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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 (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 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?
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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.
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budget crunch

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The state constitution calls for the Legislature to pass a budget by June 15, and the governor to sign it by June 30, but does not spell out any enforcement mechanism.
a move that would help bridge a projected operating deficit of $476,712 for the 2007 budget.
In our case, the key has been marrying the financial plan with the strategic plan, linking budgets to strategy.
The project schedule and budget can be the most difficult parts of a manager's duties.
Democratic leaders have scheduled a legislative vote on their latest budget plan for today.
Participate in this virtual seminar to learn from a successful industry leader's lifetime of experiences in preparing and executing budgets.
When Bill Clinton became President, the annual NIH budget reached the milestone level of $10 billion.
only one--Portland--is actually receiving less money than its budget last year--actually .
Put differently, multi-year budgets have a greater probability of success when expenditures are easily controlled and revenue sources produce consistent yields from year to year.
A company cannot grow effectively without a well-conceived strategy and a supporting budget, yet many companies invest inordinate time, energy and financial resources to develop such plans only to change or even ignore them.
CORPORATE BUDGETING--TOP-DOWN target setting, bottom-up budgeting activities, and then top-down budget reviews and modifications--involves effort from many different groups, which makes it easy to lose the big picture view of the complete budget process.
In fiscal 1995, which ended last June for most state governments, tax collections were stronger than expected; as a result, budgets improved despite considerable growth in outlays and small legislated tax reductions.
R&D budgets for the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, and parts of the Department of Energy have become law.
When people say they want the government to live within its means, they really mean within their budgets as tax-payers--don't spend more than we can afford.