco National Forest, rangers stream-lined the budget from 27 line items to six, raised productivity by 25 percent, repaired streambeds that had been neglected by Washington budgeters since 1964, and saved $70,000 the first year.