tighten your belt

tighten (one's) belt

To reduce, restrict, or limit one's budget; to live more modestly or make financial sacrifices. A: "I don't know what we'll do now that you lost your job." B: "Don't worry, we just need to tighten our belts for a while. Living on my own during college taught me how to tighten my belt and get by on not very much.
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tighten your belt

COMMON If you tighten your belt, you make an effort to spend less money. Clearly, if you are spending more than your income, you'll need to tighten your belt. He recently announced the club will have to tighten its belt next season, saying he will lower wages and sell players. Note: You can also talk about belt tightening. Yesterday's vote means that the Greeks are prepared to accept a period of belt tightening. The nation's second largest bank announced a series of layoffs and other belt-tightening measures today to counteract heavy losses.
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tighten your belt

cut your expenditure; live more frugally.
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tighten your ˈbelt

spend less money, eat less food, etc. because there is little available: In wartime everyone has to tighten their belts.We’ll have to tighten our belts if we want to save any money for a summer break this year. OPPOSITE: throw your money about/around ▶ ˈbelt-tightening noun: Continued government belt-tightening has helped to reduce public debt.
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So naturally my mind turns to saving money at this time of year and I have a few tips that you can take on board if you want to tighten your belt at this most difficult of fiscal times.
The first is to quite literally tighten your belt as if your stomach feels squeezed there's less food required to fill it - so crank it up to the last notch and have an apple - you'll feel full and your food bill's down straight away
2BEFORE you eat a meal, tighten your belt or waistband so you will feel uncomfortable sooner if you over-eat.
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You may have to tighten your belt and say no to some extras for a time.
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He must concede 3lb to bumper winners Tighten Your Belt and Tragic Ohio, who have both impressed in making successful hurdling debuts this month, and Control Man, who was a remote fourth behind Cornish Rebel in a Grade 1 event at Newbury last time.
Thomas, 19, continues to enjoy a meteoric rise since shedding his amateur status in November and he will struggle to find an easier winner than Tighten Your Belt, who justified
So, my advice to them is to change the color of your glasses and tighten your belts.