shoestring 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
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Gary Corbett, vice-president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, says many researchers operate on shoestring budgets and laboratory positions at many institutes are slowly disappearing through attrition.
In fact, she enjoys the responsibility and challenges that come her way as her full-service movie production firm handles everything from hiring writers and directors to delivering the film to the distributor--all on shoestring budgets.
Yet FidoNet-which still exists-proved that dedicated amateurs, mostly working on shoestring budgets, could cobble together a globe-spanning network in their spare time.
Though only a tiny fraction of the city's budget, the funds help several nonprofit organizations, which survive on shoestring budgets.
Both the Golden Gloves and St Aloysius work on shoestring budgets, yet both have enjoyed great success over the past 12 months.
Open Water has been favourably compared with The Blair Witch Project, but the main similarities lie in their shoestring budgets and the amateurish way they're filmed.
We have to struggle along on shoestring budgets while vast sums are poured into puerile sports like football.
IF you want to know about shoestring budgets, talk to Nottingham Forest gaffer Paul Hart, writes Steve Palmer.
They include the KINO collective, which produces often inspired films made on shoestring budgets and in ridiculously short amounts of time, and the Quebec-based production company Spirafilm, which has always advocated collaboration between its members or through special projects such as the Videographe's 30th-anniversary collection of short films, Quand j'ai eu 30 ans.
The report says planning departments have shoestring budgets, not enough staff, don't spend enough time asking the public what they think and don't give enough protection to the environment.
It comes at a time when non-profits are being challenged to enhance operations on shoestring budgets, hire and retain talented people and drive change.
Most of them are struggling in small storefronts or churches, working on shoestring budgets trying to bring their help to individual people in spite of systems mired in unworkable government-funded false solutions.
Another highlight was the special Quebec City programming, which included a program of short films produced for the Festival Vitesse Lumiere, a unique science fiction, fantasy and genre film festival hosted in the capital and dedicated entirely to short films produced on shoestring budgets by young Quebec filmmakers.
In universities, the enormous popularity of music and video file-sharing (such as KazaA and Gnutella) among the students has led network managers to face the daunting challenges of limiting or blocking music and video file downloads, maintaining user satisfaction, supporting administrative network needs, controlling bandwidth increases and managing shoestring budgets.
Then we pay them millions of dollars more to endorse sneakers while teachers on shoestring budgets buy construction paper and crayons and books out of their own pockets.