live from day to day

live from day to day

Fig. to survive on limited means one day at a time with no plans or possibilities for the future. The Simpsons just live from day to day. They never plan for the future. I can't live from day to day. I have to provide for the future.
See also: live
References in classic literature ?
Fentolin went on, "that I spend a great fortune buying the secrets of the world, that I live from day to day with the risk of ignominious detection always hovering about me - do you think that I do this and am yet unprepared to run the final risks of life and death?
In short, it would have been difficult to have recognised the same man under these various aspects, but for the bulky leather case full of bills and notes which he drew from his pocket at every house, and the constant repetition of the same complaint, (varied only in tone and style of delivery,) that the world thought him rich, and that perhaps he might be if he had his own; but there was no getting money in when it was once out, either principal or interest, and it was a hard matter to live; even to live from day to day.
The problems we are facing tempt us to live from day to day.
Instead, it focuses on the senses and the hard-scrabble efforts it takes to live from day to day.
Pope Francis urged us to care for the poor as he thought of "those young people who are tempted to lose hope, to abandon their high ideals, to drop out of school, or to live from day to day on the streets.
In the article, entitled "Bulgaria: a daily survival," the paper writes that not only the Roma minority, but thousands of others Bulgarians have to live from day to day with little hope for the future.
Mr David Bratt, defending, said Rafferty had lead a "chaotic and nomadic" lifestyle in the past and he had committed burglaries to fund his drug habit and live from day to day.
I'd like to keep my dignity, not live from day to day.
Easy-going Maeve, renowned for embarrassing men on live TV, said money still isn't a huge issue in her life as long as she has enough to live from day to day.
Gibson, who has played two Tests and 15 one-day internationals, said: "I live from day to day.
Many ordinary people live from day to day in a society where law and order is becoming a complete and utter elusion.
Happy and careless, given to infectious outbursts of laughter, they seem to live from day to day.
I live from day to day and take what life throws at us.
So you just keep your head down, live from day to day, and hope for the best.