a light purse makes a heavy heart

a light purse makes a heavy heart

1. proverb Not having enough money can cause one to suffer a lot of stress, worry, and unhappiness. I know you can't comprehend why there's so much depression, anxiety, and anger in this part of the country, but that's because you've never been forced to live in poverty. If you had, you'd understand that a light purse makes a heavy heart. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure helps to solve a lot of life's little problems. In contrast, a light purse makes a heavy heart. After six months without a job, I'm so relieved to be earning a paycheck again. It really is true what they say—a light purse makes a heavy heart.
2. proverb By extension, one should not spend their money frivolously or wastefully, lest it lead to one's unhappiness. I know you're excited to go to the casinos on your trip to Las Vegas, but be careful how you handle your money—a light purse makes for a heavy heart. I moved back in with my parents because I was sick of throwing so much money away on rent every month. It's true that a light purse makes a heavy heart. I don't want to spend tons on a new car, but I also don't want to have to pour money into a user car. I feel like "a light purse makes a heavy heart" is going to be my reality either way.
See also: heart, heavy, light, make, purse
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light purse makes a heavy heart

Prov. If you do not have enough money, you will worry and be unhappy. Nathan is a cheerful person by nature, but since he lost his job, worry has made him glum. A light purse makes a heavy heart.
See also: heart, heavy, light, make, purse
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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