live paycheck to paycheck

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live paycheck to paycheck

To spend all of the money one earns by or before the next time one is paid, thus saving none or very little in the process. Primarily heard in US. We're already living paycheck to paycheck, so I don't know how we'll manage this sudden increase in our rent.
See also: live, paycheck
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com)-- A new survey shows the over-whelming majority of those polled are living pay check to pay check.
Three out of four surveyed said they are living pay check to pay check.
Many people living pay check to pay check would not be able to weather a financial storm, such as sudden unemployment or illness," Mr.